The story is really interesting and it works well with the gameplay. Players have to try to balance their cop and Triad responsibilities without raising suspicion. Meanwhile. Shen is also developing relationships, learning about other big criminals and trying to bust crimes with high tech gadgets.
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Sleeping Dogs is an action game in an open world setting. It follows the story of Wei Shen, as he works in Hong-Kong. Much like other open world action titles, Sleeping Dogs features a good deal of violence, crime and fast cars. However, Wei Shen's crimes have a bit of a twist.
The game starts with a long scene with obvious criminal activity. The player is able to get a real first feel for the game in an on foot chase scene. Wei Shen is running from the police after being busted with other criminals. The player races and weaves Shen through a Hong Kong neighborhood, with fast-paced, exciting music and another character rushing Shen to hurry. At the end of the scene, all seems lost as Wei is handcuffed by the police. When questioned, it is revealed that Wei Shen is actually an undercover cop, working with the police to infiltrate the notorious Triads.
The story is really interesting and it works well with the gameplay. Players have to try to balance their cop and Triad responsibilities without raising suspicion. Meanwhile. Shen is also developing relationships, learning about other big criminals and trying to bust crimes with high tech gadgets. Beating the game requires the player to complete tasks as they come. There are Triad tasks and police tasks. The player is able to choose which ones to work on, while completing side tasks as they explore the world.
Unlike other similar styles, there isn't a lot of gun play in Sleeping Dogs. In fact, almost half the game is completed without a single gun fired. This is rationalized by the characters because of China's strict gun laws. However, the game is definitely not lacking in action because of the lack of guns. The melee combat is really the game's crowning achievement. There are plenty of opportunities for players to fight in hand to hand combat. Most of the boss battles are melee combat and Wei Shen even gets the opportunity to learn new special moves throughout the game. The fighting style is fast paced, with the unique ability to use world objects to perform special moves. For example, when grappling with an opponent, players can push them into a vent fan or against soda machines. This ability makes the lack of weapons a non-issue for many players.
Once the game does introduce weapon play, guns are fairly easy to acquire. The gun play is unique and satisfying. Players are able to zoom and lock on to enemies while fighting. There is even the ability to slow down time while shooting.
The limited edition version of Sleeping Dogs includes two packs of additional content. This includes the George St. Pierre and the Police Protection packs. Each pack comes with special moves, new objects and weapons and different characters and missions.
This is an exciting action game for experienced and new players. The story contains a lot of violence and adult themes. So, it isn't appropriate for children or teens.