Will watchdogs suffer from open world fatigue?

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#1 Posted by JZ (2343 posts) -

After playing sr4, gta5, ac4 and to a lesser extent batman origins. Will people or reviewers be too tired of open world games by the time it comes out?

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#2 Posted by jimmyfenix (3941 posts) -

It depends. If Chicago is as detailed as los santos (LA) Then it will be nice to explore it but i see where you are coming from with the fatigue. So many open world games this year.

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#3 Posted by JZ (2343 posts) -

And they all are out at about the same time

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#4 Posted by mosespippy (4747 posts) -

I think it's more likely people will be having ubisoft open world fatigue. If you have to climb some sort of tower to reveal the map like in AC and Far Cry then it's gonna be a very "not this again" moment.

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#5 Posted by JayEH (585 posts) -

@mosespippy: they have something better than towers! they have these control stations that you have to take over so you can use your hacking abilities!

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#6 Posted by JZ (2343 posts) -

@mosespippy: you don't climb towers but you do take over strongholds

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#7 Posted by FriendlyPhoenix (638 posts) -

I think that depends entirely on how well built Chicago is in the game. I thought I was done with open-world games for a while, but Los Santos in GTA V was so detailed that the open-world didn't feel like a chore to navigate between missions(which is usually my biggest problem with the genre). If more developers could get that level of detail into their worlds, I think fatigue would a much lesser issue.

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#8 Posted by Dalai (7856 posts) -

For me it won't since I'm holding out for the inevitable GTA V PC release and I haven't bothered with Saints Row IV and I won't be bothered with Assassin's Creed IV. Also, Watch_Dogs is going to have a much different tone than GTA V and Saints Row and a vastly different gameplay style. I can't speak for reviewers, though.

I'm still very excited for Watch_Dogs. Maybe not as excited as when we all went apeshit at E3 2012, but still excited anyway.

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#9 Posted by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

I don't really give a shit what reviewers think. They can whine about "waah too many open world games that we get to play for free and early" fuck them.

I like open world games.

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#10 Posted by djou (895 posts) -

I think the tone of the game differs enough from GTA5 and SR4 that it shouldn't matter especially if the single player story is any good. The multiplayer invading aspect could also make the open world extra interesting since a player can literally go on a city wide chase. Maybe I'm just a sucker for near-future cyperpunk dystopias, but next to GTA5, this is the game I'm most anticipating. The fact that its a new IP alone instead of the fourth or fifth iteration of a game has me interested.

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#11 Edited by darkvare (938 posts) -

you know what would be a refreshing way of discovering the map going to a gas station and buying a freaking map

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#12 Posted by Hunter5024 (6662 posts) -

After finally beating GTAV I'd say my interest in playing an open world game right now is roughly 0%. There are just some genres I can't play back to back very well, no matter how much I love them.

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#13 Posted by spraynardtatum (4342 posts) -

who the fuck knows!

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#14 Edited by Nasar7 (3160 posts) -

I'm not convinced Ubi can pull off a good open world.

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#15 Posted by JZ (2343 posts) -

@nasar7: those assassin's creed games are good and those farcry games too.

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#16 Posted by Chaser324 (7812 posts) -

I think it's more likely people will be having ubisoft open world fatigue. If you have to climb some sort of tower to reveal the map like in AC and Far Cry then it's gonna be a very "not this again" moment.

This is definitely my concern. After all those Assassin's Creed and Far Cry games, will Watch_Dogs be doing enough new stuff to keep me interested? The flood of Ubisoft marketing is also kinda making me tired of Watch_Dogs itself before it even gets released.

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#17 Edited by mosespippy (4747 posts) -

@jz said:

@nasar7: those assassin's creed games are good and those farcry games too.

People generally consider AC2 and AC Brotherhood to be the best of the series. I played them both and I don't think either was good enough to warrant a sequel.* And people only consider the first half of FC3 to be good.

*I wouldn't have even played Brotherhood except I got it for Christmas.

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#18 Edited by Nasar7 (3160 posts) -

@jz said:

@nasar7: those assassin's creed games are good and those farcry games too.

People generally consider AC2 and AC Brotherhood to be the best of the series. I played them both and I don't think either was good enough to warrant a sequel.* And people only consider the first half of FC3 to be good.

*I wouldn't have even played Brotherhood except I got it for Christmas.

Exactly what I was going to say.

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#19 Posted by JZ (2343 posts) -
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#20 Posted by probablytuna (4623 posts) -

Yeah that's why I was relieved when my local electronics store said they sold out of PS4s until late January. I want to play Watch Dogs but I'm afraid that after GTA V I wouldn't be interested in playing another open world game for a while.

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#21 Posted by MaxxS (208 posts) -

It hasn't come out yet. It's too early to say.

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#22 Posted by 2HeadedNinja (2200 posts) -

I am on PC so I didn't have a chance to play GTA5 (thanks Rockstar), so for me this isn't true. Actually I'm really really really looking forward to WatchDogs. I think even if I did play GTA I would. Everything I've seen of WatchDogs looks fresh and interesting to me and I love that UBI puts out a new IP.

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#23 Edited by Ares42 (3378 posts) -

Personally I've been looking forward to it. I absolutely love open-world games and there's still plenty of room to impress. SR4 was great, I was not overly impressed with GTA 5 as an open-world game and I'm not expecting Batman Origins to blow me away, so if Ubisoft delivers it'll be a nice upswing in quality. I don't really think most people will play all of them back to back anyways, but I do see the concern of putting out AC and Watch_Dogs so close to each other though. What's even worse is that if you're waiting to play on next-gen or PC they are literally availbale on the same day.

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#24 Edited by Demoskinos (17253 posts) -

I think after GTA V they are going to have a hard battle to get people away from that. Especially if the online really catches people.

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