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When Sleeping Dogs was released on the 360 it got all the natural comparisons to Grand Theft auto, but it had a different pace and a much better story. As with many games this years Sleeping Dogs has been whisked into the new generation to become the Sleeping Dogs Definitive edition, but was it worth it?
For those who didn’t get to experience this underrated gem of a game, let’s give you an overview of the story. Sleeping Dogs tells the story of Wei Shen, a former low-level Triad player turned LA cop turned undercover mole, who has relocated to his hometown in an effort to infiltrate his old gang, the Sun On Yee. Wei Shen has to find a balance between doing his job while maintaining the trust of his gang members. You’ll help Shen through his struggles whilst finding yourself gripped by the storyline. I found the story really interesting throughout and was never quite sure what was going to happen. It was always nice to have the game set in Hong Kong as opposed to a fictional city in America, the game has a great atmosphere and feels so alive, it just make me want to visit Hong Kong even more. As you explore the city you’ll come accross markets that will allow you to buy new clothing, tattoos as well as food and drink that will give you boosts to your abilities. You can explore the city in a vehicle but it’s just as entertaining on foot especially with Wei Shen’s parkour abilities.
The Definitive Edition gives the game an upgrade in graphics department, which brings the city even more to life. Character models are improved, and te lighting effects are superb, you’ll notice as soon as the game begins as the rain hits Hong Kong just how much of a difference there is. The Xbox One version brings even more life to the city with more NPC’s who look much more human, there is much more traffic on the street and there is much more to destroy as you drive through the streets, draw distances are much better too.
The game still struggles to keep its frame rate while driving but generally the game performs pretty well. The voice acting is excellent and have a really strong cast with Tom Wilkinson, Emma Stone, and Lucy Liu all taking part in the game.
One of Sleeping Dogs strengths is the combat, lending ideas from the Batman series, Wei Shen is able to take down big groups of enemies using combos, grapples, throws and finally taking them down using the environment. Whether you are throwing them through windows, slamming shutters down on their heads or even throwing people over buildings the combat is hugely entertaining. As you explore the city you’ll discover martial arts centres where you can learn more impressive combos to use against your enemies. Guns are available but the physical combat is so much fun you’ll rarely want to use them.
Aside from the main storyline there is plenty for you to do. There are drug busts and gang favours to play as well as a whole host of mini games. There are street races, collectables to find and dates to go on. You’ll also notice little leaderboards popping up to show your progress against friends for things like the longest wheelie on a bike or the biggest jump in a car, little things that distract you from the main story and adds to longevity.
In total you’ll have about 15 hours playtime, with the Definitive Edition you get all of the previously released DLC too. It’s pretty comprehensive when you start to go through the list, there are loads of outfit packs, themed vehicles and buffs for Wei Shen. There are two big bits of DLC that were released for Sleeping Dogs, the first released was Year of the Snake. This story takes place immediately after the original story of Sleeping Dogs. Wei Shen starts doing normal police work again, but is initially given punishment duty as a beat cop due to the carnage caused in the main storyline. However, Wei almost immediately encounters a cult that is doing their best to usher in the apocalypse with a bang during Hong Kong’s New Year celebrations. This piece of DLC is good fun and is 12 missions long. One difference in this from the main game is the fact that Shen is given a Taser to take criminals down with during combat. The other DLC was Nightmare on North Point which sees Wei Shen’s girlfriend get abducted by the ghost of a former gangland leader, to get here back Wei Shen needs to get hold of a special tea brew to allow him to take on an army of possessed gangsters, it’s all a bit silly but will add a good few hours to your total play time.
Yet again, I’m faced with another remastered game, thankfully this one has been well worth my time. It’s great to go back and play through the brilliant story, the DLC is pretty good and visually the game looks much better It’s always hard to recommend this to someone who has already played the game, especially as the price is quite high for the game, if it had come in at around the same price as Metro Redux you would be on to a winner but until that time I’d only go for this if you hadn’t played it before, you’ll be in for a treat.
Sleeping Dogs, one of Square Enix’s rather popular titles for Xbox 360 from 2012 is making its way to Xbox One just like Tomb Raider – a definitive edition which has been rebuilt for newer consoles will be out from october 14th 2014.
Amazon listed the game earlier confirming a previous rumour to be obviously true! The definitive edition of the critically acclaimed open world action-adventure will include all the previously released DLCs valued at $85. If you want a Pre-order bonus, you will receive the limited edition artbook packaging. Get an insider’s look at 28 pages of concept art that inspired the game’s visual direction and art style.
Sleeping Dogs on Xbox 360 scored 85% in our review:
…when the action delivered is on a par with that of GTA and Saints Row should we really complain? I say no! Consider this akin to discovering a new view upon a well worn route, you know where you’re going and you recognise the landmarks but here’s a new angle to look at them from. The adventures of Wei Shen are a dynamite packed rollercoaster ride through the dark side of Hong Kong. Shen himself is one of the darkest things out there. But at the same time, if you embrace the madness, you will find his life a high octane, high kicking, high point of the gaming calendar. And when that’s the case who needs originality?…
If this great news for you, let us know below your thoughts on buying the same game twice if you previously enjoyed it on Xbox 360?
Starting Wednesday January 1st, Sleeping Dogs will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through January 15th . Then on January 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light for free.
The Games with Gold promotion gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.
Sleeping Dogs developer, United Front Games, have confirmed that a follow up game set in the Sleeping Dogs universe is in development. Despite being well received by gamers in 2012, Sleeping Dogs was considered a failure by the publisher as it only sold 2 million titles, but for many it was a serious contender for GOTY in 2012.
Hi everyone! We’ve been a bit tight-lipped about our current projects over here at UFG, but we’re finally able to give you a little something.
So, we’re making a new game! We can’t say a lot about it right now, but you might have read about a trademark registration for something called Triad Wars? Well, we’re super-excited that it’s another game based in the Sleeping Dogs universe, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for ages, and we’re very happy to be working with Square Enix again… but that’s all we can give you for the time being – we’ll have more information about what the game’s going to be in 2014.
As always, we love to hear your thoughts and appreciate your shared interest in the games we make – although to reiterate, we really can’t share any more details until 2014 (despite your best efforts to get them, you sneaky people!)
Whilst fans of the original Sleeping Dogs were no doubt hoping for a direct sequel, a game set in its universe could be as satisfying but until UFG or Square Enix reveal more information in 2014 about the new game, we wont know anymore. I for one am very happy to hear that a follow up game is in development, Sleeping Dogs was a refreshing take on the GTA Style sandbox game with great DLC and an amazing main story, well worth checking out.
Sleeping Dogs is a sprawling open world, sandbox ‘cop ‘em up’ that takes place amid the neon lit underbelly of downtown Hong Kong and places gamers into kung-fu shoes of sociopathic police officer, Wei Shen.
Sleeping Dogs is also a game that plays exactly as I anticipated it would weeks before I even had the shining disc in my clutches. Unfortunately the only fresh thing brought to this table, is the cranium of the latest bad guy, remorselessly pummelled into the rapidly splintering piece of dining furniture by our very own Mr. Shen.