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.
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.