With the first Watch Dogs attracting so much criticism and disdain for lying about its quality, Ubisoft were particularly careful when creating the sequel. From a refined lead, reworked hacking and a brand new tonal direction, Watch Dogs 2 ended up doing for Watch Dogs, what Assassins's Creed 2 did for Assassin's Creed; reinvent it.
Although the first Watch Dogs did introduce plenty of new things to the gaming landscape, it didn't do enough to justify the hype that both Ubisoft and the gaming public had built up for it. The several years that Ubisoft had poured into marketing Watch Dogs and creating a unique world ended up coming back to bite them.
Sadly, this ended up affecting Watch Dogs 2, causing it to not garner as much attention as the first, underdeveloped entry.
Ubisoft must have seen some genuine potential in the Watch Dogs universe though, causing them to greenlight a sequel and commit to making it the game that the first should have been. Whilst Assassin's Creed 2 was praised for this, Watch Dogs 2 flew under the radar and didn't generate anywhere near the interest it deserved.
What followed was one of the most under-appreciated games of 2016, and one of the best sequels to a game, ever. Here's why.