Watch Dogs 2: Meet New Protagonist Marcus Holloway

Watch Dogs 2 Marcus

Ubisoft Montreal is switching things up in Watch Dogs 2 and taking the second game to San Francisco which will focus on a brand new protagonist, one who's equipped with powerful computer-hacking skills that gives players fresh ways to explore and infiltrate the open world.

The first Watch Dogs' starred Aiden Pearce, an Irish-American who's task it was to hack and take down members of the organization who murdered his niece. Watch Dogs 2 on the other hand follows Marcus Holloway, a young African American originally from Oakland who becomes an expert hacker after being thrown in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

In time he is forced to join the underground hacker organization Deadsec, in a bid to clear his name while taking down the shady characters who use ctOS 2.0 technology to oppress the people of San Francisco, a system Marcus is determined to take offline for good.

Not only is Marcus able to hack the system but he also has other abilities which give players the chance to tackle the game in a number of ways. Not feeling confrontational? Then use Marcus' stealth skills to silently put down enemies with taser technology or you can go in guns blazing, Ubisoft has left it in your hands.

Watch Dogs 2

In the original game there were objections to Aiden Pearce being it's main protagonist as some people felt that the character was "boring" and generic, a statement that wasn't so far from the truth. Ubisoft took note and gave us Marcus, a younger, cooler and less grouchy hacktivist.

Aiden Pearce was meant to be the inclusive, cookie-cutter anonymous white man who people atypically associate with proficient hackers. That was his story and now it's a wrap. Marcus in comparison is the kind of social activist who appears tailor made for this era.

Some gamers seem to have a problem with Marcus on a personal level going by the comments left on the YouTube trailer, Steam forum and other online communities. Nearly every discussion featuring Watch Dogs 2 is about Marcus’ race or the way he dresses, labelling the character as nothing more than a shoehorned 'hipster.'

black video game character

This isn't the first time a black character has caught flack for being introduced as the protagonist of a leading franchise. In 2004 when Rockstar Games first revealed Carl Johnson as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' main star, some gamers lost their shit.

This still happens even to this day. Recently, when EA revealed that their latest war game, “Battlefield 1” would take place in a World War I setting. The announcement was met with controversy because the character portrayed on the front cover was Black. Which goes to show gaming culture still has a race problem.

Either way we have to give it up to Ubisoft for going with something different this time round, rather than sticking to the same tired formula. Some might not want to hear the story Marcus has to tell, but it’s precisely the kind of story that major video game companies should be giving more spotlight to.



29 comments:

  1. I didn't play Watch Dogs 1 because Aiden didn't appeal to me but I'll admit, this one looks kind of cool. I might buy Watch Dogs 2 if the gameplay is good.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Neither did I, Aiden put me off the first game completely, but I'm willing to give Watch Dogs 2 a go because of the new protag.

      Delete
    2. If I like the gameplay of Watch Dogs 2 then maybe I mighty try WD1 but it's unlikely.

      Delete
    3. You didn't miss much, Watch Dogs 1 wasn't even all that.

      Delete
    4. Figured, still gonna give this a go if gameplay is legit open world.

      Delete
  2. I really like the look of Marcus and I'm glad Ubisoft took a chance. I don't see why some why people are hating on him but I can guess why.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's what I was thinking, well they can suck it.

      Delete
    2. You know how it is, they don't want to play as a black protagonist.

      Delete
    3. Those type of gamers are so ignorant

      Delete
    4. That's like 70 percent of ignant gamers

      Delete
    5. More like 98% of white and non-black gamers, let's not sugarcoat it.

      Delete
    6. LMAO, you may have a point, that is truly sad.

      Delete
  3. Now Ubisoft have got my attention.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So you haven't been interested in a single game ubisoft put out, not even Assassin's Creed?

      Delete
    2. I wasn't talking about Ubisoft's other video game franchises, only Watch Dogs.

      Delete
    3. Ubisoft better not drop the ball or they've lost me.

      Delete
  4. Not to bash on the first game but I found Aiden Pearce be really boring in Watch_Dogs. He just grumbled and cried about his dead niece, rinse and repeat. Marcus Holloway looks very upbeat.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would rather watch paint dry then play as Aiden again.

      Delete
    2. That's a bit extreme but I'm grateful that Aiden isn't returning to Watch Dogs as a playable character.

      Delete
  5. Marcus Holloway looking extra fly, hopefully Ubisoft give the dude a likeable personality on top of it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Should've given him baggie jeans but besides that Marcus is kind of sexy. I may play Watch Dogs 2 just because of him.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope we get to change Marcus' clothes or something, even if it's an alternate costume

      Delete
    2. Yass gurl, although I'd prefer if there was a store you can buy clothes from. None of that that dlc nonsense.

      Delete
    3. You can change his appearance. Not like with Aiden where he only had sets. Instead you can mix and match clothes to your liking

      Delete
    4. You can mix and match Marcus' clothing to your liking

      Delete
  7. Whenever a black character is playable in a well established franchise, all these prejudice gamers show their true colors. I couldn't get down with Watch Dogs 1 but I'm definitely getting this one.

    ReplyDelete
  8. It wasn't only Battlefield 1, some people are also upset that you play as Lincoln in Mafia 3 a 'bi-racial' character.

    It's funny how these same people tell others to stop complaining about the lack of diversity in gaming but at the same time will shun a character just because they're black.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Marcus Holloway > Aiden Pearce

    ReplyDelete

 

Welcome

Welcome to TheZonegamer blog which is primarily focused on video game culture, the latest games and racially controversial topics within the video game industry. Feel free to join the discussion and community by commenting on and sharing the latest blog articles. Join us and become apart of TheZonegamer community.

Follow by Email

Youtube