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Scheduled release date:

August 14, 2012

Publisher:

Square Enix

Developer:

United Front Games

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action

Release Date:

August 14, 2012

What do you get when you mix hardcore martial arts action with a gritty police drama? You get what was once called True Crime: Hong Kong and now goes by the title Sleeping Dogs, which was picked up by Square Enix after Activision passed on the publishing option. Right now, the game is looking like a blend of Yakuza and Stranglehold and if done correctly, it could turn out to be one of the most entertaining games of 2012.

You will play as Wei Shen, a police officer who returns to Hong Kong to go undercover and investigate the infamous Triad gang. To do so, you’ll have to play the faux role of a criminal, and that’s always a dicey situation when you’re talking about the Triads, who don’t take kindly to such transgressions. You will explore a fictional Hong Kong; the virtual environment is obviously smaller than the real metropolis, but developer United Front Games has worked hard to maintain the city’s singular style. So expect a lively, immersive, ever-changing landscape.

In terms of gameplay, it’s tough to categorize the action, as Shen will do a little of everything. It isn’t just about beating on thugs; as you may have already seen in some early footage, there will also be intense driving sections (the motorcycle part is pretty nuts), and some minor platforming should come into play as well. Those familiar with Assassin’s Creed may spot some similarities in the way Shen runs through the environment, dodging and leaping over obstacles. But of course, the hand-to-hand combat remains a central focus.

As was the case in Yakuza, Shen can use his surroundings to deal brutal damage and even execute flashy finishing moves. This includes impaling enemies on exposed sharp objects like meat hooks and slamming heads into car doors. Grabbing and grappling will be another main element in the fighting, as you’ll be able to drag foes to convenient positions whenever the situation calls for it. If you’re looking for rampant brutality and knuckle-crunching violence, I’m fairly certain you’ll find it in abundance in Sleeping Dogs. This should help you unwind after a tough day, right?

In fact, this game may be even gorier and bloodier than you might expect. We’ve already seen some wince-worthy examples of bone-crunching nastiness; there’s every chance that United Front will try to push the envelope. We just hope the control is solid and reliable. In a fast-paced adventure like this, we’re going to need split-second reflexes and our decisions must be sound. But it’s all for nothing if we have to fight a wonky camera and controls that aren’t responsive enough. If the fluidity and accessibility is there, though, this should be one wild ride.

Sleeping Dogs will get your adrenaline pumping on August 14.

6/14/2012 Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

Kingnichendrix
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 9:38:57 PM
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So cool

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 10:16:35 PM
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This looks pretty sweet and I'll keep an eye on it. It would be cool to play a game based in China.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 11:56:04 PM

Yeah I always wondered why GTA never went this route...They had the Yakuza in their games, they had the ChinaTown Wars games...a Yakuza or Triad GTA would have been pretty cool...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 12:50:32 PM

GTA in America is definitely getting to be same old same old.

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bebestorm
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 11:09:29 PM
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Im really excited for this game.. so much to do

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Kiryu
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 11:09:57 PM
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This is Yakuza Lite plus GTA plus Need for Speed.
This had copied so many things for combat and exploration from Yakuza Series.

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Lotusflow3r
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 7:47:42 AM

Kinda true, but don't forget, Yakuza does things very differently to a normal sandbox game which is what makes it so unique and fascinating. Sleeping Dogs even has a karaoke mini game but minus the unique edge Yakuza's has.

And i think that sums it up. It's more GTA than Yakuza, Yakuza is unlike any other game ever made and is uncategorisable...But Sleeping Dogs seems to be taking a few ques from Yakuza as well....only without the uniqueness that Yakuza has, it's less appealing to me and therefore i can't compare to Yakuza.

To me, it's just True Crime Tokyo....Oh, wait a minute!

As a side note, what Yakuza does to make it stand out is be so unique and "unrealistic", this is what gives the game it's hook. I'm tired of gritty realism that the west seems in love with. I like the unique features a Yakuza allows and anyone who knows the games will know what i am talking about. It takes you out of reality.

The only thing serious in Yakuza is it's well crafted storyline that, to me, is one of the best in gaming. I can guarantee Sleeping Dogs won't have something akin to that, the trailers seem awfully cheesy story wise. Time will tell, but i doubt it, it seems cliché × 1000.

Anyway, Sleeping Dogs is really OTT violent in a way that's also gritty and based on realism to the point where i shake my head. Now, Yakuza does some pretty violent things, but it's presentation is entirely different. It's not gore, blood is almost entirely substituted for power effects ala Tekken.

Summing it up better with something both games have in common, Karaoke. Sleeping Dog's Karaoke mini game is a straight forward rhythm game....Yakuza allows the biggest badass in gaming to sing a song called 'MachineGun Kiss' and i advise anyone in the unknown to look that up on Youtube for comedy genius...and my point.

But seriously, that sums up the huge differences between the games and Yakuza's ability to stand alone and at the end of the day, even though they are in fact quite uncomparable, it's apples and oranges, take the one you prefer.

All that said, i've always liked True Crime, i'll be checking this out. The combat looks incredibly versatile and the atmosphere should be brilliant. Should hold us over until GTA5.....But another kind of Yakuza it ain't.

Relax Kiryu, your game stands alone!

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GuyverLT
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 8:51:12 AM

It looks better than Yakuza IMO

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CH1N00K
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 11:53:53 PM
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I love how this game is posted directly above an article about too much violence in video games....The start of the video with the drill is Disney's worst nightmare...

That being said, this game looks Badass! Can't wait to hear more about it, now if you'll excuse me I have the sudden urge to go stomp on puppies....

Relax! I'm kidding! Puppies are cute, I wouldn't hurt them, I'll use babies instead.....I mean....umm...gotta go!



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AcHiLLiA
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 12:35:25 AM

"now if you'll excuse me I have the sudden urge to go stomp on puppies....

Relax! I'm kidding! Puppies are cute, I wouldn't hurt them, I'll use babies instead.....I mean....umm...gotta go!"

umm, what are u trying to get out their?

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 12:36:05 AM
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Damn, was that a drill to the upper knee? S***, I'm getting this game.

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___________
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 5:29:00 AM
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roof top martial art battles, and slamming a guys head into a air conditioning duct!
need i say more?
cant wait till this comes out, it looks so freaking cool!
the combat is so deep and visceral, has so much environmental interaction and the world looks allot of fun to race around in.
in other words this is looking like what GTAIV always should of been!

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