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.”
I know many gamers are all about shooting 24/7 seven days a week. I am sure there are some like myself that really look for great story lines and a line up of amazing voice over talents. That's exactly what you get in sleeping dogs. There is plenty of opportunity for shooting, killing with blades and slamming a screeming villian in the trunk of a car, but i would put this game in the top three games i have ever played as far as voice talent goes. The story is good, and just remember when fighting, as soon as you are attacked and the opponenet turns red triangle button on ps3 is your best friend.