Sleeping Dogs Review (8.3/10 – Great)
The focus in Sleeping Dogs is its hand-to-hand combat system. Inspired by kung-fu movies in look and Rocksteady’s Batman series in execution, the fighting system offers a good counterweight to other games in the genre that lean on weapons for all confrontations.
Review by Joystiq (3.5/10)
Sleeping Dogs takes place in the “based on reality” world of Hong Kong, inspired by the city but not recreated street by street. You play as Wei Shen, an undercover cop from San Francisco on loan to the Hong Kong Police to infiltrate the seedy, tattooed Triad underbelly. Despite its been there, done that story, Sleeping Dogs manages to offer a few surprises throughout Shen’s investigation.
The focus in Sleeping Dogs is its hand-to-hand combat system. Inspired by kung-fu movies in look and Rocksteady’s Batman series in execution, the fighting system offers a good counterweight to other games in the genre that lean on weapons for all confrontations. And the fighting system has a few tricks up its sleeve: one combo breaks an enemy’s leg, scaring (and thus stunning) adversaries in the area for a few seconds, opening the door to more strikes. Then there are a multitude of gruesome environmental kills (all of which seem super violent for a guy with a cop’s conscience). Soon you’ll be facing off against dozens of thugs without breaking a sweat during regular missions or hidden underground boxing matches.
Review by IGN (8.5/10 – Great)
Playing Sleeping Dogs kept me on the edge of my seat, but not for the reasons you might expect. Sure, Sleeping Dogs’ melee combat and gunplay provide plenty of thrills, the driving is extraordinarily fun in all of its arcadey glory, and there’s a whole lot to do in the version of Hong Kong Canadian developer United Front Games created. But at the end of my nearly 20-hour experience, none of that mattered to me as much as the story did. It’s that story, coupled with rock-solid mechanics and a task-heavy world that sets Sleeping Dogs apart from its competition.
See, Sleeping Dogs isn’t your typical Grand Theft Auto clone. Unlike recent titans of the genre — Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption and Saints Row: The Third — your character, Wei Shen, doesn’t have roguish, violent tendencies just because he’s a criminal looking to make a few bucks. Rather, Shen is a calculated and complicated figure, an undercover cop with plenty of experience in both the United States and Hong Kong who returns to his native land in order to help get the city’s thriving criminal enterprises under control. But as Shen gets sucked further and further into the Triad underworld he initially wants to unravel, his motives – and which side he’ll end up falling in line with – become increasingly blurred.
Review by Game Spot (8.0/10 – Great)
What does it take to survive as an undercover cop who infiltrates one of Hong Kong’s most ruthless criminal organizations? If Sleeping Dogs is any indication, it takes martial arts prowess, good marksmanship, driving skill, a reckless willingness to leap from one speeding vehicle to another, and the confidence to sing karaoke. None of the individual elements in Sleeping Dogs are best-in-class, but they’re all thoroughly enjoyable, and the structured story missions have you switching from one type of action to another frequently enough that you’re never tired of what you’re doing at any given moment. Additionally, the fictionalized version of Hong Kong where Sleeping Dogs takes place is an exotic and atmospheric setting for this tale of conflicting loyalties; you probably wouldn’t want to live amid the ruthless criminals who populate the game’s cast, but this world sure is a nice place to visit.
Game is as Impressive as it's cover
Summary: Playing Sleeping Dogs kept me on the edge of my seat, but not for the reasons you might expect. Sure, Sleeping Dogs’ melee combat and gunplay provide plenty of thrills, the driving is extraordinarily fun in all of its arcadey glory.