First, the player must obtain a vehicle. When playing the PC version, this is done by going near a vehicle and pressing E. On the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles, you must press Y, and on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles, press the triangle button. Aiden/Marcus will now automatically start the vehicle. On the PC, the default driving controls are the WASD keys, while Xbox and PlayStation gamers should use the left- and right triggers to respectively brake or reverse and to accelerate. The left joystick functions as a replacement for the steering wheel.
Hiding in a vehicle is done by pressing F on the PC, B on the Xbox consoles, and the circle button on the PlayStation consoles. By hiding, Aiden/Marcus makes it far less likely that his enemies will detect him. Hiding in your vehicle disables the ability to drive it and shuts down the engine. In order to start it again, press F or W on the PC, RT on the Xbox consoles, and R2 on the PlayStation consoles or (for both) push the right stick up or down.
Though Aiden or Marcus themselves cannot customize vehicles, other factions in the game can. The Police, of course, have customized vehicles with sirens, lights on top, and "Police" painted on the sides, the Black Viceroys paint their cars black and orange, with orange crowns on the front, The Pawnee Militia paint theirs green, and the Chicago South Club and Fixers also have their own custom vehicles. Also WKZ-TV customizes their vans too.
Aiden can easily obtain vehicles by stealing them, or, in the case of cars, ordering them through the Car On Demand app on his smartphone. Not all cars are available on the app, however, and the more exotic cars also have exotic prices (although some of the more common cars are free). If you're planning to steal a vehicle, try to pick parked ones. If you stop driving cars, it's much more likely that the victim will call 911 and initiate a police chase. Keep in mind that in Watch Dogs, shooting and driving at the same time was not possible, only passengers were able to shoot. This is fixed in Watch Dogs 2.
There are several ways to increase damage to vehicles:
- The Destroyer sniper rifle can take out cars with a single shot. It is a reward for completing 10 Criminal Convoy side missions.
- The Offensive Driver driving skill increases damage to other cars when ramming them. The skill requires completing 5 Fixer Contract side missions.
- The Shotgun Expert combat skill increases damage to cars from shotguns.
List of vehicles
Watch Dogs 2
In Watch Dogs 2, the CTOS controls all of the vehicles present in the game, When using them, there is a visual effect connecting the player to the controlled car, to indicate which one is being controlled. Their is 2 modes of control 1: one to divert which just makes the vehicle move in a single direction without oversight. An example of this is using an idle car to run an enemy into a wall. Keep in mind that in Watch Dogs, shooting and driving at the same time was not possible, only passengers were able to shoot. This is fixed in Watch Dogs 2.
The more useful example is during a chase were the player can make any moving vehicle including the emergency ones run off course against the drivers will to favor the player. The second one is control were the player can remotely use the vehicles with the drive and reverse buttons to run people over, cause a pile up, make a vehicle stair case or other creative things; vehicles with forklifts can also be used to pick up objects and move them. The scissor lifts can also be used as a portable elevator to help the player get to certain areas.
- Keep in mind that in Watch Dogs, shooting and driving at the same time was not possible, only passengers were able to shoot. This is fixed in Watch Dogs 2.
- Some of the more expensive vehicles are fitted with daytime running lights. Usually, these are dedicated led-strips.
- There seems to be some difference in vehicle availability in console generations. The previous generation, consisting of the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, has all vehicles available. Their successors, however, seem to miss a few, most notably the boats. The previous generation, as mentioned above, does however have some issues with spawn-rates of, for instance, emergency vehicles, WKZ TV vehicles, and the Philandra.
- If Aiden can't get out using doors, he will smash through a window.
- While in the video games no real cars or car companies are used, in Watch Dogs //n/Dark Clouds, actual manufacturer names and models are mentioned, such as Ford, Acura, Porche, Jaguar, and Cadillac, namely the Escalade.