This is your brain. This is your brain experiencing a Digital Trip in Watch Dogs. These sound-induced mind-altering states allow you to explore an entirely new aspect of the game, with crazy new gameplay that differs wildly for each. According to Lead Gameplay Designer Danny Belanger, they were designed to give players a chance to step away from the heavy themes in the narrative and journey into a lighter, more arcade-y side of the game’s hyper-connected Chicago. During our Watch Dogs demo, we were able to get our hands on two of these Trips, but Belanger assured us there will be more in the full game.
Oh, the time we spent drifting in and out of this particular Digital Trip… Our mothers would cry out in alarm. You may have caught a glimpse of this beast in a recent video, but the team has been tight-lipped about it until now. That’s right, you can take control of a massive Spider Tank and set about bringing Chicago to its knees.
“The Digital Trips are based around different pillars of our core activities,” Belanger explains. “It fits a playstyle. It fits something people want to do or enjoy doing in the core mechanics of the game. The Spider Tank one is the one that’s more mutated. It’s just crazy.”
Using the Spider Tank’s weapons and ability to attach itself to buildings, your goal is to complete as many of the objectives as you can before the police take you down. You’ll also be able to upgrade your Spider Tank much like you upgrade Aiden in the main game to make yourself more powerful and durable.
Feeling a little frustrated by life? Exorcise your demons (literally) by dropping into a hellish vision of Chicago and succumbing to that strange voice in your head who’s telling you to mow everyone down. Once the timer starts it’s your job to collect as many demon souls as possible by running over the fiery-faced figures standing in the middle of the street. It’s as brutal as it sounds and even more fun. Like the Spider Tank, your badass armored car can be upgraded as well.
Don’t worry; having some fun with this doesn’t make you a bad person. Laughing maniacally might, but we won’t tell if you don’t.
But why are the Digital Trips part of the game? Are they perhaps Watch Dogs’ in-game Blood Dragon? Not at all. Every digital trip is subtly related to the core game, not just mechanically but narratively as well. Each says something about Aiden’s emotional state or relationship with the world around him.
Belanger is coy about the actual meanings behind the Trips. “It’s open to interpretation,” he says, “but they were all based on an emotion the main character has or something he’s struggling with or a character trait. There’s always something in there that has meaning. Some of them are easier to notice than others.”
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ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
The digital trips are awesome! There is a huge potential for coop in some of those games! Do you think to ever implement coop mode in some of them? "Alone" for instance would be amazing to play with friends!
Who would get time for those trips when there're already such activities and missions to do..Anne! Are these trips must to progress in the game? Or they're optional?
This is a neat idea and I'd love to see more of these "hacks" built into the game. Something like changing your character model to an NPC's (like you could do with cheat codes in the old GTA games) would seem to fit perfectly as a "Digital Trip", though I have my skepticism something like that was actually included in the game.
I wonder if anybody realizes that the Conspiracy digital trips included with the season pass are a reference to the movie "They Live"
This is awesome. It's never unwanted when you add even more features to a massive game as Watch Dogs is. But we are still waiting for any word on the graphics issue. I don't know if you aren't aware of it, but at least in my country every videogame site is riddled with ton of users who claim that there has been some sort of 'downgrade'. Could it might be true? Was the demo from 2012's a 'bullshot'? We don't know for sure. Recent footage (including the one released today) looks 'gorgeous', but probably less realistic than even the gameplay from September 2013. I don't want to talk rubbish, but, for instance, that volumetric lighting when the sun is down apparently was different before, and the current one may look beautiful, but also a little cartoonish. Of course that is just my taste. What I'm really asking to Ubi is to make an statement on what I said before. How will my PS4 version look compared to what was shown in 2012 and 2013? We (or at least myself, but most likely a lot of other people too) would appreciate a lot any answer.
WE NEED ONLINE SPIDER TANK! PLAY ONLINE WITH FRIENDS AGAINS ENDLESS WAVES OF COPS! PLAY ONLINE WITH FRIENDS AGAINST ENDLESS WAVES OF ZOMBIES! NEEDS ZOMBIES! HACK FRIENDS WITHOUT XP. SOOOO MUCH POTENTIAL!! ALSO NEED TO BE ABLE TO FLY! HELICOPTERS AND PLANES! CRAZY ALIEN DIGITAL TRIP TOO! AND CRAZY TRIP THAT GIVES U IRON MAN LIKE SUIT!
Don't worry! They're completely optional. That said, they are a TON of fun. I recommend giving them a try even if you don't plan on spending much time with them. The Spider Tank trip is my favorite.
If you go to youtube and search "Angry Joe Watchdogs Interview" there's some information there that seemed to clear everything up. The footage shown in the later demos was running on a PS4 the earliest demo was running on a high end PC :) your game will look like the "downgraded" version, not that that's a bad thing the downgraded one still looks great, just not as good as the original trailer
Does the Spider-tank digital trip come with the game, or do you have to buy the season pass to access it?
Not sure about that. They said all footage from 2013 was PS4. Basically the only material from PC was the 2012 reveal and the Nvidia video. Furthermore, Jonathan Morin said "he don't think so" when asked about differences between GFXs in one version and another, so the differences we're telling are most likely only due to weather and time of day variations.