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Watch Dogs: Legion

Tips for Playing Watch Dogs Legion

If you’re jumping into Watch Dogs Legion for the first time, it might be difficult to know where to begin.

It’s a huge game. You’ve got the whole of London at your fingertips (well, practically), so where do you go? What do you do? You can, of course, simply follow through the story missions, heading from marker to marker, but in doing that you’re missing out a huge chunk of what the game can offer you. It pays to explore, spend time off the beaten path, and take in everything that Watch Dogs Legion is hiding up its sleeve.

To that end, we’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of the game.

Explore.

This one sounds obvious, but you should absolutely take the time to explore when playing Watch Dogs Legion. Go down that side street, see what’s happening down on the riverfront. London is huge, and while Watch Dogs Legion‘s version is cut down somewhat, there’s still a tonne to see and do. You’ll come across new recruits and side activities, like a game of keep-up in the park, or a civilian in need of your help. But even if you don’t find anything to aid your progress in the game, just taking in the sights and sounds is rewarding enough. There are street performers, people being strange for the sake of it (we found a man shouting into a traffic cone once), shops to peruse, and some beautiful locations to see.

Stop and take some photos.

You can access Watch Dogs Legion‘s photo mode by pressing in both thumb sticks at once, and we absolutely recommend that you do this from time to time. Admire the game’s beauty by stopping to take a photo, whether it be of your surroundings or something cool you’ve seen happening on the street. It can be easy to get wrapped up in the constant flow of missions that you forget to slow down a minute to take everything in. Whipping out your camera is the best way to do that.

Put a vehicle on autodrive from time to time.

You can drive just about any vehicle in Watch Dogs Legion, and many of them have an ‘autodrive’ feature. This is the near future, after all. Autonomous cars have taken over. Set your waypoint on a map, jump in a car, and press ‘A’ (or ‘X’ on PS4) to set it to autodrive. Now sit back, enjoy the radio, and take in the sights of London on your very own tour. Not every car has autodrive, though; you’ll see some classic cars about on the streets – you can’t autodrive these, nor motorcycles. Which makes perfect sense when you think about it.

Use the underground (but only when necessary).

Don’t fast travel too often; you’ll miss out on seeing lots of cool stuff. But when you do, you’ll use the London Underground to do so. You’ll need to have found a station before you can fast travel to it, but before long you’ll have numerous fast travel points. It’s handy when you want to get somewhere quickly, but for the most part we recommend heading on foot or by car.

Recruit a wide variety of people.

As you likely know by now, Watch Dogs Legion doesn’t have a central protagonist. Instead, you can recruit just about anyone you meet on the street. There’s a huge range of characters out there, each with their own personality and special skills to bring to your operations. You’ll need to recruit some people as part of the story – such as a drone expert, and someone who can go undercover – but for the most part, it’s entirely up to you. Having a wide range of characters at your disposal can make the game more fun. How about escaping from your pursuers by hiding as a human statue? You can do that with the right recruit. Or how about attacking your foes with a swarm of bees? Yep, that’s a possibility too.

Besides, seeing all the different personalities is a blast. You might get a rather posh gent, or you might get an utterly potty-mouthed Londoner – and pretty much anything in between. Watch Dogs Legion can feel rather different depending who you have at the helm.

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Spend your Tech points.

As you play, you’ll earn Tech points, which can be spent to unlock new tech, or improve your existing tech. These are things like weapons, drones, spider-bots, or cool abilities like being able to mask downed enemies so their body doesn’t alert anyone. Be sure to head into the menu regularly to spend any points you’ve accrued. Unlocking new abilities can make a huge impact on the game; a spider-bot that can shoot is surely a gamechanger, right?

Play Watch Dogs Legion your way.

One of the great things about Watch Dogs Legion is that there’s no right or wrong way to play. Missions can be undertaken in just about any fashion that you can think of. You can go in all-guns-blazing, if you want, fighting your way through every guard that stands in your way. Or you can utilise your tech; using drones and spider-bots, and jumping from camera to camera to stealth your way to where you need to be. Often, a mixture of both works best. But don’t feel obliged to play in any particular fashion. Occasionally, missions will require you to do something without being spotted, or fight your way out of an area. But for the most part, it’s entirely your choice. Make the game yours by playing in the style that best suits you.

Utilise all the tech that’s available to you.

Even if you want to ignore Watch Dogs Legion‘s stealth options and head into direct combat every time, it’s wise to remember all the tech that’s available to you. You can hack into cameras, disrupt enemy comms, use drones and spider-bots, turn turrets towards the enemy, and more. Some of these things require you to have spent Tech points in the required area, but many are available off the bat. Not only is it a heck of a lot of fun jumping between cameras, or controlling a spider-bot, but it can give you the upper hand over your enemies.

Play dress up.

You earn a lot of money by completing tasks and missions in Watch Dogs Legion. Now, what better way to spend your money than on a lavish wardrobe filled with weird and wonderful outfits?

There are tonnes of shops dotted around London. Many of these are ‘chain’ stores, selling the same items. But head to certain locations, like Camden High Street, and you’ll find lots of boutique stores offering up unique items. Buy yourself plenty of clothing items, and you can change your outfit whenever you feel like it. Even better, your wardrobe is available to all recruits, so you can use anything you purchase on all of your available characters.

Adjust the difficulty to suit you.

Watch Dogs Legion has three difficulty settings: Easy, Normal and Hard. You can change it at any time, and there are no achievements tied to difficulty. So remember the option is there, and tinker with the difficulty to suit you. Finding fights against enemies too tough? Turn the difficulty down. Everything a bit of a cakewalk? Turn it up.

Difficulty only affects enemy alertness, weapon damage, and vehicle efficiency, so it won’t massively change the game. But it will have an impact on combat, so set it to something that suits.

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