“Let sleeping dogs lie” that is the basic premise of this game. In other words don’t disturb a situation because the consequences may not be what you expected. With this game I’m going to tell you to do the opposite - otherwise you may miss out a very enjoyable game.
Throughout the game you play as Wei Shen, a Chinese-American undercover cop returning to his home city of Hong Kong. He tries to infiltrate a sort of Chinese mafia, known as Sun On Yee. Wei must go through many situations to keep his cover, and is even forced to kill to prove his loyalty. Fortunately Wei is trained in martial arts so he is more than capable of handling himself in a fight.
The game plays a lot like the ever popular Grand Theft Auto in that you can go around the city causing chaos and partake in side missions such as training in karate, street racing, helping random citizens, or my favorite, betting on chicken fights. The highlight of the gameplay is easily the martial arts combat. You are able to preform brutal finishes on almost anyone in the game and sometimes-gruesome “environmental finishes” such as kicking someone into a nearby electric fence. The game takes several inspirations from Chinese cinema such as slow motion in gunfights, cool acrobatics, karate, and music. The gunplay game feels adequate but it definitely could have been improved upon. The driving is really fast and awesome considering the fact that you can leap from one moving car to another car.
Though the game is fun there are some flaws that can sour the experience. The biggest problem I had with the game was the hacking mini-games you had to do occasionally during the game. Most of the activities that involve the hacking aren’t necessary to progress through the game. However, there are several instances in the main story that not only force you to complete them but make you do it in a completely unreasonable time. If you fail to complete it, you are forced to restart the whole mini-game. Also, there are some glitches, albeit rare, in the game that force you to restart whatever you were doing in order to progress.
Overall, Sleeping Dogs is an enjoyable game even with its flaws because of its fun gameplay. This is M rated for a reason and contains violence and foul language
My score: 4 stars out of 5