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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. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Aug 17, 2012
    95
    What's that? Is that Activision cursing themselves because they've abandoned True Crime? Well, if they aren't, they should be! Sleeping Dogs is an absolutely fantastic game, which will definitely be fondly remembered as an example of the loads of fun a sandbox action game can deliver. Do not skip this one!
  2. 90
    The living, breathing underworld of Hong Kong is expertly recreated. The sum of all of these parts give Sleeping Dogs that classic Hong Kong Kung Fu action flick vibe, putting you in the director's chair. There may not be any multiplayer, however, the sheer volume of content and the added Social Hub will keep you playing long after the credits roll.
  3. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Aug 28, 2012
    90
    After its tumultuous history, Sleeping Dogs needed to emerge from cancellation as something special, and it doesn't disappoint. [Oct 202, p.77
  4. Aug 14, 2012
    83
    Well-tuned driving and fighting ultimately outweigh Sleeping Dogs' inconsistent tone and relatively modest production values. The ability and status of your character ramp up nicely, and you'll have plenty of opportunity to exercise your power in a well-constructed playground.
  5. Aug 22, 2012
    80
    The game has a great world where you can buy cars and clothes, fight with Triads, race cars, or just cause havoc if you like and it all amounts to a great time. Sleeping Dogs seemed like a game that was headed for disaster and pulled a complete curve ball and turned out to be pretty great.
  6. Aug 14, 2012
    80
    Atmospheric, explosive, violent and gripping. This must be a bad day for Activision.
  7. Aug 15, 2012
    60
    You'll find well-executed entertainment here, some moments worth fighting for, but without the glue of a good script or the polish of a blockbuster to hold its disparate parts together, Sleeping Dogs feels as trapped as its hero. It's incapable of committing fully to the action movie thrills it seems so enamoured of, perhaps due to the resources that have been siphoned away to fuel its open-world obligations and scale.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 119
  2. Negative: 7 out of 119
  1. Sep 17, 2013
    10
    One of the best sandbox games I've played, Sleeping Dogs is actually very realistic. If you steal a car in front of the cops, they try toOne of the best sandbox games I've played, Sleeping Dogs is actually very realistic. If you steal a car in front of the cops, they try to arrest you. If you kill someone and then go into a building, they don't give up searching; they weren't born yesterday. I actually like that aspect a lot. It makes the playing experience seem very real and authentic. Also, the story is very engrossing, and there are a lot of options to do, such as change clothes. And best of all, it's FUN. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2013
    10
    great story ,,long ,great action,, nicegreat story ,,long ,great action,, nice visuals>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Expand
  3. Aug 14, 2012
    10
    The game is amazing!!! great hand-to-hand combat, driving is pretty good, and the gunplay is good. I don't know how they did it but they haveThe game is amazing!!! great hand-to-hand combat, driving is pretty good, and the gunplay is good. I don't know how they did it but they have amazing actors from both Hong Kong cinema and hollywood.(Emma Stone, Edison Chen, Lucy Liu and many more).Overall i would say go get this game now!!! Expand
  4. Jul 23, 2013
    9
    Terrific game and a pleasant surprise. I didn't think I would enjoy the Hong-Kong theme as much as I did.
    The biggest strengths about
    Terrific game and a pleasant surprise. I didn't think I would enjoy the Hong-Kong theme as much as I did.
    The biggest strengths about Sleeping dogs is the story and character development and the story missions are both entertaining and varied. If you have played GTA you know what to expect of this type of open world. You can steal cars, hire a cab, find easter eggs and so forth. Some things are better than GTA, like the obvious fighting mechanic but also the shooting feels more responsive and fun because of bulletime and that it doesn't get as repetitive. Graphics and especially lightning is very well done. The reason Sleeping dogs gets a nine and not a ten is because of some bugs and glitches, like the terrific "trapped on a bus" bug, as well as a few random console freezes. Also if you stop playing for a second and start observing the world its pretty clear the world doesn't move by its own. Cars can appear behind you on a closed road and emergency personnel never leaves a crash site. Some proper ragdoll physics would be appreciated too. Despite these issues, its a great action game with a proper story and interesting characters. A good buy!
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  5. Feb 2, 2013
    8
    Sleeping Dogs is a great game, but some glitches and dull moments prevent it from being an amazing one. The story in Sleeping Dogs is superbSleeping Dogs is a great game, but some glitches and dull moments prevent it from being an amazing one. The story in Sleeping Dogs is superb because of its uniqueness from other games like this (e.g., GTA, Saints Row, etc.). Play as Wei Shen, a character who truly sticks to you, as an Undercover cop in this fictionalized Hong Kong. The only real complaints I have of this game is that some voice acting seems sketchy, the graphics in some scenes really lack, and there are some minor glitches in the game. But overall, Sleeping Dogs is worth a buy and its one of those games where you truly crave that platinum trophy. Expand
  6. Jul 11, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Summary of the Game
    +Great car and foot chase sequences that are a nice addition to the open world genre.
    +Nice use of RPG elements, through upgrading Wei (the main character).
    +Well executed melee combat system which while being too simple/easy, is a lot of fun and demonstrates originality within the game.
    +Interesting story, particularly through the use of cut scenes that are cinematic and demonstrate Wei conflicts.
    +Great voice acting
    +Good variety of side activities like Camera hacking, racing (which is better here than in GTA 4), fighting etc.
    -Some of the activities are not well polished like karaoke (which amounts to an easy matching game, with too few songs to choice from [8 in total]).
    -The story is too predictable and unfortunately lacks choice reducing replay ability.
    -The gun fights are too easy as the enemy A.I isn’t great.

    Full Review (I haven’t played any of the DLC)
    One the great things about “Sleeping Dogs” are its chases on foot, as you perform parkour to catch people. This is an iconic feature of the game, that I hope is to be a continuing presence in open world games. Unfortunately this isn’t exploited enough and you can’t actually catch the people your chasing instead you have to take them down after they get in a car. Therefore the on foot chase sequences are nice but not developed enough.

    Furthermore another aspect of the game that isn’t fully developed is the melee combat. It is simple, but still great. The variety of the combos, and the unlocking of new moves, and the variety of enemies (normal, brawlers and grapplers), help enhance the melee combat. The greatest enhancement though is the environmental kills which come in a wide variety, and a huge amount of fun, while helping to reverse these unfair odds. However where it falls down is how it fails to provide a great experience due to the tendency just to counter the enemies attacks which is too easy to exploit. Nevertheless the melee is great. Furthermore the lack of the use of gun fights in this game make the melee combat actually worthwhile, as you use it frequently. Such a balance between gun and melee combat is a great feature and is far superior to GTA4 and Saints Row 2 where you just shoot stuff.

    The other major great feature is the RPG elements of the game, via improving your character through both cop/triad/face/melee and health upgrades. These while not to the same degree as Saints Row, is much superior to that of GTA4 where Niko remains the same character throughout. However unfortunately this doesn’t translate into effect customisation, as the only real variation in Wei’s look is clothing, and the clothes aren’t the same level of variety that they are in SR2.

    The final thing that is a great feature of the game is the driving on the whole. It is far superior to Saints Row 2 and GTA4, as it is a lovely balance between realism and damn right insanity. The driver is definitely enhanced by the unique Radio stations that give it a more Hong Kong like experience e.g. the song Yellow Fever. This is particularly the case with action hijacks where you fling yourself onto cars and then clamber into the driver seat. Such driving is enhanced via the use of chase sequences with guns while driving, where you get to shoot out the tires of enemies etc. This is again a better feature of the game when compared to Saints Row and GTA (where the shooting while driving is less dramatic).

    There are only two major negative aspects of the game. The first is the gun fights, which are too easy and don’t offer much. While the cover system and aiming is well executed, enemy’s tendency to suicide charge and failure to fully utilize tactics like flanking, combined with the lack of variety of guns, remove tension from gun combat. Such drawbacks however can be somewhat forgiven by the fact that the games combat is focused mostly on melee.

    The second is the predictable nature of the story. Now Sleeping Dogs’ story is by no means a dull story, particularly with the conflict between Wei’s loyalty to the triads and his ever increasing conflicts with the police. Some of the more specular moments include (spoiler) the shoot out by a rival gang at your bosses’ wedding. Such moments in combination with excellent voice acting giving the characters real depth, help to progress the story, and make it more engaging than its competition. Unfortunately you see things coming from a mile away, and the ending fails to offer anything special, as instead of a choice between triad and cop, Wei just remains a cop but still remembered fondly by the triad.

    That said these drawbacks aren’t enough to prevent the game from being a great success, certainly more fun and more original than GTA 4 and more balances than SR3. However such drawbacks and lack of unique selling points prevent Sleeping Dogs from being as great as SR2, which for me (until GTA5 is released) will remain the king of open world sandbox games with a gang theme.
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  7. Aug 26, 2012
    0
    Rip off of Stranglehold. Shame that they hired a sex offender to do the voice over . There are better people to hire than some guy who ruinedRip off of Stranglehold. Shame that they hired a sex offender to do the voice over . There are better people to hire than some guy who ruined the lives of several HK women. Expand

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