I think the watch dogs hate is quite undeserved because
1. The graphics though downgraded was still quite good, great actually
2. The gameplay was superb. Yes, its not a game about mindless criminal rampaging but it was mostly based on stealth. As a stealth fan I love the gameplay. I think people should judge games by their gameplay
3. The story was so-so. Aiden(though I liked him) was mostly unlikable to the public because he was "too serious"
4. Side missions, digital trips had so much variety and fun. Side missions had multiple way to complete them and not a single linear "all gun blazing" way. I started the game 2nd time round just to finish the missions having different approach