Watch Dogs – Open World Guide

By now many of you have already hopped into Watch Dogs, but maybe you haven’t quite explored the full scope of the game. Here is a list of every piece of side content at your fingertips in the massive open world (excluding the seamless online and ctOS mobile experiences). Whether you’ve finished the campaign or not, there’s always time for some fun side activities. Of course, if you’re like us you’ll spend all the time you’re not in a mission playing high stakes poker. We might have a problem.

Watch Dogs - Open World Guide

ctOS System

ctOS Control Center – You won’t be able to use your handy dandy phone for any of the fun stuff (like eavesdropping on private conversations) before you find your way into the district network. Use your preferred method – whether you’re a fan of remaining unseen or going in guns blazing – to spot the guard with the access code to the center. From there, hack into the server room and unlock all district monitoring systems. Look around when you reach the server room. You may find some interesting opportunities to spy on the people of Chicago.

ctOS Tower – Unlike the heavily-guarded ctOS centers, the towers are always found high above the ground and are totally defenseless. Each one poses a new puzzle that requires you to use cameras and items in your environment to unlock gates and gain access to the rooftop towers. Install a backdoor in the system that reveals Collectibles, Hideouts and other goodies in the area.

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Fixer Contracts

Transporter – The job is simple. Just deliver a few vehicles to a specified location within a time limit. Take any route you want and then grab another car. Just try not to scratch the paint. Damage to the vehicles will bring down your reward.

Getaway – The name says it all. Hop in a stolen vehicle and escape your pursuers. From there, deliver your ride to its final destination undetected. Take advantage of stealth driving and avoid the main streets and you’ll be fine.

Interception – Someone has some data you need. Track down your driving target, hack his data and take him down however you so choose. Don’t feel bad about killing him. The data is all you need. He probably wasn’t a very good person anyway.

Decoy – Normally we tell you to avoid catching the eye of the law, but when you’re a decoy, that’s exactly the point. Draw the police’s attention by driving through certain ctOS monitoring points. Note we say draw their attention. You still don’t want to get caught.

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Digital Trips

Spider Tank – Havoc is your middle name. Maybe not legally, but in Spider Tank it may as well be. Take control of this massive beast and stalk the streets destroying everything in your path and racking up points for all the mayhem.

Madness – No demon is safe from you in Madness. Use their souls to power up your vehicle and clear the streets of wave after wave of infernal creatures.

Psychedelic – This Digital Trip sure is…trippy. Fly through a vibrant world, bouncing from one giant flower to another. Yes, it’s just as strange as it sounds.

Alone – Watch Dogs takes on a survival horror-esque feel with the Alone Digital Trip. Beat back the unnatural darkness flooding Chicago and avoid the enemies scanning the area for you.

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Conspiracy! – Conspiracy! is our first big piece of DLC. It’s available right now for Season Pass holders and will be widely accessible next week. Head to a more cyberpunk version of Chicago and hunt down some cyborgs, just like you did in that weird dream you had that one time…

Augmented Reality Games

Cash Run – Race around obstacles to collect coins before the time runs out. Do your best to avoid the red skull coins, though. They’ll set you back a pretty penny.

NVZN – Test your survival skills against a horde of alien invaders. Armed with a virtual gun, spot the intruders and eliminate them. Yes, people near you will see you running around shooting at invisible things, but it’s okay because everyone in Chicago is playing.

City Games

Poker – We’ve all played poker, but we haven’t all had access to an ultra-powerful smartphone while we did so. Use the tools at your disposal to access security cameras in the area that let you peep your opponents’ cards, and monitor their stress levels to give you an idea of when they’re bluffing.

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Shell Game – You know how this one goes. Keep your eye on the ball and win the prize. Don’t be afraid to double down for a little extra cash.

Chess – Fancy a game of chess? Test out your skills in a full game or challenge yourself with a few puzzles.

Slot Machine – Much like chess, this one is pretty self-explanatory.

Drinking Game – Do you fancy yourself a professional drinker? Try your luck against some of Chicago’s hardened alcoholics in a series of progressively more difficult drunken minigames. All you have to do is finish said minigames before the darkness closes in and you black out. Win and you’ll earn yourself a little extra cash. Lose and you’ll wake up in some bushes with a spinning head.

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Items of Interest – Certain citizens are hiding something. Sometimes that thing is the fact that they attend furry conventions. Sometimes that thing is the location of a suspicious package. Reach the destination to find items and crafting ingredients.

Privacy Invasion – With just a quick hacking puzzle, you can find yourself invading the home of some innocent Chicagoan. See through any camera in their home and catch them at their most vulnerable. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even find a little reward for yourself while you search their home.

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QR Code – Locate the QR codes spread across Chicago and align each part to receive a special audio log. Find all 16 and unlock a special mission.

Shipping Crate – Locate each of the 9 mysterious crates containing crafted tools and gain access to a special mission uncovering the story behind them.

Burner Phone – Maurice has left 8 burners around Chicago. Discover each to unlock audio logs that tell you a bit more about the man.

Missing Persons – There is a serial killer on the loose in Chicago. Gruesome crime scenes are scattered throughout each of the districts. Discover each one and unlock a bonus mission.

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Criminal Convoys – Kill or knock down targets in a moving convoy by any means necessary. We highly recommend going explosive. It’s way more fun than doing things quietly. Fans of Assassin’s Creed may want to consider completing all the convoys. We’ll save the “why” for an Easter Egg feature we’ll be posting next week.

Gang Hideouts – Sometimes you need to send a serious message. Take down your targets non-lethally, but you can do whatever you want to their allies.

ctOS Breach – Hack a ctOS box and quickly find and hack all other boxes in the area before the time runs out to uncover audio signals that provide a bit more information on what’s going on at Blume.

Crime interventions – There are dangerous people in this world, and in the world of Watch Dogs, maybe another dangerous person can step in and help out. Identify a potential criminal or victim and head to the location of the crime. Don’t get detected until the profiler tells you it’s time to intervene or you’ll miss out on your opportunity to get a good reputation award.

Watch Dogs - Open World Guide

For more on Watch Dogs, check out these posts:

Watch Dogs Review Roundup

Watch Dogs – ctOS Mobile App FAQ

Watch Dogs – Multiplayer Guide

Watch Dogs – 35 Highlights From Four Hours of Gameplay

Watch Dogs


Release date — May 27, 2014
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
Players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon.

ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
The Author

Anne Lewis began her career as an editor at PlayStation: The Official Magazine, where she worked under former UbiBlog editor Gary Steinman. Now she's a lone wolf, prowling around her corner of the office and slowly descending into madness. Alas. When Anne isn’t writing about games, she's alphabetizing her comic book collection or shooting at stuff with a bow. Follow her on Twitter: @BDRAnneLewis