gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Seriously. I NEVER expected that this game would be as interesting as it was, and that the gameplay would be as enjoyable as it is.
You play as Wei Shin, an undercover cop who gets assigned to take down the Triads in Hong Kong. That's basically the whole story. It's a story focusing somewhat on the dual life required to be lived by an undercover cop, and the internal struggle one has to go through to remain a cop, yet also to be immersed in the life of a gangster.
Okay, it's really not that in-depth of a story, as it only really touches on this whole duality; it feels more like a cheesy modern martial-arts movie with loads of gunfights, street races, cars exploding, and jaws being broken. Not that that's a bad thing, though: I've seen more than a few of such films that I wish I could control the action.
In closing, the game does play well; it's not the prettiest game I've seen, but it's fun. The story's not that fascinating, a lot of the voice acting is dull, the music is alright, and the texturework is .. serviceable.
There are worse games to play and to kill your time in than this one, and, while you probably won't play through it more than once, and probably won't try to get 100% of all the collectibles, I'm certain you'll enjoy your time in Hong Kong as much as I did.
gamers (77%) found this review helpful
The gameplay resembles Mafia2 but published from the people who bring you Just Cause2. Sleeping Dogs is a free-roam title that keeps you in a more confounded game scenario. While there isn't any aircraft this game is a Eastern mafia title, that slightly resembles other criminal mischief titles like GTA.
Wei Shen was a police officer until his family was gunned down... He left to the USA and finally return to Hong Kong, China and decided to get back into the police force. Wei Shen decided to be a undercover operative in the criminal underworld of the Chinese Mafia, the triads. Set out with vengeance and anger Wei Shen tries to bring the Triad down from the inside-out.
I never really played a game like this style of gameplay... Usually you expect them to throw you out into the game and follow story dialogue. Instead, they keep you in a small area for a while and you don't even use a gun for some time. There is a very complex combat system that is really great... The combat system will remind you of the Batman titles... Having a variety of ways to counter the enemy and lock-on and fight a variety of foes. The vehicle gameplay is superb, neat driving mechanics... It isn't anything light Just Cause2, but you can jump from the vehicle onto other vehicles. There is also boats... An a variety of mini games like karaoke, cockfights, fight club, random people you can help, racing, and few other things. They give you a variety of ways to play the game. The game world is very large. There isn't any aircraft I've found, but you can use boats. I keep finding new things in the game, constantly.
Sleeping Dogs was a well designed game... Great story, great graphics, a lot of great design and work was placed into the game and it shows.
If you are into those crime story, third person shooters... Sleeping Dogs is one with a Eastern style to it and worth checking out.
gamers (73%) found this review helpful
Sleeping Dogs is a game similar to GTA, but it's so much better. What I really liked about this game was the story line! It was so engaging and with a voice over cast consisting of actual actors and actresses. The fighting is much more enjoyable than GTA because you can unlock new moves to effectively beat an ambush of enemies. The game is a little on the short side for me (i beat the game in about 16 hours?) but there are so many more collectibles to find in the game that it will keep you occupied for a long time.
OVERALL: If you love GTA games, you will love this game. (Also Sleeping Dogs has a good ending, I wasn't disappointed with it at all)