I'll let you in on a little secret: I've never owned a PC that could run the original _Watch Dogs_ in anything above Low settings. Well, I probably do now, but I can't be bothered to check. That game was pretty dull, too serious, and most importantly was an _atrocious_ console port that wasn't optimized at all for any system. It ties with _Assassin's Creed Unity_ as the worst PC release from Ubisoft.
Well, now _Watch Dogs 2_ is finally out on PC, just two weeks after the console versions. Oh Ubisoft, you spoil us. Still, we don't mind a little wait as long as the port is up to snuff. Let's have a look shall we?
After the nightmare that was the first game, I'm pleased to say that not only does _Watch Dogs 2_ have a wide range of graphics settings, including a handy bar for how much video card memory is being impacted, but it runs well on the majority of settings. From Low to Very High I had at the very least a stable 30 FPS, with performance only dropping a little in certain scenes on Ultra settings.
I additionally found if I dropped Shadows a little I could play with most of the Ultra settings still turned on with very little performance impact, so that's what I'll be doing in my review run-through.
Overall, at least performance-wise, I'm impressed. Thank you Ubisoft, you've finally done the right thing by PC gamers.
But don't just take my word for it - anyone playing _Watch Dogs 2_ already? How is it running for you?