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System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Dev: United Front Games
Pub: Square Enix
Release: August 14, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs

It's not that combat is broken, because it works, technically. It's copying the Arkham Asylum/Arkham City school of free-flow combat design, assigning players an attack button, a counter, and a throw. Environmental objects, such as dumpsters, can be used to enhance the damage one does. And, while the attacks are well-choreographed, it all just feels janky and stiff. Combat in the Arkham games is satisfying because it flows logically and smoothly, sharing more with a rhythm game than with traditional brawlers. Sleeping Dogs is a brawler with a counter button that shows you when dudes are about to attack you. It's really not the same at all, and it sours one to the game as a whole.

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After defeating the first group of enemies, Wei Shen encounters a second group of foes on a rooftop. He combats them and, eventually, his target, who pulls a knife. After a brief beatdown (it was impossible to get a game over in the demo; dying simply resulted in a brief pause before Shen stood back up. At the end of the demo, Shen subdues his target and is beset upon by the police.

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Besides being almost pitifully short, and providing no sense of what's in the game beyond a small sampling of its on-foot combat, the Sleeping Dogs demo felt less like a piece of the game it came from and more like a proof of concept that failed to prove its concept. It's a curious question, why Square Enix thought it would be a good showpiece for their booth. As it stands, it shares much with Gearbox's Duke Nukem Forever, minus the name power that Duke Nukem presented.

By
Shelby Reiches
Contributing Writer
Date: July 17, 2012


Game Features:

  • A mature and gritty undercover cop drama, set in a high-tension underworld where every action is a risk that could blow your cover.
  • Seamless explosive action fueled by a mix of deadly martial arts, intense gunfights, and brutal takedowns.
  • Epic high-speed thrills: Burn up the streets as you ram other cars and drive recklessly while shooting your way through the narrow streets of Hong Kong.

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