Conclusion: This is by far the best of all the DLC packs. Mixing in elements of fighting, shooting, and chases, Year of the Snake adds in just about everything you would normally see in the story potion of the game. With dedicated side missions, this DLC pack feels like an extra chapter in the world of Sleeping Dogs . Combining that with the fact that this DLC pack utilizes most of the map, there is plenty to do for the player.
Excerpt: Sleeping Dogs is full of crowded and dirty streets, with people selling all sorts of things (including their bodies). Playing as an undercover cop you infiltrate deeply into the Sun On Yee Triad organization, struggling to get as close as possible to the criminals who contributed to the death of your sister, while trying at [...
High-adrenaline adventure packed with blood, sex, and drugs.
Common Sense Media
12 September 2012
Summary: Parents need to know Sleeping Dogs is an extremely violent, gory, and bloody game -- including the ability to kill enemies (even unarmed ones) in a number of gruesome ways. There is also a lot of profanity, sexual innuendo, and imagery tied to consuming drugs and alcohol. Parents need to take heed of the "Mature" rating for this content that's inappropriate for young eyes and ears. Unlike Grand Theft Auto games, however, you cannot kill innocent pedestrians.
Excerpt: There is a poetry to the violence of Hong Kong cinema. The dance of bullets made famous by John Woo and Chow-Yun Fat – two fists gripping pistols, ricocheting bullets flying off walls, a blur of doves launching into flight from hidden nests – are not an unfamiliar sight to savvy moviegoers. And in turn, the brutality of Hong Kong cinema has heavily influenced video games, whether by itself or through such diluted fare as The Matrix trilogy.
Pros: Detailed, believable Hong Kong; amazing atmosphere and mood that is held throughout the game; pretty entertaining (and predictable) storytelling; mostly excellent voice acting; lengthy story (for an action game); excellent combat mechanics, coupled with some great ideas that aren't used enough; driving mechanics are perhaps the most solid aspect of the general gameplay
Cons: Some of the big-name voice actors seem largely superfluous; way too many crashes, glitches and bugs throughout
Excerpt: What does it take to survive as an undercover cop who infiltrates one of Hong Kong's most ruthless criminal organizations? If Sleeping Dogs is any indication, it takes martial arts prowess, good marksmanship, driving skill, a reckless willingness to leap from one speeding vehicle to another, and the confidence to sing karaoke.
Pros: Savage melee combat, Alluring atmosphere, Fun driving and gunplay, Varied missions, Numerous collectibles to hunt down and other enjoyable diversions
Cons: Unattractive character models and environmental textures
Summary: Sleeping Dogs is definitely one of the biggest sleeper hits of 2012. There’s no doubt about it. Leading up to the game’s release Sleeping Dogs appeared to be another generic open-world GTA clone, but it’s clear from the opening cutscene that Sleeping Dogs has an interesting story to tell. If you let the game get its hooks into you, you’ll find an enjoyable open-world action game that’s definitely worth your time.
Excerpt: If not for Square Enix, Sleeping Dogs could have very well been one of those games that would have slept eternally. Originally the third game in the True Crime series, publisher Activision decided to throw it on the scrapheap, citing that the game didn’t do enough to compete with similar games. It was fortunate that it was saved from an undeserved death by Square Enix, then.
Excerpt: Originally planned to be True Crime: Hong Kong, Sleeping Dogs (SD) went through a change in publishers from Eidos to Square-Enix and with that came a change from the title being True Crime: Hong Kong to what it is now. Ultimately, the change in name is largely a good thing since it isn’t like the True Crime one was among the most heralded in gaming, and the game as a whole feels like a spiritual successor to that series only with actual bug testing that ensures a fun...