Parents' Guide to Watch Dogs 2 (PEGI 18)

Parents' Guide to Watch Dogs 2 (PEGI 18)

In collaboration with the Games Rating Authority, here’s our parent’s guide to Watch Dogs 2.

1. UK Rating
In the UK and Europe, PEGI rates Watch Dogs 2 as PEGI 18, suitable for adults only, for frequent use of sexual expletives, sexual activity with visible genitals and the motiveless killing of innocent human characters.

The Games Rating Authority expands on its PEGI details by saying that Watch Dogs 2 puts players in the role of ‘Marcus Holloway, a hacker who works with the hacking group DedSec to take down the city’s ctOS 2.0, an advanced surveillance system.’ The game features ‘frequent use of the sexual expletive ‘fuck’ and derivations of the word’ and ‘the use of firearms and vehicles to shoot or run down innocent characters.’ In one scene ‘a semi-clothed female [is] standing in front of a male character who is naked and [her] her hand, which covers his genitals, slowly moves up and down, [before] she […] moves her hand away which exposes his penis.’ The GRA adds that the game features ‘references to [the] illegal drugs cocaine [and] weed [or] pot’, and that one scene depicts ‘an American police officer shooting an unarmed black suspect.’

2. Genre
Watch Dogs 2 is an action adventure game in which the player completes missions in the city of San Francisco, traversing the city on foot and in vehicles.

The game is played from a third person perspective and lets the player approach missions using different means including gun-based combat, stealth and hacking phones and other devices to cause distraction and conflict. Watch Dogs 2 is mainly a single player game, but also has drop-in co-operative online play for certain missions, as well as online competitive multiplayer modes.

3. Similar Games
Watch Dogs 2 has the same rebels vs the powerful mentality as Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series, but the contemporary American settings draws inevitable comparison with Grand Theft Auto.

4. Story
Watch Dogs 2 puts the player in the role of hacker Marcus Holloway, who is accused of a crime he didn’t commit and joins the Dedsec hacker collective to strike back against the use of big data to profile and manipulate innocent people. Dedsec’s main target is the ctOS 2.0 surveillance system and the company that made it, Blume, but the game also sets Marcus and Dedsec against many other parts of the Bay Area tech industry, including parodies of well known companies.

5. Developer
Ubisoft Montreal is a large studio which has had a hand in many of Ubisoft’s large scale open world games, including the first Watch Dogs and many recent installments in the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry series.

6. Format
Watch Dogs 2 is available for PS4, XBox One and PC for around £40 or $60, or as a more expensive Gold Edition including a season pass for forthcoming downloadable extras including missions, outfits, weapons and co-op modes. A Playstation Plus or XBox Live Gold account is required for co-op or multiplayer.

7. Duration and Difficulty
Ubisoft’s open world games tend to take around 16 to 18 hours to complete the main storyline. On size alone, Watch Dogs 2’s San Francisco has a map twice the size of its predecessor’s version of Chicago.

8. Themes
Watch Dogs 2 asks big questions about the use of data in the modern world. How can the information held on us be combined with predictive technology to track or manipulate us? Have we ceded power from democratically accountable institutions that used to gather information to the private third parties that possess the technology to interpret data today?

The game raises plenty of serious contemporary issues, but is also a lighter than its predecessor, with a sunnier world and more upbeat, fun protagonist. It allows the player to avoid violent or fatal solutions to many missions, with the option of taking a stealthy approach, or using hacking to cause chaos from afar.

10. Why people play:

Watch Dogs 2 does what many action adventure games of its kind do – presents the player with a large open world to explore, a central plot thread to follow as they see fit, some side missions and other activities to find in the world, and a set of abilities or powers to learn, enjoy and develop.

But here the main power set is – aside from the usual olympic level parkour abilities – hacking rather than shooting, with Marcus gaining the power over virtually all technology around him. This means there’s always plenty to explore, but the heart of the game is in following its story. And with interesting characters and contemporary resonance, it’s a story that’s about more than entertainment.



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  1. As a parent, this is an extremely Falso review. I got this game, (and gta 5) for his birthday and I watched him play it. I even played it myself and what your saying isn’t true. You exaggerate on everything. Sure there’s the clubs with nudity but you don’t have to go there. The game doesn’t force you. And the games aren’t that violent. And even if it has sexuality, your child will find out one day so it doesn’t matter. Worst parent review video I watched

  2. The fact that there's more dislikes than likes makes me think that I shouldn't trust what's in the video. Half of the things that were mentioned aren't even in the game.

  3. Yeah watch out for kids that kill people and hack some streets… And almost everything you said was fake and patched

  4. There’s actually not a single sexual scene? There’s a part where you can see a mostly naked woman laying in her bed, but it’s form the back, and she’s I the background, and not easy to see the features on.

  5. Thank you. This is a very informative and accurate review of this game. The bad reviews are only from the kids who shouldn't even be playing the game in the first place. Good job and continue the hard work .

  6. 80% of the things in this video arent in the game.. Including the handjob scene, the "unarmed black suspect" shit, ect.

  7. I have saved up for this game a long time and when it finally was on sale I told my parents I want to buy it. Then they looked at this video and no new favorit game for me. Thanks 🙁

  8. This video described in one sentence: Talking total bullshit while playing clips of the most violent aspects of WD2.

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