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Hands-on preview of Square Enix’s new action game Sleeping Dogs


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Last week I got to spend a few hours with Square Enix playing their forthcoming game Sleeping Dogs – and it is cool!


Sleeping Dogs is a gritty and visceral openworld cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong.

Developed by United Front Games in collaboration with the renowned Square Enix London Studios.

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Sleeping Dogs catapults players into the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, tasked with taking down one of the world’s most fearsome criminal organisations from the inside… the Hong Kong Triads. As players explore the bustling and crowded Hong Kong island, through its neon-lit side streets and sprawling street markets, an incredible story unfolds of loyalty and betrayal, where Wei begins to question his own motives as he is sucked in deeper than he could ever imagine.

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Offering players an island packed with action, every street corner, market stall, harbour dock or city skyscraper can become an opportunity for intense shoot-outs, adrenaline-fuelled street races and intense, brutal martial arts combat. Featuring one of the most intuitive and imaginative combat systems, Sleeping Dogs empowers players to perform an extensive set of martial arts moves, singlehandedly taking on numerous opponents. Players perform bone-crunching kicks and combos, vicious counters and a cinematic set of environmental takedowns making use of countless real-world items from circular saws to phone booths, incinerators to refrigerator doors.

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During the few hours of game play, I played the first few levels and a few of the levels mid way through the game.

The game starts off with a Wei Shen doing a deal and getting arrested, that’s when you find out he is an undercover cop, and the action pretty much starts there!

Tasks in the game include colleting protection money, fighting various people, shoot-outs, car chases, and much more. I don’t want to give too much away (and I am sworn to secrecy anyway) but the game really makes use of the openworld feature. I liked that the game I was playing was different to the game being played either side of me. I chose to steal a car and drive around until I found something I wanted to do, whereas you could do pretty much anything within the confines of the game.

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The graphics, music and gameplay were excellent – I really found myself immersed in the game, and be warned, there are some pretty graphic scenes – I even found myself wincing at one point – but I wont say what it was, I will let you find out for yourself.

You can use objects as weapons, for example, in one scene I was fighting a few guys, and I picked one up, put him under a suspended engine and dropped it on him. Not a pleasant way to go!

[toggle title_open=”Spoiler Alert” title_closed=”Spoiler Alert” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”]There is even a scene at a wedding that turns into a complete blood bath with both the bride and groom getting killed![/toggle]

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During the game I recognised a few famous actors and actresses who have leant their voices to the game. These included Tom Wilkinson, Lucy Liu, Edison Chen, Emma Stone, Will Yun Lee, Robin Shou, Terence Yin, Ron Yuan, Irene Tsu, James Lew and Parry Shen.

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Sleeping Dogs will be available in August for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PCs. and I can’t wait to continue from where I left off!

For more information about Sleeping Dogs, visit

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


      • Considering some of the missions are for the bride to be in question that’s a fairly major spolier and from someone who’s followed the game’s development from day 1, it is definitely “not” common knowledge! The games story is suppose to be one of its strengths, please don’t spoil it for anyone else!


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