posted by JaminGamenJim (BROOKLYN, NY) Nov 10, 2012
Member since Nov 2012
One sentence summary:
You play as a rat protagonists for the police to enter the world of the triad.
3 main Cons -
-Slow in the beginning for an hour because of tutorials.
-Doesn't build up any background story for the sub characters and especially the main hero except for one small fact "his sister died from OD on drugs".
-Would love to interact with the dating system in the game but it certainly lacked a lot in.
3 main Pros -
- Very addicting combat system which doesn't get old very easily and also the game gives you rewards every time you engage and win in battle.
- Tons of side quests and races.
- There are 3 reputation meters that helps you in the game. Popularity meter , Triad meter, and the Police meter. All of them makes you gain either a new attack or skill.
If you ever played a GTA game and loved it then this will be your liking. I for one liked it very much. My Jamin Gamen score would rate it a 9.
When i first played it i was a bit skeptical i would like it, but after finishing it i'm glad I gave it a shot.
It may not be the most original idea, but it does everything fairly well.
My only disapointment from the game was the ending which wasn't bad bad I just felt it could have been a bit better.
If you like good storytelling you will enjoy this game, even if it is a bit predictable at times.
The action is fairly intense without being sickeningly over the top.
The graphics are fairly average for what you would expect.
There is the occasional glitch... for me it was a flying boat... not a long story, but too long for this review.
I'd say 8 - 15 hours for the main story so nothing special in length
Even though there isn't a lot of replay ability there is enough going on to give you another 15+ hours of gameplay
The face lv requirement on clothing was a bit odd, but understandable.
The skill selection on level up felt less like a tree and more like two pieces of bamboo.
So in summary
+Loads of collectables that are actually useful
no one thing was really bad
so four pros and no major cons
So a solid 8
A game people who are fans of the genre must play, but a good enough game that I think every one sould give a shot.
The fact that you play a cop is the only thing that keeps this game from being a GTA copy. It means you can’t just go running around killing anyone and destroying anything, and the fact that it keeps you honest keeps you focused on the goals of the game: getting street cred and working your way up the ladder. You get penalized for doing things like mowing down civilians with a minivan in a crowded market, and get bonuses for beating up “baddies.” You live a double life, and that adds to the complication of the gameplay. You have to check your behavior to ensure the success of the mission. For example if you’re chasing a rival gangster through a populated alley, you can’t just shoot at him all willy-nilly. You have to take precise actions to ensure that you maintain your integrity, whilst walking the line to impress your gang leaders and throw them off the cop scent.
An excellent storyline, impressive execution, and straightforward controls make Sleeping Dogs a really fun and exciting play. I’d definitely say it’s worth the play. I still stand by my initial feelings about it though. “This will have to do until the next Grand Theft Auto comes out in 2013.”