Average User Score: 8.3Mar 28, 2015GTA with style. This is how I would sum up Sleeping Dogs. I didn't care much for the story and characters in GTA, with all the stupidity andGTA with style. This is how I would sum up Sleeping Dogs. I didn't care much for the story and characters in GTA, with all the stupidity and macho **** Of course you have part of that in Sleeping Dogs too, it IS about gangsters after all. Still there is a quite a bit of honor infused in the story instead of primitivity. Also, both story and characters seem deeper as a result of it.
Besides that, it also features better gameplay than GTA. Virtually all the minigames, the shoot outs AND the hand to hand combat feel great. Alright, the hand to hand combat isn't as good as in the Batman games and there is one minigame that is damn tedious and you have to do a lot (picking locks on MANY lockboxes lying around town) but other than that, it's all great. Graphics look a bit dated, yet it still requires a fairly powerful system to run smoothly maxed out, so it doesn't seem like they optimized it very well. And those minor gripes about gameplay and graphics are really everything that keeps me from giving this game a perfect score. Oh, it also has quite a bit to discover. Maybe not as much as GTA4 but if you are a completionist, my guess is that it'll take you 20-25 hours to get everything.
I originally rated this "only" 9/10. But I played through it twice already and am still listening to the Soundtrack on a regular basis, wondering about when a sequel will finally be released. And when I think back to the last couple of years and what great games I've played, aside from various indie games, only "Sleeping Dogs" comes to mind. It's a shame that the leaderboards are so screwed up, otherwise I'd probably compete with others every weekend but it doesn't change the fact that this strong urge of still wanting to play it means that it is essentially a perfect game.[/edit]… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Jan 24, 2015Idiot that I am, I actually bought this piece of **** game. I had weird issues with very heavy distortion even on low input volume settingsIdiot that I am, I actually bought this piece of **** game. I had weird issues with very heavy distortion even on low input volume settings and the latency wasn't that great either. I bought myself a Behringer UCA222 (20€!) to try and use my computer as an amp (using AmpliTube) and THAT actually makes those ultralow latencies that Ubisoft claims its cable has possible. So I thought "Hey, you know what? I might as well give Rocksmith another shot!". So I installed it again... but no luck. The Real Tone Cable has to be used. Now, I found some workarounds that are supposed to work but I'm REALLY pissed off right now because I shouldn't have to use things like that in the first place!! F-ing huge companies and their f-ing greed. I hope that encourages people to pirate all off their **** and give to decent indie devs who release their games DRM-free instead!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jan 3, 2015It's a decent enough game and I didn't really mind the platforming puzzles but I find it disappointing that the game was released unfinishedIt's a decent enough game and I didn't really mind the platforming puzzles but I find it disappointing that the game was released unfinished and over a year later, there still has been no update on the other content that was supposed to be there.
Also, if I remember correctly, the difficulty is a bit all over the place, with a lot of fights being manageable while others are just insane. This has kept me from finishing the game a second time with the second character and on the highest difficulty. I got to the first boss just fine but then I was like "You got to be kidding!"
That said - it DOES take a while to get through the game even just once, so depending on what price you pay for it, it is still absolutely worth it. I just find it unfortunate that it possibly will never be finished and I'm also not a huge fan of the art style. It looks more like what you would see from a hobbyist on deviantart rather than a professional game artist (even if it's indie games - just check out Bastion, Braid, This War Of Mine, etc.).… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Dec 24, 2014It's a great game, although to help appreciate it, one might want to look up some strategy discussions on forums. Because at first glance, itIt's a great game, although to help appreciate it, one might want to look up some strategy discussions on forums. Because at first glance, it may seem frustratingly difficult. But once you realize a couple of things, it becomes manageable and fun. I just finished my third campaign - all default settings but longest victory score (20000). Zeds were trailing at about 9000. So keep at it and maybe use Google if you're frustrated.
That said, the campaigns are fairly short and the content is only lengthened by additional options and mods. Personally, I'm not really a fan of such artificial "game stretchers". If a game doesn't offer a decent campaign and single player mode, I have no interest in it. And while the quality of the content of this game is very high, the quantity... just isn't that high. So I think whether it's worth it, depends more on what price you buy it for. I got it for 7€ on Desura and I'd say it's definitely worth that much. On the other hand, the ~12€ on the official site... I feel like that's a bit much for this amount of content.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Oct 4, 2014I just found it annoying to run around in a vast space looking for sometimes tiny things. I almost missed a whole scene in the beginningI just found it annoying to run around in a vast space looking for sometimes tiny things. I almost missed a whole scene in the beginning because I didn't get yet how the game works. And without a walkthrough, I may have never found out.
But personally, I'm not too keen on games that basically require you to either use a walkthrough or have way too much time on one's hands. I have more important things to do than run around a CG world for an hour looking for some item.
Especially since it also doesn't look as great as people claim. The visuals are good but nothing groundbreaking. Then again, I've worked on digital art myself, so just like one of the creators of the games said as well - I am hard to impress in the art department.
Also, I was hoping for it to be about a crime story that could be real but instead, it's just another fantasy thing.
So I stopped playing after the fifth scene or so and switched on a movie ("New World") instead. And took a stroll in an actual forest and continued playing Puzzle Quest 2. Because with all of that, I get dense, high quality story, beautiful sceneries and gameplay that doesn't make me look for **** all night long.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0Sep 26, 2014Do NOT buy this game! It has been THREE years and there is still a bug which apparently has been there from the beginning and which causes theDo NOT buy this game! It has been THREE years and there is still a bug which apparently has been there from the beginning and which causes the screen to just go black. You can still see the mouse cursor and hear music but you can't progress and at least I wasn't able to Alt+Tab out of the game, also unable to launch the task manager. I had to start the log off process and interrupt it in order to kill the game! Such severe issues are questionable even right at release. But three years afterwards?! Completely unacceptable!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Sep 24, 2014Having just finished this game for the second time (this time on "insane"), I can finally and confidently write this review. Does the gameHaving just finished this game for the second time (this time on "insane"), I can finally and confidently write this review. Does the game have its flaws? Occasional bugs and a somewhat broken endgame mission? Yes. But compared to the overwhelming rest of the game, it's nothing. It's also nothing because this is the ONLY game (I'm aware of) that delivers an updated UFO experience that still stays very close to the original. ALL official X-COM sequels (except "Terror from the Deep" of course) are pathetic in comparison. THIS is the game UFO I have been waiting for for about 15 years (played "X-COM 1 & 2" a little late)! I generally have not played something this satisfying in a long while.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2Apr 16, 2014As someone who has loved all GK games and even enjoyed Gray Matter quite a bit (my rating: 4/5), I figured Jane would be able to handleAs someone who has loved all GK games and even enjoyed Gray Matter quite a bit (my rating: 4/5), I figured Jane would be able to handle herself and so I supported this with way more than any other game. Man, was I wrong.
The alpha was quite a disappointment but I figured they might still refine it a LOT and so I wrote an extensive report on it. Unfortunately, the quality of the final product is very similar. The animation is awful pretty much all around, characters don't even look into each other's eyes and the shoulders of the main character make him look bizarrely deformed.
With a delivery like that, how can one even care about the story? It's like watching a great theater piece being performed by some hillbilly amateur group that has only started to learn about acting two weeks ago.
It just seems unprofessional through and through. Well, aside from the music. There's that.
Speaking about being unprofessional - there are even spelling mistakes in the historical data. And there are words missing sometimes. I really enjoyed reading about some guy who "was talented Italian artist". But why care about such details, as if reading about things would be important in this game...
People keep talking about the niche appeal, the low budget, etc. to try to justify the low quality of Moebius. As if adventure games "naturally" have to look like crap. So, how do explain The Book of Unwritten Tales, Gray Matter, Deponia, Machinarium, etc.?
In fact, aside from the Telltale games, I don't think I've ever seen an adventure game that looked as bad as Moebius. And even though I don't care for Telltale's art style, I still find it acceptable in comparison.
And, frankly - Jane Jensen's writing isn't that great to begin with. For crying out loud, it's mundane, somewhat cheesy mystery stuff! There's nothing innovative or meaningful to be found in there. That was the case with Gabriel Knight already. But the overall atmosphere of the games was what caused it be a great ride. Unlike Moebius.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Mar 9, 2014I finally decided to give this a chance because I was really curious about the humor. Figured I'd be in for a lot of action and fun. Well...I finally decided to give this a chance because I was really curious about the humor. Figured I'd be in for a lot of action and fun. Well... if killing the same random enemies on dumb fetch quests over and over, getting relatively worthless loot and thus hearing one joke per hour is your kind of fun, maybe this game is for you.
The respawn mechanics are simply ridiculous. Enemies spawning during boss battles - alright. I'm not a fan of it when it happens so much but still. But then having to fight ALL enemies yet again after finishing a boss and backtracking (because why put a fast travel point maybe after a boss battle when you can stretch the game out by having the player go through the same **** multiple times) is unacceptable.
And the loot system reeks of Torchlight. Within just a couple of hours of playing, you'll probably simply stop picking up white gear because it's useless anyway. There is so much useless loot that it's more of a chore checking it out rather than being excited about what one might get.
Also, the controls don't really feel all that great. And It seems to me that the cel-shaded graphics make it more difficult to aim when you aim down the sights.
It feels like a bit like a bad combination of COD and Torchlight to me. I don't understand why on earth people enjoy it that much.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Jan 19, 2014This is actually an awesome game IF you set up your graphics card drivers properly. Unfortunately, for many there is severe input lag byThis is actually an awesome game IF you set up your graphics card drivers properly. Unfortunately, for many there is severe input lag by default. I had it too for a long, long time and thought I would just have to deal with it and eventually, it made me stop playing the game. But then I toyed around with RadeonPro settings (and shortly thereafter found a guide) and now it feels like a whole different game! Incredibly responsive and fun to play!… Expand