Sleeping Dogs Xbox 360

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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 471 Ratings

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  1. Jun 3, 2013
    9
    This is one of the better open-world games not named Batman: Arkham City, GTA or Saints Row. The action in of itself is combination of both Batman and Saints Row with a tad more realism of GTA. The portrayal of Hong Kong is surprisingly accurate although abbreviated. The acting is amazing. The story has elements of Infernal Affairs and pays homages to other Hong Kong/martial artsThis is one of the better open-world games not named Batman: Arkham City, GTA or Saints Row. The action in of itself is combination of both Batman and Saints Row with a tad more realism of GTA. The portrayal of Hong Kong is surprisingly accurate although abbreviated. The acting is amazing. The story has elements of Infernal Affairs and pays homages to other Hong Kong/martial arts films. The cons include the traveling between the islands of Hong Kong which should be improved (hopefully) by the next installment, and the constant use of items. The RPG-hybrid portion of the game is done very well. Overall, it's a must-buy although it still begs for some improvements. Expand
  2. Aug 26, 2012
    8
    Scratching and clawing for its existance, the open world prodigy formerly known as True Crime Hong Kong has now been given a new identity and a new publisher. For what seems like development turmoil has actually worked in Sleeping Dogs' favour as it's the freshest open world game in some time. Sleeping dogs has some of the best combat ever seen in the open world game genre and boastsScratching and clawing for its existance, the open world prodigy formerly known as True Crime Hong Kong has now been given a new identity and a new publisher. For what seems like development turmoil has actually worked in Sleeping Dogs' favour as it's the freshest open world game in some time. Sleeping dogs has some of the best combat ever seen in the open world game genre and boasts influences from GTA, Saints Row, Batman and Yakuza to great effect throughout. The only sticking points are the absense of a true sense of its own identity, often leaning towards inspired games rather than its own game. Also some missions are rather pointless and meandering like when you show a rapper about town, despite being a welcome change of pace. With the scant number of open world games to ponder this year, Sleeping Dogs is ripe for a good playthrough and it doesn't disappoint in the slightest. Expand
  3. Aug 15, 2012
    10
    Fantastic game. Superb city that is huge and has a lot to offer. The graphics are outstanding and all of the gameplay elements work really well. Sleeper hit of 2012, no doubt in my mind.
  4. Aug 15, 2012
    8
    Good action game with a good story but not so good as an open-world game title. It feels restrictive and limited and does not give you the "freedom" of choices like the GTA series, Also the graphics are a bit dated for the today standards
  5. Aug 16, 2012
    10
    One of the best, if not the best, games of the year, Sleeping Dogs hits all the right notes in all the right places. An engaging story, well developed characters, multiple side-missions, a great balance between realism and arcade style driving, fast-paced shooting, and last, but definitely not least, an excellent hand to hand and melee weapons combat system. This game is for sure a mustOne of the best, if not the best, games of the year, Sleeping Dogs hits all the right notes in all the right places. An engaging story, well developed characters, multiple side-missions, a great balance between realism and arcade style driving, fast-paced shooting, and last, but definitely not least, an excellent hand to hand and melee weapons combat system. This game is for sure a must play this year, and who knows, it could be a contender for GOTY. Expand
  6. Aug 26, 2012
    9
    I waited and followed this game since its name change to "Sleeping Dogs", being a more catchy title and signaling the end of its attachment to the dead "True Crime" series. This game is superb! The voice acting is pure quality, and helps to create a connection to the characters that flourish in this bright, neon ridden, hong kong. As you play you'll notice a smartly written script thatI waited and followed this game since its name change to "Sleeping Dogs", being a more catchy title and signaling the end of its attachment to the dead "True Crime" series. This game is superb! The voice acting is pure quality, and helps to create a connection to the characters that flourish in this bright, neon ridden, hong kong. As you play you'll notice a smartly written script that brings these characters to life and begins a connection to these characters however this connection is weak. The city these characters inhabit breathes better than most open world games, specifically steelport (Saints Row). The citizens of this city seem as if they really had always been living there and go about their day engaging in convesations with other citizens. The gameplay is fun and grounded in aspects similar too grand theft auto 4 though and saints row, which is a perfect combo. Those who loved San Andreas will feel right at home. Those who loved both grand theft auto, red dead redemption, and saints row are guaranteed love this title. Expand
  7. Aug 14, 2012
    9
    Giving it a 9
    No matter how bad people say it is
    I still enjoy it especially I'm a Hong Kong people
    Hugh props to the developer on data researching
    With one example
    I saw a bus in the game with a no. 307 to Tai Po
    I live in Tai Po and the bus no. of the bus that go between Hong Kong Island and Tai Po is 307!
    I was stunned
  8. Aug 27, 2012
    10
    This game deserves to be Game of The Year in my opinion. Everything that is put in this game is amazing. The story is absolutely amazing and how it is told is amazing. The combat is fluid and fun and never gets boring. When you are done with the campaign no worries you can do the very fun activities and favors that are in the world. You can also collect the hundreds of lock boxes the worldThis game deserves to be Game of The Year in my opinion. Everything that is put in this game is amazing. The story is absolutely amazing and how it is told is amazing. The combat is fluid and fun and never gets boring. When you are done with the campaign no worries you can do the very fun activities and favors that are in the world. You can also collect the hundreds of lock boxes the world has along with the Jade statues that unlock you new moves to use in combat. A very solid title and i hope to see some dlc for this game very soon and hopefully a Sleeping Dogs 2. 10/10 Expand
  9. Feb 27, 2013
    8
    After a protracted development, which at one point saw the game planned as the next instalment in the True Crime series, United Front Games eventually found a publisher for their open world action-adventure title in Square Enix. Sleeping Dogs difficult development is certainly evident in the games rough edges that occasionally see vehicles or enemies appear from nowhere or the playerAfter a protracted development, which at one point saw the game planned as the next instalment in the True Crime series, United Front Games eventually found a publisher for their open world action-adventure title in Square Enix. Sleeping Dogs difficult development is certainly evident in the games rough edges that occasionally see vehicles or enemies appear from nowhere or the player character finding their body ghosting through objects in the game world for example. Despite this slight lack of polish it is hard to imagine many gamers not finding the game thoroughly entertaining. The obvious point of comparison is of course the Grand Theft Auto series and while it doesn’t quite match up to Rockstars epics it does improve upon them in some ways. Firstly the Hong Kong setting makes a welcome change from the usual US based cities. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing but the more sparing availability of guns allows for an increased focus on hand to hand combat. Clearly influenced by the recent Batman games this combat goes a long way to making the game as enjoyable as it is. All in all, regardless of its rough edges, Sleeping Dogs is certainly worth playing. Expand
  10. Aug 14, 2012
    8
    This game has potential! Yes, it may be similiar to gta but this is not GTA! For example you can buy a drink or sing a karaoke, hang out with girls (love that way in games :D ) and lots of more. Of course, if you stick only on main story, game will not be long. But! Try to do some spillover missions, its a fun! Also I like car model (not so overhandling like in gta). If you want realThis game has potential! Yes, it may be similiar to gta but this is not GTA! For example you can buy a drink or sing a karaoke, hang out with girls (love that way in games :D ) and lots of more. Of course, if you stick only on main story, game will not be long. But! Try to do some spillover missions, its a fun! Also I like car model (not so overhandling like in gta). If you want real racing model, go for forza or grand turismo. The Hong Kong is huge but I was suprised by left side driving (not on the right side like in EU, still in problems with accidents :D ) I´d finished about 10% of game at all, not only main missions as I mentioned before. The weaker part of game is a story, but still enough. Soundtrack is good, gameplay briskness, graphic could be better but looks good. If you like motorbikes, fast cars, chasing with police and you want to feel flavour of orient, go for it! Expand
  11. Nov 6, 2012
    10
    Best game i have played last year. Great story, great characters and incredible soundtrack. Detailizing huge city with superb atmosphere. And veeery good fights!)
  12. Aug 15, 2012
    9
    I've been playing for a little over 5 hours now and I'm having fun. It's definitely GTA set in Hong Kong, but still...the story is better, the fighting is 1000 times better than GTA4's fighting. The graphics are good and overall it's just a fun game with a decent story. I give it 9 out of 10 ching chongs.
  13. Aug 28, 2012
    9
    A great game with a solid engine and batman-esque hand to hand combat. Hong Kong is recreated brilliantly with lively streets and a real Hong Kong feel. The driving aspects take a bit of getting used to as the handling can range from under to over sensitive at some points. The story is fantastically laid out and it really sucks the player into the main characters situations. One of theA great game with a solid engine and batman-esque hand to hand combat. Hong Kong is recreated brilliantly with lively streets and a real Hong Kong feel. The driving aspects take a bit of getting used to as the handling can range from under to over sensitive at some points. The story is fantastically laid out and it really sucks the player into the main characters situations. One of the games of the year if not the game of the year. Expand
  14. Mar 8, 2016
    8
    Besides feeling like a darker version of Saint's Row, Sleeping Dogs is a gritty and fun game with likeable characters, a serviceable narrative and pretty decent graphics.
  15. Aug 28, 2012
    9
    Presentation - 8.0 - Accessible story, if a little too simple. HUD and UI are very nice. Cutscenes could have been better directed though. Design - 9.5 - The best playing open world game this gen. Fantastic design choices all round, especially quick travel, easy access to vehicles and weapons and well implemented collectibles.

    Gameplay -8.8 - Combat is very responsive, as is the
    Presentation - 8.0 - Accessible story, if a little too simple. HUD and UI are very nice. Cutscenes could have been better directed though. Design - 9.5 - The best playing open world game this gen. Fantastic design choices all round, especially quick travel, easy access to vehicles and weapons and well implemented collectibles.

    Gameplay -8.8 - Combat is very responsive, as is the vehicle action. Free running aspects work great in this urban environment. Gunplay and cover could have been better though. Slo mo is not utilized as well. Graphics - 8.2 - Nice lighting and Rain effects. Detailed buildings however npc Character models suffer accordingly to importance of the character. Some look plain horrible.

    Audio - 8.5 - Classic HK cinema style score. Voices are great, but some of the song selection is very poor. Bonobo stands out as the highlight of the soundtrack. Lasting Appeal - 9.0 - There is a lot to do in this game. Side missions and favours are nicely paced and provide a nice break from the main campaign, which is a little on the short side. Overall 8.8/10
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  16. Aug 25, 2012
    9
    So yes, it doesn't do anything technically groundbreaking and isn't nearly as pretty and vibrant as GTA the holy grail of OWGs, but what Sleeping Dogs has in spades is character. Wei Shen is easily the most well crafted protagonist ever seen in an OWG. Where Saints Row and GTA give you flat, one dimensional character to play with, Sleeping Dogs ups the Ante by giving you someone who hasSo yes, it doesn't do anything technically groundbreaking and isn't nearly as pretty and vibrant as GTA the holy grail of OWGs, but what Sleeping Dogs has in spades is character. Wei Shen is easily the most well crafted protagonist ever seen in an OWG. Where Saints Row and GTA give you flat, one dimensional character to play with, Sleeping Dogs ups the Ante by giving you someone who has nuance. And that nuance doesn't end wit Wei, its all over the game. The story is almost RPG good, some of the major NPCs are really well fleshed out. And though it would have been even nicer if the romance option had been given more attention, perhaps even a significant portion of the plot, the fact that they did try their hand at the whole dating business bodes well for the inevitable sequel.
    Its a flawed game, that much is clear, there's a lot to do but it gets repetitive, you can action hijack an armored van just so many times before it becomes boring, but to its credits, sleeping dogs does not make any of the boring stuff mandatory. Its only filler for achievement hunters. That stuff hat moves the story along is emotionally engaging and satisfying at every turn, without fail. And this is the best thing about this game, its a vehicle to tell a story as opposed to Saintsrow in which the story is used as an afterthought to facilitate mass scale destruction. Even GTA IV, which is exceptional in every department did not tell a tale as well as it supplemented the making of mayhem. I have very high hopes for GTA V, but out of the blue, United Front has thrown down the gauntlet and done it with class, poise and authority. Saintsrow really needs to watch out.
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  17. Aug 16, 2012
    10
    love this game. has character. not as polished as GTA but GTA is getting stale. even though GTA has different location themes, they feel like the same game with tweaks. not saying its better than GTA but people who dismiss this because theyre GTA fans are missing out.
  18. Aug 24, 2012
    9
    To be honest, I am not a big fan of open world games. But Sleeping Dog hooked me, with an engaging narrative and some pretty good game mechanics. The counter system is a little bit too sensitive for my liking, but the melee feels pretty good. Kudos for the typical third person shooting segments. What makes it even greater is the great atmosphere: you feel that you are living in anTo be honest, I am not a big fan of open world games. But Sleeping Dog hooked me, with an engaging narrative and some pretty good game mechanics. The counter system is a little bit too sensitive for my liking, but the melee feels pretty good. Kudos for the typical third person shooting segments. What makes it even greater is the great atmosphere: you feel that you are living in an actual Hong Kong action movie. The casts were also very good, and while the production values aren't up there with other triple A titles such as Max Payne or GTA, they are still pretty great. Another highlight is its plot; which reminds you of the best in HK cinemas of the 90's. One of the best game of 2012. Expand
  19. Aug 25, 2013
    9
    A breath of fresh air in the open world genre. A game that allows for exploration through a non traditional open world environment (Hong Kong) and also a great list of characters that are superbly voice acted. The game takes a huge focus on hand to hand combat and does it so well with a number of brutal combos that include counters, heavy attacks, light attacks and special moves as well asA breath of fresh air in the open world genre. A game that allows for exploration through a non traditional open world environment (Hong Kong) and also a great list of characters that are superbly voice acted. The game takes a huge focus on hand to hand combat and does it so well with a number of brutal combos that include counters, heavy attacks, light attacks and special moves as well as the brutal environmental take downs. the driving is a lot of fun and feels very arcade style. there is lots to do including races, customizing cars, buying clothes, exploring the city, going out on dates and of course side missions for the triad and police groups. easily one of my favorite games of 2012. Expand
  20. Aug 24, 2012
    8
    Sleeping Dogs doesn't do anything out of the box for the genre of open world crime games but it is very entertaining. Although Sleeping Dogs is the first open world crime game I have ever played where hand to hand is spot on. You can also grab enemies and push them into environmental hazards such as table saws, car doors, etc. The story is pretty good too, showing the conflict the mainSleeping Dogs doesn't do anything out of the box for the genre of open world crime games but it is very entertaining. Although Sleeping Dogs is the first open world crime game I have ever played where hand to hand is spot on. You can also grab enemies and push them into environmental hazards such as table saws, car doors, etc. The story is pretty good too, showing the conflict the main character Wei Shen has with being an undercover cop as well as a Triad. Driving, gun play, and hand to hand combat are all very spot on. This game is worth the buy! Don't expect it to be the "next Grand Theft Auto" because it will never live up to that expectation. But Sleeping Dogs is very much entertaining and a solid buy! Expand
  21. Aug 27, 2012
    9
    This week i played through sleeping dogs a game where you play as an undercover cop working with the triads in china. From the cars to the free running, this game is one of the most fluid games I have ever played from this genre. I can try to compare it to GTA 4 or even Saints Row, but its got a feel all its own. In the beginning your just doing your job as a cop, but as you go along theThis week i played through sleeping dogs a game where you play as an undercover cop working with the triads in china. From the cars to the free running, this game is one of the most fluid games I have ever played from this genre. I can try to compare it to GTA 4 or even Saints Row, but its got a feel all its own. In the beginning your just doing your job as a cop, but as you go along the lines become blurred. By the end of the game your unsure which side you should be on.

    The only real problem in this game is the camera. When your driving around and decide to flip a 180 next to a wall it likes to get stuck or zoom in really fast and back out and you lose control. When your in a gun fight and you crouch behind a wall the camera likes to only aim one way and when that
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  22. Sep 17, 2012
    8
    While this game doesn't break any new barriers, it does most of the things it sets out to do and it does them well enough to make a good game. First the good: The GTA style elements of this game are top notch. There are plenty of things to do in the sandbox and they can range from racing to doing random events for more xp to even participating in martial arts tournaments. There's a ton ofWhile this game doesn't break any new barriers, it does most of the things it sets out to do and it does them well enough to make a good game. First the good: The GTA style elements of this game are top notch. There are plenty of things to do in the sandbox and they can range from racing to doing random events for more xp to even participating in martial arts tournaments. There's a ton of stuff to do and it will keep you entertained for a long time. The story is good, even if it kinda tails off at the end. Still, it was fairly entertaining and not a chore to get through like most GTA clone stories are now-a-days. The hand-to-hand combat was really well done and very exciting. This will probably be the most fun you'll have with the game. It's sorta like the Assassin's Creed fighting style except alot less forgiving. Now the bad: The graphics are beyond horrible. This game probably could have been passed off as a great looking PS2 game. There's really no excuse for graphics that are so bad like this anymore. The guns are not very fun to use and the aiming is very difficult to deal with sometimes. Plus the driving is very hit or miss. Some cars seem to work fine while others just don't do what they're supposed to half the time. Overall it's a good, fun, and time consuming game. I wouldn't pay full price for it, probably closer to 40-50. But, if you see it on sale, don't hesitate to pick it. While this one won't win any awards at the end of the day, it's still a great game that needs to be played. Expand
  23. Aug 31, 2012
    9
    Combat and driving is great, the story is fantastic, the characters are very interesting and detailed. But best of all: YOU DONT HAVE your buddys and girlfriends constantly calling and annoying you, because they want to go to friggin Cluckin' Bell. lol ^^ I was very surprised as to how fun the game actually is, it's probably the best this year so far... so I'll give it a solid 9. :)
  24. Nov 5, 2012
    8
    This might be overused but ... if your a fan of GTA style games, Sleeping Dogs is a must buy. It focuses a lot more on melee fighting than GTA, because you are an asian karate fighting undercover cop gang member. It is as awesome as it sounds. Some games of this platform leave things out that GTA had for instance the cars. The cars in this are possibly better than those of Grand TheftThis might be overused but ... if your a fan of GTA style games, Sleeping Dogs is a must buy. It focuses a lot more on melee fighting than GTA, because you are an asian karate fighting undercover cop gang member. It is as awesome as it sounds. Some games of this platform leave things out that GTA had for instance the cars. The cars in this are possibly better than those of Grand Theft Auto. I know the fastest ones are faster and the racing is much better. There is a lot of repetition that can get tedious, but these kinds of games are what generate the itch to play more. Expand
  25. Nov 13, 2012
    8
    Very much enjoyed this game. It has a good story, excellent combat and great driving mechanics (something GTA could never get right) The game is repetitive at times, but as a whole it was great fun.
  26. Sep 13, 2012
    8
    On of the best sanbox games out there right now, if you go in thinking its like GTA then you are going to be disappointed. Because it is nothing like it in scale and production value.
    However if you go in with fresh pair of eyes you will have a highly enjoyable tale and the combat mechanics will make you love the game even more so.
    Now the combat is probably the best a open world has
    On of the best sanbox games out there right now, if you go in thinking its like GTA then you are going to be disappointed. Because it is nothing like it in scale and production value.
    However if you go in with fresh pair of eyes you will have a highly enjoyable tale and the combat mechanics will make you love the game even more so.
    Now the combat is probably the best a open world has ever had. But i feel the moves you where given was kinda lacking. Graphics are sub par but enough do make you stop and appreciate the scenery.
    The voice acting are decent and i like the combinations of Chinese and English in the cut scenes as it helps with convincing you that you are in hong kong. In every sense of the word is this a great action game and its a must for those jackie chan fans out there.
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  27. Sep 8, 2012
    10
    this is gonna be the most underrated game of the year, yes, I said it, the graphics are nice and the story is extremely amazing, the combat in this game is flawless and the driving feels just right. I won't say the game is perfect, since after you complete it, there is little to nothing interesting to be done.
  28. Mar 23, 2013
    9
    Once I started playing this game I played nothing else. Played 3 hours a day for over week until completion.

    Is it a GTA clone? Well, yes but I found it a better game GTA shooting is very clunky where as the shooting in Sleeping Dogs is a lot better executed. Also you don't use guns all that much and rely on hand to hand combat which is similar, but better than Batman Arkham
    Once I started playing this game I played nothing else. Played 3 hours a day for over week until completion.

    Is it a GTA clone? Well, yes but I found it a better game GTA shooting is very clunky where as the shooting in Sleeping Dogs is a lot better executed.

    Also you don't use guns all that much and rely on hand to hand combat which is similar, but better than Batman Arkham Asylum City

    Right now this game can be picked up for a very reasonable price and is well worth it if you like games like GTA, Saints Row or Red Dead Redemption
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  29. Oct 17, 2012
    9
    Don't know why this game is getting so much heat. The story was gripping, the fighting was fast paced awesomeness, the city was really well created and the driving was fun. Only gripe is that ended too damn quickly.
  30. Oct 5, 2012
    9
    Pretty much a GTA IV on drugs, in hong kong. Freaking awesome, great graphics, awesome story, and a buy for any sandbox lover like me.
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. Jan 14, 2013
    90
    Sleeping Dogs had been in development as the next installment of Activision's "True Crime" franchise but the publisher ceased funding and cancelled it. Square Enix turned up to salvage the project and Sleeping Dogs was the result. The fact it turned out as good as it did -- that it's executed so well, performs as well as it does, sets the bar for open world combat and driving -- made Sleeping Dogs, story stumbles aside, the most surprising game of 2012.
  2. Sep 23, 2012
    80
    As much as it may lack polish and finesse, Sleeping Dogs makes up for its minor shortcomings with pure entertainment. [Issue#89,p.78]
  3. Hyper Magazine
    Sep 18, 2012
    80
    Sleeping Dogs is an addictive diamond in the rough with a compelling story and insane combat only slightly let down by poor driving and racing mechanics. [Oct 2012, p.54]