Watch Dogs vs. Grand Theft Auto V: A Screenshot Comparison Between Two Open World Games

Khurram Imtiaz

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  • Guest

    plus we are talking bright and sunny California to the windy city these are two different games with two different environments. I enjoyed GTAV but I also Enjoy Watch_Dogs I dont really compare the two other than open world sandbox. Watch_Dogs gives me alot to do while driving around and some very fun stunt opportunities while GTA left me bored and tired of driving. I think if we all stop comparing and start giving constructive criticism it will go alot farther in the future of gaming. Trolling is not fixing it, get a hint fanboys

  • Naysayer

    Stupid GTA Fanboys here. Watch Dogs is superior in every way, the crappy Consoles are technically outdated and GTA hasn’t evolved since 4 , in fact San Andreas was better than 5.

  • Fluffy

    It is all well and good to say that gta v is better looking than watch dogs, but there have been multiple titles in the gta series for rockstar to improve and learn from its errors. However in ubisoft’s case, this is the first
    watch dogs title they have released, and so have not had the chance to take feedback on board with a newer game, unlike rockstar with gta v.

  • Jeff

    Rockstar games is the founder and KING of Sandbox titles.
    I’m not sure what people expect.

  • Jecht_Sin

    The only thing I know is that Ubisoft kept its tradition and managed to have Watch Dog noticeably tearing even on Xbone (and slightly on PS4), while GTA V is tearless..

  • cusman

    GTA V is a simulated physics world for everything from the characters to all the objects and the lighting and shadows, even the sound, while Watch_Dogs is mostly just faked.

    I mean in Watch_Dogs you will see the sun reflected in building glass even when there is no sun shining at those buildings. Your momentum has no effect on how things break/crumble when you impact. The train stops the moment you get in front of it, yet the sound of it slowing down/stopping continues to play. Rockstar has been making, refining, and improving their game/engine for years, and Watch_Dogs has just put up a first game.

    I think it will take a few iterations before Watch_Dogs sandbox is as well implemented as something like GTA V.

  • lol

    I don’t know what y’all are looking at but in gaming having super bright daylight is considered BAD LIGHTING because it is highly unrealistic. Plus the clothing and faces in GTA V is horrible. I haven’t played both on my TV to compare but based on those I would not say GTA is sooo much better. Plus they already compared map sizes and it’s about the same. This is a troll article.

  • PachterStation

    Not forgetting that Watchdogs is a GTA clone. Not played Watch Dogs yet, but I’m guessing it’ll be one of these overhyped games that’ll be rammed with DLC.

  • Asif Bashir

    GTA V blows Watch Dogs out of the water quite literally, given how GTA V was able to run looking that incredible on a system with around 512mb of ram compared to Watch Dogs on PS4 which has 8GB of ram its shameful. Arguments aside on total ram available for development its still a ton more on current gen that’s for sure, for a game like Watch Dogs on current gen there is no excuse for it to look like it does also its gameplay is mediocre at best so another win for GTA V imo.

  • C

    Yet the screen shots are so obviously cherry picked. Work your magic to try and get more site hits.

    • thombro911

      Cherry picked in which sense? Cause if you’re saying it’s cherry picked for the views of GTA V looking better I’m going to be baffled cause. Watch dogs on old generation systems plays sooo horribly and all settings for the game on medium to low specs of what you can manually adjust on PC. I sat down and looked at it on medium/low specs and its god awful, the only console version that looks crisp and plays steadily for watch dogs is on the PS4, they couldn’t even get the game to run steadily on xbox one after delaying it multiple times. The game was overhyped to the extremes that it could be. Atleast GTA V follows through across the board when it released. Rockstar hands down outdid Ubisoft, so I honestly hope the cherry picking was for something other than you thinking the screen shots were to make GTA look better because I can tell you that from draw distance to extreme detail Watch Dogs can’t hold a stick to GTA, and I actually enjoy both games so it’s no bias just a fellow gamer who looks at facts not hype.

    • I tried my best to make Watch Dogs look better but…. it is hard. The lighting is flat and generic compared to what we have in Grand Theft Auto V, and this makes a huge difference.

  • guest

    On the old gen screenshots above, GTAV old gen is far superior to old gen Watch Dogs.

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