Sleeping Dogs – Big Problem in Chinatown


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. Let’s see what it is.

I love that game. I love to be in it, like it’s Matrix of sort. It has a beat, that goes on and on. It’s full of life, really! For some points, it’s bested Euphoria engine, if you know where to look. It’s fighting mechanics feels even better than in Batman games! So I really can beat thugs for eternity there, it’s always fresh and nice feeling.

But, looking at some other points, this game tastes messed up. Story based on Hong Kong movies… just not give a hook for the most part of game progress. Some attached achievements feels very weird, like killing 50 cops for some “rogue cop gold”. If you remember Karma from original True Crime, it’s even weirder. Shooting mechanics and freerunning stuff almost always appear quite clumsy and far from natural. Driving mechs and some other game aspects just ripped from the “Wheelman”.

Sleeping Dogs

Then, you realise, that all in the game plot was made not quite right, probably because of some stupid focus group, playing every game like it’s Carmageddon or Postal.

Nonetheless, it’s quite a good game. It’s GTA-clon, alright, and maybe not the best of them, but smooth, good-looking (with up-to-date-graphics), and have some personal charisma. For once, you play for a good guy, and not for a blood-thirsty deadbeat. If you’re up to some gta-like sandbox of good quality, it’s well worth a shot.

My Score: 7.5 / 10

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