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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 322
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Aug 14, 2012
    9
    I love the attention to detail. The audio and voice acting is stellar. The driving has easy handling that doesn't want to make me tear my hairI love the attention to detail. The audio and voice acting is stellar. The driving has easy handling that doesn't want to make me tear my hair out (GTA4... rofl) and a great arcade feel to it. The upgrade trees are pretty cool. The fighting is an awesome combination of Assassin's Creed, Batman: Arkham Asylum/City. Lots of customization all over the place. Tons of stuff to explore. The city as a whole looks great even if the game doesn't have the best graphics to date. I like the Morse code-style combos (short click is a quick hit, long click is a heavy attack). I really like that you have both cop and triad missions to do. It adds a ton of more variety. All the minigames are very cool and pretty innovative. To me, this is easily the game of the summer. Expand
  4. Jan 14, 2018
    8
    Шикарный геймплей. Куча драк, приемов, ломание костей. Можно кидать в вентилятор, мясорубку. Можно взять нож и резать всех. Можно разбитьШикарный геймплей. Куча драк, приемов, ломание костей. Можно кидать в вентилятор, мясорубку. Можно взять нож и резать всех. Можно разбить голову об машину. Много крутых трюков на машине, можно с машины на машину прыгать. Есть паркур. Выглядит очень круто Можно покупать шмотки. Езда убога, как в wath dogse. Сюжет интересный. Графон не плохой. Перестрелки только в конце игры. Музыка классная. Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2012
    8
    I like supporting games like these, exploring the culture and feel of Asia. Games are typically about Europe/USA. Despite this, Sleeping DogsI like supporting games like these, exploring the culture and feel of Asia. Games are typically about Europe/USA. Despite this, Sleeping Dogs is a great game, really good action, and it has characters you actually care about. I do feel that the game was too short and needed more content. I don't particularly like DLCs in general but I realize that's the trend nowadays.

    The game does has some issues that most of these types of games have, that is, the driving can be clunky, especially on lower end PCs. There are random bugs/glitches and finding things can be downright annoying. But overall, the story and graphics are amazing, the chasing and fighting is really good. Some people are disappointed about the lack of shooting but it IS Hong Kong; guns are very much illegal for the average citizen, so guns would not be plentiful. Plus, physically punching, kicking people is more visceral and entertaining at times.

    I would say check this game out, I would (arguably) say that it is not worth buying at full price (I got this game for 18.75$, 50% off and an amazon coupon code), but there is a sale on it on Steam right now.

    TL; DR? its GTA in Hong Kong, it has fun fighting, the story and graphics are good, even with a few hiccups along the way, its short but has DLCs and most likely more to come.
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  6. Aug 25, 2012
    7
    I have mixed feelings for the game. Mostly bad, though.
    While I find the game really interesting and fun, the technical bugs, glitches,
    I have mixed feelings for the game. Mostly bad, though.
    While I find the game really interesting and fun, the technical bugs, glitches, controls and mess just keep me from fully enjoying it.
    The graphics in the game are nice with the HD texture pack, which shows the devs also focus on the PC platform.
    The camera, the aiming and the terrible lipsync is mostly what kept me away from the game.
    The camera doesn't listen to you. Sometimes it rotates too fast, sometimes it rotates too slow - I have no idea how I have such a problem.
    The aiming (with weapons) in this game is also extremely buggy - sometimes the reticle will get stuck and you won't be able to shoot whatsoever, sometimes you get locked away from the controls because of sticky keys (it seems to be an in-game problem, I have sticky keys completely disabled).
    The lipsyncing is decent on cutscenes, but when it comes to lipsyncing during in-game action sequences, it's terrible. If you sing karaoke, your lips will move incoherently, if you talk to someone while walking next to each other your mouth will just move like you're playing pretend-talk.
    The fighting system in this game is really fun, but the control glitches make it less fun, for some even unplayable.
    The UI is god-awfully large and will annoy the living heck out of you.
    I don't know if it's my hardware (it's not, this is the only game with such problems), or the devs, but the game is already in version 1.4 and all of these problems haven't been attended to.
    Maybe, someday, the game will be finally fixed and I'll be able to play.
    It's a great game at heart, while it did have a predictable story, it's fun. And that's what matters.
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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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