Sleeping Dogs Xbox 360 User Review
Super Gamer Dude
Sleeping Dogs for the Xbox 360 is an action packed game in which you take on the role of Wei Shen, who is an undercover cop whose sole responsibility is to infiltrate and bring down the Triad gangs. As Wei embarks on this mission he finds himself drawn further and further into the murky underworld and his problems get worse when he questions where his loyalties should lie.
What sets this game apart from other titles is the combat style gameplay, which, unlike GTA and others games such as Sleeping Dogs, presents the user with a much more controlled method of making a kill instead of the killing spree type of point and aim you see countless times with such titles. The storyline also sets this game apart from others and for once I found myself truly engaged in the whole storyline and concept.
Users are taken on a quest which has a similar style and feel to that seen in such games as GTA, LA Noire and Red Dead Redemption, and if you have played any of the games mentioned and took a shine to them then perhaps you may find this game worth playing.
There is a downside to this game, and that is the lack of detail and quality from some of the camera angles on upcoming frames. The boundaries should have been pushed a little harder as you see with other developers such as Activision, and then this would then exceed all my expectations.
I also felt the overall main storyline should have been much longer, but to their credit the storyline is very well set out and the sound quality within the gameplay is also very well chosen and of high quality. However, considering the fact that you can finish this game in about 20-30 hours, I feel that they should have expanded the overall gameplay. Although in fairness I have found very few recent games that exceed 20 hours of gameplay.
Taken as a whole the game is a something of a little gem, something different, whilst keeping in touch with a style which has been shown to work, and although it may have been modeled on other top games, enough may have been changed to make it stand out from them. This, coupled with a good storyline and plenty to do, makes this a top game.
Super Gamer Dude
Sleeping Dogs for the Xbox 360 was originally going to be called True Crime Hong Kong but later the publishing rights were obtained after Activision abandoned this title and the game was renamed Sleeping Dogs. Those of you who have played other titles such as GTA, or the Saints Row series, will feel at ease with this new title, mainly as a lot of elements have been adopted from that type of game.
The game is free roaming which allows the player to explore in much more detail than other games which tend to have a set model in which you run from room to room. In this game you free roam as you would in the other titles mentioned above. The attention to detail in this game has really been elevated, close ups and characters which you fight and engage with seem very realistic unlike previous games which portray a similar style of play.
As you enter this vast open world of Sleeping Dogs you have the option of walking on foot, obtaining a car, jumping on a motorcycle, or perhaps obtaining a boat. The missions undertaken are also vast and unique. The story itself revolves around Triads as you go undercover to infiltrate Triad gangs and you will have to do various missions for the Triads in order to obtain what is known as Triad XP, which is basically the equivalent of trust after each mission is completed. Or perhaps you may take a different role and go for Police XP.
The characters are many and varied, and each has unique traits, and the locations which you visit are just as varied and interesting. The combat controls are pretty simple and straightforward and the game is very easy to pick up. All in all this type of game is highly addictive due to the nature of the subject and anything to do with underworld gangs such as the Mafia or the Triads is always going to be appealing as it tends to be something which is unpleasant but is out of our everyday experience. The same way as Modern Warfare is appealing even though it approaches the subject of war.
There are some missions which do get boring but this is to be expected when adding many missions to a game, and unlike Saints Row the Third the makers did not adopt the lets go crazy approach with unrealistic elements, which I think is a bonus.
So this is moving towards being in a league with GTA and the early Saints Row before the craziness started, and this makes for an authentic, brutal, free roaming action game, which has very few flaws and makes for a great gaming experience. I would give Sleeping Dogs a rating of around 8.5 as I feel it makes a great addition to the popular titles which have also been mentioned in this review.