Re: GTA has been dethroned - Sleeping Dogs is the champ now
While it's a good game, it's not as good as GTA. Sure it's good with fighting hand to hand, but the counter system is flawed, if you mis time your counter then he gets stuck and is left open to strikes from opponents, which is extremely annoying. The driving feels worse than GTA did, especially when turning corners and using the handbrake. Also the streets of Hong Kong feel a little empty compared to the GTA games, not as many NPC's walking around and the lack of traffic at points is disappointing too.
It's still a fun game tho, but apparently the story line is quite short, about 1/3 long as GTA, which is a huge disappointment.
Still has plenty of positives tho, got some good voice actors altho the characters and animation aren't memorable, solid soundtrack for the in game radio, it's a large city and there's plenty of customization options for clothing, vehicles etc. And there's lots of side missions to do which helps.
Good game, but I'd still rate GTA higher. Personally feel like GTA V will blow this one away in comparison.