In theory, at least, there should be a lot to like about Sleeping Dogs. In reality, however, the melee combat system is so badly coded it ruins the game. I have been thoroughly frustrated by how sluggish and unresponsive the game is to the button presses. In one glaring incident, I pressed the X button three times for three punches only to have my character stand motionless until he was attacked by two opponents, then punched the air three times after the health was significantly depleted, not responding to the gamepad input until after the opponents attacked. The same thing happens when pressing the Y button to evade attacks. The button press registers too slowly to have any affect. For a game that is so heavily dependent on melee action, the controller lag time is appalling.
The bigger mystery is, how can such a badly coded game be so highly rated by so many users? Are the user reviews being constantly skewed by shills for the game makers?