Open world Hong Kong is your playground, and it’s fun. Sleeping dogs is one of those games that is enjoyable to those that love open world games, brawlers, and racers all into one. United Front Games, developers of Little Big Planet Karting and Modnation Racers show that they can make just as good of open world games, as they can racers. With the help of Rocksteady on the fighting system they do something that is simple for the average gamer. Also something in depth for the hardcore gamer. So check out what I have to say about sleeping dogs and why you should check it out and some of the downloadable content(DLC) they have made for it as well.
Sleeping Dogs take place in Hong Kong; it was originality be the new game True Crime: Hong Kong which was cancels by Activision. SquareEnix picked up the game but not the title and kept the open world of Hong Kong. The game looks and feels like Hong Kong, from the vendors in the shopping centers. To the signs in the city and the radio stations that play all of the hits. One thing the world does which I love is the fact that it has weather in it. Not only is their weather in the world but people reacting to the weather. When it rains the people in the world bring out umbrellas which you can take and then use them as a weapon. Hong Kong is divided into four made up districts called North Point, Central, Kennedy Town, and Aberdeen. Which you can explore and travel around free without having to wait for an new area to open up.
You play a character named Wei Shein. Who is an Undercover cop in which you came to Hong Kong from the United States after you sister had died. You dig into that case a little bit but not too much your there for a bigger part. The game starts you off in a drug deal in which goes bad and you get busted. While you’re in jail you run into an old friend in which is your link to the Triad gang. You will have two types of missions to do. One set is the police missions in which you will have to do undercover work in which you will call in an arrest to gain police experience. Triad’s missions will be much more in the criminal side in which you will steal cars, kill people, mussel people for money all for Triad experience. You also have face experience in which you will do missions such as help out people and go out on dates with women. Each level of experience will unlock a new feature for Wei Shein. Such as locations of hidden boxes, discounts on items, and more.
So in every open world game there are the side missions. Sleeping dogs side missions don’t feel that they slow you down or are to difficult to do. Well one was but we will get to that. There is much to do besides the main missions and they are not a long drawled out process. You can bet on cock fights which sound like fun but then it just becomes a game of chance. The street racing is something I think they did a good job at. When you start your first race, it will be you and the other race cars. As you complete each race you will get more traffic and better racers. Since you’re in Hong Kong you will have access to a few Karaoke bars in which you can unlock songs as you sing better in them. All you have to do in this part is just control the directional analog stick on each path the words come down. Sleeping Dogs most of the time relies on your kung fu skills and with that you can find underground fight clubs in which you will not only earn money but face experience as well. Now this is the area I had some problems with. Out of the four fight clubs in each area two of them I had a little bit of a problem with and had to try over and over again. It was fun though, fighting through each level in the fight club. One other thing that is a great idea that they put into the game is the hacking of security cameras. In each of the four districts of Hong Kong each area has security cameras which are designed to keep an eye out on the city. Thugs have taken over an area where the cameras are at though. So you come in beat everyone up and then hack into the security camera and head back to your hide out. At your Hide out you will check a monitor to see who the main drug dealer in the area is and then call it in. This is fun to do but after about the six to seventh one it’s the same, but still fun.
I talked about it earlier, about the weather and how the people react in the world. Its little things in the game, that which I really like the game a lot. I know other games will change the way a car handles in the dry weather and in the rain. This is Hong Kong, driving is on the left hand side. Other websites have complained about this but I had no problem with driving on the left hand side. Most of the time I drive on the left hand side so I can see the cars coming at me which I can avoid. This is Hong Kong so I keep on forgetting that to enter a car on the right hand side instead of the left. So when I took a car or got out I would forget most of the time, it’s not bad what other people say. The little things I like is when you’re driving and if you mess up the car enough or block the way to get out of a car. Wei Shein will kick out the front windshield and climb out that way. It’s just cool that they took that little bit of touch to make the game cool.
So even though the game has been out for a while I still say it’s worth picking up if you haven’t already. Sleeping Dogs has something unique that will give you plenty of hours to enjoy. Not just game play but visual and storytelling. While you play the missions they are short but just long enough to finish many of them in a play though and not tired you out. The developers have also come out with a lot of DLC which is worth checking out. The Zodiac Tournament is one of the DLC which is like enter the dragon movie. Wei Shein gets invited to a tournament on an island and has to fight his way to the main boss. So again Sleeping Dogs is a game worth spending some time on and you will not be sorry.
Overview from SquareEnix: 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. You’ll have to prove yourself worthy as you fight your way up the organization, taking part in brutal criminal activities without blowing your cover. Torn between your loyalty to the badge and the code of the triads, you will risk everything as the lines between truth and honor become permanently blurred.