Watch_Dogs: Game Front’s E3 2013 Best Of Show

You might not have been at E3 2013, but no doubt you gleaned from a casual study of the online reaction that it was a memorable year.

Over the course of E3 2013, the Game Front ground team (of which I was lucky enough to be a part) got to look at what felt at the time like hundreds of games. In a nice change from the usual parade of lackluster entries which has come to define the waning days of the 7th generation, this year’s show was a healthy mix of interesting new IP and sequels that demonstrate, or at least hint, at very high quality. Better still, we had a real fist fight between Sony and Microsoft over their new consoles that ended, at least in the media narrative, with a hilariously decisive victory. In short, this E3 had it all.

Somehow we were able to narrow what we saw down to list of the 11 best, but it was still a tough slog determining the best of the best. After some deliberation, we agreed that this year’s best of show was, hands down, Watch_Dogs.

Why Watch_Dogs?

While what we saw last week is no guarantee of the final game’s quality, we left the Watch_Dogs demo feeling like we’d just seen perhaps the great game of 2013. (At least of those shown off at E3.)

The short version: a huge, expansive, open world environment; a varied game play experience; a beautiful recreation of Chicago; an excellent multiplayer experience that adds to the single player game without making multiplayer mandatory; and perhaps most importantly, an uncannily timely plot that feels ripped from the headlines despite having been in development for years. In a show stuffed with impressive new games, Watch_Dogs still managed to blow us away.

But we don’t want to give the whole cow away. Stay tuned, as our full report on the game will be up later this week.

In the meantime, because of the horrendously busy schedules the Game Front ground team had, not everyone was able to check out Watch_Dogs. Therefore, we’ll each be showcasing our individual favorites from the show all week long. Keep checking back to see them all.

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3 Comments on Watch_Dogs: Game Front’s E3 2013 Best Of Show

SXO

On June 18, 2013 at 6:11 am

Not a bad choice, but not the one I would’ve chosen this year. Last year Watchdogs definitely had the most amazing showing, but IMO it was The Division that blew me away the most. It’s basically like an incredibly polished DayZ minus the Z’s.

thedog

On June 18, 2013 at 8:57 am

I have to agree with SXO on one thing. It isn’t a bad choice but like he said, not my choice by a long shot. This year, it didn’t show me enough to make it game of the year. No, my choice would have been Witcher3. The gorgeous world, the ocean with life teeming in it. Made me just want more.
Seeing Thief3 was great as well, although I can see people not going for that one quite so much, but hey, it made me happy and that’s all that matters.

Mark Burnham

On June 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

@SXO
We’d considered The Division. It looks interesting and we’ll be keeping an eye on it.

I felt like it looked pretty similar aesthetically and sort of thematically to Watch Dogs, though. Agree/disagree?

@thedog
Witcher 3 was also considered, and was nominated. We were definitely impressed and are looking forward to it! The weather effects in particular were pretty impressive.