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  • Summary: The Definitive Edition of the critically acclaimed, award winning open-world action adventure, reworked, rebuilt and re-mastered for Xbox One. All 24 previously available DLC extensions from the Xbox 360 version have been integrated into the game, including the story-extending episode YearThe Definitive Edition of the critically acclaimed, award winning open-world action adventure, reworked, rebuilt and re-mastered for Xbox One. All 24 previously available DLC extensions from the Xbox 360 version have been integrated into the game, including the story-extending episode Year of the Snake and the horror-themed Nightmare in North Point. Alongside a wealth of new technological, audio and visual improvements, Hong Kong has never felt so alive. A vibrant, neon city teaming with life, Hong Kongs exotic locations and busy streets and markets hide one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the notorious Triads. Play as Wei Shen - the highly skilled undercover cop trying to take down the Triads from the inside out. You'll have to prove yourself worthy as you fight your way up the organization, taking part in brutal criminal activities without blowing your cover. Destroy your opponents in brutal hand-to-hand combat using an unmatched martial arts system. Dominate Hong Kongs buzzing streets in thrilling illegal street races and tear it up in explosive firearms action. Sleeping Dogs Hong Kong is the ultimate playground. Undercover, the rules are different.
    FEATURES:
    -With all previously available content included and a wealth of new improvements, Hong Kong has never felt so alive.
    -A mature, gritty undercover cop drama where a wrong decision can blow your cover at any time.
    -Explosive action fuelled by a seamless mix of deadly martial arts, intense gunfights and brutal takedowns.
    -Epic high-speed thrills: Burn up the streets or tear up the sea in a vast array of exotic cars, superbikes and speedboats.
    -Hong Kong is your ultimate playground: Enter illegal street races, gamble on cock fights, or kick back with some karaoke. There are countless ways to entertain yourself in Hong Kong's diverse districts.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Oct 15, 2014
    95
    One of the best games of the last few years gets even better.
  2. Oct 14, 2014
    86
    Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition offers the same solid game experience, but as the DLC's that are included are not brilliant, we wonder if the the astonishing graphics is worth the big price difference with the original one.
  3. Oct 9, 2014
    80
    Definitive Edition is not quite an essential purchase – especially if you already played and finished the original release – but it’s definitely worth picking up if you’re hankering after the kind of open world criminal action that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  4. 80
    A more polished version of an already polished game.
  5. Oct 10, 2014
    75
    It's a shame we're not getting any new content here, but it is indeed the best opportunity to try an outstanding game that have already surprised many players during the previous generation.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 16, 2014
    70
    There isn't a good enough reason to double-dip if you played the original, but if you haven't had the pleasure, we'd suggest you Triad it out. [Dec 2014, p.94]
  7. Oct 9, 2014
    60
    While it can look nice under the right conditions (usually during well-lit cutscenes or when the sun goes down), Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is the least impressive new-gen remaster I've seen so far. And as somebody who played through the entirety of the game upon its original release, the visual tweaks on offer here did little to convince me that I need to play it, or more importantly pay for it all over again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 84
  2. Negative: 10 out of 84
  1. Oct 27, 2014
    10
    The remastered version of the original game is amazing, the graphics to. The whole game is overall a very good game with great story and theThe remastered version of the original game is amazing, the graphics to. The whole game is overall a very good game with great story and the driving is very good. But it's a bit complicated to drive on the left. Expand
  2. Jul 23, 2021
    10
    2021. Graphic still good. Good and chilling story telling campaign. PERFECT COMBAT SYSTEM. very detailed instructions for collectibles and2021. Graphic still good. Good and chilling story telling campaign. PERFECT COMBAT SYSTEM. very detailed instructions for collectibles and open world activity. Don't compare it to GTA. Sleeping dogs is kinda focus what they want to do. Expand
  3. Sep 16, 2020
    9
    I played the original game and must admit that I am probably biased or wear nostalgia googles. The game has however a great story with someI played the original game and must admit that I am probably biased or wear nostalgia googles. The game has however a great story with some good twist and memorable characters. Other than that it is a typical remaster in form of a complete edition (=All DLCs). It is the story of Wei Shen who returns to his birthplace in Hongkong to infiltrate the Triad organization Sun On Yee as undercover cop. All before him were discovered easily and died in gruesome ways. You will experience his struggles and challenges as there are internal and external enemies as he has to juggle between his two identities and his past. Like I said the game shines from its setting, story and characters. The twist are all excellent and it often plays with expectations. I must also admit that they use some tropes or staples of the genre. Some peoples complain it was cliche and foreseeable. I say while it is not entirely wrong there are themes you have to use and they did their best here to make them feel awesome. The characters are some of the best I have seen in a game of this type. Believable with flaws and relatable motives or agendas. There are of cause many side quests like police investigations, races, (backyard) fight clubs were you can acquire classic costumes from legendary martial arts movies and some gambling games. The collectibles are done better than in most games. They give you benefits like an increased health-bar, new moves from a Dojo or plain money. It has a leveling up system with unlockable abilities. There are 3 trees that are related to your police or Triad progress and 1 for your martial arts that is connected to a collectible. The battle system for martial arts is excellent. Easy to learn with a lot to master. It is weaker for guns. The graphic is acceptable but certainly nothing for graphic fetishists. The soundtrack is really good and you have multiple radio stations with real live tracks. The DLC is a good addition but relatively short. “Nightmare in Northpoint” adds supernatural elements to the mix. Short but excellent. “The Zodiac Tournament” is a homage to old martial arts movie including a movie intro and graphic overhaul to look like a 70ties Hongkong martial arts movie (or 80ties?). “Year of the Snake” was buggy for me. Corrupted all save files and it was not good enough to finish it in one sitting (Maybe a bit biased because I had already another game I want to try). Overall this is a great game but maybe too old to compete. Test it beforehand because I already said I have too much nostalgia googles. Also a tip: Complete the optional dates. Maybe you get something nice;-). Expand
  4. Apr 12, 2017
    8
    I had so much fun with this game. I think it still holds up well despite a being a few years old. Well worth grabbing on the cheap now. TheI had so much fun with this game. I think it still holds up well despite a being a few years old. Well worth grabbing on the cheap now. The game does not excel at anything but nothing really lets it down either. Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2014
    7
    the story is great. The activities are fun. The atmosphere is perfect. but the main issue of the game is hard kung fu missions. they are hardthe story is great. The activities are fun. The atmosphere is perfect. but the main issue of the game is hard kung fu missions. they are hard and boring sometimes. and there is no skip button like rockstar games. If the combats were more fun it would be best sandbox game . but hard combats make you stuck in some missions for long hours. Expand
  6. Jun 11, 2019
    6
    I was very disappointed by this game: I didn't expect GTA levels of detail but at least expected more fun from a gangster based free roamingI was very disappointed by this game: I didn't expect GTA levels of detail but at least expected more fun from a gangster based free roaming game....you know, like Saints Row. Despite being called "Definitive Edition" it feels lackluster and even with the DLC episodes cleared, I have a big sense of emptiness inside as if something was missing.

    Let's start with the story: the plot is revolved around Wei Shen who's an undercover cop who's a double agent for the triad and has to rise in ranks to take out the big ones...and that's the deal really. You get to do many missions but I honestly can't even remember half of them, because not many were important for the main plot: a lot of fluff missions where nothing happened and all I did was to steal crap for no reason but to get more money.

    It doesn't help that the characters are bad too: the game tries to give a sort of conflict within Wei Shen, to choose between triads and cop, but the reality is that it never really shows its full effects: Shen always does his job like normal and whenever he said something, nothing really happened anyway. His attachment for the Triad is the same for the cops: he doesn't care, so why should I? Even when he said his best friend - HIS BEST **** FRIEND - that he will not leave him behind, all he did was...leaving him behind. Just what the ****

    And top it all of, even the secondary stuff like dating girls is so underplayed it's amazing: all they serve is to allow you to check extra on the map and that's it. You cannot date them a second time.

    Okay, nevermind the story: this game is all about fun, so is the game fun? Honestly no, I was really bored after doing the tenth same mission about fighting enemies and chasing thugs. Most of the missions are quite literally the same deal, whether cop or not, and even in the DLC, they didn't really try harder. More to that later.

    What saddens me is that the game is big, there are MANY activities to do, from cop jobs to racing, and It never EVER changed: it was the same thing all over with almost no difference it was mind-numbing. It doesn't help that the fight is also repetitive: just press one button and do a basic combo to kill most enemies while triangle is countering. it's easy at least and you can do environmental kills, but that's it. Also, gunplay is soooooo bad and underwhelming - and so easy to do: just vault over a cover and kill enemies: infinite slow mo!

    And to top all of this, the DLC missions are even more underwhelming! I liked the nightmare on north point the most but because at least they gave us new enemies and I liked the new face meter which allowed some neat animations. But once again it's all the same thing: kill enemies to death.

    The second DLC is even worse because it felt more like an additional case for the main game...but the main game case is actually better! Just...just disappointing, that's all I can say.

    So I said how the game is boring but hey, it's still a big game right? It can't be so bad...except that I finished the main game in about 20 hours and about 2 hours for each DLC to complete...no I didn't rush, in fact I took my time and only had to resort to maps online because I couldn't find some places on my own, but in less than 30 hours the game was over for me (I platinum it in 29 hours, it's that short).

    It's a real shame, it's all I can say: I wish the game to be bigger, to expand more, but I feel that it was rushed because everything is barebone developed: characters come and go and the story has only a few points that make any sense, while the rest is fluff. Add an underwhelming world with boring missions - and I didn't mention the many bugs I had, but no crashes at least - you get a game that is just "okay". It's neither good or bad, but not even mediocre or above average: this game is okay.

    Do I recommend it? On discount, yes, without a discount...get Saints Row instead.
    At least It didn't bore me!
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  7. Apr 25, 2021
    0
    I remember really enjoying this on my PS3, but the PS4 version won’t allow me to take a picture in the Popstar mission early in the game! DueI remember really enjoying this on my PS3, but the PS4 version won’t allow me to take a picture in the Popstar mission early in the game! Due to this glitch I can’t continue the campaign. After a couple hours of research on the net to try and find a workaround, i gave up. Apparently this was an issue on the PS3 as well & was not addressed in the “definitive edition”!!!! Not very “Definitive” if you ask me! I want to play the game again, it won’t let me though Expand

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