Based on Reviews, is Watch Dogs the Biggest Flop of 2014?

It had a giant amount of potential, but it doesn't appear to have fully realized that potential.

It had a giant amount of potential, but it doesn’t appear to have fully realized that potential.


Watch Dogs currently holds an average Metascore of about 80 (81 for the PlayStation 4 version, and 78 for both the Xbox One and PC iterations). That’s pretty good.

For most games released it’d be great. You like to see those 8s, and it’s always an added blessing to see plenty of 9s. There were indeed lots of 9s for Ubisoft’s ambitious open-world game, but there were also some surprising scores at the lower end of the review spectrum.

So, our question to kick off the week is as follows: Considering the significant difference between expectations and the review scores, could we argue that Watch Dogs is the biggest flop of 2014 thus far?

It's a great game, but it may not be great enough in the eyes of many gamers.

It’s a great game, but it may not be great enough in the eyes of many gamers.

One could argue that most games haven’t entirely lived up to expectations this year. inFamous: Second Son, certainly one of the most anticipated games of the year only managed a Metascore of 80, and while Titanfall was said by many to be the second coming of the FPS, its average is only an 86. Where’s the games that can average a 90+? Thus far, only collections and re-released HD upgrades have managed to score off the charts.

As for Watch Dogs, many believed that if it didn’t drag down consistent 9+ scores, it would be deemed a colossal disappointment. Well, we’re looking at an overall review average that barely hits 8, let alone 9. So, what do you say? Flop of the year? Or just a hugely underrated game by the critics?

6 thoughts on “Based on Reviews, is Watch Dogs the Biggest Flop of 2014?”

The game was a flop, regardless of what critics said. It just didn’t meet anyone’s expectations…that much is obvious just reading the forums.

I’m going to say yes, just because of the totally INSANE amount of hype that was behind this game.

In fact, I can’t remember a title that fell so far shy in terms of the review scores it ultimately got.

Yup. This game is just another version of GTA and I was expecting a lot more.

It really is a great game. I think some critics just got caught up in the hype. If some reviewers evaluated it for what it was as opposed to what they WANTED it to be, I’m willing to bet the scores would’ve been a lot higher.

I haven’t gotten a chance to play Watch Dogs yet so I can’t speak from a personal standpoint.

But yeah, if I was going to measure the hype against the review scores, I’d have to agree. Flop-ola.

Yeah, based on the crazy hype alone, it qualifies.

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