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Watch Dogs 2 Human Conditions DLC adds five hours of content, video takes a look at two new missions

17 Feb

The next DLC drop for Watch Dogs 2 hits next week first on PlayStation 4, and according to Ubisoft, it’s rather large.

As outlined in the Season Pass, Human Conditions adds five hours of additional multi-mission Operations to the Watch Dogs 2 story. The video above provides a look at two of the new areas.

Players will be trying to uncover “biggest scandals on the cutting edge of science, medicine, and misuse” in San Francisco. It also provides Marcus and DedSec new villains to contend with, one of which – the Jammer – uses technology to hunt down the player.

Human Conditions also contains new elite co-op missions.

A patch for the game was released earlier this week, paving the way for the next content drop. It introduced free content with added and updated locations on the world map.

Additional content included new dance moves, emotes, clothing, Ubisoft Club Rewards, Bounty Hunter respawn, and some added narrative was added to the game’s ending.

It also introduced tweaks to online gameplay, bug fixes, PC-specific updates and balancing. It is around 10GB in sizes on both PS4 and Xbox One, and 14GB on PC. Ubisoft said it would be best if everyone download the update so the community wouldn’t be split.

You can look over the patch notes through here if you like.

The Watch Dogs 2 Human Conditions DLC will be released on PS4 February 21 and on March 23 for PC and Xbox One.

All present and future online content is available in Guest Mode. This allows a friend of yours who doesn’t own the DLC to be invited into the game through the multiplayer app.

Watch Dogs 3 Might Be Set In London As Ubisoft Teases It In Latest Watch Dogs 2 Update

15 Feb

Ubisoft just released a new patch for Watch Dogs 2 which brought big fixes, new character customization items and prepared the game for the upcoming DLC. However, that is not all the patch does, as the patch has altered the game’s ending a bit that references to Watch Dogs 3 will be set in London. […]

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The latest Watch Dogs 2 patch extends the ending, and may be hinting at a sequel

14 Feb

The ending of Watch Dogs 2 is now a few seconds longer than before, and may be hinting at the series’ future.

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The latest patch notes for the game outline the many changes that have been introduced with title update 1.11. New areas have been opened up in preparation for the upcoming DLC, and there are new emotes and clothing to enjoy. Wearing different clothing may now produce different dance moves when you use the ‘dance’ emote too, which sounds like a good excuse for a ‘trying on lots of different outfits’ montage.

There are quite a few different changes listed, but the most interesting is the slight addition made to the game’s ending. “Without spoiling all of the fun in the patch notes, we’ll just say that if you’ve finished the story you should replay the last mission to watch a little extra something at the end”, the update post promises.

If you want to have your fun spoiled, of course, someone has already gone ahead and uploaded the addition to the end. You can watch it here; the new stuff starts at around 2:17.

Without spoiling it here, the addition seems to hint at a new location. As Kotaku has pointed out, there are coordinates on screen that seem to point towards Brixton, London. The DLC has been confirmed as taking place in San Francisco, so this is curious.

Of course, it might turn out that this isn’t hinting at anything. The game’s initial sales were weak, which has led many to think that the series might not get a third game; however, Ubisoft has also stated that sales have improved quite a bit since then.

Whether or not the game is getting a sequel is unclear, then, but for now you can enjoy a few extra seconds of ending. The patch is 10GB on Xbox One and PS4, and 14GB on PC.

Watch Dogs 2 sales have improved since “soft” release period thanks to word of mouth, says Ubisoft

10 Feb

Watch Dogs 2 is doing better than early reports indicated, which must be a relief to Ubisoft.

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Watch Dogs 2‘s release window sales were described as “soft” during Ubisoft’s post-financials release briefing today.

Despite this admission, Ubisoft remained bullish on the franchise, saying that strong sales followed release due to positive word-of-mouth buzz. The publisher is “happy” with Watch Dogs 2’s performance, CEO Yves Guillemot said, and commented that these healthy sales are important for the long term future of the Watch Dogs franchise.

Watch Dogs 2 UK release sales were well down on the first game’s performance, and it came in eighth on the NPD’s November charts – although it was a crowded month, mind.

At release, Ubisoft said it was “incredibly happy” with critical and player response to Watch Dogs 2 and expected the positive reception to lead to a good sales tail. Looks like it was right on the money, there.

Though Ubisoft did not give hard numbers on Watch Dogs 2’s sales to date, it did say it has already out-performed Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which came out a year earlier.

Syndicate was the last Assassin’s Creed game before Ubisoft suddenly put the franchise on hold after years of annual sequels. It’s a shame, really; although it suffered the same weaknesses as other series entries and multi-studio open world games in general, Syndicate had a lot of points in its favour and was an improvement on the notoriously broken Assassin’s Creed: Unity – the game likely responsible for Syndicate’s subdued sales and Assassin’s Creed going away until, perhaps, 2018.

Speaking of which, Ubisoft said it has just four triple-A releases coming between April 2017 and March 2018 – one of which is the delayed South Park: The Fractured But Whole – and had in fact elected not to release a fifth planned triple-A game, but instead focus on supporting an existing title currently enjoying powerful engagement.

Ubisoft will be actively supporting six live games this year (I think it means For Honor, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Rainbow Six Siege, The Division, Steep and The Crew), which is a new record for the publisher – so it probably doesn’t need any extra triple-A releases to contend with on top of all that.

No idea what the three unaccounted for triple-A releases are. Assassin’s Creed might come back earlier than expected, and Far Cry probably has another release in it. It seems a little early for a sequel to The Division, but The Crew might be good for another go round.

Give Watch Dogs 2 a whirl with a free 3 hour trial

17 Jan

If you haven’t picked it up yet, now’s your chance to try before you buy.

The official Twitter account for Watch Dogs 2 has announced that console players can download a Watch Dogs 2 demo giving them three hours of gameplay.

Available on PS4 and Xbox One, players will get the full game experience including single-player, co-op, and multiplayer, with progress carrying over to the full game if you buy it after the trial period.

You can download the demo on PS4 now. It won’t be available to download on Xbox One until January 24.

Neither the YouTube description or Twitter post specify whether it will also be coming to PC.

Watch Dogs 2 is down to $40 for a limited on Amazon

22 Dec

Another day, another limited-time Amazon deal.

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Amazon has dropped the price of one other AAA game released this year. Today’s deal is on Watch Dogs 2, bringing the price down to $40.

The deal is applicable on the physical versions only, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but not PC. It’s available for a limited time, and as is usually the case, the price will continue to go up until it returns to $60.

Take a look for yourself through the link.

The first round of Watch Dogs 2’s T-Bone Content Bundle will be released on December 22

9 Dec

The latest title update for Watch Dogs 2, 1.06, is now available across all platforms.

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According to Ubisoft, this patch continues the development team’s work to stabilize the game’s seamless multiplayer functionality, and online features. Since these updates required additional development resources, the team has adjusted the release schedule for that new multiplayer content.

The T-Bone Content Bundle for Watch Dogs 2 will now arrive on PS4 on December 22 and on January 24 on PC and Xbox One.

T-Bone’s clothing, school bus and the bulldozer blade which can be attached are included. It also comes with a new Mayhem co-op challenge featuring the Grenadier enemy which makes use of advanced weaponry and tactics.

Starting December 19, the T-Bone Chaos Event will go live. A new challenge will go live each week through Ubisoft Club, where players will earn in-game currency and event rewards. These can include a new car skin or a new bag for Marcus.

More information on the updates can be found through the links.

First phase of seamless multiplayer in Watch Dogs 2 now available on PS4

22 Nov

The Watch Dogs 2 development team has brought the first phase of seamless multiplayer online for PlayStation 4.

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According to Ubisoft, the team expects it to be made available online for Xbox One overnight.

The following multiplayer features are available through the Multiplayer App via the in-game smartphone:

  • Invite friends to co-op or search for new co-op partners
  • Hack into a rival hacker’s world
  • Find targets for Bounty Hunts or trigger a bounty on themselves

Online stability of the seamless multiplayer features will be monitored by the development team.

Should everything continue to run smoothly, the following elements and final phase of seamless multiplayer will be deployed:

  • Nearby bounty targets and Prime_Eight rivals will join the player’s world for them to hunt down and hack without going through the Multiplayer App in the smartphone.
  • Players will also encounter friendly Dedsec hackers who can help them complete different Dedsec events throughout San Francisco.

The multiplayer aspects of Watch Dogs 2 were causing the game to “lag and crash periodically,” so the features weren’t available when the game launched last week. Players were still able to play co-op with others by inviting them to play via the game menu.

Ubisoft said today more updates on the integration will be announced as they become available.

Maybe Watch Dogs 2 isn’t selling because… it’s not very good?

22 Nov

Information overload.

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“Here’s a bunch of millennials flipping the bird at pretend-Facebook while 3D printing their own weapons, running their own social media revolution armed with lethal Nerf guns”

There’s been a fair bit of soul-searching about the poor initial sales of Watch Dogs 2 this week, as news filtered out that it sold 80 percent less than the first game in its first week. Uh-oh, there goes any chance of Watch Dogs 3.

Was it due to the seemingly broken promises of the first Watch Dogs, which many expected to be the first “real” Xbox One and PS4 game of the generation, only to believe that Ubisoft had “downgraded” it from its rapturous E3 reveal in time for release day? Gamers won’t be fooled again!

Or is it the change of tone over the original, as Watch Dogs 2 finds some much-needed humour. Out go the dark conspiracies and in come the dayglo self-referential hipster gags. Here’s a bunch of millennials flipping the bird at pretend-Facebook while 3D printing their own weapons, running their own social media revolution armed with lethal Nerf guns. Maybe those loons on Kotaku in Action are right: Ubisoft shouldn’t have bowed to SJWs and feminist agendas, injecting politics into our hobby. Down with this sort of thing!

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Was it the fact that AAA games are dying for other reasons? Sales have been low for Dishonored 2, Titanfall 2 and now Watch Dogs 2, and as everyone knows, three is a trend. The market is saturated, games are expensive and less people are buying games on day one. Why not wait until the inevitable and almost immediate price cuts?

All the above are interesting little theories, but may I present my own? The game isn’t very good.

The open world of Watch Dogs 2 is excellent. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had fun wandering around messing up the city, causing chaos, exploring, listening to the mad locals. But the actual game? It’s clunky as hell.

I wanted to go the stealth route but just like the first game you can’t hide bodies. And as soon as one is discovered the guards go full-on alert. The more guards you knock out, the higher the chances of being discovered, and more guards are called in. Stealth is rarely a viable option in Watch Dogs 2.

This is compounded by the fact that the AI in Watch Dogs 2 is so comically aggressive. On my very first introductory mission in Watch Dogs 2 I had to hack a mainframe computer (or something). I’d incapacitated a few guards with a taser on the way, but when they saw me with my laptop out? They threw hand grenades at me. Talk about overkill.

This inconsistency floods Watch Dogs 2. You want to bring down The Man by hacking into corporate websites, by stealing music and setting it free, and by, err, shooting hundreds of cops and guards dead with 3D printed machines guns. Hey, at least you can stick meme decals on them. LOL.

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There are other features that are either over or under developed. It’s attitude is interesting and not nearly as shallow as it appears from the marketing, but it’s never as cool as Mr Robot or as cynical as The Circle. Sometimes is hits the nail on the head (“you are less valuable than the data you produce”) and other times you’ll cringe yourself inside out at its dialogue.

And it throws so much info at you that it becomes overwhelming almost immediately. The screen is littered with pointers and information, layered up until it’s a pile of colour and sound and distractions. Add TV news reports covering a chunk of the screen (while you’re driving down the freeway!) and you’ve got the busiest load of white noise you’ve played in years.

“It throws so much info at you that it becomes overwhelming almost immediately. The screen is littered with pointers and information, layered up until it’s a pile of colour and sound and distractions.”

Other problems; the gunplay is poor, it’s a basic cover-shooter, the unique vehicles are dull, the hidden secrets a bit rubbish, the driving is pretty basic.

That Watch Dogs 2 hasn’t sold very well shouldn’t be a surprise. It certainly wasn’t to Ubisoft.

As a place to get crazy, it’s a great time waster. I laughed at the racist self-driving car. The soundtrack is great. It’s sense of childish anarchy is fun – as much as throwing a brick through a window is in real life, or slapping a sticker on a hard to reach sign. But it’s also about as much fun as getting into a fight in real life (that shit hurts), or getting your stash confiscated by the police. It sucks, man.

It’s style over substance, and that’s coming from someone who quite enjoys having two beers and posting pictures of his new shit on Instagram. Maybe that’s why it’s not selling. It’s not very good once you’ve burnt a few hours in it, and that’s not worth $50.

Watch Dogs 2 fails to top UK charts in its debut week with drastic drop in sales from the prequel

21 Nov

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Watch Dogs 2 launched last week to decent reviews all round.

Unfortunately, the numbers paint quite a different picture.

The title debuted at second place in the UK charts, failing to nudge Infinite Warfare from the top spot. According to GfK Chart Tracker, Call of Duty “narrowly fends off the challenge from new-entry ‘WatchDogs 2’.”

Sales numbers aren’t shared by the site, but over on NeoGAF they figured out that based on Infinite Warfare sales being down by 46% and Watch Dogs 2 almost pipping it to the post, it must have sold in the region of 80k copies.

To put that in perspective, Watch Dogs sold 380k. That’s a rather significant drop.

You can check out the top 10 titles for last week below.

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Watch Dogs 2
  3. FIFA 17
  4. Battlefield 1
  5. WWE 2K17
  6. Forza Horizon 3
  7. Dishonored 2
  8. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition
  9. Grand Theft Auto 5
  10. Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection

Watch Dogs 2 patch fixes bugs, performance issues, explicit NPC – seamless online update still in the works

19 Nov

Ubisoft released an update to Watch Dogs 2 yesterday, which fixed a few bugs and as promised, made a certain female NPC less explicit.

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It’s a relatively small update, and doesn’t include a fix to the seamless online issue. The team is currently focusing on the issue, it said, and will provide more information soon.

Here’s what you can expect in title Update 1.04 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One:

Bug and Glitches

  • Emote Wheel Swap – Bug where emotes and weapon wheel become intermixed is now fixed
  • Explicit NPC Model – We’ve updated one NPC model that was previously explicit. Nudity on other male and female NPCs has not been changed
  • Phone App Disappears – Some players encountered a bug causing their phone apps to disappear. The fix will recover the missing apps

Performance (graphics, fps)

  • Nudle – Framerate during the “Limp Nudle” mission has been improved
  • PS4 Pro performance should be improved with this patch

Watch Dogs 2 is available now on PS4 and Xbox One and will be released on PC November 29.

We’re livestreaming some Watch Dogs 2 gameplay – come join us

16 Nov

Join us as we livestream some righteous Watch Dogs 2 gameplay.

Watch live video from vg247 on www.twitch.tv

Shabana will be taking you on a tour of the recently released title from Ubisoft, and hopefully, show you some of the rather cool things DedSec is up to.

Maybe she’ll hack something major, or take a less than passive approach and just start killing people.

You’ll have to watch and find out.

Watch Dogs 2 is now available on PS4, PS4 Pro and Xbox One. It will release on PC November 29.

Watch Dogs 2: where to find all unique vehicles

16 Nov

San Francisco is a big place. Let us help you find all 7 unique vehicles in Watch Dogs 2.

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Watch Dogs 2 isn’t short of vehicles that you can steal and thrash around it’s generous map, and there’s nothing more fun than stoking a car chase with the cops before hacking a bunch of obstacles and causing all kinds of mayhem.

But why do that in your standard vehicles, when you can track down 7 unique rides hidden across the map?

Here’s a handy visual guide to finding them all. Once you have them they become automatically available in the Cars on Demand app, meaning you can call them in at any time during your adventures.

Wrecker – Muscle Car

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Head over to the Port of Oakland where you’ll see a forklift next to a bunch of stacked shipping containers. Hack the nearby camera to see the muscle car in an open container at the top of the pile. Now hack the car and drive it off the top of the stack to land at your feet. Sweet!

Mountain King – Off Road

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Another one in Oakland, to the right of Lakeside Park on the map and near your HQ. There’s an Auto Repair shop here with a forklift truck outside. The Mountain King is up the ramp behind the Auto Repair shop in a gated yard. You can either climb on the containers nearby and send the RV Jumper over the fence to hack the junction box, and then hack the gates into the yard. Or hack the forklift, drive it up to the gates and use it climb over into the yard. Either way, the Mountain King is now yours.

Flip Wagon – Standard Vehicle

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This is on the block to the north of The Painted Ladies. Just head down an alley and on your right is a surprisingly nippy camper van. Good luck getting it out of there without scratching it.

Danger Mobile – Service Vehicle

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Head on over to Yerba Buena Island. On the map you’ll notice a building in the shape of a H. This is where the vehicle is, nestled between two buildings. It has green gas billowing out the back of it.

Ice Cube – Sports Car

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At the top left of the map, look for a place called Kirby Grove. You can Fast Travel to a Motocross Race nearby if you want, or just drive. On the map you’ll see a road to the left of Kirby Grove. It’s a dirt track, which you should follow to the campsite, where you’ll find the Ice Cube parked up next to a tent and a bloke strumming his guitar.

Rainbow Missile – Motorcycle

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Head to San Mateo and you’ll need to enter this restricted garden where you’re looking for a little red scooter. There’s only one guard, so cap her with the stun gun, physically hack the junction box to unlock the gate, and jump on the scooter to ride to freedom.

The Dangerzone – Sports Car

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Head over to this block near the Nudle HQ and look for the SVNR building. Outside you’ll see a small grate – the perfect size for your RV Jumper. Send the Jumper through the gate and down into the garage where you’ll find a standard 4×4 vehicle. Take control of it and reverse it into the wooden panel, which will break to reveal a physical hack box. Use the RV to hack it and open the garage door. Then take the RV jumper out to open the main garage doors. You can now walk down to the garage level, and open the last remaining door, which will reveal The Dangerzone. Hit the highway.

Looking for more Watch Dogs 2 help? We’ve got eight essential beginner’s tips here, as well as a guide to solving the mystery of the gnomes and unlocking the coveted and rare gnome outfit.

Player Finds Female Genitalia in Watch Dogs 2, Sony Suspends His Account

16 Nov

In the gaming industry, every day brings something interesting to talk about. In 2016 alone, we had No Man’s Sky scandal, Battlefield 1 distasteful meme controversy and much more. However, the highlight of the year could be what happened to a player on Sony Entertainment Network. Watch Dogs 2 is now released on PlayStation 4 […]

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Here’s a Watch Dogs 2 video comparing PS4 Pro 4K to the 1080p version

15 Nov

As promised last week, today we’re giving you a look at how Watch Dogs 2 compares when played on a standard PS4 and PS4 Pro.

Now that the PS4 Pro patch is live for the latest from Ubisoft, Arekkz takes a look at the game running on both PS4 Pro and the original PS4.

How does it look when upscaled to 4K compared to 1080p? Watch and find out.

Watch Dogs 2 is out in the wild now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Ubisoft to patch “particularly explicit” NPC model in Watch Dogs 2

15 Nov

Ubisoft has said it’s working on a patch which will take care of the rather detailed NPC in Watch Dogs 2 which made the rounds this morning.

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According to a statement sent to Kotaku, this “particularly explicit” NPC will be made “consistent with other NPC” in the game.

The patch is expected to be released this week.

Ubisoft said it is also working with first-party partners to ensure players can “share all content from the game within the bounds” of code of conduct policies. In other words, Microsoft and Sony – particularity the latter in this case, we reckon.

For those who haven’t heard about why this patch is being issued, if you click the link in the paragraph above you will find out.

In short: an NPC prostitute was killed in the game, her skirt came up, and it showed her wearing an interesting choice of undergarment which left nothing to imagination.

I could make so very many jokes here, but I will refrain. I am a grown woman, after all. Well, sometimes.

Watch Dogs 2 was released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One today.

Watch Dogs 2 Gnomes Locations Guide – Where to Find, Unlock Gnome Outfit

15 Nov

Watch Dogs 2 is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One. The game comes with many different puzzles, collectibles and side quests for you to complete but the following guide will focus on collectibles. It will help you locate a certain type collectible, Gnome, so you can unlock the Gnome Outfit.

For more help on Watch Dogs 2, read our Hacking Guide and Money Bags Locations Guide.

Watch Dogs Gnomes Locations

Gnome #1: Go to Papa B’s Pawn Shop in the Tenderloin to find the Gnome on a shelf inside.

Gnome #2: Go to the shipping facility of Tidis corporation, north of the Palace of Fine Arts. This is a front of the Brava crime syndicate. There is a Gnome near the front gate, inside a doghouse.

Gnome #3: Go a block north of Embarcadero Center and enter an alleyway across the park. Look for a rainbow-colored awning on a bus stop to know if you are going the right way. Go over the fence and climb the ladder to find a vent.

Use the RC Jumper and send it inside the vent. Use the Blume control box inside before going to the rooftop. The ventilation duct is now unlocked and you can enter to grab a Gnome.

Gnome #4: Look for a gang controlled lot with a small mobile home near the San Francisco to Oakland freeway.There is wheelbarrow full of dark liquid nearby that has a Gnome.

Gnome #5: Go to the HAUM Data Center and to the block next to it has a parking lot and a small brick building with a mural of a unicorn on it. Get to the roof of this building to get the Gnome.

Gnome #6: Head to the top level of East block of the Transbay Center and take out your RC Jumper. You need to have the Enhanced Spring ability and activate the Jumper off the shorter hedge to access the walled-off area. You will find a Gnome inside.

Gnome #7: Go to the Stache and Vine near the Mission-Dolores Hackerspace, across the street there is a grey building. Reach the rooftop of the building. The Gnome is near the hot tub.

Gnome #8: Locate the garden west of the Painted Ladies, enter from the corner of Doobie Donuts and go inside the alleyway. Go up the first set of stairs to find the Gnome.

Gnome #9: There is a park near SF MOMA, go to the west end of the park and go to the rooftop of taqueria. There is Gnome up there.

Gnome #10: There is a tunnel between Lake Merrit and the Coliseum. Inside there is small dock, climb up and use the ladder to find the Gnome.

If you have any questions regarding Watch Dogs 2 Gnomes Locations, take to the comments below.

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Watch Dogs 2 easter eggs: where to find all hidden gnome locations and unlock the secret gnome outfit

15 Nov

Dress like a prat by solving the puzzle of the gnomes.

Watch dogs 2 contains plenty of unlocks, secrets and hidden extras, one of which is this oddball gnome outfit. To find it, follow these steps and soon enough you’ll be walking around in a horrendous pair of crocs, green leather trousers and a beard scarf. I don’t know, either.

Firstly, what do gnomes like to do? They like to fish, of course. So head on over to the Fisherman’s Wharf area, at the north of the map, and go to this restaurant.

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Go around to the front of the restaurant and whip out your RV Jumper. Just under the steps to the restaurant you’ll see a gap where you can drive under and below the restaurant you’ll see a gnome with a laptop. Press triangle to interact with it – this is important, otherwise you won’t be able to pick up the gnomes later even if you find them.

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Focus the RV Jumper camera on the laptop, then press up on the d-pad to adjust the brightness. Adjust it down to -2 and you’ll get a decent look at a map of San Francisco with 10 circles and 2 crosses marked on it.

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The X at the uppermost part of the map is your location here. The other X is where you’ll find the secret gnome outfit, but first you have to visit all 10 circle locations and collect a gnome with a green hat at each. Once you have all 10, the gnome outfit will become available.

The good news is you can Fast Travel to the majority of these locations via clothing shops and other icons, so it doesn’t take long to get the outfit.

Where are all the hidden gnomes?

Location 1: Rooftop weed garden gnome

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The first gnome is at the top of a rooftop garden, on the block to the left of Painted Ladies. You can Fast Travel to The Dye Dude Kiosk on the corner opposite, then head over to the Doobie Donut shop, and around the right hand side until you see an opening into a courtyard. Look for the purple blossoming trees and go up the stairs. On the rooftop you’ll see a bubble machine, some weed plants and your green gnome.

Location 2: Hot tub gnome party

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The next location is near the DedSec HQ, and you can Fast Travel to Stache & Vine, which is on the block opposite. Head over the road and round into the backyards. Careful, as this is near a restricted area, but you don’t need to enter it. Climb onto the decking, up on the shed, and over the fence where you’ll find this next gnome acting as lifeguard next to a hot tub.

Location 3: SF MOMA Mexican food gnome

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This gnome is on a small block between a Drone Race marked on the map and the SF MOMA. Fast Travel to the Drone Race, then cross over to the Taqueria Mexican Food restaurant. You need to get on the roof. If you turn around when looking at the Mexican restaurant you’ll see a handy crane on wheels behind you. Hack it to drive over to the restaurant and climb onto the roof. Around the corner you’ll find the gnome staring at the wall, next to a teddy bear doing the same. Both are covered in blood.

Location 4: Underpass bathtub gnomes

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This one isn’t near many Fast Travel spots, but head to the Axle Boardshop and then follow the roads as pictured on the map. This gnome is at the back of a Restricted Area, but you can cheat by following the wall around until you see this gap with the graffiti “hey bay!” written on it. Send your RV Jumper through and look for the bathtub with gnomes, near the tents. You can pick the green gnome up using the RV Jumper and don’t have to get into any trouble.

Location 5: Transbay gnome

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This is located at the Transbay Center, so Fast Travel to a local restaurant and climb the steps all the way up. Head to the red statue in the garden and near it is a triangular hedge. You’re going to need to get the RV Jumper over that hedge. If you’ve upgraded it enough you can jump from the lower hedge to the highest, then over into the little enclosure where you’ll find the green gnome lording it over the red gnomes.

If you haven’t upgraded the Jumper enough, don’t worry. Just steal a van or other tall vehicle and drive it up the steps into position. Try and avoid running people over in this pedestrian area as it’ll trigger the cops. Then climb on top, get out the RV Jumper and hop it over the enclosure to grab the gnome.

Location 6: Rooftop picnic gnome

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This is on a block opposite the Haum Data Center. You’re going to need a cherry picker or other high-reaching crane to get on top of a fairly nondescript bakery/bookstore. It’s next to a small carpark and has graffiti of a unicorn shitting rainbows and money if you can’t find it. Anyway, there’s a small building site nearby, and you’ll find a forklift truck which you can then use to lift a dumpster to create makeshift stairs. The green gnome is on top of the building, having a picnic with a bear.

Location 7: Pawnstar gnome

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This gnome is at The Tenderloin and you can Fast Travel to the pawnshop here. Go inside and it’s on the shelf. Easy.

Location 8: Gnome hiding in an airduct

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Head to this part of the map, to the left of a bunch of parks and north of the Embarcadero Center. There’s a restaurant nearby you can Fast Travel to. This one is pretty tricky. Start underneath the bridge with the steps on your left. Run around the otherside of the steps to the alleyway and over the small gate. Once over the gate climb the short ladders and do a nethack scan.

You’ll see there’s a closed circuit terminal that you need to unlock. To do so, send the RV Jumper into the airduct at the top of the ladders underneath the grill. Now climb up further on to the rooftops behind you, following the newly revealed hacked line in blue. On the rooftop is another airduct that you can now unlock and send the RV Jumper in to grab the gnome and a Research Point.

Location 9: Doghouse gnome

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Head to the top left of the map, to a spot near a pier. This gnome is in a restricted area, with barbed wire, guards, rottweilers, and all sorts of intimidating fencing. Despite that it’s easy to get. Just hack the gate to open it, and send the RV Jumper in and to the right of the gate. The gnome is in a little house by the front fence.

Location 10: Oakland gnome

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This is the only gnome off the main map and in Oakland. Head to north east of the Blume Arena, and stand with the river on your left and a path going under the freeway. It’s just above a restricted area. Head under the freeway/tunnel with the water to your leftt, and once you spot the two boats, dive in and swim over to them. Climb out and up the yellow ladder to find the gnome chilling on a chair.

Where is the hidden gnome outfit?

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Now head over to the second X marked on the map. It’s just below the WKZ Station in the park. Look for a tent, send your RV Jumper in to pick up a package and you’ll get a message that a new outfit has been added to your wardrobe.

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Now head over to the HQ and get dressed in your new clothes: green trousers, silly hat, crocs, shirt with braces and a gnome beard mask! Now, that was certainly worth it, hey.

You may get your PSN account suspended if you share pics of Watch Dogs 2’s NPC genitals

15 Nov

Don’t share NSFW content captured on your PS4 with the world, or you may get your PSN account suspended.

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Watch Dogs 2 developers have modelled genitalia for male and female NPCs.

Unfortunately, you can’t share your excitement over NPCs having private bits with the rest of the world, at least when it comes to taking screenshots of them using the PS4’s built-in share function. Well, you can, but you could run the risk of getting your PSN account suspended by Sony.

NeoGAF member Goron2000 found this out the hard way. After getting an early copy of the game and accidentally blowing up a group of NPCs, the user realised that the game does in fact have fully modelled genitalia. He took a screenshot and shared it on his Twitter, leading to Sony suspending his PSN account.

Here’s the screenshot. Warning, it’s definitely NSFW.

The email Goron2000 received from Sony said that sharing content of sexual or adult nature is a violation of the company’s code of conduct. The suspension period is one week, during which he won’t be able to use online functionality.

This is the email he received:

We’re writing to inform you that your Sony Entertainment Network account has been temporarily suspended. We’ve made this decision based on your online activity in Live from PlayStation on 14-11-2016.

Content of an adult or sexual nature is against our Code of Conduct. The suspension will last 1 week and will be lifted on 21-11-2016. You won’t be able to access online multiplayer, PlayStation Store and other network features until the suspension is over.

We take the decision to suspend an account very seriously, and we only do so after one of our moderators has carefully analysed the situation. PlayStation Support therefore cannot overturn this moderation decision.

We ask all our players to act decently, respectfully and with consideration for us and other players while using PlayStation Network. To make sure you understand the behaviour we expect from our community, please review the Code of Conduct here before returning to PlayStation Network. Please be aware that any further breaches of the Code of Conduct may result in a longer suspension or even a permanent ban.

Full frontal nudity can definitely be seen in other areas in Watch Dogs 2. Searching for Watch Dogs 2 nudity on Twitter will bring up many screenshots players captured in the game.

Watch Dogs 2 is out now on PS4, and Xbox One. The PC version will follow on November 29.

Watch Dogs 2 beginner’s guide: 8 quick tips for hackers and hipsters

15 Nov
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Watch Dogs 2 beginner’s guide: 8 quick tips for hackers and hipsters

Watch Dogs 2 wants you to bring down The Man by hacking the system, shaming the media and socially engineering meatbags to do your bidding. It has a lot of fun doing all of this, throwing out the ridiculously po-faced attitude of the original Watch Dogs and instead dressing it up in dayglo pants, ironic memes and imaginary 80s action movies. There’s a lot to like in Watch Dogs 2.

But in order to see the best the game has to offer, you need to play by a few rules. Here you’ll find the basics needed to get up to speed quickly in Watch Dogs 2, and make the most of hacking opportunities, exploiting the system and adopting the right play style to best tackle the forces of corruption.

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Choose your playstyle: Aggressor, Ghost or Trickster

Choose the way you want to play but don’t be held to it if situations change. Guards in Watch Dogs 2 can go from standing around sniffing their own farts to spotting you and throwing grenades in seconds. You will need to switch tactics just as quickly. The game acknowledges three different styles; Aggressor (combat focused), Ghost (stealth orientated) and Trickster (manipulating the environment to do your dirty work for you).

You don’t have to stick to one style and you’ll need elements of all three to get you through the game, but it does pay to specialise and there are tools and skills to unlock that will affect your entry into certain areas, side ops and other unlocks. Don’t waste your points upgrading generic skills – go for specialisation first. Distraction skills are good for a start, as are hacking skills. Which brings us to…

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Trickster is almost always the best approach to begin with

Using the Trickster approach to problem solving seems to be the most effective, not only at the start of the game as you get to grips with the way Watch Dogs 2 works, but also as a way to approach all the main missions initially.

Being the Trickster is all about using everything around you to work in your favour without getting your own hands dirty. Use the RC Jumper and drone to spy, to physically hack objects, to blow up junction boxes and take out guards, to hack emails and complete objectives. There’s a couple of missions where you don’t even need to physically enter a building at all to complete them. Eventually you can upgrade the quadcopter drone to access your inventory, dropping IEDs on enemies. You really don’t need to get your hands dirty a lot of the time if you think before rushing in.

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Using security cameras is essential

No matter whether you want to play stealthily or not, you should always pause before entering a new location or building to scope out the cameras. Hack the closest and cycle through all in the vicinity to note guard patrol patterns and environmental hazards you can use to distract and incapacitate.

Guards will now appear on your mini map, making reaching your objectives a lot easier. Whether you want to burst in all-guns blazing or like a ghost, you now have the complete heads-up.

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Warning: you cannot hide bodies

This is one of those design choices that goes against 95 percent of stealth games you’ve ever played. Once you incapacitate a guard, you cannot move the body to hide it. It’s infuriating and will make you question why exactly you’ve chosen the stealth route. The more guards you knock out, the more chance there is that a patrol will discover it, so the danger only escalates, especially in locations that have 10, 20 or more guards on patrol.

But by taking out guards silently there’s less chance others will hear a noise and call for back-up. Guards are extremely aggressive in Watch Dogs 2, and once more come to their aid you’ll be trapped with little chance of getting out alive. The cooldown from hunting you to returning to their regular patrol routes is a long period, so stealth feels particularly hard and unfair in Watch Dogs 2.

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Master the hacking basics

Again, no matter what you play style, you need to know the basics of hacking at the very least. It will just make the game in general much easier and enjoyable to play. Click R3 to “nethack”, which turns the screen black and white and highlights all hackable objects, people and more. It’s also used to find side objectives that aren’t immediately clear (these glow orange). Get into the habit of using it every time you enter a new space.

At the very least you should be hacking doors before you even move from cover to run through them, and when it’s at its best you can create entirely new entry points in buildings by moving cranes, or completely stop a long-winded police pursuit by raising barriers and ramps. Also, hack the shit out of people to drain their money, you’re going to need a lot of it.

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Download and use the phone apps

Two apps immediately stand out; SongSneak and ScoutX. SongSneak lets you download new music as you walk past somewhere that’s playing a song. Just whip out the phone and tap the app to add it to your playlist. Watch Dogs 2 has a great soundtrack and if you’re playing it for multiple hours you’re going to want variety – you can play music at any point, not just when in a vehicle.

The other essential app is ScoutX. This app is all about taking photographs of places and people, which in turn increases the DedSec follower count. The more followers you have the more side and main missions unlock, eventually taking you to your main goal of taking down Blume. You can get followers by doing lots of things (such as completing missions), but ScoutX is really easy to use. Just go to a designated area, take the pic, and bingo, your followers go up. You can rack up hundreds of thousands in half an hour.

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Be aware of other players stealing your shit

Hacking Invasion is an online mode where a player drops into someone elses game and attempts to steal their followers. It’s a fun mini game, and can produce some lively and dynamic situations, especially when you spank someone who thinks they’re going to get away with stealing your hard work.

While Hacking Invasion won’t happen when you’re in the middle of a main operation, they can occur at any other time during free mode. This means even if you’re on your way to a different part of the map to start a campaign mission someone can hack your game. Basically, any time that isn’t spent in a main campaign mission is considered free roam, so be aware that you’re always liable to attacks.

These modes are set to on by default, but you can get around this by turning individual online modes off in the main menu. Do that if you don’t want to be disturbed while you concentrate on the proper campaign of Watch Dogs 2.

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Get a free shotgun

If you’re playing the Aggressor style, you’re going to need weapons early on. You start with a stun pistol that’s slow to load and will shortly get a 9mm pistol, but neither are going to get you very far. If you can save up enough cash you’re able to 3D print your own weapons, but you’re better off saving for the drone first before putting your cash into munitions.

So an easy way to get a punchy shotgun is to get aggro in the street. Just pick on a few local citizens and soon enough the cops will turn up. Take down a cop and grab his shotgun. Whether you escape or get killed is irrelevant. You now have the SG-90 Pump Action in your inventory and it packs a powerful punch. Now the odds are a little more even.