Sleeping Dogs Digital Edition
Third party DRM: SteamThis game requires a free Steam account to play.
"Calling Sleeping Dogs something like an "open-world crime" game does it a disservice, as it invokes thoughts of simply shooting and carjacking yet another major metropolis. Sleeping Dogs is a more refined take on how an open-world game can play out, sacrificing the over-the-top content for a much more focused experience. The game does cut loose, and the melee combat is certainly a blast. Ultimately, Sleeping Dogs manages to marry open-world gameplay with an extremely engaging plot." - Worthplaying.com
"Goofing around and pursuing high marks on these leaderboards is fun, but it's the atmospheric city and the varied story missions that make Sleeping Dogs an alluring adventure." - Gamespot.com
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Sleeping Dogs Digital Edition includes the Triad Enforcer Pack DLC.
Triad Enforcer Pack
New weapons, outfit and vehicle along with two all new Triad missions.
It’s a high-speed shoot out in ‘Triad Highway.’ Armed with a high capacity machine gun, fight a tide of Triads after your head. ‘Death by 1,000 Cuts’ puts you in a brutal fight club taking on the Triads with a razor sharp golden cleaver. Wear the Triad Enforcer outfit for added Face and more punishing damage.
Welcome to Hong Kong, a vibrant neon city teaming with life, whose exotic locations and busy streets hide one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the Triads.
You play the role of Wei Shen, an undercover cop trying to take down the Triads from the inside out. You'll have to prove yourself worthy as you fight your way up the organization, taking part in brutal criminal activities without blowing your cover.
Torn between your loyalty to the badge and a criminal code of honor, you will risk everything as the lines between truth, loyalty and justice become permanently blurred.
- A mature and gritty undercover cop drama in which you risk blowing your cover at any time.
- Explosive action fueled by a seamless mix of deadly martial arts, intense gunfights and brutal takedowns.
- Epic high-speed thrills: Burn up the streets or tear up the sea in a vast array of exotic cars, superbikes and speedboats.
- Hong Kong is your playground: Enter illegal races, gamble on cock fights, or kick back with some karaoke. There are countless ways to entertain yourself in Hong Kong's diverse districts.
GTA: Hong Kongafonsobsousa | Feb. 17, 2014 | See all afonsobsousa's reviews »
If you're into open-world games (GTA, Saints Row, etc.) you surely won't be disappointed with Sleeping Dogs.
Pros: + The story is surprisingly good. You play an undercover cop and have to make your way up the triads to basically get their trust and destroy them from the inside. + The main missions are really fun and varied. So are the cop side-missions. + The city is very lively and atmospheric. It's really fun to just drive around. Even further atmospheric are the Cantonese-English voice acting and the Hong-Kong radio stations. + The graphics are gorgeous. Make sure you get the free HD texture pack DLC on Steam. + The combat is really good and is one of the game's most proeminent features. It's similar to the Batman Arkham games, with less gadgets and more environmental kills. Gunplay is present but has a lesser function in the game.
Cons: - The driving is a bit weird, too "arcadey" for my taste. You can however do "action sequences" where you jump from your car to any other car in front of you, allowing you to take it over, which I thought was pretty unique. Couldn't bother with non-essential racing missions. - The radios repeat the same songs too often. Could have had a few more songs in there. But they respect and contribute to the atmosphere of the game so it's alright. - The game itself is a cakewalk. I died very few times. Would have liked a bit more of a challenge.
Game time: about 24 hours.
PS: Get the Nightmare, Zodiac Tournament and Year of the Snake DLCs.
One of the best open world games out thereAeroPhobic | Feb. 6, 2014 | See all AeroPhobic's reviews »
As an open world action game Sleeping Dogs is in a class of it's own. A great combat system (reminiscent of the Arkham and Assassin's Creed games) combined with a huge city to explore on foot, by car or by boat, tons of sidequests and activities will surely make you have a hell of a time with this game.
The story, while not as memorable as for example a GTA game, will still keep you hooked with it's twists and turns until the very end. Wei as an undercover cop infiltrates a Triad gang and finds himself befriending this group of people, which makes him somewhat question where his loyalties (should) actually lie.
The city of Hong Kong is beautifully rendered and feels like an actual bustling city with crowds of people hanging around at the markets or walking by the storefronts.
The car handling in Sleeping Dogs is also much better and action packed than in most of its competitors, letting you ram into cars by pressing a button and direction and allowing you to slow time and jump onto another car to overtake it.
Finally, something has to be said for the great job that has been done on the PC version. Great optimization and high resolution textures along with a slew of customization options should let it run very well on most modern systems.
It's an absolute gem of a game in my opinion and definitely worth the money.
GTA meets Arkhamcomicnabster | Feb. 4, 2014 | See all comicnabster's reviews »
When the live action trailer starring Brian Ho first aired, I KNEW I had to get this game. I enjoyed the first True Crime Streets of LA on Xbox despite its flaws (I didn't play True Crime NYC because of bad reviews though). I love GTA-style games, but too many of them end up feeling like clones. Sleeping Dogs on the other hand manages to distinguish itself fairly well, a feat only Saints Row has accomplished (in my opinion) before.
From the start, it's clear that unlike GTA or Saints Row, gunplay takes a backseat to Hong Kong martial arts. Guns are only given to you in linear sequences and are immediately lost by the next cutscene. Most combat sequences instead have you facing off triads Arkham-style, but with a few "bonuses" like the ability to snap limbs and use the environment to kill in hilarious ways. Impaling on swordfish? Check. Slamming head with car door? Check. BBQing face in oven? Check. Bashing with a public phone receiver? Check. The list goes on... and I almost forgot to mention the random pick-up weapons, including tire irons, handbags, and umbrellas!
Driving also feels unique, mostly because it's on the wrong side of the road (kidding!). The action hijack maneuver is pure win. I like how the Rico Rodriguez outfit buffs that move - very appropriate. Also, I personally drive on the right every time I play this game, just because I can :P
If I have criticisms, it's with regards to the replay value. While technically open world, Sleeping Dogs feels as linear as Mafia 2 much of the time. There are few random events or side missions. There aren't GTA-style 911/taxi missions to kill boredom for 5 minutes. Once you find all the collectibles to buff your police/martial arts moves, there is little reason to revisit the game.
I thoroughly recommend this game, but with the warning that one shouldn't expect the super-addictive random replayability of GTA.
Very nice action gamejohnpsonny | Feb. 2, 2014 | See all johnpsonny's reviews »
This badboy is similar to the Grand Theft Auto series but with more hand-to-hand melee action. Character customization is not very in-depth but it is still nice to be able to level up something as you progress.
Pros: -Hand-to-hand melee actions -Great story -Great dialogue -Nice visuals
Cons: -Not a lot of customizable vehicle -Small map
I give this game an 85. If you see this game on sale, buy it immediately.
Be the star in this Hong Kong masterpiecetaigatsu | Jan. 30, 2014 | See all taigatsu's reviews »
If you haven't played Sleeping Dogs yet, then you have been seriously missing out. While it's easy for an open-world game to get lost in comparison to bigger titles like Grand Theft Auto or Arkham City, this is a game that can easily stand shoulder to shoulder with those behemoths. Almost every aspect of the game feels like it's been tended to with care and talent, and the result is a title that is an absolute blast from start to finish.
The variety of activities is always engaging. Careening around in cars, vaulting over tables in slow motion and enjoying the spectacle of the scenery is always a great way to pass the time. Shattering kneecaps with a well placed spot of kung fu never gets old; the combat is crunchy, balanced and oh so satisfying. The story missions manage to keep you interested and excited, and somehow even invested in the characters themselves. And there's always another street race, drug bust or unlock around the corner to occupy your attention.
Finding a serious complaint about the game is very difficult. The acting is all top notch. Roaming around Hong Kong is a refreshing change of pace. Sleeping Dogs manages to capture the spirit of the city very well and has a fair number of surprises in store when you explore. Both the radio stations and original score are well done and supremely catchy, with traditional Chinese folk music co-existing peacefully with some stellar underground artists. There are a wide array of options to tailor your look, from track suit wearing street thug to designer thread sporting boss.
Credit to the developers need to be paid as well. They have gone above and beyond when it comes to the PC port. In addition to detailed control over the graphics settings, they released a free HD texture download and the option to increase the density of people and vehicles in the world. As an extra bonus, you can even unlock a free vehicle and some cosmetic options in the game!
Few games manage to do so much as Sleeping Dogs, yet remain as cohesive and captivating. If you've ever been vaguely interested by what you've heard about the game, then you owe it to yourself to start playing it today.