This game would have been at least an 8.5 or 9 to me if it just completely eliminated the "free roam"/"open world" aspect of the game. The story was engaging, the fighting was good, the chase scenes (on foot) were action packed. BUT WOW was the driving bad..... I absolutely could not stand driving to missions, and I really hated the car chase scenes, where ramming a car off the road is just a button press. If I could have spent less time in between missions, and just been forced to play the story missions then I would have been a lot happier.
I would recommend this game for renting, but do yourself a favor and just consistently do story missions, ignore the clothing vendors, energy drink stores, tea shops, drug busts, citizen missions. They suck.
First time I have ever felt that a game's "open-worldness" was it's downfall.
In an industry over saturated with open world sandbox titles and GTA clones, Sleeping Dogs rises among the sheep and becomes the wolf.
This is a little gem that should not be left out of your collection. Everything from the ridiculous Action Hijack escapes to the slow motion head shots while leaping over cover, to the emotional roller coaster of a story. This game has it all.
Is he a Cop? Is he a member of the Triads? You will have to find out while entering the 36th chambers of Shaolin and dishing some of the best Martial Arts combat since Arkham City...Oh don't worry UFC meatheads there is still ground and pound, grapple and toss your unfortunate opponent into an ice chipper to satisfy you.
Hand to hand not your thing? then blast your way through the opposition while in slow motion while splitting your opponents head open with a well placed shot to the face. Oh and there's knives, bats, and a Fish to beat down your opponents if guns aren't your thing.
Is your Vehicle/Motorcycle beat up and about to explode? NO NEED to get out of the car! Hijack another car while driving! Yes folks that's right, Jump out of your car and hijack a car in front of you like a Hollywood summer movie. Add a perk and now you can shoot mid air while leaping to another car while hijacking it!
Ah but all games have some flaws. The fast pace, hollywood action seems to be too much for the 360 to handle and thus don't render environments fast enough causing a delay during highspeed chases. Larger weapons cannot be concealed forbidding the user to access vendors, garages, and other NPC services until the weapon is removed.
Give this game a Queue, you won't be disappointed.