This is a formal Sleeping Dogs review which is available for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One. Our aim is to provide a detailed look at the game. In this Sleeping Dogs review, you will find details about Sleeping Dogs system requirements, gameplay and more
|Type of game:||Third-Person Action Adventure|
|Multiplayer/Co-Op:||Single Player Only|
|Developer:||United Front Games|
|Total Play Time:||21 Hours + (9 Hours DLC)|
|System Requirements:||Windows 7 or newer
Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
15GB Hard Drive Space
DirectX 11 Nvidia 560 or AMD 6950 GPU or better
The World of Sleeping Dogs
Atmosphere & Location
Design: The game allows you to traverse the busy and crowded streets of Hong Kong, completing tasks and missions of the game in a nonlinear fashion. Much of the game allows you to interact with open-world objects just as you would see in real life, even when you are fighting. You may also customize your character’s wardrobe and collect items throughout the game.
Music: From Asian hip-hop beats to urban electro-beats, you can traverse the world as you would if you were actually living in the neighborhoods. Much of the music has an upbeat tune that seems to match the gameplay style and action type as well as the mood in the game.
Effects: Whether you are smashing a thug into a phone booth or sliding over a wall knocking over glass bottles, you will be able to feel and hear the impacts as if you would in real life. People walking in the streets will react to you bumping into them or causing chaos. During a casual walk through the alleys, you will hear civilians talking, arguing, music and ambient sounds of urban marketplaces.
Influences: The game and story are centered around an undercover cop’s life unraveling the dangerous underground world of Hong Kong from within. It takes into account the dense population and hard to navigate busy streets to achieve a realistic experience in some of the dangerous streets of Hong Kong.
Wei Shen: Having a considerably aggressive past and due to his sister becoming addicted to drugs, Wei’s mother moved them all to America to try and kick the habit. Unfortunately, Wei’s sister dies from a drug overdose and Wei becomes vindictive towards the man that caused her addiction. Working as a cop for a considerable amount of time in America, Wei returns to his old neighborhood to help take down the dangerous gang that hurt his family.
Jackie Ma: Grew up with Wei in their old neighborhood, causing trouble and being involved in past gang activities. Jackie seems to know Wei a great deal, introducing Wei to his leader Winston and considers Wei his best friend.
Winston: He is in control of the Sun On Yee, however, there are broken ties within the ranks. Since Winston was looking for muscle to control some of his territories, Wei gets involved to help them out.
Dogeyes: An old neighborhood menace, Dogeyes (who is also apart of the Sun On Yee) is taking over control of territory that he and Winston did not agree upon, basically trying to take over the entirety of control. Dogeyes dated Wei’s sister Mimi and got her involved and addicted to drugs which lead her to eventually die from an overdose.
After 15 years in America and becoming a cop, Wei returns to his old neighborhood to make contact with his old friend Jackie Ma to get involved with a Triad Sun On Yee leader named Winston. His mission is the bring more to an ongoing investigation involving some of their criminal activities.
When Wei arrives to meet with Jackie in prison and Winston, he comes to find out that there are broken ties within the ranks of the Sun On Yee with another leader by the nickname of Dogeyes. Dogeyes has been pushing for more territory control, beyond the agreement between Winston and him, which sets Wei to try and take him down for Winston.
Since Dogeyes was involved with Wei’s sister and his sister died due to a drug addiction that Dogeyes got her hooked on, Wei is more than happy to help Winston take him down. While trying to prove himself from within their ranks, Wei has to take part in many brutal and dangerous criminal activities, putting himself at risk of blowing his cover or ending up dead.
In a sense, Wei becomes torn between the ties of his old neighborhood, what happened to his family and trying to carry out an investigation. Most of all, he struggles with taking on these tasks on a personal level and must find a way to take down the Sun On Yee for good without landing himself in heaps of trouble.
DLC & Expansion Packs
Since Sleeping Dogs was originally released, there were a total of 26 different DLC or Expansion Packs to choose from which gave you a variety of different customization options for your character or even a few new missions, however since Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition was released, all of the available DLC is now integrated into the game upon purchase.
Most of the packs provided new outfits and customization to change up your character’s appearance, new activities to take part in, cars or even a few new story missions. If you do not have the Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, the DLC will total to around $74.76 which is significantly more than the Definitive Edition costs, making it almost more worth it to just purchase the Definitive Edition.
If you did happen to purchase Sleeping Dogs before the Definitive Edition released, you still have the option of purchasing any individual DLC you are interested in on Steam. Since they upgraded the textures with the Definitive Edition, you can get the High-Resolution Texture Pack for free as well as the Ghost Pig Pack which includes a few silly costume options for Wei.
Most of the DLC are relatively cheap, being around $2.99 each so it’s not a complete bank breaker if you just want a few different customization options. If money is of some concern, just pick and choose from a few of the packs you like and go with it.
This is a game for any true action-fighting enthusiasts as you will be able to learn and use many different brutal kung-fu techniques on your enemies. It has some truly satisfying gameplay when you can use the environment around you to bash thugs senseless and throw people into some painful objects. Additionally, the story of the main character and the people he grew up really make you feel a sense of vengeance within yourself to help Wei prove himself and lock up some of these ruthless criminals.
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