Reviews for Sleeping Dogs Digital Edition
WonderfulMisterRay97 | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all MisterRay97's reviews »
Sleeping Dogs was one of the open world games that got me intrigued. You play as Wei Shen, the person who is on the both sides, the law and the gangs. The game is actually the latest game of the "True Crime" series, which offer similar dual-sided gameplay. The dual-sided gameplay is amazing and innovative. I really loved the story of the game, it felt a bit short to me, but it was impressive. The open world is lively and wonderful. The graphics are wonderful. The collectibles are good for free health upgrades. The entire game's ecosystem was well made. The cutscenes and the surprising sudden game elements make it wonderful and not boring. I always enjoyed playing this wonderful game. There are various side-quests, like racing, collectible collection and some people on the street asking you for help. The only downside of the game is the terrible driving handling, provided that you'll have to use vehicles in this game a lot and they've also featured many racing side-quests and have made wonderful variety of cars and bikes and beautiful car models. In spite of that, the game is pretty much enjoyable.
Sleeping Dogs is a really wonderful game with a well made single-player that you must play. If you don't, you're missing out something. This game has the magic that will be in your memory for a long time to come.
An Open World Worth ExploringWiesler | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all Wiesler's reviews »
“Open world” has never really been a selling point for me in video games.
I liked San Andreas and some Saints Row, but it was never the open world that appealed to me. Most of the time, this space feels empty, ruins the pacing, and can take away from the fun. This was even an issue for me an Arkham City; I feel like some games are open world for the sake of artificial lengthening. I feel like Sleeping Dogs handles its open world setting well.
Sleeping Dogs takes place in a unique contemporary Hong Kong setting. You play as an undercover police agent infiltrating the criminal underworld of China. You will be fighting, shooting, and driving. The latter two are not worth mentioning really, they do their job, but the combat system is great.
The combat feels powerful and brutal. You will use throws, counters, punches, and so on, against your opponents. You can upgrade your moves, use the environment and unlock some really brutal combat moves. Along with the combat, the story is told fairly well and has its moments, and this is a game worth buying.
Not GTA, but it's own genre defining funimasquare | Nov. 13, 2013 | See all imasquare's reviews »
...Buy this game!
Ok, so you'll often go into this game thinking it's GTA. It's not quite GTA and honestly I'm glad it's not. The more you play this the more it's own unique styling, gameplay, story telling and characters will grow on you.
If you're like me the martial arts combat aspect is something you'll need to work on, and finding all the statues to upgrade your combat moves is necessary to make combat 'easiest'. When fully upgraded you are a master of kick ass, and it's enjoyable to see opponents grimace as you break bones and twist leg joints in the opposite direction with satisfying 'crunches'.
The characters of the story are clichéd at first, and the settings are fairly low key and atypical, which is what makes the later scenarios more exciting. There are some moments when you will genuinely smile or sympathise with characters like Mrs. Chu, and be pissed off when your friend #spoiler# is brutally killed.
There are plenty of fun diversions to be had and you can spend many...many...many...many hours playing.
Graphically this game is a wonder to behold, stunning polygon counts and polished DX shaders.
This game has top notch programming and I never encountered a bug during the entire game, a lot of people don't appreciate these things, but this is a genuinely well made game.
Hm...anything else about this game...
Oh yes, buy it!
Great Open-World Game!eddy514 | Nov. 11, 2013 | See all eddy514's reviews »
This game is very GTA-style and will draw many comparisons but what puts it above the rest is that it is high caliber game design. It is interesting to play, the story is focused and full of twists.
The internal dilemma that the main character faces in intriguing to watch. At points I was actually wanting my character to switch sides to the gang life permanently.
Well made game, realism and action are a huge plus!
unexpected AWESOMENESSnixyjane | Nov. 4, 2013 | See all nixyjane's reviews »
this game was on sale on steam during Halloween this year and i decided that i really wanted to try it, so i did! ITS awesome, i really enjoy this game, i really want to enjoy the dlc but im not rich but ill get there and im very excited about the game.
i reallly like this game and i dont get bored ! another awesome mode, i really love the combat style XD and the city' appearance is the best!
ALL NEW KIND OF MASTERPIECEXGpredator | Nov. 4, 2013 | See all XGpredator's reviews »
If you haven't played Sleeping Dogs, really, you missing the best game of 2012, still played till now.
United Front's game is a Original GTA-like, which will take you in an amazing journey into the heart of the exciting world of Hong Kong Triads. It has one of the most remarkable, story, gameplay, and most importantly.. fighting system, maybe some AI glitches, but i'm sure all the fans of the genre will not regret playing this game, it's worth the price, so go grab it.
Hong Kong cinema meets Open World ActionBavarianGod | Nov. 4, 2013 | See all BavarianGod's reviews »
Every now and then a game comes out and defies expectations. When Activision canceled True Crime: Hong Kong and Square Enix purchased the rights it seemed to be a bad omen. If making the necessary changes and polishing the game was not worth Activiaion's time than what hope should gamers have? It's not as though the first two True Crime titles set the world on fire―they merely served as appetizers for Rockstar's next release. Thankfully, Sleeping Dogs turned out to be one of 2012's biggest surprises. It's far from perfect but it offers a competent and open world game with some thoughtfully fleshed out mechanics. Fans of film directors like Johnnie To, Ringo Lam and John Woo will feel right at home in Sleeping Dogs. You take control of Wei Shen, a Hong Kong native who has just returned home after spending some time in the United States. He is working as an undercover cop under superintendent Thomas Pendrew and his handler Raymond Mak in an effort to take down a powerful Triad gang known as the Sun On Yee. Wei's assignment positions him as a lowly thug under the wing of a 'roided out hothead named Winston Chu and follows his ascension to a prominent figure within the Sun On Yee. Things become complicated however, as the line between undercover cop and criminal blurs. Wei becomes deeply entrenched in the criminal underworld, building friendships with his gang-mates while witnessing signs of corruption within the police force. The yarn spun by Sleeping Dogs is solid enough but it's telling stumbles. Pacing is all over the place, and many important elements seem undercooked. Sleeping dogs has issues integrating plot points into missions and providing build up. For example, Winston has a fiancee that is revealed when you have to run a few errands for her as part of a mission. She softens Winston's image and makes him a little more human but, unfortunately she exits the plot just as abruptly as she shows up making her little more than a tool to develop Winston. Thankfully the finale builds in a satisfying way and there are some sections that are really effective and engaging in the middle portion of the tale. Its just a shame that it couldn't be more consistent and better developed. Being an undercover cop Wei must straddle the line between right and wrong and missions reflect this. Good guy Wei finds time between running errands for the an police inspector to help with some of her cases. Triad missions are strait forward affairs that usually involve collecting protection money, stealing stuff, beating the hell out of other gang members and maybe shooting a few people. Cop cases play out more like multi-stage quest chains commonly associated with RPGs. Wei also earns experience for both a cop skill tree and a triad skill tree. You earn both types of experience in both mission types but being a public menace and destroying public property or killing civilians will take away from the cop experience you can earn in a mission. Throughout the course of Sleeping Dogs Wei hacks cameras, races, sings karaoke, cracks combination locks, plants bugs, triangulates cellphone calls, bets on cock fights, plays mahjong poker and picks locks. The game does a great job of mixing these elements up and missions are generally interesting with only a few lame ducks. All of the aforementioned elements are secondary to the driving, fighting and shooting you will be doing to make your way through the game. The fighting system in this game really shines. Wei relies on strikes, grapples and counters to dispatch his foes. Enemies come in varieties as well, some specialize in strikes and block many of your attacks, grapplers are burly chaps that you want to keep at bay with power strikes, some enemies wield knives and tire irons and later in the game you will find enemies that are really only susceptible to counters. If you want to live in Sleeping Dogs, you will have to prioritize your foes and time your attacks carefully. Your wushu can be supplemented by finding Jade statues that can be returned to the Kung Fu master in the game. These moves are valuable tools and you will find yourself utilizing most of them. They allow you to snap your opponents limbs, deliver powerful blows and disarm your foes. It's a great system and is evolves enough during the course of the game to remain engaging. Driving is similar to other open world games with cars that handle differently based on weight and size. The one unique addition to the driving mechanics is a button that allows you to throw the car sideways by pushing the appropriate button or key and moving in the direction you wish to go. This allows you to ram vehicles that are in hot pursuit of Wei. Motorcycles, scooters and boats are also among the vehicles you will pilot. Shooting is of the cover-based variety and Wei can vault from cover and enter slow motion as well as blind fire. It's solid but the mechanics are not as unique and engaging as the hand to hand combat. In light of this most of the game focuses on hand to hand confrontations. Sleeping Dogs' interpretation of Hong Kong is an efficiently constructed playground. There is an unusual amount of verticality in this game despite the lack of air vehicles. Wei can climb the ledges and scaffolding around a number of the building and access rooftops. Pedestrian overpasses on the streets also provide access to high places in which numerous collectables are tucked away. Free running is also a part of Sleeping Dogs' bag of tricks. At certain points Wei will have to pursue targets on foot through a gauntlet of barriers and other impediments. These sections involve the player running after them and timing button presses to clear obstacles gracefully, poor timing results in fumbling over an obstacle and loosing ground. The animations for these sections don't flow together as smoothly as those in Assassin's Creed but the extra input required to complete them is a welcome addition that adds a small layer of interactivity in what is usually a passive experience in other games. It's just a shame that the camera is not exactly stellar. It seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place most of the time. Strangely absent is the ability to center the camera with a button press that's so common in third person action games. On the PC, Sleeping Dogs is a really pleasing game to look at. Square Enix has also made a high resolution texture pack available for those with decent rigs and includes some DX11 features. Hong Kong is wonderfully detailed with neon signs glowing, power lines forming webs overhead, air conditioning fans spinning on the sides of buildings, and plenty of pedestrians and traffic to make the city feel alive. Also, the game wisely uses rain to give everything a nice sheen--as it rains the wet pavement reveals reflections of neon signs and characters appear wet. The handful of interiors are also detailed and pleasing to look at. NPCs are not too detailed and are a little more robotic as a result of a low poly count and the cars are not tremendously detailed but these are technical limitations that are to be expected. The main characters however are richly detailed, making the cutscenes a treat. Skin textures are very detailed and the tattoos that adorn the bodies of the gangsters add quite a bit of character to each of them. You can also customize the clothing that Wei wears and wearing certain combinations of clothing can provide stat benefits. Cloting options are rather varied accounting for both ridiculous looks and strictly business attire. The auditory presentation of this fictionalized version of Honk Kong is pretty solid. There is a good mix of hip hop, rock, classical, electronic, and some Chinese tracks to add some local flavor to the the soundtrack. Likewise most of the commercials and DJ speak Cantonese. Characters generally speak English but throw in some Cantonese which, given the strong western influence in Hong Kong, isn't entirely out of place. The stereotypical accents usually add a small degree of authenticity but can be a bit ridiculous at times―particularly the pork bun vendors. Lines that will have you giggling in the first few minutes in the game are rather grating in the last few hours. The vocal performances by Will Yun Lee (Wei) and Tom Wilkinson (Pendrew) are particularly strong however. Many of the other voice actors turn in solid performances. For a game that was almost canned, Sleeping Dogs is quite impressive. The story fumbles around before ending on a strong note and the camera can be irritating but these faults are offset by great mechanics and strong visuals on the PC. Sleeping Dogs isn't ready to dethrone Grand Theft Auto as the best open world crime game but it's robust mechanics and numerous diversions make it a strong addition to the genre. It appears that Square Enix stuck gold by reviving this dead dog.
Amazing gameOfor77 | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all Ofor77's reviews »
I always enjoyed open world games like GTA. After reading some reviews and watching videos, I thought this game was going to be a nice add to my collection. And it was. And it surprised me in many ways. Nice gameplay, decent story. The combat mechanics are pretty awesome, resembling the combat at Batman series. Different types of thugs require different approaches. The side missions are nice too and a lot of activities to do, like Cock Fights and such. The only negative point I have to make is the driving. When I played the game, the driving was pretty bad. A very nice game though.
Excellentct639 | Oct. 29, 2013 | See all ct639's reviews »
Sleeping dogs is an awesome game. It focuses more on hand to hand combat over gun play which is a very nice change. You can find numerous environment interactions when fighting such as electrical boxes, dumpsters and phone booths. It has a good story although there aren't as many free roaming activities as GTA and Saints Row. Definitely a game worth checking out.
The BestAlfa8789 | Oct. 29, 2013 | See all Alfa8789's reviews »
Shenmue Grand Theft Auto? Yes please. Fans of either genre of games will be pleasantly surprised by this title. The combination of third person beat-em-up/martial arts games and the open world fun and randomness of a Grand Theft Auto type game is a sure winner here! And for an added bonus the story is well-crafted, involved and interesting. Voice acting is superb and the attention to detail culture-wise is nothing less than impressive! Can't lose with Sleeping Dogs.
Much more than the Asian GTAKalmado | Oct. 26, 2013 | See all Kalmado's reviews »
From the beginning to the end this game is action packed with a story that pulls you in. Graphics are excellent and player interaction is extremely fun. Combat is very refreshing since you don't just grab an automatic gun and blast everyone.
There are many side quests to do and lots to achieve that will keep you playing while not becoming repetitive and boring. The music is also an excellent feature. A great game worth the money spent.
Great Gamerafaelias | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all rafaelias's reviews »
Really great game with great plot. Shen is a really deep and charismatic person. The audio is also great with great sync. The graphics are amazing, the detail of the players, shadows, city, it's really nice. The gameplay surprised me, high variety of quests, body to body combat with nice style, a lot to do besides main storyline, and I like the reality of driving in the town too.
Just a great game!
AmazingSebastai | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all Sebastai's reviews »
The story is very interesting, the gameplay and the graphics are pretty good, the game has a lot of quests and things to do, in a large sandbox world to live up to their promises.
You need play it!
Underrated Masterpiecemsalvatto123 | July 30, 2013 | See all msalvatto123's reviews »
I have completed this game and found every collectible. The story is solid and entertaining. The characters are awesome. The missions are EPIC and long. You have A LOT of things to do in this game. The "Free Mode" is awesome and really funny. Sidequests are entertaining and you will find a lot of them to complete.... The collectibles are well hidden and finding them represents a challenge. The melee combat is totally mindblowing... I have never seen that before in an open world game. You can also learn new skills by finding the collectibles! Also, you can buy vehicles and race with them.
Verdict: This game is a must buy if you like the open world games. It's really cheap for what it is. I really love this game, and will totally complete it again..
Underrated gamere_watanabe | July 4, 2013 | See all re_watanabe's reviews »
Sleeping Dogs is one of my favorite games. It has a very interesting story that pays tribute to many kung fu movies from 70's-80's. It has a nice combat mode (rarely you get a gun) and a decent driving skills. The main story can be beaten in 20 hours, but it´s really easy to play more than 60 hours, just checking the city out, completing side quests and playing the DLCs missions. By the way, pay attention to the DLC. Some of them brings very nice side missions that will elevate the replay factor, but some of them just brings new clothes, cars or guns that are really dispensable. Many sites underrates this game, comparing with GTA. Honestly, I think this is unfair. Sleeping Dogs has his own personality and worths the price.
Funny combat, great graphics and amazing storylineGalfred1000 | May 7, 2013 | See all Galfred1000's reviews »
If you are a fan of John Woo's movie you're gonna love Sleeping Dogs. Full of stunts, action moves, cop thriller and gang fights. A amazing dilema between being a cop or a gang member. Hong Kong is very real and convincing. The combat reminds me of Batman Arkham series, so you can be sure it's good! Enjoy your asian GTA!
Excellent gameTurboMotionZ | March 23, 2013 | See all TurboMotionZ's reviews »
Playing Sleeping Dogs kept me on the edge of my seat, but not for the reasons you might expect. Sure, Sleeping Dogs’ melee combat and gunplay provide plenty of thrills, the driving is extraordinarily fun in all of its arcadey glory. But at the end of my nearly 30-hour experience, none of that mattered to me as much as the story did. It’s that story, coupled with rock-solid mechanics and a task-heavy world that sets Sleeping Dogs apart from its competition.
Easy to waste a lot of time onmugaro | March 10, 2013 | See all mugaro's reviews »
Very fun game, nothing too difficult to do, lots of stuff to kill time & do.
The story was pretty interesting, an undercover cop posing as a criminal, they tried to do the duality of cop vs criminal and have morality be important, but failed on that. It's blatantly obvious which side of the law your character is on. However, it's still fun to watch. Gameplay is great, controller needed. Nightmare in North Point is short, easy, silly but fun and the only DLC I would recommend buying w/this. Year of the Snake is upcoming w/more achievements so I'll get that.
For fans of melee combat and HK action movies..bninja | Feb. 20, 2013 | See all bninja's reviews »
Keeping this review short and sweet, Sleeping Dogs was well worth the purchase price. Granted, I got it on a sale on GMG, but I think even at full price this one would've been worth it. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the pacing was such that I kept coming back for more without ever truly being bored. The voice acting was great and the experience was quality. The melee combat was a lot of fun, though I could see it becoming a little repetitive. Personally I found it enjoyable enough that it remained a positive for me throughout. Definitely a title I'd recommend! (And this coming from a guy who was never quite able to make it through a GTA game..)
Melee Hong Kong Stylejrod7405 | Feb. 13, 2013 | See all jrod7405's reviews »
I just finished this game and it was a load of fun. At first I was frustrated with the melee combat because it was harder than Batman AA, but man the challenge makes it all that much better when you win. It's harder in the beginning when your health is not really high and you've got no specially earned moves. Once you get the hang of it, just learn to block first and play around with your special martial school moves to get the bad guys. There is a lot of driving, so if you don' t like driving I would think twice about getting this game. The courses are not easy and it's a full blown driving game, does not feel like a useless add-on at all. You can progress with driving a ton. I saved up enough for an Etalon and that makes it alot easier to win with a prime car. Cycle races are hit and miss for me, try out different bikes to get the one you like as the fastest ones can be a bit hard to control. The main story is great - really as good as any Hong Kong feature movie. Voice acting is superb. I wish the girlfriend/dates part of the game was more involved or personal. The lockboxes I found to be annoying with all the dialing for lock combinations. Screwing and unscrewing screws for hidden cameras just seemed tedious. Gunfights - which is roughly 1/4 of the action is okay. Not super hard and in general fun without feeling repetitive and areas are designed well for cover. Being able to shoot without standing up would be a nice touch, as I got shot a lot simply shooting back. Wished I could just crouch-peek over a bit and shoot rather than a full standing position. The best part is the city, which is REally good in capturing Hong Kong ( I've been there twice ). Music is great and the generall pacing of the story, well written dialogue, and fairly challenging gameplay make it a good choice. I'm still going to go back and play the Zodiac Tournament as well as finish up a few drug busts. Plus I really like hijacking armoured vans and stealing cop cars. You can even bust up cars by fighting. I think there was a Steam achievement for most reckless driving that i got too. It's a great sandbox, good story, good acting, well paced, fun gameplay, and great experience overall.
Like GTA with decent combatGordonFreechmen | Feb. 2, 2013 | See all GordonFreechmen's reviews »
If you have played GTA IV, and Arkham City. Image sticking the two together. That is essentially what you have here with Sleeping Dogs. Now of course it isn't an exact mix of the two, and even the elements it takes it changes. The story may interest some but I founds driving around the city, and getting into fights to be more entertaining as I do in most open world games. And in that regard it is certainly more fun than the recent GTA games. The city is a lot more fleshed out. There are more people, more cars. Some of the mechanics it introduces I don't really like. Such as the whole face mechanic, not allowing me to buy cloths because my rep wasn't high enough. Seriously who cares. All my grips with it are small though, and can largly be ignored. This game is pretty good. I wouldn't miss out on it if I were you.
Pretty good sandboxauronkast | Jan. 31, 2013 | See all auronkast's reviews »
The setting is a nice break from LA/NY we got on GTA for a while now I understand it's pretty accurate too so it offers a nice opportunity to very superficially know a representation of a culture we don't usually see in games.
The combat handles pretty well and the cars though not realistic at all are fun to play with. Sleeping Dogs is actually a spiritual sequel to the mostly successful True Crime games and I'd say it makes a better job than it's predecessors, the game manages to tell a pretty good cop story while keeping true to the sandbox tenets of non-linearity and freedom. Overall it's a high score for me.
Flawed but in all the right ways.PM_DMNKLR | Jan. 29, 2013 | See all PM_DMNKLR's reviews »
Like a lot of folks say, this is like Grand Theft Auto, but with martial arts. Sure, that's a fun combo all on it's own, but what makes it even more fun are all of the hilarious glitches. No this isn't a joke either, I'm serious. Despite the fact that this game isn't designed to be funny, it actually is very much so. From launching people with your car as though from a cannon, to smashing them into a wall and not a thing gets damaged (including them), to how you can play bowling using a crowd of enemies and a Land Rover, this Dog is not Sleeping at all, it's just tweaked out a little, lol. All-in-all it really is a fun game. If you don't have it, you're missing out, honestly.
GTA with kung fuJray264 | Jan. 22, 2013 | See all Jray264's reviews »
Sleeping Dogs is more than just an average GTA clone. It doesn't do anything new or unique, but by god is it fun. Think of GTA with Batman melee combat and you basically have Sleeping Dogs. The game manages to spice up most of the action by adding things like the ability to ram your car in any direction instead of just steering into a car and by slowing down time whenever you vault over cover. The game encourages you to stay on the move while in a shootout, but that's not where Sleeping Dogs shines. It shines when you put down your gun and engage the enemy in hand to hand combat. It doesn't flow as well as Arkham City, but it still manages to be fun. The game also boosts an impressive sountrack and voice acting. Some aspects of the game feel rushed, but that doesn't deter Sleeping Dogs from being one of the most fun games of 2012.
Fun Gameashiva8910 | Jan. 21, 2013 | See all ashiva8910's reviews »
I clocked in around 30 hours when I got the last Steam Achievement. The game is short but it's still fun. The combat is similar to the Arkham games but with the add effect of enviromental kills. The driving is not realistic (that a plus in my book) but the cars controls tight. If you meet the requirements the PC port is solid.
Fun, original open world sandboxDeweyDTruman | Jan. 20, 2013 | See all DeweyDTruman's reviews »
Sleeping Dogs takes something that's done quite a lot these days (open world sandboxes) and goes in an original path that hasn't been seen before. The story, of an undercover cop in China, varies quite far from, say, any Grand Theft Auto title. The open world, separate from the story, feels new too, in a way. This mostly has to do with the fact that, unlike many so called "GTA clones," it focuses on hand to hand combat rather than gunplay. The various open-world sidemissions, between drug busts, gathering statues, and praying at shrines, feel right at home. The clothing selection, along with the face meter, both work great and the variety is amazing. If you like open world sandbox titles, I'd heartily recommend looking into it.
Can you say Kung Fu?masterenric0 | Jan. 19, 2013 | See all masterenric0's reviews »
Have you ever wanted to feel like you were in a martial arts movie? Well look no further. Sleeping Dogs is a great game with a beautiful world to explore. I bought it when it was on sale for just under $20.00 and that was a steal. If you are considering purchasing, I would recommend waiting for a sale. But if you can't wait go ahead and buy it. You won't be disappointed.
A serious GTA clonekairegister | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all kairegister's reviews »
This is another GTA-clone, big world where you can do whatever you want in a big beautiful city. Unlike most, this game has a serious plot. No over-the-top action or jokes. This game also primarily focuses around martial arts combat rather than guns. you punch, kick, counter attacks, sweeps, and learn more moves as you go along. There are times where you'll have a gun to fight other gunmans, but not too often. There are tons to do, a lot of side missions and collectables. and more than just action, like racing missions, and some fun hacking mini-games to gain control of a camera or picking a lock. Also, the graphics are amazing and the game is extremely optimized.
Short? Only if you didn't play the game.greenasp | Jan. 12, 2013 | See all greenasp's reviews »
I have to refute something here. If you finish this open world game in 15 hours, you didn't play the open world game. You played the main story line, and you rushed it. That's it. I had over 50 hours in the game and had not completed the main story line. I play open world. I do what I want, roaming, exploring, doing side quests. I play the game. While the game isn't perfect, it's one of the best games I've played in a while. The combat, racing and story were all great for me. Currently, I have over 85 hours in it. Main Story is complete, but I'm replaying older missions that I enjoyed. Doing more racing. Some of the races are really fun, and Enduro (dlc) is quite challenging for me to do well. I love the melee combat and I've done the fight clubs several times. One of the dlcs has a fight at the monastery which, if you're good enough, never ends. It's a fun challenge, and overall a very enjoyable game.
Pretty GoodSentyroth | Dec. 27, 2012 | See all Sentyroth's reviews »
While the story is not as perfect, the gameplay is pretty solid. If I were to choose between Grand Theft Auto and Sleeping Dogs, I would definitely choose Sleeping Dogs.
Pretty, but forgettablepuppymang | Dec. 23, 2012 | See all puppymang's reviews »
From a technical aspect, sleeping dogs is a great game with lots of shine and polish; As a game, sleeping dogs fails to make a big impression. While i was able to immerse myself in the streets of Hong-Kong as an undercover cop, I noticed that the story felt rushed and the characters were mostly forgettable. The side quests just kind of stopped and a lot of things felt unfinished by the end of the game, despite having done all the ones available to me. The story was pretty predictable and the only character worth remembering was your buddy, everyone is pretty unlikeable and irrelevant. The game also becomes a bit too easy once you find the wonderful tea shop and the food vendors because that magical Chinese tea sure works wonders and that roast duck gives you amazing healing abilities so I know what I'll be having if I ever visit Hong-Kong. Aside from the flaws, there's plenty to do in-game to make it worth the time and money spent, at a discount of course.
Short but DecentDamuel | Dec. 22, 2012 | See all Damuel's reviews »
The game is pretty good. It's got awesome melee combat, decent gun fight mechanics, and some alright racing. But underneath all that, the game leaves a bit to be desired.
The main story can be completed very quickly, in around 10-15 hours. And the ending was a huge let down and felt very cliche. It's pretty good while it lasts, but a 10 hour open worlded game is kind of... bad. And a lot of the side quests are just flat out awful. Many of them felt like minigames that just kept getting harder or just really felt pointless.
For instance, to unlock new melee moves you must find old statues and return them to a martial arts teacher. While this sounds cool and rewarding at first, it ends up being almost a joke with 90% of the statues being in plain site and being placed in the same areas you'll visit during the story.
On the plus side, although it's short, you can repeat missions. So if there was a mission you really found enjoyable, you can do it over again, which is nice while in games like GTA and Saints Row you have to start a new game over and work to get to that mission again.
The graphics are pretty good, and there's some cool character customization. It's neat that your vehicles stay in your garage without you having to put them back in. It really includes all the good things GTA and Saints Row did and mashes them together. The game is fantastic while you enjoy it... but the experience is so short and ends so flatly you end up feeling a little cheated. There's an extreme lack of content for the game but what's there is mostly all of high quality.
It's definitely worth it on sale, but at full retail price the game won't give you your money's worth.
Unexpected from a GTA cloneKyuss023 | Dec. 22, 2012 | See all Kyuss023's reviews »
The setting really puts this game apart from other GTA style clones. There's plenty to do and the streets of Hong Kong are always filled with people. The story is entertaining, being dramatic while still not taking itself too seriously. The combat is similar to Rocksteady's Arkham style with counters and different combo moves you can learn. The graphics look great, highly recommend the HD pack if your PC can handle the textures. Overall an unexpected, pleasant surprise and sleeper hit of the year.
Amazing underated titleDPhase | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all DPhase's reviews »
Game kind of came out of nowhere, and I had never gave any interest into it when it had first released but then had seen it on sale on GmG for extremely cheap and had to pick it up. It's quite the game a mix of gta,Arkham asylum/City for combat and an action move. really recommended.
Way better than I expected... by far.setoraven | Nov. 25, 2012 | See all setoraven's reviews »
This is at least for me, the best game of the year, and by a far margin, it not only expands the idea of what a sandbox game should be, but it truly feels like a living city where you are just part of it and not just some sterile place that orbits around you, the graphics are also amazing, and there is just so much to do that it made me feel like I was playing GTA III again, overwhelmed by the open world that showed up to me, and I must say, this game gives me feels, the right feels, and the right kind of mood for me to say this will be one of my favorite games ever. Buy it, you won't regret it.
Probably the best "GTA-style" game in yearsLayton | Sept. 25, 2012 | See all Layton's reviews »
Sleeping Dogs is a rare type of game that manages to combine a great story, fun gameplay, and awesome graphics all in one place. The game features an intuitive combat system based primarily around melee rather than guns, and there are lots of combos available for you to learn and use. Sleeping Dogs is probably the only game to use an XP system properly all year, letting you constantly feel like you're getting better instead of just making you feel like you're never going to reach the top. The game is also a graphical powerhouse, featuring DX11 graphics and an optional official HD texture pack to really make the game stand out. Overall, if you're a fan of open-world games and hong kong gangster tales you really can't go wrong with Sleeping Dogs.
Sleeping Dogs is a Sleeper HitFkpuz | Sept. 8, 2012 | See all Fkpuz's reviews »
The old phrase "let sleeping dogs lie" does not apply in this game. You play as Wei Shen, an undercover cop who seems to have trouble following him wherever he goes. The story is well written for what it is and it doesn't take itself too seriously. The characters are engaging, each having their own troubles and personality quirks. The only thing that may take you out of the immersion is the average voice acting.
Gameplay is where this game shines. The gun-play is very fluid and the melee combat is addicting. Every attack feels like it's from a martial arts action movie and everything from combos to counters flow very well. Driving is not a drag either.
Sleeping Dogs is a technically impressive game as well. The detail in the world is phenomenal even on medium settings. You'll be amazed at how well this game looks compared to how well it runs, especially if you're on a lower end computer.
A great game to just turn off your mind and have some fun.
Finally, an open world game that's not sillyXeneize395 | Sept. 4, 2012 | See all Xeneize395's reviews »
First, let me clear up what I mean by open world. When I say open world, I'm referring to games in the style of Grand Theft Auto and Saint's Row. Not in the sense of The Elder Scrolls, or Fallout. What attracted me to this game in the first place was what appeared to be a well written, gritty, Hong Kong police story. And that's exactly what it was. The good folks over at United Front sure as hell put out a solid game. Big thank you to the shakers and movers over at Square-Enix for picking up this masterpiece.
The story line in the game may be a tiny bit predictable at times, but that's only to be expected out of almost everything made these days. Whether be it in video games, or in cinema. Regardless of those small parts in the plot, the story as a whole is very well written and even better acted. The voice cast chosen for the characters is phenomenal! In particular the voice actor for Jackie Mah who was dead on for that role. As you progress through the story, you become involved yourself. The characters come to life like in no other open world game. You want to continue and see what happens to Wei.
Game play itself was great as well. They really made the game accessible to anyone and everyone. Though this might seem like a turn off to some, it's actually a good thing. Keeps the missions at a fast, cinematic pace without some players having to switch the difficulty. The fighting mechanics are very similar to that in Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City which adds to the fighting by making it feel almost like you're Jet Li. Adding to the brutality and no sense of mercy that Triads have been known for, the environmental attacks are brutal and awesome at the same time. Now, the guns. Though gun play isn't a major factor in this game, it is there, and it works just fine. Weapons are a little inaccurate at first but you end up getting a perk to help compensate. Driving is a breeze in this title! The cars seem to have a more arcade style of handling which is fine.
Not many bad things (if any) do I have to say about this game. All the good things about the other games are mashed together in one title that plays wonderfully. This Hong Kong isn't too big and it's not too small. Some may complain about the absence of flying vehicles, but they're of no importance in this game. All in all, it's a great title to own. I really hope they support this game with added content towards the story and some background stories for certain characters. If you have a proper rig to run the high resolution pack, please do so. It makes the game look so much better. The only real complaints I have is the weird and awkward controls when using the mouse and keyboard. I just plugged in my Xbox 360 controller and it worked just fine. The music in the game is forgettable for the most part, but no where near as bad as GTA IV nor Saint's Row The Thirds soundtrack. There's also a lack of Canto pop which I found a bit disappointing. As well as no option to be able to play it with mostly Canto voice overs (which is understandable as most of the voice actors are Asian Americans, and in the case of Wei's voice actor - of Korean decent). Those are probably my only complaints. Now go! Buy this game! The Sun On Yee need you!
Great Story and lots of fun.AirborneOps | Aug. 21, 2012 | See all AirborneOps's reviews »
Sleeping Dogs is an open world game done right. The story is great, the actors are great and the Cantonese dialogue is also done very well. The game has a ton of things going for it. For starters its relatively long compared to other open world games such as mafia 2. There are more things to do and the city itself is very vibrant.
Most people wonder what the driving is like, it is a mix of grand theft auto and saints row. The melee combat is very satisfying and done well especially with the environmental kills. Only downside to the game is the fact that the keyboard controls are a bit wonky and aren't very intuitive. I had to pull out an Xbox 360 controller to fully enjoy the combat. The game is great so make sure to grab it.
Great open world game.blackscot | Aug. 20, 2012 | See all blackscot's reviews »
If you were a fan of True Crime you'll love this game. The world might not be as big as GTA IV's but it does have a lot of detail in the world akin to Yakuza. The Batman-like combat is great and focuses more on timing and maybe waiting for the opponents to make a move rather than button mashing. The shooting mechanics, when you have a gun, are way better than any GTA game has ever had and it feels smooth and the cover system is ok. Driving is awesome, it does have a sort of car combat and you can press commands to ram people off roads and cause slo-mo explosions when you succeed. All in all this game mashes up many game mechanics from different franchises and it succeeds.
Worth Your TimeNinjaDegu | Aug. 17, 2012 | See all NinjaDegu's reviews »
Sleeping Dogs does everything right.
The writing in Sleeping Dogs is excellent. The characters, each tragically flawed in his or her own way, fill the thoroughly-engrossing story with a sense of life and vibrancy that has been sorely missed in the industry over the past few years.
The combat in Sleeping Dogs is good. Very good, in fact. The melee system is intuitive and rewarding. Every counter and attack feels natural and the combat rarely gets stale, even after several hours of playing. The gunplay is nice too, with a balance of slow-mo vaults and cover shooting.
Visually Sleeping Dogs looks quite good on PC, with plenty of DX11 features and texture packs available. The sound is quite good too, especially when it comes to the voice acting, which is a unique blend of English and Cantonese.
In all, Sleeping Dogs is worth your time.
Fun but not for everyoneDarkslayer16 | Aug. 15, 2012 | See all Darkslayer16's reviews »
Sleeping Dogs is an open world sandbox game that is fun imo but not for everyone. The combat / gameplay is good, can get pretty repetitive and a lot of the voice acting is terrible. If played in short bursts, it's a great game tho and it runs really well and looks fairly good.
A Masterpiece, plain and simple.KenpoJuJitsu3 | Aug. 15, 2012 | See all KenpoJuJitsu3's reviews »
This game is, so far, my top sleeper (get it) hit of the year. United Front Games doesn't exactly have a lengthy pedigree of making games in this genre or any genre. Tack on to that the fact that this game was in development longer than was initially planned and it was cancelled by it's initial publisher. This had all the signs of being a disaster.
And guess what? United Front made one of the better games of the year. This game looks great, sounds great and plays great. It borrows HEAVILY from other games but it does it well and makes those borrowed elements fresh. The story is interesting as are the characters and the voice work to sell the story is top notch.
There were fears of this game being a weak console port. Rest assured, it's not. The game runs great and has all of the options PC gamers need. Fully customizable video options, custiomizable controls, support for keyboard & mouse as well as gamepad with the ability to switch back and forth on fly (and the onscreen icons switch on the fly as well, how many games do that?!), and a built in benchmarking tool. This game is simply great.
It falls just short of receiving the highest mark I give out (95) for three reasons. 1) Some of the texture work is noticeablly inconsistent despite using the high def texture pack, 2) the framerate dips at times which shouldn't be happening on my rig (never dips below 40, but going from 80+ to 40 is noticeable) and 3) they claimed to have enhanced performance for crossfire but in my case it's been the opposite. I get better performance from single card mode.
Yes, those are nitpicks, but I have to minimize how many 95's I give out. Buy. This. Game. It's well optimized and it's a blast.
Solid with minor flaws.lok0812 | Aug. 15, 2012 | See all lok0812's reviews »
Sleeping Dogs puts player into a vast open world of Hong Kong. The player can choose to explore the world, helping NPC on different type of side quests, or work on the story mission. In addition, there are hidden things you can find within the world of the game, like boxes and health shrines. Unlockable within the games rewards you with different types of outfits that will grant you perks or better stats.
Combat itself is remarkably fun, especially if you favored the counter system of Arkham City. The player can use the environment to damage your enemies. Downside is that sometimes camera angle can be bad during fights and cause the player to unable to see anything. Regardless minor flaws were not enough to drag the game down.