Last week saw the release of one of the most anticipated games of the year, Watch Dogs.
Watch Dogs is an open-world, sandbox game similar to Grand Theft Auto. It is set in a futuristic version of Chicago where everything is connected through a central network of computers. The player can hack the system to accomplish objectives.
For example, the player might have a mission where they have to kill a specific character. One of the ways they can accomplish this is by hacking the street lights to cause a huge crash when the character reaches an intersection.
Watch Dogs is rated M with these descriptors:
- Intense Violence
- Strong Language
- Strong Sexual Content
- Use of Drugs and Alcohol
It has reviewed pretty well. As of this writing, it is sitting at an 82 on Metacritic with 52 Positive and 9 mixed reviews.
The content in Watch Dogs is what you would expect from this type of game. The description from the game’s website sets the scene:
You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you’ll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You’ll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy… and more.
With a description like that (specifically “a violent family tragedy” and “seeking justice”), it is no surprise this is a violent game. And “Nudity” and “Strong Sexual Content” is becoming more and more prevalent in these types of games. If you draw the line at either of those types of content, Watch Dogs is one to avoid.