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4.0 out of 5 stars Fool! Kung Fu is for anyone, but not everyone!, August 16, 2012
This review is from: Sleeping Dogs [Download] (Software Download)
The game's combat system is predominately third person melee. You can melee whenever and wherever you want, but gun play is reserved for scripted scenes in the main story and a few quests. So if you were looking for a shooting open-world game then this game may not be for you.

- suspenseful and action packed story

- you can hijack any car while driving, but not every car!

- excellent voice acting, main character's voice is convincing

- has an in-game benchmark test, all PC games should have this

- slow motion shooting is very fun, and guns feel genuinely lethal compared to melee combat

- melee combat looks slick, and handles smoothly most of the time.

- You can Karaoke! Anyone can karaoke, but not everyone should!

- beautiful setting with good graphics, set on the highest settings; never settle for less settings

- Racing! Surprisingly deep, as there are many basic features that a normal racing game would have.

- large selection of music

- leaderboards for many actions, but not every action!

- each upgrade/level for your character feels significant

- no cooperative play for anyone, and everyone!

- mouse and keyboard issues, the mouse is disabled in odd places like the upgrade screen or map

- key-binding options are incomplete because some actions cannot be rebound, for example, the cellphone and change radio actions are fixed to the arrow keys

- shooting feels unnatural, as your mouse becomes slower/stiffer when you zoom in

- rebinding keys is cumbersome

- when driving normally the mouse accelerates very fast. It took me a minute to realize the camera auto corrects itself when driving, so you SHOULD NOT MOVE THE MOUSE while driving. This lets you put your right hand on the arrow keys to change to your favorite radio station or use your cellphone while driving

- when you start the game at the main menu, the default selection is to new game rather than continue game

- have to create an account at the official website to use leaderboards against other players that are not on your friends list

- you are kind of forced to explore and level up or the game becomes difficult. I am all for exploring, but this is an open-world game, some people (not me) may loath being forced to explore and do filler side quests they may not like. Maybe they do not want any filler, but every story experience instead!

- side quests are repetitive gameplay wise, but story context for each side quest alleviates this repetitiveness somewhat.

----still reading? comments----

First off, each car has a unique sound and handles differently, which is surprising because you would expect this in a racing game rather than an open world game. There is also good selection of unlicensed cars to choose from, around 30 - 40 cars that you can buy and probably 60 cars overall, if you include cars you can steal in the world. Keep in mind that racing games usually have 20 - 100 cars, so it is fairly impressive that a non-racing game would have so many cars. You cannot permanently keep cars you steal; only temporary obtain some vehicles through stealing: for example, if you wanted a police car, you would have to steal one every time it was destroyed or disappeared. Oh yeah, you can only customize your car's appearance by picking color schemes. The 18 tracks you race on are never the same.

When I play a PC game usually rebind all the keys to match normal typing position, so my left hand fingers naturally rests on the a, s, d, and f keys. I then use the e, s, d, and f keys for movement, and the a key for reload instead of the r key, which is the default in many shooter games. This is useful because you get access to more keys than when you are using the default w, a, s, d layout. Additionally, if you have to chat by typing then you do not have to shift your fingers from wasd to normal typing position. Anyways, why does it matter what keys I rebind to? Well, because they do no rebind accordingly in-game. There are many mini-games where you use up, down, left, and right, but instead of using what I choose to rebind my up(e key), down(d key), left(s key), and right(f key) keys to, it will use w, a, s, and d or the arrow keys instead.

Rebinding is cumbersome, compared to how it is normally handled in other PC games. I do not really know how to explain this clearly so I will just give an example.

move down = s key
move right = d key

Say you want to rebind move down (the s key) to the d key, the game will not let you, since d is already used for another action (move right). You would have to rebind the action used for d (move right) to another key that is not associated with an action first, say to the k key, before you could rebind d to move down. Normally, in other PC games, it would just rebind move down to d, and clear move right so no key was associated with it and wait for the player to rebind it as shown below.

move down = d
move right = wait for player to rebind to another key


Hardware used to play game:
- CPU = AMD phenom II X4 965, 3.4 Ghz
- graphics card = AMD Radeon HD 6870
- RAM = 5 GB
- Operating System = Windows 7 64-bit
- hard disk drive(HDD) = HD400LJ, 400GB, 7200 RPM, 8MB Cache, SATA 3.0Gb/s

I was able to set all graphic options to max at 1080p, except anti-aliasing, which was set to high. Using the in-game benchmark I got the following frames per second (fps) = 38 average, 25 minimum, 51 max

Although it seems like I have more bad than good comments, many of the bad comments are really just small personal nuances. In all honesty, the PC port was good enough. The real reason you want to buy this game is to experience the almost cinematic storyline as well as relieve any urges to melee ANYTHING, but not EVERYTHING! The game is about 15 - 30 hours, depending on how many of the extras you decide to do, and maybe even longer if you feel like competing against the world on the leaderboards. Sleeping Dogs has many gaming elements like: racing, shooting, fighting, gambling, adult storyline, parkour, adventure, RPG leveling, and MMO questing. Some people may list the many games that does one or more of these game elements better than Sleeping Dogs. To that I say, Fool! Kung fu is for anyone, but not everyone!

In any case, if you are the type of player who has to complete and collect everything then this game is for you. If you just want to experience the story, maybe you should rent it or wait for the price to drop. For sure, anything less than $30 is a steal (cocks eye). . . but not everything.

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Showing 1-10 of 12 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Aug 16, 2012 7:03:05 AM PDT
xiao_haozi says:
360 controller plugged into your PC will solve all your issues :)
I've been playing this way and really haven't encountered any input frustrations.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2012 6:14:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2012 10:32:50 AM PDT
David Ly says:
Thanks for the tip. Although, I know what you mean, I just want to clarify for people who may read this: the normal 360 controller will not work on PC, you have to buy a PC specific 360 controller.

I am not really frustrated by how input is handled, it is just a little annoying. Plus this is on PC, so I am just pointing out what other PC users should expect when buying the game.

By "normal 360 controller" I was referring to wireless 360 controller plugged into a PC using the usb charger.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2012 9:14:44 PM PDT
actually you would just need to install a program called motion joy and you can use ps3 or xbox360 controller on your pc. :D

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 12:57:14 PM PDT
David Ly says:
looks promising, I'll try it out

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2012 6:30:39 AM PDT
you dont need a program to use a 360 controller

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2012 10:31:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2012 10:33:40 AM PDT
David Ly says:
Thanks Elite Bushido, you made me realize I was not clear in my earlier post. I was in a rush and I did not think out my response to xiao_haozi. When I bought my Xbox 360 it came with a wireless 360 controller. When I responded to xiao_haozi, "normal 360 controller", was referring to the wireless 360 controller. If you try to plug the usb charger for your wireless 360 controller into the PC it will not work. You need to buy a separate receiver to use your wireless 360 controller for it to work on Windows. However, If you have a wired 360 controller it should download and update automatically for Windows and work.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 4:18:47 AM PDT
You need a faster cpu to up those minimums frames. Although this game is quite playable at 30fps because it doesn't require much precision.

The only trouble you may run into is rampaging, because if you don't have solid 60fps +, the police officers will rip you apart.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2012 5:57:15 PM PDT
David Ly says:
I definitely lower my settings, if I have to, to get 60 fps minimum for twitch based games like first-person shooters and fighting games. But as you said, this game is playable at 30 fps.

I always get ripped apart by the HK police officers if I rampage for too long. I usually have to drive away after 5 minutes or so.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2012 3:27:54 PM PDT
Mike says:
Wireless 360 adapters are dirt cheap on the bay (I have 3). All you have to do is throw away the crud Chinese driver disc, download the drivers from official site, browse for drivers, select Microsoft and scroll to the bottom to select the wireless adapter. Works to perfection.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 7:17:26 AM PST
I wish everyone reviewed as well as you have. Including your systems specs really helped because I can compare what I have and say "oh I can run this almost on full too." Seriously great review.
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