The new game “Sleeping Dogs” is basically every chinese cop movie ever made wrapped up into a video game.
You probably didn’t know this, but it was supposed to be “True Crime: Hong Kong.” It’s not called “True Crime” though because Activision dropped it and it was then picked up by Square Enix (The king of sloppy seconds).
That’s good though, and kinda gives you a nice relief from that tired series. From Hong Kong to…well just Hong Kong actually, you’ll be able to crack down the law on some coke heads.
Systems: Playstation 3 [Reviewed], Xbox 360, Windows.
Developers: United Front Games, Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Released: August 14, 2012
Just like every “True Crime” game, Sleeping Dogs is a rip off of Grand Theft Auto (from the cops’ point of view), only the graphics, gameplay, story, and animation are a lot…well….worse. Don’t let that fool you though, I did enjoy the game very much. Open world, cops, cars, triads, and an Arkham City like “freeflow” combat system are a very good combination. The cover system is also very well designed (It’s not as good as Ghost Recon, but it works with this game). There are also a few very important aspects I enjoyed in this game – the gun fighting and the chase sequences. Sleeping Dogs uses slow motion shooting similar to Max Payne, which lets you time and aim your shots very carefully, and has a nice little “free run” feature (like in Assassins Creed) that allows you to quickly get around and over obstacles efficiently, which makes chasing down criminals even that much more fun.
The cast and animations in Sleeping Dogs are actually pretty good, however, this game contains a very big pet peeve of mine. The main character’s voice does not match him at all! This might just be me, but the main character looks like he should have a completely different voice. In my opinion, they should have just thought about casting someone with at least a bit more of an accent. Im not one to rant, but that really bothers me, kinda like when the mouth animations don’t match the voices. Don’t you just hate that? I’m done though, we can get back on track now.
The story and gameplay are decent. There is no multiplayer, but the single player campaign is more than enough. Sleeping Dogs focuses on Wei Shen, an American undercover police officer who is assigned to infiltrate and bring down the Triad group, Sun On Yee. The aspect that separates this game from most games is its double sided mission series. One plot consists of Wei trying to complete his mission as a police officer while having to commit crimes to gain the trust of the Triad. The other consists of missions given by a Triad lieutenant.
Sleeping Dogs is very unique in another sense as well. This isn’t classified as action or adventure game, it’s classified as “ULTRA-VIOLENT” game. It takes killing to a whole new level giving you many different options to accomplish your goals, whether you wanna go “stealth” or you prefer a more “outright bloody GO FUCK YOUR SELF” style.
In the end, this game actually does provide a lot of fun and entertainment for an unexpected amount of time. I got at least 16 hours out of this game doing every mission offered, which includes side missions, and just driving around fucking shit up. Sleeping Dogs is a game like “Prototype” in the sense that it takes aspects from many different games, from the Assassins Creed “Free-run” feature, to the GTA car fighting sequences. So if you like GTA and the True Crime games, I would definitely give this game a try.
Ok, we’ve come to the part that makes this website famous to a large fanbase, including my 500 Facebook friends due to my excessive advertisement: The girls. I have only seen one sex scene so far, but I can’t help but think there are more. Unfortunately there is not really any nudity other than strippers and the occasional hooker here and there. There are a lot of girls that you can be in a relationship with and there are consequences for being in certain relationships. There are also a lot of hotties walkin’ around Hong Kong, including a specific one who has the sole purpose of signaling the start of a street race. I mean , come on, it is Hong Kong after all. It might be the least “hardcore” game in this category that has been reviewed by this site, but Sleeping Dogs definitely does have its sexy moments.
– Joe Walker