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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 269
  1. Aug 26, 2018
    10
    Awesome in every koind of way. An iommersive world, great graphics, great storyline and awesome gameplay mechanics. This is one of my favoriteAwesome in every koind of way. An iommersive world, great graphics, great storyline and awesome gameplay mechanics. This is one of my favorite games every and I really hope they somehow still get to make the sequel! 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. Mar 20, 2013
    9
    This is a great game, all in all amazing, first lets start with the graphics. This game has nice visuals, but the best part is how it handlesThis is a great game, all in all amazing, first lets start with the graphics. This game has nice visuals, but the best part is how it handles hong kong at night, its a vibrant and neon city, and it looks amazing when your driving through the city at lightning speeds. The combat is also nice, and its focused on melee, which is a nice change. You use counters and enviroment kills to take out your opponents, and the enviorment kills are especially brutal. You can throw a enemy into a giant oven and watch him burn, toss him into a phone booth and beat him with the phone until his face is all bloody, stick his head into a rooftop AC fan for a bloody explosion, or anything else. The story was also suprisingly good. Your boss and his wife are gunned down at their wedding, and you actually feel sad. Expand
  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. Dec 1, 2015
    8
    Good game but i have problems with driving on left side hehehe
    Nice open world good fighting good story
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    Good game but i have problems with driving on left side hehehe
    Nice open world good fighting good story
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  6. Aug 25, 2013
    7
    The game overall was alright for me. The story really pulled me in. With the vibrant setting of Hong Kong and the characters being veryThe game overall was alright for me. The story really pulled me in. With the vibrant setting of Hong Kong and the characters being very emotional and powerful, it drove me to complete the game. While the fighting part of the game play was good and challenging, the free running and shooting aspects weren't as well implemented as they could have been. Also being able to purchase cars and clothing seemed unnecessary. To me there just seemed to be a lot of excess and underdeveloped or unpolished aspects in the game.

    Overall I think this was a good game and enjoyed playing it. If I was a consumer looking to play this I'd recommend borrowing or renting it first.
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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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