Watch Dogs original unveil was at E3 2012, where it was revealed in a glorious looking trailer, that was truly worthy to be called a “next-gen” game. Unfortunately, its later gameplay trailers never came close to the original reveal. Since we have got our hands on the final retail version on the PS4, we decided to see how does it compares to the (in)famous original reveals.
Immediately noticeable from the above comparison is the missing Bokeh depth-of-field effect. While it might have looked like it was overused in the original reveal, it looked pretty good and its absence can be clearly seen in this comparison. The rain drops slowing down in focus mode still seem to be intact, they are just less pronounced in the retail version because of difference in the intensity of weather.
We saw a pretty impressive looking traffic crash in the E3 2012 demo. This is actually possible in the final retail version. Ofcourse, the E3 2012 one was scripted and hence looked pretty awesome in comparison to the random traffic crashes that we can conduct in the final version of the game.
The water effects looked realistic in the E3 2013 demo at Sony’s conference. This was definitely one of the highlights of the demo, when Aiden creates a blackout and then runs away on a boat in water. The effects seems to have been toned down in the final version of the game, as can be seen in the GIF above.
In any case, the scripted nature of the demo made the game look far more impressive, even though the end game still looks pretty damn good.
Watch Dogs is out now on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
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