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Watch Dogs Legion’s multiplayer is a messy, chaotic good time

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After spending the entirety of Watch Dogs Legion convincing a motley group of Londoners from various walks of life to come together and save the city from the evil clutches of Albion, it’s a bit of a shame that you can only fight their minions on your own. tod. Even if you spend years convincing Doug the Accountant and Leah the Accountant and Frank the Accountant that it is their noble calling to join DedSec, they are all a little busy when you Actually need them fighting alongside you, so you have to box a drone all by yourself. Sorry my friend.

But not anymore! The Watch Dogs Legion online mode release date is on the horizon, and it will allow us to team up and fight the good fight with up to three other accountants (apparently there are other professions in the game. , but not in my Fiscally sound DedSec). Dave Irwin and I got to watch Watch Dogs Legion multiplayer and took to the streets of … well, we were Calling it the “dystopian” of future London, but we could be content with authoritarian rule if that meant we could clown the busy city streets with friends on a clear day.

Anyway. Legion’s multiplayer mode comes after the main storyline concludes and is a standalone experience. After each gaining a new recruit for multiplayer, we join IGN’s Matt and Jesse and start working our way through a playlist of co-op missions.

Stacking in a makeshift taxi, we make our way to our first objective: infiltrate a compound and stealthily drop sensitive material. Unfortunately, Dave’s DedSec agent is experiencing a severe case of coldness; as soon as he enters the enclosure, he finds himself physically unable to walk beyond a certain point. No matter how much encouragement we apply – run him over with a car, for example – he refuses to participate. Despite this failure and our apparent inability to navigate the stealth games, we somehow complete the first leg of our mission, get on a boat – at which point Dave’s agent magically reappears next to us – and manage to complete the first quest (after a small, wipe the team without consequence).

Player Shooting Albion Guard in Watch Dogs Legion Multiplayer

As the second mission approaches, we make good use of the Watch Dogs Legion hack mechanism to inspect the site where another DedSec member is being held captive. Remote access to cameras and drones is even more useful in multiplayer – by pulling together information from multiple sources we put together a plan of attack, covering each other up, distracting guards and disabling drones. timely.

I play babysitter, making sure enemy drones don’t spot our zoned thumb shake cabal

This flawless the shot unfolds quickly as we push through another stealthy approach. Chaos ensues. The mission requires us to access a series of computer terminals, so we split up into pairs, buying ourselves precious time by sending missile drones hissing through the air like fireworks – and after some good old-fashioned simultaneous squeeze on a button, our target is free. Agent Dave succeeds even without getting stuck on anything; things are improving.

Building on this success, we get on motorcycles and move on to the next part of the mission which is to hijack a few cars and drive them down the Thames. Alas, this turns out to be more than we are capable of. The cars themselves are locked behind a pair of closed gates, which we don’t expect to unlock until it’s too late. In retrospect, we should have done more reconnaissance, but we were too excited to soak our cars in the drink. Mission failed.

Player driving through the Thames in Watch Dogs Legion

There are no checkpoints in this multiplayer mission, so we are sent back to the beginning. Everything goes easier the second time around, and before long we are directing our stolen vehicles to a well-placed ramp. When the wheels of the second car leave the ground, the driver’s game crashes. His car speeds gracefully into the Thames, but without a landing player does not register. Mission failed.

weird and terrifying crash bug kicks us all off the server

Good. Third round. Hack the thing, grab the guy in the compound – the whole routine now. We do most of the hacking with drones and I play the role of babysitter, making sure enemy surveillance doesn’t spot our zoned thumb-shake cabal hidden behind a kiosk. Then we walk to our second objective, take out the guards, and slide into the target vehicles again. Someone – who will remain unnamed – drives straight into a barrel, causing a bizarre and terrifying crash bug that disconnects us all from the server.

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You may have already noticed a theme. Interestingly, our play session took place a few months before the Watch Dogs Legion online mode went live. So we hope that some of these issues will have been resolved.

Solve a puzzle with a drone in Watch Dogs Legion multiplayer

After reconnecting, we decide to voice our frustrations in the Spiderbot arena. This PvP minigame works flawlessly, the four of us wander around and jump across the terrain, running to pick up healing items and bonuses while trying not to get destroyed to pieces. It’s a laid-back, fast-paced deathmatch with all kinds of overpowered weapons to grab hold of – think rocket launchers and auto-aim pistols – and kill streaks to add to the chaos.

Then we try a tactical operation, which divides the group in two. Dave and I make our way to a site, while IGN drives across town. Then we have to download the data simultaneously; Dave is on camera service and I’m piloting my spiderbot in the area looking for the download hub. Great strategy in theory, but one of us is killed when the enemy calls in a flood of reinforcements, causing another mission failure. Fair enough: We love challenges, but we fail again due to a connection issue, before we were quickly off the server on our third attempt.

We end up going through the entire co-op playlist, and the way Ubisoft has adapted Legion’s puzzles and gameplay for multiplayer is impressive when it works. Coming together as a team to put all the moving parts in place, even if the momentum has been interrupted by connectivity issues, is extremely satisfying. And when your plans crumble before your eyes, it’s always a lot of chaotic fun.

Watch Dogs Legion will release online on March 9. This will be a free update for the owners of the game, but if you haven’t figured it out yet and the promise of multiplayer mayhem might tempt you, maybe wait and see if the issues have been fixed first. .

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