Reviews by skybane1239
Sleeping Dogs - GTA isn't so grand anymore.skybane1239 | July 6, 2013 | Review of Sleeping Dogs: Limited Edition
Sleeping Dogs is a game that probably should never have been released. It had a lot of development trouble, and then the publisher decided to drop the game when it was originally a True Crime entry. Square Enix decided to pick it up, and I am glad they did.
Sleeping Dogs is an open world action game set in Hong Kong. You can do all the usual activities, such as driving, shopping, playing mini-games, and shooting. However, they took melee combat to a new level by taking some inspiration from the Batman: Arkham series. It works extremely well in this setting and almost flows better than in Batman. They even threw in some free running segments to make the action a little more intense.
Everything else controls very well, and there isn't a single part of the gameplay that falters. Not to mention, the PC "port" is absolutely incredible. I am not sure if the game was built on PC, but it certainly seems like it was. The game looks amazing, and there are a ton of options you can play around with in the menus. That includes being able to rebind all of the keys.
Now, the story. You play as Wei Shen, an undercover police officer trying to infiltrate the Triad group in Hong Kong. Wei Shen is surprisingly likable. I personally liked him more than most protagonists in other open world series. There is also a great set of supporting characters that I won't spoil here.
There isn't much negative to say about the game really. If anything, there could be more to do in the game. Short of finding the statues to give you new combat moves, there really is not a lot of side stuff to do. Having said that, the story does last quite awhile. A few of the missions an get a bit repetitive, and if you find the combat of the Arkham games dull, then you might have some trouble with the game.
Either way, it is a great open world game that holds its own quite well with the GTAs and Saints Rows of this generation.