Watch Dogs has had a moderately successful release so far, with Ubisoft only having to deal with game-breaking bugs mostly on the PC release of the game, while the consoles seem to do just fine for now. However, along with the issues that buyers had with uPlay and Origin purchases of the game (yes, Origin, which is a weird thought) there are still a vocal group of PC and console gamers asking Ubisoft why they sold the game based on graphical details and effects that would end up being chopped out for the game closer to release.
One fan put together a video showing mostly similar action to what was seen in the E3 2012 reveal. Hit the jump to see how big a difference there is.
The main differences between the two games are the environments, the texture quality, in the particle physics that produce smoke in the game and in Aiden’s trench coat that doesn’t billow so easily in the PC release. Granted, what the E3 trailer was meant to do was sell you on the idea of a game that looked and felt completely next-gen and this much is true when you watch it again. Even with the attention to detail of the Ubisoft Montreal team, though, that still can’t hide how drastically different the game today appears from what gamers were sold on. This trend doesn’t seem to let up, does it?
However, there are definitely areas where the two videos line up pretty well. At 2:28, when Aiden takes to the streets to begin an ambush, the games look almost identical, with the biggest differences being in lighting and the water detail on the pavement. Even the fire looks different.
It may be that we have to realise now that none of the videos we see at events like E3 or Gamescom can be taken without salt anymore. The realities of having a CG trailer made with a monster of a machine compared to the hardware inside the PS4 and Xbox One are beginning to catch up with all of us even if, deep down, we probably knew it wasn’t going to look like that at all anyway.
Still, Watch Dogs is getting good reviews and it looks like it’ll be something to tide the PC gaming crowd over while they wait for the PC release of Grand Theft Auto V.