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Freeloader 08-17-2012 09:24 PM

GTA has been dethroned - Sleeping Dogs is the champ now
 
...and it's good enough that GTA V does not automatically guarantee that Rockstar will reclaim the crown. There are still some things GTA does better, but Sleeping Dogs is more refined overall.



If you haven't seen the game before, check that out.

In short - the game has you in the setting of Hong Kong. The action is brutal and the torture you will witness is intense. Voice acting is superb and has some name Hollywood people such as Lucy Liu, Emma Stone, Kelly Hu and couple others I am forgetting. Combat is refined to be just a couple of buttons, similar to how Batman: Arkham Asylum was, and doesn't feel nearly as clunky as GTA has been since GTA III like 10 years ago on the PS2.

The story is solid, and that's all I should say for those who may not want any spoilers. There are side missions, opportunities to partake in outside the main storyline activities like Karaoke at bars, jack cars, steal safes, etc. One element GTA has that is lacking here, is that they hired actual comedians to do some stand up in the clubs, and it was good material.

The major difference between the two games is plot vs characters. Rockstar games has really memorable characters. GTA IV was top notch (I can still remember almost every major player) and Red Dead also also stellar. Sleeping Dogs characters I do not believe (I can't say for sure) I will remember s well years from now, but that could be a cultural detatch as well, with harder to remember names possibly. The plot, however, seems more adult and plausible than GTA IV and previous versions was. So there is a tradeoff here one for one.

As much as I liked GTA IV and their superb cast, the one gripe I had with the game was the controls were still a bit stiff, and Niko felt extremely stiff while fighting people. That is not the case in this game, which features more hand to hand so far than gun combat. That and some missions were bullshit hard, sometimes due to bullshit mechanics rather than challenge. That to this point, is not an issue with Sleeping Dogs. My one issue, is some wonk camera action at times while driving around. Wtf is that?

If you really liked GTA series, you have no reason to pick this up. It is certainly more GTA than Saints Row if that was a concern for anyone.

Duplicitous Dub 08-17-2012 09:33 PM

Re: GTA has been dethroned - Sleeping Dogs is the champ now
 
I'll probably pick it up this weekend, looks like fun.

Renegade™ 08-17-2012 10:07 PM

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.

The Matt Reptar 08-17-2012 10:18 PM

Re: GTA has been dethroned - Sleeping Dogs is the champ now
 
Can you have Chinese voiceovers with English subtitles?

I don't really like idea of a bunch of Asians speaking perfect freaking English.

Sith Rollins 08-17-2012 10:21 PM

Re: GTA has been dethroned - Sleeping Dogs is the champ now
 
I dont think anything can dethrone GTA. Game looks great though, have seen vids and im contemplating getting it. Only issue is for a while now I haven't been getting new games. I just dont feel many games out there are worth 60 bucks. Last game I bought new was Max Payne 3 and the story and action and even multiplayer are all amazing.

cesaro_ROCKS 08-17-2012 10:29 PM

Re: GTA has been dethroned - Sleeping Dogs is the champ now
 
is this a game where you can get really lost in? Like Skyrim lost? I never felt the emergent urge to play GTA games like I did Skyrim. I would like to have that feeling again.

guru of wrestling 08-17-2012 10:47 PM

Re: GTA has been dethroned - Sleeping Dogs is the champ now
 
It looks awesome but id have to play it first before i can say that. I've been waiting for this game for ages now..

Near™ 08-17-2012 10:57 PM

Re: GTA has been dethroned - Sleeping Dogs is the champ now
 
The GTA Series has never been about the stories or anything fancy. It was complete and utter mayhem that was very easy to play. Yes, you had a game with objectives and a storyline, but I guarantee the majority of the time people were simply driving around and fucking shit up. The capability to 'free roam' and have a great time is invaluable.

Grand Theft Auto 3 was the first game that wasn't a racing game that properly utilized vehicles, and hell, they actually did it better than most racing games.

The replay factor of the series post GTA 3 makes it a gem and it is unique enough not to be categorized into any genre (expect 'MA').

Sephiroth 08-18-2012 12:45 AM

Re: GTA has been dethroned - Sleeping Dogs is the champ now
 
lol no

Xander45 08-18-2012 02:24 AM

Re: GTA has been dethroned - Sleeping Dogs is the champ now
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Sephiroth (Post 11905046)
lol no

Come on Sephiroth, you of all people should appreciate an over the top statement of a thread title.

Anyways, I'll be picking this up today. Loved the True Crime games, despite their many flaws, and this looks like a right laugh.


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