Sleeping Dogs: A Visitor's Guide to Hong Kong

Gang fights, drag racing, bathroom breaks: we check out what Sleeping Dogs offers beyond its main story in the freedom of sandbox Hong Kong.

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Welcome to Hong Kong! This cosmopolitan city's maze of streets has much to offer by way of entertainment, so let us guide you around some of what it has in store. Take care though; not all of Hong Kong's residents are this warm and welcoming.

Accommodation!

Your apartment comes fitted with all the mod-cons. Here's a wardrobe to hold clothes acquired from Hong Kong's numerous shops. Thirsty? Take a drink from the fridge to gain a buff to your combat abilities. Voyeuristic? Access the city's security cameras from your TV, letting you call in the police on anyone who seems suspicious. Or even someone who doesn't. Your room also has a fully functional toilet.

Friendly Locals!

A friend in need is a friend indeed, and Hong Kong has plenty of needy pals. An orange circle on your map indicates a side mission, such as a cheated racer in need of some lighthearted revenge. Help him out by messing up his rival's wheels, and you'll be rewarded with some sweet FACE XP that can open up new activities and clothing options. Or your bro who needs help moving his shipment of dope. You've got his back, right?

Community Service!

You can also do your part to keep Hong Kong safe by taking on Triad mobs waiting around the corners of some of the seedier parts of town. Those Hong Kong visitors who have previously spent time in Arkham City will be familiar with the melee mechanics here--though Sleeping Dogs sacrifices a little of Batman's elegance to give a better sense of a gritty fistfight.

Law Enforcement!

Police officers patrol the streets on foot, on bikes, and in cars, and anyone causing trouble can expect a chase. Visitors may want to aid the HKPD by busting a few drug rings, earning some Cop XP along the way, which can be spent in the upgrades menu. Care is urged, however, as these gangs may be armed with knives or guns. Any tourist attempting a bust should make themselves familiar with environmental takedowns. See that nearby dumpster? It has got some goon's name written all over it.

Drive Safe Now!

What better way to spend an evening than with some fender-bending fun? Reaching a chequered badge on the map begins one of Hong Kong's drag races, letting you speed through the neon streets in an effort to smash your rivals. With Sleeping Dogs' ram maneuver you can drive your foes into other vehicles and off the road for ultimate satisfaction.

There are loads of things to do outside the main story of Sleeping Dogs, with hours to be wasted in the Hong Kong urban wilderness. Will you be mooching in a downtown massage parlour or fervently pursuing the main story? Let us know in the comments. Square Enix's Sleeping Dogs is expected to hit stores on August 14 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Discussion

14 comments
DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

I enjoyed the true crime games and others alike but I don't think I will be getting this.. all seams to arcadey and the combat looks to basic with the lock on system and all that even the AI is terrible, it looks like this game still needs more work , Its a good concept I just hope they pull it off, the best thing about this so far is the cover box art.

sodiumpentathol
sodiumpentathol

Too bad about the driving physics.. other than that this game looks very good! I'm especially thrilled about the Hong Kong setting.

Badboy2008s
Badboy2008s

one thing for Square Enix hope they read this.. try to make the engine sounds more realistic, crashes and driving needs improvements if you could make them like Gta iv it would sell more. the game will look a lot better.If you want my opinion i would say its a shame to do all of this work and not concentrate on driving and make it like saints row the third. I bet almost everyone agrees with me.

waterproof9
waterproof9

The driving looks and sounds like Saints Row.  Not to realistic at all.  Other than that the game seems pretty promising.  I'll wait for the reviews by those who actually play the game.  So early purchasers please write a review.

hrothgar99
hrothgar99

day one buy for me .. i love this game so far ..

krafty_pk
krafty_pk

looks like it needs some work but looks promising

chaosbrigade
chaosbrigade

I really hope this game to do well. Hong Kong was where I was born and I visit the place often.

 

So far the driving looks stiff, fighting looks unexciting, and the whole game seems too easy. 

ValHazzard
ValHazzard

game looks fantastic but the driving kinda looks like Saints Row...stiff, unrealistic and s***. I hope it doesn't turn out that way cause good driving mechanics actually matter in an open world game.

Wizallah
Wizallah

Day one buy for me. I'm sold!

Psmitty456
Psmitty456

This is the first I've heard of this game, looks good.

mikeyline
mikeyline

 @Psmitty456 Wow, i've been waiting for this game since 2010 lol, i envy you, only having a month to wait for it's release :)