The Watch Dogs Legion reviews have started to surface (you will have to wait for ours) with a mixed set of opinions, ranging from as low as 5/10 up to the maximum 10/10. The average seems to hover around 7/10. It seems a common consensus with some early players is it’s better to play the game with the optional Permadeath Option Enabled. Why should you bother though?
A number of players found the game a little too-easy with the option disabled, turning the game into a basic menagerie of shooting, stealth and letting all-hell-break-loose with little regard or consequence. The game prides itself on players being able to recruit any NPC as an operative into your gang. Some NPC posses more desirable skill sets than others, to the point where you find your preferred set of characters to play with. However, once the option to permanently lose valuable members is taken away, the game loses something in the process. It’s likely, the game by-design was developed around this permadeath mechanic, but somewhere along-the-line at Ubisoft Toronto it became embroiled in differences of opinion. Where, today it’s now relegated as an option you turn on at the start of the game (with one option to disable it for good during play if it’s not your thing). But no option to enable it once you’ve already started. Players then need to think hard how they want their Watch Dogs Legion game to play out.
It appears, and rightly so, there’s a much more methodical game on offer when the risk of losing operatives becomes a meaningful threat. Players change their approach and perhaps ditch the guns-a-blazing approach and consider retreat before attempting missions again. To us this seems like a much better fit for the game. Watch Dogs Legion releases on October 29th for consoles and PC. How are you going to play?