I’ve been playing a fair bit of Watch Dogs: Legion Bloodline lately, and I really have to say that it’s utterly fantastic. The underwhelming campaign of the base game is completely outdone here in the first few minutes. Bloodline, for those of you who aren’t aware, is a prequel to the base game and puts you in the shoes of Aiden Pearce. This is a big deal if you’re a Watch Dogs fan because he was the protagonist of the first game. Even we still played as random NPCs though, the story here is so much more gripping, and it had me hooked from the word go.
The opening mission in Bloodline sees Aiden break into a location in search of a device. It’s a device that allows humans to control machines with their minds. Along the way, Aiden meets Wrench, a character from Watch Dogs 2, and the pair fight it out. Aiden is then captured, and you have to play as him as he escapes this high-tech facility. This opening area has machines that patrol and aren’t going to be taken out by your usual antics. This is an advanced enemy that you have to think and sneak your way around.
Clearly, this expansion was designed to push players harder than the base game. There’s a bigger focus on the main story, much less on side content, and it makes everything feel tighter and more enjoyable. Sure, it’s shorter, but what’s there is just better in every way. I love the NPC swapping mechanic of Watch Dogs: Legion, but I feel like it could have been a better game if there was a central protagonist we were invested in somehow. If that protagonist was in touch with everyone in DedSec, having them help the group out, it would pull everything together and allow for a more intriguing story.
If you didn’t enjoy the base game’s story that much, I can assure you that this is still worth your time. The opening is the hook, and you never really feel like you’re bored until the end. Even after that, you can pull Aiden into your main campaign and run around London with him and Wrench as much as you want.