Sleeping Dogs is a mature and gritty undercover cop drama in which you risk blowing your cover at any time.
GAME NAME: Sleeping Dogs
DEVELOPER(S): United Front Games
PUBLISHER(S): Square Enix
PLATFORM(S): PC, Xbox 360, PS3
GENRE(S): Action, Adventure
RELEASE DATE(S): 16 Aug 2012 (Steam)
Welcome to Hong Kong, a vibrant neon city teeming with life, whose exotic locations and busy streets hide one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the Triads.
In this open world game, you play the role of Wei Shen, an 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. Torn between your loyalty to the badge and a criminal code of honor, you will risk everything as the lines between truth, loyalty and justice become permanently blurred. – Quoted from the Steam Store page for the game
Sleeping Dogs, previously known as the new True Crime game, I pre-ordered this a while ago after seeing a bunch of videos on it and I was really impressed so I went and pre-ordered it and I’m glad I did.
The game takes place in Hong Kong and you play undercover cop Wei Shen, to cut a long story short you are sent to infiltrate the Triad organisation called Sun On Yee, that’s the main story of the game. Keeping on the subject of the game’s story, it’s a very gritty and bloody story, a lot of people get murdered in this game and at points it really does make you cringe.
The combat has a very free-flowing feel to it and is a lot like Batman: Arkham Asylum/City, where you can pull off a series of manoeuvres in quick succession without the combat being interrupted but although the game does excel in the combat area, it also falls over itself too. The game has a counter system where if an enemy is about to attack you they will flash red for a second, giving you a chance to counter their attack and this feature is extremely easy to exploit and after doing it several times, it becomes second-nature to just counter every single attack to win a fight.
The game’s visuals are stunning, once you’ve downloaded the high-res texture pack and maxed out Anti-Aliasing (on PC,) the game really does look beautiful, the city feels vibrant and alive. You can do secondary objectives that involve helping out the citizens of Hong Kong, although most of these objectives result in you getting ambushed by some thief.
Another gripe I have with this game is the ‘girlfriends’, the first time I went on a date I thought the girlfriends were going to be a nice addition to the story but after one date you never heard from the girlfriends, ever again and while I’m on that subject, at one point Wei has 6 or 7 women on the go yet he gets pissed when one of them is caught cheating; this made me begin to dislike the character quite a lot.
The gameplay itself feels very smooth and the controls are fluent and easy to remember, most actions are bound to one button for ease of use and although I would have liked to rebind each action you eventually get used to it.
All in all this is a great sandbox title that you really should play, it has it’s problems like any other game but it’s positives far outweigh the negatives. Try the demo, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with it!
– Stunningly detailed and open environment
– Very well designed world
– Well written main story
– Tight controls
– Great voice acting
– Great soundtrack
– Combat, racing and gunfights become far too easy to win
– Complete lack of multiplayer
– Girlfriends don’t play a bigger role in the game
– Not many storyline choices/Very linear story
Thanks for reading and good gaming.