I'm big on story when it comes to games. So much so that even if the game play is great, if the story sucks, is boring, or is sending a message that is false and/or stupid, I hate it. Keep that in mind when you read this review.
I knew that this game was not going to be as great as GTA 4. I still, however, expected it to be an all over good game. The game play is good. The hand-to-hand combat is fun, the gun play is okay, and the driving could be better. All in all, I have no real complaints in that respect. What got me was the story. I got bored with it halfway through and just stopped playing. Which isn't normal for me. You'd think Wei, as an undercover officer, would have more reservations about the criminal activity he was involved in. I thought he would. After a while the whole game turned into making money, driving fast cars, and banging every floozy in town. It never showed the pitfalls and trappings of a life of crime, like GTA 4 did. It didn't really portray that life realistically, so I lost interest. Maybe if I had stuck it out, it all would've payed off in the end; but I wasn't willing to stick it out that long.
So, If you're looking for a game like GTA 4, this is it. If you love a well written game that has a similar deep story and colorful characters as GTA, pass.
I didnt know what to expect when i put sleeping dogs in my gameQ, but i must say that what i got was a great game that in my opinion is vastly underrated. In my opinion, its probably the best game in its genre since GTA3