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Sleeping Dogs – Xbox 360 review and giveaway [gaming]
Posted by on Sep 6th, 2012

Been a while since i did a game review and told you what’s what in the world of gaming, but here’s something for you gaming fans out there that i’ve been testing over the last few weeks and i reckon it’s worth your time hey.

And like i said before…my reviews are slightly different to what most other true gaming sites do. I’m not gonna kiss anyones ass and tell you a game is rad when it’s not. Don’t expect an indepth, technical review either. Bottom-line..i’m gonna throw in my 2 cents just like i do with pretty much everything else on this site and if you don’t like it then too bad.

So let’s get to chatting about the newly released Sleeping Dogs made by Square Enix London Studios  which i tested on my Xbox 360.

The low down: It’s an open word game set in Hong Kong and you’re a undercover cop with bad ass martial arts skills taking on the triads. Think Grand Theft Auto, but in Hong Kong with bustling street markets, neon lights, hookers, car chases and plenty of in-your-face fighting. And when i say fighting i mean all kinds of options are at your disposal…you can literally ram a dudes hit into a wall or use other objects in the nearby environment to finish them off.

Sleeping Dogs

Takes a while to get going while the game familiarizes you with the controls and combat system, but once you’re on your own exploring the sights and sounds of Hong Kong you’ll quickly get the hang of it. Plenty to do and you really get the feel of being in Hong Kong. Unlike other games in the same genre..you play a good guy which is rather refreshing and your actions have consequences since the games levelling up system is based around three aspects..police, triad and face. You get rewarded for being careful with public property and not shooting innocent civilians (pfffft) as well as beating the crap out of enemies in as brutal a way possible (f**k yeah..kick his ass seabass).

You’re gonna love getting into a car and speeding through the narrow streets (camera angle gets a bit frustrating at times) or climbing up skyscrapers or choosing new clothes and fly kicking some tattoed triad prick in the teeth….here’s a taste of what you can expect.

Yep…lots of action and very free flowing. The story line is also way more compelling than most similar games and it’s great blend of action, driving and shooting.

Presentation: graphics are great, but not exceptional and while the surrounding scenery is pretty to look at (you really feel like you’re exploring Hong Kong) the actual character faces and movements seem a little lacking. Soundtracking is banging and voice acting is above average.

Gameplay: a whole mix of fighting, shooting, driving and exploring typical of open world games of this genre. The combat system is awesome with numerous ways to end a fight using the environment. Driving is rather arcade like making it thoroughly enjoyable (apart from the sticky camera i mentioned earlier).

Lastability: not nearly as long as GTA, but the pace is quite frantic and there are very few moments where you aren’t faced with some hectic action than will make it feel a lot longer.

Final thoughts: all in all a very decent open world game set in the heart of Hong Kong that will more than satisfy  most gamers. Lots of action and the freedom to explore makes it an obvious choice for fans of this genre.

And now for the GIVEAWAY: I have a copy to give away to one of you readers and all you have to do is leave a comment saying why you’d like it. Will randomly choose a winner tomorrow afternoon.

For more info and other upcoming games being distributed by Megarom click HERE.

UPDATE: random winner picked and Geoffrey Chisnall will get a copy of Sleeping Dogs. Will be doing more reviews soon so keep reading and i’ll keep giving them away.

Die Jason says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

You should do some more game reviews man!

Would like Sleeping dogs as it does look quite good, and has been getting excellent reviews by our local gaming sites. Also, sounds like a great filler till the next GTA arrives (4th quarter 2012 rumoured).

Steven Jacobs says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

I’d like it simply because it looks like a freakin cool game! And I agree with with previous comment, you gotta do more game reviews every now and then.

Leightz_SA says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

Game sounds good, though honestly never heard of it before (and think I keep up with newly released games). Should be epic though, I mean, Enix gave us the likes of Final Fantasy, Hitman and the Kane and Lynch serious wasnt too bad either… Now that my geekyness is out the way….

Why I’d like it? Well, a free copy beats going down to Canal Walk and buying the damn thing. So yeah, PICK ME PICK ME

Savage says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

Ha…ya it was released 2 weeks ago and also didn’t know much about it. Got very decent reviews so far. Was a jol running around Hong Kong

MasterP says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

Yip, I give you full permission to give me a copy of this, so I can waste more hours of life playing games :)

Cawood says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

I’d like it because if you don’t give it to me where else will I live out my fantasies… Just saying.

Charlie says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

I want this game because, with the recent 93c petrol price hike, it’s the fastest driving I’m likely to do!

Neil Basson says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

The game looks amazing!!! In my opinion this game sets new standards for sandbox game play and surpasses the GTA series.

David says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

This is why I want the game –

Firstly, I enjoy open world games due to the exploration and the unknown surprises you may find along the way.

Secondly, Sleeping Dogs looks like it would be a refreshing change from the usual open-world franchises we’re used to already (Elder Scrolls, GTA, etc.) Something new is always a welcome change, especially when done right (and this certainly looks to be the case with Sleeping Dogs)

Luke says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

Who doesn’t to live vicariously through an ass-whooping; shit stirring undercover cop??

I know I want to,please hook me up Savage:)

RichardAtUCT says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

I want it because I don’t already have enough XBox games, I might as well waste away more hours of my life on a new one!

Savage says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

Lol! That’s as good a reason as any Richard:)

"Hippie" says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

Wow! I want this because it looks like heaps of fun.

RJ says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

Two reasons….
1 I am an avid gamer! yeah its true..
2 I am an avid reader of the blog! 😉

Johan says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

What enters the atmosphere as a giant free falling fireball?? Alien me trying to get my hands on this game!!

September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

I should read more of your game reviews so I have birthday present ideas for my guy gamer friends.

Zaayid says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

Looks like Square’s answer to GTA.
Been craving a good action game for a while and this one looks interesting. The levelling-up elements seem exciting as well. Hope it doesn’t disappoint.

P.S. Great review, you call it like it is 😉

September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

Most of my friends are bragging how cool this game is but because of my budget I am not able to afford it so I have to endure the suffering! :(

Great review!

Azhar says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

I want to give to my friend who can’t get laid, so he can at least play an awesome new PS3 game!

September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

WOW…I would love this game because it gives me a break from socialmedia addiction and enjoy something that brings me out of my labyrinth of confusion…

Another way of being faithful to the girlfriend by sharing my excitement with my creative fingers while I play Sleeping Dogs…

Savage says:
September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

Random winner picked: Copy of Sleeping Dogs goes to Geoffrey Chisnall.

September 09, 2012 at 11:25 am

OH MY FRIKKING HAT 😀

Thanks Daddy!

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