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  • Summary: Sleeping Dogs is an open world cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Taking the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, players must take down one of the world's most lethal criminal organizations from the inside. Featuring imaginative combat systems, Sleeping Dogs empowers enablesSleeping Dogs is an open world cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Taking the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, players must take down one of the world's most lethal criminal organizations from the inside. Featuring imaginative combat systems, Sleeping Dogs empowers enables players to perform an array of martial arts moves, singlehandedly taking on numerous opponents. Players perform visceral kicks and combos, vicious counters and a cinematic set of environmental takedowns making use of real-world items from circular saws to phone booths, incinerators to refrigerator doors. Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
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  1. Aug 23, 2012
    95
    Sleeping Dogs provides players with an engrossing narrative set to the atmospheric and richly-detailed backdrop of Hong Kong. An extensive array of additional missions and activities ensure there are always opportunities for further adventure and action to discover while roaming the streets. Along with an impressive presentation for both the visuals and music, Sleeping Dogs is without doubt the sleeper hit of this year for open world action games.
  2. Aug 17, 2012
    90
    Square Enix and United Front Games pulled Sleeping Dogs from the brink of death, and what surprised me is just how good it turned out to be.
  3. PC Master (Greece)
    Feb 6, 2013
    90
    Unlike the previous ‘True Crime’ games, where there was a strict depiction of the city maps, Sleeping Dogs does not portray Hong Kong, inch by inch. United Front Games has implemented GTA’s novelties in way that winks slyly at Rockstar. In essence, what the GTA series has accomplished, Sleeping Dogs has carried out better and more elegantly. [October 2012]
  4. Aug 14, 2012
    80
    The finished game--which only made it to release thanks to a last-minute rescue from Square Enix--won't be remembered as one of the world's great open-world crime games. But it will be thought of as a good, solid one that did enough right to be mostly fun from start to finish. And I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 10, 2012
    80
    City action in an Asian style casts a fresh wind to the sandbox game genre, with attractive worlds full of details, great battle mechanics and cool free-run sections. [Sept 2012]
  6. Aug 24, 2012
    80
    This game is a very pleasant surprise that's throwing down the gauntlet to GTA V with its Cantonese oral insult. The game's story along with plenty of gaming mechanics' innovation make Sleeping Dogs a truly remarkable and never-ending joyride with no intention to imitate the original at all costs. I'm so sorry Niko, you've been great, but at the end of the day Wei Shen takes it all.
  7. Sep 25, 2012
    60
    The title Sleeping Dogs is a reference to "let sleeping dogs lie". Well, the developers should have heeded this ancient wisdom and let True Crime: Hong Kong die.

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  1. Negative: 23 out of 262
  1. Jul 14, 2014
    10
    I never expected much from this game. I had slight appeal before playing this as Hong Kong fascinates me.
    Right from the start, I was sucked
    I never expected much from this game. I had slight appeal before playing this as Hong Kong fascinates me.
    Right from the start, I was sucked in. The game has a great story, the fighting mechanics are fun and overall seems very well done. This also played great on a PC, didn't feel out of place at all. The city is beautiful.

    My only gripes would be that the main story is somewhat short, it works, very well but I would have liked more. I still put around 15 hours into it and hardly did the side missions.
    Also the "dating" thing, it would have been cool if you could continue seeing women, instead of them just disappearing.

    All in all, excellent game and highly underrated.
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  2. Aug 15, 2012
    10
    Having not run into any of the bugs or issues with controls that most users are citing, I'm giving Sleeping Dogs a 10 simply because itHaving not run into any of the bugs or issues with controls that most users are citing, I'm giving Sleeping Dogs a 10 simply because it doesn't suffer from sequelitis. United Front Games did an amazing job of creating a true spiritual successor to the True Crime series that Luxoflux created so masterfully. For once, developers are not selling out to appeal to the Call of Duty audience. The on-rails drive by missions felt so familiar to their TC:NYC counterparts. While the police gameplay is noticeably different due to the nature of you being undercover, the gunplay feels incredibly similar with bullet time, dual wielding, and the purposeful lack of emphasis on shooting. You don't have some absurd amount of ammunition, and United Front did an excellent job of keeping True Crime true to its roots. The driving feels incredibly similar, especially with ramming replacing manual PIT maneuvers. The hand to hand combat feels just as in-depth as in previous games, with training locations and new moves to learn. I am just so amazed with how they kept all the things that made True Crime unique. You can still store weapons in car trunks, purchase and store vehicles in the garage, customize your player character, and so on. I am beyond ecstatic that United Front made sure Sleeping Dogs would always be remember as the third True Crime game. This consistency is a massive step forward for the industry: Call of Duty cannot ruin every game with a gun in it anymore. We can finally expect more unique, good games again. Expand
  3. Xon
    Mar 17, 2013
    9
    THE SLEEPING DOGS HAVE AWAKEN!
    I love open-word sandbox games. This game is a great addition to the genre.
    Pros -Detailed, immersive
    THE SLEEPING DOGS HAVE AWAKEN!
    I love open-word sandbox games. This game is a great addition to the genre.

    Pros
    -Detailed, immersive city
    -Engrossing characters
    -Satisfying combat -Very good story
    -Voice acting is mostly top-notch

    Cons
    -Cityscape somewhat repetitive
    -Some grinding required (by-passable through DLC)
    -Initially character is is rather weak.

    All in all a great romp!
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  4. Aug 15, 2012
    9
    Well, for a game that I hadn't even heard of until a few weeks ago, this is a very pleasant surprise. Where to even begin...I was impressedWell, for a game that I hadn't even heard of until a few weeks ago, this is a very pleasant surprise. Where to even begin...I was impressed right from the start with the graphics quality (get the high res textures!) and fluidity of the controls. I am playing with my PS3 controller (thanks again, Motioninjoy!!!!) and loving every bone breaking minute. The voice acting is superb, with some very well known actors/actresses giving the characters gravitas and the mixture of English and Cantonese lends the dialogue an air of authenticity. The city of faux-Hong Kong feels alive; vibrantly beautiful yet brutally dangerous as are the classic depiction of dragons in Oriental culture. The first thought most will have is how much similarity Sleeping Dogs bears to GTAIV, but Rockstar is definitely outclassed by this Canadian studio's near masterpiece. The graphics, vehicle handling and generally tight controls are way over Rockstar's effort. This is a game optimized for the PC, such that even with my 4 year old system I am able to get a consistent 35-40 FPS with all settings near maxed as well as using the high res textures. The melee fighting (and there is a LOT) is very similar to the Batman series, with button combos and unlockable moves. The kung fu kicks and punches feel powerful and fluid, and every fight is dynamic and interesting using the very environment as your weapon. It isn't a cakewalk though, so be prepared to get your butt kicked in the beginning until you can gain some new moves. The camera is generally pretty decent, although I think it could use a bit more fine tuning in tight spaces but it's still fairly easy to keep track of all the action. I wish there was an option for changing the viewpoint in vehicles, but that is just a nit-pick. Maybe a patch or two could turn this from a near masterpiece to a bona fide classic. Otherwise, vehicles handle as well as any game of this genre, and they look spectacular. One of my big gripes with GTAIV was how the game engine didn't allow FSAA- now you got it, along with all the bells and whistles of DX11. Sleeping Dogs exudes AAA quality right from the opening credits, and draws you into its world surely and steadily as you navigate the streets of faux-Hong Kong as both an undercover cop and a rising Triad member. The mini games are generally interesting, and I was pleased to find some Steely Dan among the karaoke tunes you can sing. WIN WIN WIN! I absolutely LOVE this game. I hope it does exceptionally well for United Front Games, because we need more like this. You NEED this game. 'Nuff said. Go be the Dragon! Expand
  5. Jan 22, 2015
    8
    Sleeping Dogs es un titulo que mezcla varios géneros. Mundo abierto estilo GTA, el sistema de pelea de Batman Arkham Asylum, el slowmo de MaxSleeping Dogs es un titulo que mezcla varios géneros. Mundo abierto estilo GTA, el sistema de pelea de Batman Arkham Asylum, el slowmo de Max Payne, etc.

    Para empezar el mundo abierto esta muy bien echo, con excepción de la falta de gente que tiene, esta muy bien recreado. Me encanta ir por Hong Kong, la gente no tiene skins similares, al menos no mucho, tiene una muy buena iluminación y esta lleno de colecionables. Y los coleccionables son útiles. Este juego hace a los coleccionables útiles. Si consigues suficientes puedes conseguir mas vida, mejoras en combate, dinero, ropa y vehículos únicos, etc. Y si hablamos del combate, es similar al de Batman Arkham Asylum, no esta tan fluido, pero aun así hace un buen trabajo, y tienes mas opciones que en el ya mencionado acilo. Conforme avances obtendrás mejoras, como hacer mas daño, nuevos movimientos, y como eh dicho antes, los coleccionables te sirven para conseguir nuevos ataques. Como romper brazos y piernas. El titulo también tiene una gran cantidad de minijuegos. La historia y atmósfera es como la de una buena película de acción de Jackie Chan, puede ser algo predecible pero no la daría por mala. Llegas a conocer una buena cantidad de personajes que muestran ser mas que matones eh inocentes justicieros. Y uno que me gusta en particular es Jackie, un amigo que conoces al inicio del juego. Al principio tiene una forma de pensar algo infantil, pero se va dando cuenta de lo horrible que es el mundo real y eso le destroza. No sera perfecto pero no esta mal. Al final, este es un buen titulo, me a gustado conseguir los logros, y se me olvido decir que también tiene parkour, pero seguro que ya es mucho que leer, le doy un 08/10. Es un gran juego que te hará pasar un buen rato.
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  6. Aug 25, 2012
    7
    I have mixed feelings for the game. Mostly bad, though.
    While I find the game really interesting and fun, the technical bugs, glitches,
    I have mixed feelings for the game. Mostly bad, though.
    While I find the game really interesting and fun, the technical bugs, glitches, controls and mess just keep me from fully enjoying it.
    The graphics in the game are nice with the HD texture pack, which shows the devs also focus on the PC platform.
    The camera, the aiming and the terrible lipsync is mostly what kept me away from the game.
    The camera doesn't listen to you. Sometimes it rotates too fast, sometimes it rotates too slow - I have no idea how I have such a problem.
    The aiming (with weapons) in this game is also extremely buggy - sometimes the reticle will get stuck and you won't be able to shoot whatsoever, sometimes you get locked away from the controls because of sticky keys (it seems to be an in-game problem, I have sticky keys completely disabled).
    The lipsyncing is decent on cutscenes, but when it comes to lipsyncing during in-game action sequences, it's terrible. If you sing karaoke, your lips will move incoherently, if you talk to someone while walking next to each other your mouth will just move like you're playing pretend-talk.
    The fighting system in this game is really fun, but the control glitches make it less fun, for some even unplayable.
    The UI is god-awfully large and will annoy the living heck out of you.
    I don't know if it's my hardware (it's not, this is the only game with such problems), or the devs, but the game is already in version 1.4 and all of these problems haven't been attended to.
    Maybe, someday, the game will be finally fixed and I'll be able to play.
    It's a great game at heart, while it did have a predictable story, it's fun. And that's what matters.
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  7. Jun 29, 2014
    0
    I can't play this game thanks to the hkship.exe error. I think this is a fine open world game like GTA, so I would love to play it, but theI can't play this game thanks to the hkship.exe error. I think this is a fine open world game like GTA, so I would love to play it, but the people at Square Enix should address this situation. Expand

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