The Color of Night [Movie Review]


Hey there folks! I’m back and so are my photos. So I thought today and get right back into things with a new movie review. Today we are looking at the 1994 erotic mystery thriller Color of Night starring Bruce Willis and the delectable Jane March. So hang onto your draws folks. We are in for a ride!

Some Background:

As I mentioned above, the Color of Night stars Jane March and Bruce Willis (in what must be his most erotic movie ever made). It also stars Lance Henriksen (from Aliens and the hit TV show Millenium), Lesley Ann Warren (Clue) as well as Brad Dourif and Scott Bakula. It was directed by Richard Rush (who also directed 1980s hit Stunt Man). Despite the hype pre-release, Color of Night was a gigantic flop and has the honour of winning the Golden Raspberry Award for the worst film of the year at the 1994 awards ceremony. Much was made about the gratuitous nature of the sex scenes in this movie, which were quite a shock to many a Bruce Willis fan. That’s right, not only Jane March but Bruce Willis also had scenes of full frontal nudity. 

The infamous swimming pool scene that stunned fans of Bruce Willis

So why am I reviewing it? Well, despite it being a box office flop, Color of Night was one of the top twenty most rented films in 1995. It was also singled out by Maxim as having the best sex scene in the HISTORY of cinema. The scenes of a sexual nature were so intense that the lead actress Jane March has frequently stated she was not comfortable with them and had to be convinced by the director to film them.  There is also hearsay that Bruce Willis required a body double in one such scene, an underwater sex scene, because the director felt that Brucie’s member was “too small”. However, it should be noted that I have not been able to or wish to verify this fact but thank IMDb all the same for the trivia. 

I have two questions. 1) is she covering that area for a reason or 2) what is she expecting to hear down there?



The story:

So the next thing I should probably talk about is the story. Yes, believe it or not, there is a story. 

Dr. Bill Capa (Willis) is a New York City psychologist who falls into a deep depression after an unstable patient commits suicide in front of him by jumping from his office window. The sight of the bloody body of his patient clad in a bright green dress causes Capa to develoo psychosomatic color blindness, taking away his ability to see the color red.

To restart his life, Capa travels to Los Angeles to stay with a friend, fellow therapist and best-selling author Dr. Bob Moore (Bakula), who invites him to sit in on a group therapy session. But one night Moore is violently murdered in the office and Capa is plunged into the mystery of his friend’s death.
Moore would gather his patients every Monday for a discussion of their problems. The police consider them, and possibly Capa, as suspects in the murder. Capa continues to live in Moore’s house where he meets and begins an affair with Rose (March), a mysterious girl who enters his life. he also decides to take over Moore’s therapy group and learns of their pasts and obsessions as the murder investigation takes place. 

Bruce getting all romantic.



The Evaluation:

This movie is an intriguing one. For starters it’s not the world’s greatest film and neither does it shy away from the fact that while it is a mystery and a thriller, there is heavy emphasis on sex. Indeed, Jane March was hired for this role because of her willingness to do nude scenes in her previous work. Needless to say this came back to haunt her later in her career having only acted in 17 motion pictures since her role in this movie. Amazingly though, she is now only 43 years old which means she was 21 when she starred in this movie, while Bruce Willis was 39. Cradle Snatcher!  Indeed, the fact that she was young and beautiful was one of the chief marketing ploys for this movie, along with, of course, a number of female fans also having an interest due to Bruce Willis’s exposure. Literally. 

So he was literally old enough to be her Dad?


Surprisingly though, the movie does try hard to flex its muscles as a mystery too. Unfortunately, this often comes at a cost as early screenings came back lukewarm with a number of twists not really working as well as expected. In fact, there was such debate over how the movie flowed, the Producers and director were at odds with the producers creating their own cut of the movie against the wishes of the director. In fact, the stress got so much for the director that he suffered a heart attack. These days, it’s the director’s cut of the movie that survives with the producers’ cut considered an unmitigated disaster. 

The film does offer a strong supporting cast and did have potential. It just so happened that the film was somewhat poorly executed and one could argue just didn’t live up to it. Today, it’s the sex that people remember it for. If they remember it at all. Indeed, Bruce Willis himself rarely comments on the film stating that it just “didn’t work” when asked. Willis would have to admit that this film took place during a definitely lull in his career where other flops such as Hudson Hawk and Last Man Standing hurt his reputation greatly. Luckily for him, things took a turn for the better not long after with hits including Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys, Fifth Element and Die Hard with a Vengeance, at least until recently. 

Overall, this movie is a bit of a bust but yet it somehow deserves at least one watch to see how bad / cheesy it is. I watched it that one and only time because I used to be a big Willis fan. You can imagine how shocked I was! For it’s time, it was porn with a story. But these days, it’s probably about average considering what we churn out! 

I score this a C –

Blair Witch Project (1999) [A Review]

The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage psychological horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. It starred, at the time, three unknown actors filmmakers Heather Donahue (The TV Series, Taken), Michael C. Williams (Altered) and Joshua Leonard (Shark Night 3D). 


What’s the Background?

The film tells the fictional story of three student filmmakers who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappeared, but their video and sound equipment (along with most of the footage they shot) was discovered a year later; this “recovered footage” is the film the viewer is watching.


The backstory for the movie is a legend that was fabricated by the directors of the movie (in the same vain that the writers did in the movie “The Fourth Kind” years later). The creators went to great length to give the legend credence by creating a mockumentary entitled “The Curse of the Blair Witch”. 

 The legend describes the killings and disappearances of some of the residents of Blair, Maryland (a fictitious town on the site of Burkittsville, Maryland) from the 18th to 20th centuries. Residents blamed these occurrences on the ghost of Elly Kedward, a Blair resident accused of practicing witchcraft in 1785 and sentenced to death by exposure. The Curse of the Blair Witch presents the legend as real, complete with manufactured newspaper articles, newsreels, television news reports, and staged interviews. Pretty cool right?

Thoughts on this movie

You cannot undersell what this movie did exactly for the movie industry. The Blair Witch Project grossed $248.6 million worldwide. After reshoots, a new sound mix, experiments with different endings and other changes made by the studio, the film’s final budget ended up between $500,000 and $750,000.


The film’s “found footage” format received near-universal praise by critics and, though not the first in the found footage device, the film has been declared a milestone in film history due to its critical and box office success. 

The back story is also rather eerily effective. I mean by this, that it doesn’t seem all that far out of the realms of plausibility in that in quiet towns in the middle of nowhere, you get these weird folklore stories. And while you might pass off these stories as just that, would you go camping out in a woods that is plagued with freakish lore of witches and curses. I doubt I would. At least not without holy water ha ha. 


The acting in itself is pretty good and the filming, while done on handheld device which often gives somewhat of a shaky feel, is pretty cool and appropriate in that it only adds to the authenticity. It also spurred on the creation of many more films of similar type. Remember also, this was done before camera phones were around and before anyone and everyone could film a HD recording at their leisure. 

I will always remember being a school kid hearing about the curse of the Blair Witch and thinking that it was so freaky. I was also pretty scared to watch it given its hype as being the most terrifying film ever. And while it probably isn’t close to the scariest, it is pretty damn unforgettable. 

Rating: B+

What are your thoughts?

Severance (2006) [Movie Review]


Background:

Severance is a 2006 British-German comedy horror film co-written and directed by Christopher Smith. Co-written with James Moran, it stars Danny Dyer and Laura Harris. The film tells a story of group of co-workers who go to a remote mountain forest in Hungary, where they become victims of murderous attacks.

Plot:

The European Sales division of Palisade Defence military arms corporation are on a bus to a team-building weekend at a “luxury lodge” in the Mátra Mountains of Hungary. When a fallen tree blocking the road halts the bus’s progress, the driver refuses to take a dirt road through the woods and, after an argument, drives off leaving the group to walk the remaining distance to the lodge.


Eventually the group reaches the lodge, which is old and in serious disrepair, but the manager Richard convinces the wary but tired group to enter. Inside, Harris discovers a file cabinet full of cryptic Palisade documents, written in Russian. 

The first tell tale sign that all isn’t right is when one of the employees serves the group a meat pie that he found in the kitchen while they discuss these cryptic documents, only for one of them to find a human tooth in their slice. Later, when they head off to bed, one of the group, Jill, spots someone staring into the lodge. The group go outside to look for the voyeur but nobody is found and the group agree to leave the lodge the next day barring Richard. However, the next day when some of the team make their way to find the bus driver to take them home…things take a grizzly turn for the worst. 


Opinion:

The film currently holds an approval rating of 65% on the film critic site Rotten Tomatoes and was lauded by Rolling Stone magazine for its “mischievous blending [of] The Office with Friday the 13th”. 

As for my opinion, well, the film works well in a number of ways. The director, who is previously know for the Brit Horror Creep moved from the black horror of his previous title to something a little more humorous and it paid off, even if you aren’t a great Danny Dyer fan (which I’m not). Yes, at the heart of it, it is a slasher but it is also reasonably intelligent with a good fast paced dialogue and some genuinely funny moments. 


For those who are squeamish, then it may not be the film. The death scenes are quite gruesome so it isn’t for the faint hearted in that regard. And while it isn’t quite Shaun of the Dead funny, Severance is another example of horror movies mixing gruesomeness with some more light hearted moments that makes the film little more than a cold slaughterfest that you come to expect with most modern day films. 

Overall Rating = B-

See the full trailer here:

The Cottage (2008) [Movie Review]

Background:

The Cottage is a 2008 British darkly comic horror film, written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams. It stars Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Reece Shearsmith (Shaun of the Dead) and Jennifer Ellison (Phantom of the Opera). 


The Plot:

Two brothers, David and Peter (Andy Serkis and Reece Shearsmith), kidnap Tracey (Jennifer Ellison), the stepdaughter of Arnie, an underworld crime boss. 


The pair hold her for ransom in a secluded country cottage. Things begin to go wrong when Arnie’s dimwitted son and stepbrother of Tracey, Andrew delivers the ransom. Instead of money, the bag is filled with napkins. David and Peter realize that not only have they been deceived, but Arnie knew about Andrew’s involvement in the scheme all along.

After Peter breaks David’s phone by accidentally dropping it in water, David goes down to the village to use a telephone box to call in another ransom. While there, he happens across some sinister locals who, upon learning that he and his companions are staying at the Barnarby Cottage, warn him to keep his doors locked and not to wander. Disturbed, David returns to the cottage to find that Tracey — who has proven to be highly intelligent and resourceful, albeit foul-mouthed and somewhat psychopathic — has incapacitated Andrew and abducted Peter.
Some distance away, Peter and Tracey arrive at an ominous looking farm. Upon entering the house, they soon discover it to be the home of an insane and hideously deformed serial-killer known only as the Farmer.
Opinions:

You might be interested to know that The Cottage received positive reviews, garnering a 71% certified “fresh” result on Rotten Tomatoes. As for my opinion, I have to say that I was actually rather pleasantly surprised. 

As far as British movies go, and specifically British horror movies go, they are more often than not average films filled to the brim with vulgar language and not much else. Though obviously, it isn’t the most surprising scenario (a horror movie scenario) to hear colourful language. As you know, it’s tense, frightening and high adrenaline. But the Cottage is far more than that. It’s actually very watchable. 


The movie sets the scene really well. You really get the feel of a traditional British backwater and the acting is pretty good, though I’ve always been a fan of Andy Serkis. Jennifer Ellison is truly irritating (in a good way) and in that regard, you find it quite easy to sympathise with the two brothers. She’s quite the pitbull, even if she is beautiful. But you do find yourself caring about the characters and in particular the dysfunctional relationship that the two brothers have. 

As a comedy, it actually works really well with some laughs throughout the movie. And as for a gore movie, it also provides the wince-inducing moments that you would also expect. Some quite inventive too. 


Overall, it is a decent movie that is worth a watch, especially if you like comedy horrors like Severance. 

Overall score – B. 

Watch the Trailer below:


Electric Dreams (1984) – Movie Review


Way before Spike Jonze’s “Her” came a movie called “Electric Dreams”. Actually, this was way before people freely explored the internet and before people thought that computers were cool. 

Electric Dreams is a 1984 American-British science fiction romantic comedy-drama film set in San Francisco, California, that depicts a love triangle between a man, a woman and a computer. It stars Lenny Von Dohlen (Twin Peaks), Virginia Madsen (Sideways and Candyman), Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2), and the voice of Bud Cort (Braindead) and was directed by Steve Barron, who also directed Mike Bassett – England Manager. It also has the honour of being the first film released by the Virgin Films production company. It’s designed in your typical cheesy 80s fashion but don’t let that fool you. This film is all kinds of funky. 


Miles Harding is an architect who envisions a brick shaped like a jigsaw puzzle piece that could enable buildings to withstand earthquakes. Seeking a way to get organized, he buys a personal computer to help him develop his ideas. Although he is initially unsure that he will even be able to correctly operate the computer, he does what every good technology geek does and buys numerous extra gadgets that were not necessary for his work, such as switches to control household appliances like the blender, a speech synthesizer, and a microphone. When Miles attempts to download the entire database from a mainframe computer at work, his computer begins to overheat. In a state of panic, Miles uses a nearby bottle of champagne to douse the overheating machine, which then becomes sentient.

If a sentient computer wasn’t enough to set your appetite, as mentioned earlier on, a love triangle soon ensues between Miles, his computer (who later identifies himself as “Edgar”), and Miles’ neighbor, an attractive cellist named Madeline. That’s right! 


Obviously all hell breaks loose and the movie comes to one hell of a climax. 

The movie scores a 6.5 from IMDB which is possibly a little bit unfair but don’t let that put you off. It actually is a pretty cool film. I mean,  look at this way. This was way before computers had gained such a big foothold in every day life. The idea of having a computer that could control your home with a few clicks was something of crazy science fiction times yet look where we are today with things like Apple’s HomeKit. The idea that people could converse or ask computers question too seemed the stuff of fantasy yet today we have Siri or Cortana. I’m not saying that your latest phone or Xbox is going to get the hots for your next door neighbor. Personally, I’d be pissed if mine did because I really don’t need anymore competition as I’m already struggling but I still think it’s quite funky to see people’s ideas of computing and how far we have come in the 32 years since. 


The film also boasts a pretty kick arse soundtrack which no doubt was influenced by Richard Branson’s influence (He is the owner of Virgin).  The soundtrack features music from prominent popular musicians of the time, being among the movies of this generation that actively explored the commercial link between a movie and its soundtrack. 

The main song of the movie was called “Together in Electric Dreams”. If you like 80s music, you really should check it out (It’s by Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder). Here it is!

Remember. We’ll always be together. However far it seems! We’ll always be together. Together in Electric Dreams. 

Movie Review: Shark in Venice

STARRING: Stephen Baldwin, Vanessa Johansson and Giacomo Gonella

Hey guys and thanks for reading. Today’s review is on the 2008 horror movie Shark in Venice.


 The movie was pitched as being like Indiana Jones meets Jaws so obviously I was intrigued to see what this movie had to offer, especially since I am a big fan of creature features, Jaws and generally anything that has sharks in. 

Without spoiling the story, the plot goes something along the lines of: Stephen Baldwin is David Franks, an archeologist who heads off to Venice to search for his father who mysteriously went missing in Venice, while diving in the city. When he arrives, David uncovers a cryptic trail that may unveil the lost fortunes of the Medici. The mafia are aware of this lost fortune and are keeping an eye on Franks’s every move as he attempts to hunt this treasure and by the way, they’re not the only ones that could stand in his way. Because you see…there are sharks. 


Even though this film reeks (of promise), surprisingly it doesn’t quite deliver. This is even with Stephen Baldwin’s best acting efforts (see above). 

Seriously though, the film is an absolute mess. I don’t know how my Dad even found this movie but he did and since we had it, we had to watch it. I actually started laughing at this movie within the first thirty seconds of hitting play. This was mainly do the ridiculous looking mafia boss played by Giacomo Gonella (see below). 


The storyline was laughable, although maybe not on par with Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus, while the acting and script were disastrous. Stephen Baldwin is a bad actor. He’s so bad. If you must see one scene in this movie, it’s the scene where he is having a nightmare. He also looks like he is in a constant state of jet lag. That being said, I don’t want to give him too much credit as the rest of the cast were equally awful. 

Movies like this need a sense of humour. For example, while Sharktopus was an incredibly bad movie, it’s one saving grace was that you could tell that nobody was taking themselves seriously. You unfortunately can’t say the same for this. This film was just bad and it was not intentionally bad. That’s what makes it so much more tragic. It also makes you wonder how Stephen Baldwin ever managed to get roles like the Usual Suspects. 

Verdict: if you are a glutton for punishment or you really want to punish someone with a movie, then this movie is for you. It’s also a good guide on how not to make a good movie. If you are one of these people, who like me, loves to see silly movies and laugh and/or have a bit of a giggle, you may also get some value out of this but I would recommend you have some alcohol on standby.  Otherwise, stay clear!

Grade: E

Alien Isolation – Review [Xbox One]

After a few weeks of what can only be described as an emotional and psychological onslaught, I’ve done it. I’ve finished Alien Isolation. Here are my thoughts. 


The Story:

You are Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley who no one has heard from since the Nostromo landed on the moon LV-426.  Fans of the Aliens series know why but Amanda has no clue what happened to her mum. The game begins with Weyland-Yutani executive Samuels approaching Amanda with news that somebody has managed to locate the flight recorder from the Nostromo and that it is currently being held aboard Sevastopol, a space station owned by the Seegson corporation.  Samuels offers Amanda the opportunity to come with him and retrieve this recorder in the hope that she can get some closure on whatever happened to her mother, which Amanda accepts. So Ripley, Samuels and Weyland-Yutani lawyer Taylor head off to Sevastopol on a ship called “the Torrens”. However, when they arrive, they find that the station is damaged and communication to be dead. Left with no other choice, Ripley, Samuels and Taylor decide to spacewalk over to Sevastopol to investigate. Things only go from bad to worse when debris strikes them separating their EVA line leaving Ripley all by herself who somehow manages to scramble into the Sevastopol airlock and gain access to the station. 

When Amanda gets out of her spacesuit, it becomes clear that something is very wrong at Sevastopol. The ship seems deserted, in disrepair and there are no signs of life except for graffiti which covers the walls. The station has descended into chaos. As she explores the station, she quickly discovers that the society onboard this station has broken down. There are survivors but those that still remain have grouped together into small factions and they aren’t too fond of outsiders. Ripley’s only option is to find the bridge and try and make contact with the Torrens. It’s unsafe here and she needs to find out if Samuels and Taylor made it back.  After successfully avoiding three armed survivors who try to hunt her down, she is confronted by a man named Axel who holds her at gunpoint. He tells her that the reason that the station has gone into meltdown is because there is a monster onboard it and it is hunting down each and everyone of them.  These people have no escape so the only way they are able to survive is in packs as they scavenge the station for weapons and food. Ripley tells Axel that she can help him IF he helps her. In exchange for his direction around the station so that she can find the recorder and find a way to contact her ship, she will help him get off this hell hole. Unfortunately for the two of them, this objective is far from straightforward. The monster lurks in the darkness. 


Gameplay:

Alien Isolation is a first person survival horror with a huge emphasis on stealth. Unlike first person shooters such as Call of Duty and Battlefield, the objective is not about gunning down your enemies. It’s about avoiding and outsmarting your enemy, which is predominantly the alien onboard Sevastopol. To advance through the game, you must explore the space station using nothing more than a motion tracker in addition to a few gadgets and some weapons with very limited ammunition. And don’t be fooled. While you must repel and/or avoid the alien, it is not the only thing out to get you. Human occupants and hostile androids known as “Working Joes” are also out to make your life a living hell. The good news is that you can defeat these. Just don’t try killing the alien as it won’t die!!

In fact, the alien AI is pretty impressive. The alien does not follow obvious routes and is extremely receptive to your movements and sounds (even more so if you turn on your Kinect which I wouldn’t advise if you have a cough or anxiety). Make no mistake about it, the alien is hunting you down and it will find you unless you tread very carefully. 


Luckily, you have a motion tracker that helps you to keep tabs on the alien. When you hear it bleep, that usually means it’s a good time to hide under the nearest desk or in the nearest locker. Just know two things: 1) it does not beep when it is standing still (it may be hiding in the vent above you waiting to pounce) and 2) the alien can also hear the tracker so if it’s near you, you want to silence it. 

In addition to different weapons that you collect through the game such as a pistol and flamethrower, you also hunt for parts. These enable you to make additional tools like molotovs, EMP devices and medikits.  You should also be aware that this game is no a checkpoint saver. You WILL have to find terminals to save your progress. 

The games visuals and atmosphere are FANTASTIC and they make you feel like you really are on Sevastopol. The sound is also top notch and genuinely terrifying. I didn’t want to play the game too late at night because I was genuinely concerned at not being able to sleep. However, while the atmosphere was really great, the gameplay did get quite repetitive over time. I don’t want to spoil anything for future players but I couldn’t help but feel at times that the game was dragging on and with you being required to go back to certain areas of the space station multiple times, you do kind of feel like that the story is being uneccesarily spread out. The game does also feel at times like you are playing a game of fetch with the objectives repeatedly demanding you to collect key cards or to access terminals to unlock things. 

The game is very tense though even if you do feel at times like you are overexposed to the alien. It genuinely does get your adrenaline pumping and even tightens your chest. It can also be incredibly frustrating as the alien doesn’t give you much of a let up to the point where you can get quite angry if you don’t take breaks. But kudos to the atmosphere. It really is top notch. 

Overall thoughts:

I would love to say that Alien Isolation is a fun game but it is definitely unique and very atmospheric experience. It is also very stressful. And while I am positive that some people would have thrived on that stress, it didn’t make me want to run back as much as I would have liked, especially as I am such a big fan of the Alien series. The game did capture many of the intricate details that made the Alien film great however and that deserves some praise. I also wasn’t satisfied by the ending of the game, which is the main pay off of any adventure. Whether or whether not this was done to entice a sequel, your guess is as good as mine but when you put the gamer through the stress levels that this game puts you through, you want something in return. 

In the end, I would give this game a C+

Pros

~ Atmosphere is incredible 

~ Graphics are superb

~ Captures the feel of Ridley Scott’s Alien. 

Cons

~ Poor ending

~ The game dragged on and was repetitive 

~ The game was too stressful.  

Watch Dogs: The Review


With the imminent arrival of Watch Dogs 2, I decided to give you all a review of the original game which I have recently completed. 

Watch Dogs or Watch_dogs is an open world action adventure third person video game that hit stores worldwide in May 2014. The game, which is published by Ubisoft Montreal, the makers of Assassin’s Creed, was released across multiple platforms including Xbox One, PS4 and PC.  The game is set in Chicago, Illinois and revolves around Aiden Pearce, a hacker who is looking to avenge the death of his niece that resulted from a job gone wrong. The game allows you to travel freely around Chicago and its surrounding countryside and suburban areas as you work your way through the single player campaign while also giving the option to partake in numerous multiplayer activities. You can travel through Chicago by a number of means including by foot, car, motorcycle and train. 

As with all games of this nature, the first and major problem is lining up next to the Grand Theft Auto Series created by Rockstar and if you are looking for a game completely on par with that, you’ll be disappointed. But that isn’t to say that a game still can’t be a good. For me, given that it was made from Ubisoft and that I am such a big fan of Assassin’s Creed, I thought I’d give it a go. Here are my thoughts:

I first attempted to play Watch Dogs in 2015 around March time with high expectations. I had not long ago completed Grand Theft Auto 5 and was psyched to get into my next challenge. When I started the campaign, I was intrigued. It’s a decent premise and the opening does pull somewhat on your heart strings. Then you dive into the game for the first time at a sporting arena in Chicago and herein is where things got a little less enjoyable. 

Now, it may be my age but the controls for Watch Dogs didn’t at first feel natural. I found myself awkwardly scrambling around the controller to hack, run, hide and so on. This didn’t endear me to the game. But I persevered and got through the opening bit including a car chase with police not too disimilar again from GTA. That being said, I think the police in Watch Dogs were slightly more difficult than in GTA. But anyway, you carry on and my first impressions were that the game wasn’t particularly gripping. I felt distracted from the main missions and I wasn’t comfortable with the controls. Furthermore, it became swiftly apparently that the achievements weren’t easy to come by and if that is something that is important to you, you might get frustrated by the lack of “progress”. After about three hours. I stopped playing and didn’t even attempt to again for over a year.  

In July 2016, I gave Watch Dogs one last try to see if my feelings had changed. Again, I felt the controls were uncomfortable and the storyline wasn’t the most gripping but this time I persevered and began to appreciate more the art of stealth. This time I got behind the idea of sneaking through without going through all guns blazing. I also started to enjoy levelling up to unlock more abilities which helps you in your quests. To speed up this process, I did a number of the side quests including the convoys and courier missions. The story itself improves too and you become invested in the characters and the backstory with the campaign moving at a good pace. Some of the side stories too like the serial killer missions are also pretty fun. Just don’t expect to be picking up tonnes of achievements. This game makes you work for your meal. 

Verdict:

If you come into this game expecting it to be like GTA V, then you will be disappointed. The GTA series is special and it would take a hell of a lot to come close. The controls furthermore are not best laid while the story is somewhat of a slow burner which means you will have to invest some time in it to appreciate it while some of the side tasks can become a bit repetitive. That being said, the pay off with the story is worth it while the back stories behind the side missions also give you more depth into the story and could potentially influence your final choice. In summary, Watch Dogs is a good premise that doesn’t quite deliver, yet it is still an enjoyable experience. And if Ubisoft properly invest in ironing out the wrinkles of this game, it is quite possible that Watch Dogs 2 could deliver something special. As for Watch Dogs, if you have the time and the patience, why not give it a go? If you go in with zero expectations, you will probably come out the other end a lot more satisfied. 

Final Grade: B-