See Dogs Legion’s first DLC brings back old characters in a shorter and better adventure than the main game.
I was a big fan of Watch Dogs 2 and even a little off Watch dogs 1 Defender. But I was so disappointed Legion, the third game in the series released last year. It looked nice and had some cool ideas so you could recruit any NPC you saw walking around the street. But it was plagued by insects and even when it seemed, it often felt empty and soulless, with a story that bored me most of the time. So I did not expect much from the first DLC, Bloodline, released earlier this month. But surprisingly, this new expansion solves much of it Legion got it wrong and ends up being a much, much better game as a result.
See Dogs Legion: Bloodline, lumpy names and all, are put on the same London map as the main game. However, DLC takes place shortly before the main events found in Legion. You probably do not care about it, but just wanted to mention it. This time, unlike in Legion, you take the role of individual, Aiden Pearce. He was the main character seen in the original Watch Dogs. He is older and somehow smoother than before. He accepts a job in London because his nephew Jackson lives in the city and he can not get over what happened to Jackson’s sister. (Spoilers: Someone who tried to kill Aiden ended up kills the little girland leaves Aiden a sad and devastated man who shoots many people in Chicago.)
Because Bloodline ditches all NPC recruitment found in the main game, the story in the DLC is actually interesting enough to care about. It’s not amazing or anything, but it’s wild how much more engaged I played Bloodline simply because the characters recognized things and grew and changed during the campaign.
Before, because you could play any mission as any number of recruited people, Watch Dogs Legion had to write the whole dialogue and the whole story very vaguely. Characters could not say things like “Wow, remember the time I did that thing to you, and you got angry, and I did the other thing and made you happy again?” because there was no guarantee that the character you were currently playing had done anything before. So as a result, there were no funny rodents or character bows on the radio Legion, unless you count the annoying robot that talks to you all the time. (God, I do not count that asshole.)
But i Bloodline, the game and its authors can focus on Aiden, who he is, and how he has changed and continues to grow. Aiden is still not very character, mostly an angry guy in a trench coat, but it’s better than before. And luckily, Aiden is not alone in London. Wrench from Watch Dogs 2 plays a big role in this new DLC and he is great. The road Bloodline balancing Wrench’s annoying moves with his emotional moments are solid things and much better than some of my generic conversations NPCs in Legion ever had.
Bloodline also brings back more classic side missions, which slowly build into their own stories that often have satisfying ends. These missions often have hacking and combat, which is fine because Aiden is a very powerful character in Bloodline, able to turn off and massively hack all the electronics around it with a single push of a button. (Reminiscent of how you could shut the whole of Chicago in Watch dogs.)
And not to sound like a broken record, but knowing who actually does these side quests allows writers to create more enjoyable moments through dialogue. Aiden is a bit grim, make him together with a funny and young rebel. Again, nothing revolutionary here, but there is such an improvement over Legion which I got more disappointed with that game when I finished the seven-hour or so Bloodline campaign.
I hope we get another one Watch dogs the game, because this DLC proves that the franchise still has so much more life in it and that Legion, while an impressive experiment, was a mistake that Ubisoft seems willing to admit. If you’re a fan of the previous games and want to know what happened to characters from the previous titles, Bloodline is also a nice fan service too.
And you hardly have to talk to an annoying British robot on the radio. That alone is perhaps the best part of Bloodline.