Sleeping Dogs (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Box Art(http://www.sleepingdogs.net)  Rated M for Mature by ESRB.   Sleeping Dogs is the game the gamers of summer have been waiting for. You play as Wei Shen, a Chinese police officer who left Hong Kong to escape the evil Triad gangs of the city, but now is back as a police officer from America. His primary mission is to go undercover and gain the trust of the Sun On Yee Triad group. The city of Hong Kong is a beautiful city to explore as Wei Shen, who has some very impressive acrobatics skills to help you hop fences and scale walls, as you explore the back alleys and hidden pathways of that metropolis. If on foot isn’t for you, then you can steal a car, steal a bike, or take a taxi ride to your destination. What really sets Sleeping Dogs apart from other “Grand Theft Auto” clones, is its story, its voice acting, and its intriguing presentation of the city of Hong Kong. The characters speak in a mix of foreign and English languages, which is a really nice touch as well. Sleeping Dogs will not only immerse players into the Triad ridden streets of Hong Kong, but also successfully immerse them into a wonderful, brand-new game world. 

Sleeping Dogs (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Box ArtSleeping Dogs (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Logo(http://www.sleepingdogs.net) Rated M for Mature by ESRB.Sleeping Dogs is the game the gamers of summer have been waiting for. You play as Wei Shen, a Chinese police officer who left Hong Kong to escape the evil Triad gangs of the city, but now is back as a police officer from America. His primary mission is to go undercover and gain the trust of the Sun On Yee Triad group. The city of Hong Kong is a beautiful city to explore as Wei Shen, who has some very impressive acrobatics skills to help you hop fences and scale walls, as you explore the back alleys and hidden pathways of that metropolis. If on foot isn’t for you, then you can steal a car, steal a bike, or take a taxi ride to your destination. What really sets Sleeping Dogs apart from other “Grand Theft Auto” clones, is its story, its voice acting, and its intriguing presentation of the city of Hong Kong. The characters speak in a mix of foreign and English languages, which is a really nice touch as well. Sleeping Dogs will not only immerse players into the Triad ridden streets of Hong Kong, but also successfully immerse them into a wonderful, brand-new game world. 



Graphics:
The City of Hong Kong looks simply beautiful in Sleeping Dogs. You’ll travel to many different districts, from high rise skyscrapers to beautiful dojos and parks. The developers really appeared to have included everything important about the city of Hong Kong, not just for the game to use as a springboard for action, but also for the player to explore and enjoy, as well. One visual that really impressed me was when it started to rain in the city, the water glistened and glimmered as it hit the pavement. While the game’s world may not be as big as GTA’s, it’s not as small as Yakuza’s, either. It offers just the right amount of usable areas so the player won’t have to dread spending a large amount of time just driving to get to the next mission.

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Sounds:
The voice acting in Sleeping Dogs is extremely well done. The characters will use a mix of English and Chinese (Cantonese) when speaking, which keeps the story authentic to its locale. For example, a character may describe something in English, but use Chinese slang in the dialogue, as well. The subtitles will tell you what they are saying in parenthesis. There is a very wide cast of characters in Sleeping Dogs, and all of the main ones feature full fledged voice acting. You’re able to easily tell what the character’s emotions are, based on the way they are talking and also the tone of their voice. The voice acting in Sleeping Dogs really helps to enrich the story line.

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Gameplay:
Sleeping Dogs plays like most typical open world exploration games, including Grand Theft Auto, True Crime, and others of that genre. However, what sets Sleeping Dogs apart isn’t just its story, but the different mission storylines it has to follow. You gain experience points for each mission, based upon how well you perform in each category. For example, you’ll get less cop experience in a mission if you drive recklessly or harm civilians. Or, you’ll gain more Triad experience for using well-coordinated martial arts combos when fighting. This was a really nice touch to make it so the player doesn’t feel committed to just gaining experience in one area, but can achieve experience in multiple areas for just doing one mission based on how they perform. Additionally, the vehicles all handle very well in Sleeping Dogs, and the controls are both fun and easy to pick up on. The hand to hand combat is very exciting, and reminds me somewhat of Batman Arkham Asylum’s fighting style. The one failing of Sleeping Dogs is the gunplay; it’s not bad, it’s just not very exciting. While there is no multiplayer option, there are lots of extra side missions and objects to pursue throughout the game that will keep players entertained for a very long while.

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Innovation:
One feature I really grew attached to in Sleeping Dogs was its mission navigation feature. By clicking the left stick the in game navigation, the play can focus on a desired mission. This offers a huge improvement over the standard “drive-and-stare-at-the-mini map, by giving the player guidance in the real game world, as well. For example, if you are supposed to take a turn or take a freeway ext, giant flashing arrows will pop up on the game’s landscape to help direct you. This is a nicely-integrated feature that speeds up the play, and also lends more realism to it.

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Longevity:
Sleeping Dogs is a fairly long game, with tons of replay-ability since it is an open world game. Plus, all the side missions and collectibles will keep you entertained for a long while, too. The story that Sleeping Dogs tells is an excellent one, which follows, following Wei as he is torn between being loyal to his old friends, or doing the job he was assigned to do. Gamers who have been waiting for an excellent summer game should wait no further. Sleeping Dogs is no sleeper hit – you will love it instantly.

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