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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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: 25 out of 307
  1. Jun 5, 2020
    10
    AWESOME GAME, AWESOME STORY, AWESOME DRIVING AND AWESOME FIGHTING. But the parkour are stranger, and some puzzles are frustating but thatsAWESOME GAME, AWESOME STORY, AWESOME DRIVING AND AWESOME FIGHTING. But the parkour are stranger, and some puzzles are frustating but thats dont affect the game. Expand
  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. Aug 27, 2012
    9
    The game's story is excellent. Everything about the game is good. The only thing lacking in Sleeping Dogs compared to GTA or Saints Row, isThe game's story is excellent. Everything about the game is good. The only thing lacking in Sleeping Dogs compared to GTA or Saints Row, is there isn't really much car customization, which I always liked. One of the reasons I'm not giving it a 10 is that when aiming with a gun, or with your phone camera, I found it hard to actually aim and shoot/take the picture. It wouldn't be smooth movement, very jumpy and it would take a while to get a picture. Through the game I was able to get used to it, if you learn to know where your gun/camera WILL be aiming then you can just do that. Overall, an excellent game, I enjoyed this more than Saints Row and GTA, just wished it had more customization. Expand
  4. Aug 15, 2012
    9
    Upon first look, most people will see an Asian inspired GTA clone when they look at Sleeping Dogs. It's only when you look a bit deeper thatUpon first look, most people will see an Asian inspired GTA clone when they look at Sleeping Dogs. It's only when you look a bit deeper that you realize the full breadth of content available to the player and the engrossing Hollywood worthy story that wraps the entire game up in a neat package. It's not perfect, but what game is these days? You'll have some finicky controls here and there if you are using a mouse and keyboard but after the third hour of gameplay, you'll know all the ins and outs and be able to drive like a pro and strut your stuff all around Hong Kong like the best of them. I can't recommend this game highly enough. I'm pleasantly surprised by just how great this game is. I was not expecting much from it but I'm getting a whole bunch out of it. Expand
  5. Feb 9, 2016
    8
    Sleeping dogs is great game, because game reproduction Hong Kong very well.
    The main of the game is parkour and Chinese martial art.
    Also
    Sleeping dogs is great game, because game reproduction Hong Kong very well.
    The main of the game is parkour and Chinese martial art.
    Also there is some guns like pistol, smg, granade launcher.
    Story is not that bad. Game's story is +B Hong Kong noire movie.
    For this reason, I rate this game point 8
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  6. Aug 4, 2013
    7
    An open world game done right. The missions are challenging without being frustrating, the various collectables and optional sidequests giveAn open world game done right. The missions are challenging without being frustrating, the various collectables and optional sidequests give you plenty to do without feeling overwhelming, and the city is well realised giving the game a great sense of atmosphere, helped by the stunning visuals. The characters fit well enough within the confines of a fairly run of the mill story, which does carry you to the end of the game. It does have a number of technical issues, however, so prepare to restart the odd mission from time to time. Expand
  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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