VIDEO | PC Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | 5:15 PM

Watch_Dogs passes the time

Watch_Dogs passes the time

The PC version of Watch_Dogs may have a bunch of performance issues, but it's still quite impressive to see the work Ubisoft Montreal has achieved when creating a believable world with great lighting effects. Here is a short Gamersyde timelapse with all options set on ultra, except for the textures which we chose to leave on high.

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Commented on 2014-06-04 18:17:13
The game is truly beautiful on PC, just wish it ran a whole lot smoother. Still, I have been playing the Xbox 360 version and it actually looks very good, which surprised me a lot.

I have watched all Gamersyde videos of WD over and over again, and even the Eurogamer PS4/PS3 comparison, plus other comparison videos on the community page here.

The fact that the X360 version doesn't look miles away from the PS4 version is both a testament to how well developers learned to squeeze every ounce of the PS3/X360 hardware and also of how much the development for the PS3/X360 version affected the overall visual quality of the game on PC, PS4 and XBO.

Even the physics simulation on the X360 version blow me away sometimes, that's something far more complex and better than the physics simulation on GTA V (Though GTA V is about 100 times better than WD, IMHO).

The game is great and looks great in any platform, despite some performance issues now and then, still very worth playing.
Commented on 2014-06-04 19:06:43
Beautiful.
Commented on 2014-06-04 20:13:11
shame all console versions look crap even the ps4 version which i have
i thought infamous second son looked good but going back to infamous after playing watch dogs makes infamous look 100x as good as watch dogs, the weather, the rain the textures all far far better in infamous
Commented on 2014-06-04 20:16:48
Well, Infamous It´s not cross gen.
Commented on 2014-06-04 22:04:15 In reply to Sdarts
Posted by Sdarts
The game is truly beautiful on PC, just wish it ran a whole lot smoother. Still, I have been playing the Xbox 360 version and it actually looks very good, which surprised me a lot.

I have watched all Gamersyde videos of WD over and over again, and even the Eurogamer PS4/PS3 comparison, plus other comparison videos on the community page here.

The fact that the X360 version doesn't look miles away from the PS4 version is both a testament to how well developers learned to squeeze every ounce of the PS3/X360 hardware and also of how much the development for the PS3/X360 version affected the overall visual quality of the game on PC, PS4 and XBO.

Even the physics simulation on the X360 version blow me away sometimes, that's something far more complex and better than the physics simulation on GTA V (Though GTA V is about 100 times better than WD, IMHO).

The game is great and looks great in any platform, despite some performance issues now and then, still very worth playing.
Just out of curiosity, what about the physics is far better and more complex in WD than GTA V? I honestly haven't played WD, but everything physics related that I have seen looks rather simplistic. The only thing that looks good is the water physics, but I thought the water simulation was only on next gen consoles.

GTA V has Euphoria for soft body physics which is miles above the simple ragdoll system that Watchdogs uses. Also the vehicle damage looks scripted and predetermined as opposed to GTA V's dynamic chassis deformation (although it was toned down from GTA IV). I'm not trying to be an a-hole, I am just curious what aspect of the physics is really amazing in WD because I am a big of physics in games.
Commented on 2014-06-04 22:21:57
I Love Watch Dogs, maybe a bit more than GTAV so far, but physics are much better in GTAV thanks to Euphoria, as michaelob said, and the damage in cars is also better in GTA. I loved GTAV on PS3 too.
Commented on 2014-06-04 23:19:08
I hate Ubisoft when it comes to pc versions. Almost every time the performance is bad because of bad optimisation. They don't seem to care about pc at all, yet they are the hardest with drm. Now they say they didn't know there were going to be performance issues with Watch Dogs on pc, after having worked with nVidia on including nVidia only technology. Even nVidia has written the most extensive tweak guide ever for this game. NVidia doesn't know why the performance is so bad. They know it's a memory issue, but don't know how to solve it or what causes it. So Ubisoft now said it is working on a pc patch as their highest priority. But since then, no information at all (that was 7 days ago).
The PS4 version is the most enjoyable experience.
Oh, I like this game much more than the latest 2 GTA's although you can't compare them as the concept is completely different. Just like you can't compare it with InFamouse.
Commented on 2014-06-04 23:27:07
I heard that it runs crap too on PC, AMD cards ? They could not make a good port on current gen consoles. There is no Wii U version and the PS3, 360 version is not better than GTA V from comparison videos. So even after delay the game was not done well technically.
Commented on 2014-06-04 23:32:33 In reply to michaelob
I don't remember all the details of physics simulation on GTA V, but the clothes on Aiden Pearce and NPCs, smoke/fumes, the grass and the wind. Though GTA V's ragdoll animations/physics simulation beat WD's.

Didn't take into account the physics simulation concerning cars, of which GTA V absolutely kills WD, the handling in WD is one of the worst driving handling I've ever experienced in my life.

Don't worry, that's your opinion and you are curious to know why to me WD's physics simulation are better than GTa V's. Honestly, I didn't take car physics simulation into account, which could tip the scale in GTA V's favor for me.

I can make a list after I finish WD, though would need to play GTA V again to make a Pro/Con comparison list, which I just don't have time for right now.

PS. Basing these on the X360 version of both GTA V and WD.
Commented on 2014-06-05 07:03:47
Cloud behavior is just wrong and repetitive, but cool otherwise.
Commented on 2014-06-05 11:29:03
I like the way the puddle dries up in the sun :)
Commented on 2014-06-05 17:51:10
so until the PC/next gen consoles get GTAV i don't see the point in making comparisons to GTAV, why not compare to Saints Row or is too different a game, it's sandbox open world but that's where the similarity end, if Ubisoft are indeed working on a patch don't expect it to be a small quick fix, if the problems are really that bad it's going to be a pretty big patch and a major update, something that will take several weeks rather than days to sort out (with any luck they have let AMD do some tweaking of the code as no doubt excluding AMD from optimizing the game for their GPU's was a major mistake and it show's).

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