Sleeping Dogs Review
Varied missions, hard-hitting melee combat, and a captivating setting make Sleeping Dogs an enjoyable escapade.
Driving in Sleeping Dogs is great. The arcade-style handling makes it easy to hop into any vehicle and start drifting your way around turns in no time, and the physics-defying sideways shunt you can do to damage enemy vehicles or ram them off the road brings with it a satisfying sense of impact. Just as exciting as the many races and car chases that take place throughout Sleeping Dogs are the vehicular shoot-outs that start cropping up a bit later in the game. Taking aim at the tires of pursuing cars and disabling them isn't particularly challenging, but it's still thrilling to send your pursuers flying end over end as you speed along unscathed. Wei also has the ability to perform action hijacks, leaping from one vehicle to another and forcibly taking the driver's place. It's an outrageous move that lends Sleeping Dogs a bit more of that Hong Kong action movie feel.
Whether you're escaping from a big drug deal or just driving your gangster pal's fiancee on an errand, the music emanating from your car radio always makes for fitting accompaniment to your activities. The eclectic soundtrack includes hip-hop, sappy Chinese love songs, throbbing techno numbers, tunes by some of the greats of British rock-and-roll, and more. And of course, if you don't like the tune the game has lined up for your current situation, you can always change the station.
Guns aren't a constant in Sleeping Dogs as they are in many other open-world crime games--the story explains at one point that guns are something of a rarity in Hong Kong--but there's no shortage of gunplay on hand. Gun combat makes use of a standard cover system, and though it doesn't quite measure up to the bone-crunching impact of the melee combat, a few dramatic touches lend it some flair. While vaulting over tables or other objects, you can slip into a slow-motion aiming mode, taking enemies out as you speed forward. And melee combat and gunplay sometimes blend together, as when you use a learned technique to quickly disarm a thug and use his gun to take out others. One shoot-out takes place in a hospital and memorably evokes the climactic sequence from the film Hard Boiled. Another gives you a gun equipped with a grenade launcher, which makes taking out the cars your enemies are crouching behind an enjoyably pyrotechnic process.
But it's not all fast rides and big guns in the life of Wei Shen. Sometimes you need to do a bit of police work by calibrating bugs, hacking cameras, cracking safes, or tracking cell phone signals. These minigames are pleasant little diversions from the core action--particularly the hacking game, which involves code-breaking a la the board game Mastermind. Missions also occasionally find you hitting the clubs to sing some karaoke. This takes the form of an uninvolving minigame that has you moving an arrow up and down as green bars scroll along a track. Still, these rare sequences are good for a laugh; the way your character stands looking straight at the karaoke machine and ignoring his audience is amusing, and it's particularly funny if Wei Shen is singing while all bruised and bloody from some brawling or shooting he's just been involved in.
You can seek out karaoke at any time if you want to hear Wei Shen try to belt out a stirring rendition of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" or one of the numerous other recognizable hits on offer. Singing karaoke is one way to increase your face level, which brings with it passive upgrades like increased bonuses from the food and drinks you can purchase from vendors and machines, or from the massages you can purchase in back-alley parlors. Raising your face level is also necessary before you can purchase some of the nicer clothes and more powerful vehicles available in the game.
Thankfully, singing karaoke isn't the only way to go about raising your face level. You can also do favors for people around town. These optional activities usually aren't very interesting, though. Many of them have Wei closely inspecting something just so a thief can run up behind him and make off with some of his money, starting a foot chase that ends with you fighting the thief. Other, more enjoyable favors find Wei playing the part of a getaway driver, or leading a criminal pursuer into a police trap.
Wei also earns cop experience and triad experience throughout the game by completing missions and by keeping property damage and innocent casualties to a minimum, with each type of experience opening up selections on limited skill trees. The triad skills primarily improve Wei's melee abilities, while the cop skills improve his prowess with guns and cars. Additionally, statues you find throughout your adventure can be returned to a martial arts school to learn new moves. All of this brings a pleasant sense of growth to Wei as you advance through the game.
There are other minor attractions throughout the Hong Kong of Sleeping Dogs. You can bet on cockfights, for instance, or sail out to a gambling barge for a bit of poker mahjong. And a social hub ranks you against your friends on mission performance as well as a host of other challenges, like longest bike jump and most cash earned by running down parking meters in rapid succession. 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. It may have more violence than you'd want in a typical vacation, but this is still a fun-filled Hong Kong getaway that will leave you with many happy memories.
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Awesome game, pretty much all aspects of it. There are a lot of controls and it took a few re-maps and tweaks to get it right - but once I settled in, I was sucked in for good. The review is correct in that there is so much to do and see, and all aspects (fighting, gun fights, driving etc) are very polished. Theres also a free hi-res texture DLC available. This game easily deserves a rating of 9.0 minimum.
they made a huge game deserves long time as 3 years of development but it was really good game,story,graphics are really awesome
I really wanted to enjoy this game but the controls are so terrible and unresponding (PC). It is just unplayable, stay away from the PC version!
Exactly the same things I encountered when playing it. PC controll are not on the best. Sometime they are frustrated but still it is not so 'unplayable', I just finished it last night and I must say that the combat, gunfire and drivring are on the top.
nice game, i liked the story but the combat is sometimes unresponding and awful (PC). Driving is good ( actually in my opinion, way better than GTA IV), graphics dont dissapoint. :) 8.8 stars from me
The camera is twisting while driving, the Batman-like fighting is dull, just counter - strike - heavy strike - ... Gun fighting is more exciting with slow-mo, and driving is good. 7/10.
just tried out the demo and it was horrible, was so hard to control the character, when running around the mouse turns so slowly then when you have a gun it was so sensitive I couldn't aim at anyone. The melee combat was almost the same as Batman but terrible.
You just need to change up some settings. That's what i did and changed my opinion after that.
not even in top 10 in its genre,the whole map looks the same and the action parts become boring at some points. 6~7 of 10 is much fair.
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GTA V: Post-UK-Semi-Free-Trade-Hong-Kong edition. I'm on the fence about this game. Just when I get fed up with it or bored, there's something that's "kinda cool..." that keeps me going for a bit, then I get a lame mission or something and I get all flustered again. The fighting is obviously cool, but gets old after a bit. I know I'm crazy for not using a controller on the PC, but the camera angles when I first get in a car or on a motorcycle seem broken until I get going in a straight line. Not sure if a controller fixes that. All in all, not a horrible game like people make it sound, but I think I'm just about burned out on sandbox/GTA-type games for good. The game seems like a mashup of GTA meets Fast N Furious: China Drift. None of this is a knock on SE, they've always been well-respected in my book as far as video game accolades. This is all just my opinion, which means nothing, and I realize a lot of you won't agree. Just felt compelled to share my .02 with the interwebz.
this game is really booring :( i ended this game, after that, there is no another police cases or something like true crime new york city..
This game looks suckish,i thought this was going to be a good one and now i'm disappointed.The gaming industry has failed me once again.
@ahmed_tawfeek98 Fuck you! This is a great game!
Are you devoid of meaningful opinion? "This game looks suckish" is your casual observation based on basically nothing and from that you get to criticize an entire industry? Grow up.
@pauldanielj No,i meant what i said.I have been playing video games as long as i can remember and i am sick of the mainstream industry of gaming that cares more about making money than the fun of gaming,the mainstream industry ruined a lot of game titles in the last couple of years that were good before.And they keep making these movie based video games that suck.I have played so many bad video games that now i can easily spot one just by reading about it.You shouldn't attack random people on the internet,you are the one that needs to grow up.
@leakky No,not the whole industry stopped.There are few gaming studios that are still trying to keep it real.
@ahmed_tawfeek98 well..if u think the game industry no longer make fun game, just stop playing games man.
@ahmed_tawfeek98 "Movie based"? What movie is this game based on? What the heck are you even talking about? If you've got some sort of grudge against the entire industry, go find a new hobby. Gamespot gave this game an 8.0, and most comments on here have been positive, so you have no basis for criticizing the game. I mean literally you have no basis for what you're saying, you're just babbling and whining for no purpose.
Great game. I haven't enjoyed or stuck to a game this long in a while. I use my 360 controller on it. Never tried the keyboard.
Overall - game is good.
But, unfortunately, for me it's COMPLETELY UNPLAYABLE because of the controls.
Controls are ABYSMAL! Worst controls system I've ever experienced!
Mouse lag is unbearable, sensitivity changes when you in a vehicle is just way too high, key presses in a fights periodically lagging without any reason...
I just don't understand this - how Square Enix could ruin such a good game by this horrible controlling system?
3 of 10. (+3/3 GFX, +3/3 story, +3/3 gameplay, -6 controls)
And it will stay this way until SE do something about controls.
Thank god I didn't buy it (I've almost did)!
Wow, this forum looks a lot cleaner and less hateful than it did yesterday. The moderators have clearly been busy. I don't know what makes people want to personally attack a talented editor for doing her job and stating her opinion, but I really hope that it isn't a growing trend.
In my opinion this game sets new standards for sandbox game play and surpasses the GTA series.
Carolyn you should have tried playing with the texture pack first, it makes everything look so much better.
Actually true crime wasnt bad specially on story sequences. The problem was the glitches and bugs beyond the level of normality.
The combat looks good, but I am fearful that there are only a handful of attacks. It might be awesome for the 1st ten minutes, but repetitive attacks can start to dry up the experience a bit. At least there is a variety of ways to smash your opponents into objects in the environment. That almost never gets old if there is enough variety involved there.
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