posted by clavin (SALT LAKE CITY, UT) Aug 20, 2012
Member since Sep 2010
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THE UNDERDOG Sleeping Dogs is definitely an underdog title. There wasn't a lot of publicity or advertising for the game and many people knew nothing about it. This game will in no doubt grow in popularity and become one of the best titles of the year. MET EXPECTATIONS As an avid gamer of crime-based, open world structured games. I felt it met expectations. I like what developers keep doing differently with each game type like this that comes out, especially this one. It was unique and fun to be in a different country and as an undercover cop. I always liked working for the Triads in GTA 3 and no game has seemed to touched the idea of Asian gangsters since. I'm glad this game fully embraced that crime world and executed the good idea to meet expectations. THE GAME SD's narrowed scope and exclusion of things (like potty humor and aircraft) gave the game more of an edge. This gave the game a solid story throughout with decent voice acting. The graphics look good and things look like how I would imagine China to be like. I like some new elements such as jumping from cars or motorcycles onto other cars as well as the martial arts fighting and gadgets (similar to the recent Batman titles). Navigating obstacles throughout chase scenes, using environmental objects to impale enemies and slow-mo shooting was fun as well. Sleeping Dogs brings some new things to the table that I hope to see in future similar titles. THE BAD The game isn't seamless and sure it doesn't compare to the behemoth of GTA IV, but it's excellent. One can go online and read articles that really only knit pick the game and drop it to an unnecessarily low score of 7's and 8's. This game is a 9 through and through in most all of it's aspects. The two biggest gripes I might have to agree with is it was a bit short and there was no online playability. Other things like texture maps being pixelated or minor glitches is just being particul
The storyline is excellent, everything else is garbage. The combat is so elementary its pathetic, and even as basic as it is its not polished or smooth by any means. The driving is awful, as are the graphics, cars, and most of the clothing. If they put some programmers who know what they're doing to work on it and actually tested it to any level the game would've been much better. Another example of great potential wasted.