Prima Watch Dogs 2 Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide Review
Navigate and hack your way through San Francisco, California with Prima Watch Dogs 2 Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide
Watch Dogs 2 is Ubisoft’s sequel to their moderately received 3rd person open world sandbox action game where you play as an operative for a renegade group set on preventing the corporation Blume essentially control the world via the ctOS system. You play as Marcus Holloway, the newest recruit to the Dedsec Crew, and run around completing missions to gain followers and increase the processing power of your entire network. Being an open world game there are a few things that are guaranteed, a huge environment, a multitude of places to check out, and collectibles. Collectibles in an environment that takes your player hours to run across means you could lose days finding them. That’s where the Prime Watch Dogs 2 Strategy Guide comes in handy. I think I’ve found the essence of Prima Guides and how to quantify their value and review, readability, aesthetics, and application. Readability being the flow of information and how digestible it is, aesthetics will be the visuals in large, but also the minor nuances like the cover quality and bonus material that comes with the collector’s editions, then finally application which will basically be its usefulness.
The Prima Watch Dogs 2 strategy guide is exactly what you expect from Prima, short and sweet descriptions that are direct to the point. Yet, they are expansive in the details outside of the gameplay. While using the guide to help you through missions, you are never given much more than a paragraph to explain the task, you are given a great amount of detail on say a character’s back story, the set up of the environment, or product descriptions. In the Watch Dogs 2 guide, it is especially well done in the character descriptions. Providing enough information for you to understand a character without necessarily giving anything away. The instructions and descriptions do a great job of explaining what to do and also helps expand the lore a bit by providing details you may not have noticed.
Watch Dogs 2 is a huge shift from the color palette used in the first game. Where Aiden Pearce wore dark colors and Chicago looked like the Cubs lost the World Series, Marcus Holloway and San Francisco are vibrant and almost neon. This is reflected throughout the Prima Guide. The pages a filled with art from the game and the pages really pop. The Collector’s Edition has a simple yet bold design that features only 3 colors and sticks out like a rainbow. It also comes with Ded Sec Pins, which are a nice touch, and a perfect compliment to the game and the rebel/street art style prominently featured throughout the game.
This is where the guide falters a bit. The Prima Strategy Guide is perfect for finding all the collectibles, and arguably the best guide to use for doing so. The information is written and presented so you can look at the guide and read the instructions without having to constantly look back at the guide or away from the screen. It is pretty much the same way for the missions. However, Watch Dogs 2 does not have a linear story flow and is much more varied than say GTA V. Where in GTA V you tend to have to fully complete a mission once you start it, there may be multiple parts to a mission but chances are the next mission you do will continue the mission you were just on, Watch Dogs 2 has many bite size missions with pop-up missions that happen in between. So you could potentially be doing the beginning parts of multiple missions, one after the other. The Prima Strategy Guide is not adaptable to how sporadic the missions are, and the color coding on the pages only separate into the different sections of the book and not the different missions available. If there was a sort of sub color coding system to help navigate within the section I think it would be much easier. Luckily this is not an issue in the eGuide which comes free with the Collector’s Edition.
Overall, I would say the collectibles guide alone is worth the price of admission. The research gathering points are fun, but get tedious real quick and having the Prima Guide do the unnecessary leg work for you saves hours. If you’re a completionist, there is nothing more efficient than Prima Watch Dogs 2 Strategy Guide, and if you’re a fan of the series I would highly recommend the Collectors Edition as the hardcover is gorgeous and the pins are a unique game-related item that helps establish your die-hard fandom. The one downside is its application to the main campaign, as it will require you pausing the game to flip through the pages to find the mission. Luckily the Collector’s Edition comes with the free eGuide. Overall I give the Prima Watch Dogs 2 Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide a 4/5.