posted by DarthTaint (FAYETTEVILLE, NC) Apr 18, 2013
Member since Dec 2007
Although there really isn't anything innovative with this game, it takes previous elements and does them spot on. The fighting mechanics are rewarding, the story line is pretty indepth and the imagining of modern day Hong Kong is great. I don't have very much to complain about, as this is exactly what it tries to be. I wouldn't so much call it a re-hash, as I would call it a trip down memory lane. The martial arts and the various stores you can frequent takes a page from the Yakuza series. The rest is just another vision of what GTA started so long ago. Again, this isn't a negative critique when describing the game at its core, but it does sum it up. Good title. Definitely for any kind of gamer. Good job Square Enix.
Sleeping Dogs has a lot of talent, all lending to the story, voice acting, and the cast of characters. While the story isn't original, it's done so well that originality isn't necessary. This is a game that knows what it wants to be and completely succeeds at it. This is a top notch production from beginning to end.
Graphics - Without a doubt, Sleeping Dogs is my favorite looking game of this kind. To compare, you have Grand Theft Auto IV and the Saints Row games, and I believe Sleeping Dogs is the most impressive looking of the bunch. While the map is smaller and surely allows for more details, it's those details that make the world feel like it's living and breathing, which adds to the overall atmosphere of this beautiful world that is yours to explore and discover all of the little secrets it has packed within it.
Driving, Shooting, Melee, Parkour - The core gameplay in Sleeping Dogs offers a lot of variety. The driving is fun and arcade-like, so the handling is simple and intuitive, but it offers depth, like ramming your enemies off of the road or jumping from your car to another car and jacking it. The shooting is basic, so it doesn't offer much depth, but there is a bullet-time feature, a la Max Payne, which makes gun combat really fun, though it must be noted that gun combat is not the focus of the game. Now onto melee, which is the focus of the game, is similar to the combat in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, meaning it's a ton of fun and pretty stylish. In addition, you can use context-sensitive environmental attacks, allowing you to shove an enemy's head in a fan, throw him in a dumpster, impale him on swordfish, etc. It's all handled pretty gracefully and flows together nicely. Now onto the parkour, which is a real blast. Your character can climb, jump, leap, etc. so your character has real agility and makes you feel like you can get away from any bad situation or chase after those who are trying to escape you.