I picked it up from Redbox last week as I had a few days off of work. Spent Wed-Fri morning playing it and enjoyed it. I was able to beat the main story of the game. There were some side quests (drug busts) remaining but I returned it Friday night. Overall I'd say it was fun and worth the rental. Definitely not something I'd pay $60 for. It was kind of cool that there was more hand to hand combat than gunplay. Made it a little different than most games these days.
I'm awaiting a copy from Amazon I nabbed for $40 and I cannot wait to play it.
Going off the impressions on GAF, I am going to love it. It seems like people who really dig John Woo flicks and Hong Kong cinema really enjoy it, so I am expecting too as well.
Funny how I initially thought it would flop and was not impressed by footage but was eagerly awaiting Darksiders II. I left the country before I could buy Darksiders II but after being able to get on the internet here and seeing what people thought of both, I ordered Sleeping Dogs and figure I will wait a bit on Darksiders II until it gets a bit cheaper.
I picked this up 2-3 weeks ago when I price matched the 2/$60 deal that Toys R' Us was doing over at Best Buy. I picked up this game and Darksiders II with that deal. I also picked up Prototype 2 using one of the @Gamer coupons for $20.
So far I've finished Sleeping Dogs and Prototype 2. I'm trying to finish all three games and trade them back into BB before that 100% promo ends. If I can, then I stand to actually MAKE money over what I paid for all three. I already dumped SD back to them for $33 and change.
Anyway, my impressions of Sleeping Dogs.
It's like GTA meets Saint's Row meets Arkham Asylum/Arkham City.
The combat system reminds me of AA/AC with the ability to block incoming attacks from enemies behind or to the side of you. The ability to learn new moves is kind of a waste though imo, as I just found myself doing the same 1-2 combos over and over in this game. Those combos largely consist of just mashing square and occasionally hitting triangle to block/counter an incoming attack from a secondary enemy.
I upgraded my characters health a bunch by finding most of the health shrines. But that brings me to my 'bad' points' about the game.
Once the main storyline is done, all you're left with are drug busts and whatever collectibles(shrines, lockboxes, etc) that you haven't already collected in your travels.
That's one of my main pet peeves with games nowadays, in that many of them pad the gameplay with collectibles of all manners to try and add hours to the total time for full completion of the game.
But in most cases those extras don't add anything significant to the game at all.
In the case of Sleeping Dogs the only collectibles I found interesting were the lockboxes and the camera hacking. With the camera hacking you have four unique numbers you need to figure out for each camera to unlock them. You start out with 0123 and then move numbers around to the right spot or change them if none match. The lockboxes were interesting, in that you twisted the left stick on the controller like a dial on a safe in order to get them to open.
Overall the game is fun, but definitely not worth $60.
I've also already finished Prototype 2 so that's likely going to BB for $18-19 and change and becomes a cheap rental. Then I just have to blow through the rest of Darksiders II before the 100% promo ends at BB and trade that back for $42, which is actually $10 more than I paid. So in the end, they're paying me $10 to have played three games completely.
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He lives near me. A couple years ago, he bought five copies of a game on clearance at target closest to me. Bragged about it here then soon found out the trade value wasn't worth a 'flip'. When I called him on it for being a scumbag for buying out the stock, he PM'ed me and told me he would now purposely return them to a target far away from me so I can't get a copy for myself.
My thoughts are similar to what everyone else has said.
It was a fun game, but not worth the $60 because it was so short. Aside from the main missions, the races and drug busts are pretty repetitive. Then you can find lockboxes, healthshrines, and statues if you're interested in 100% completion.
Got my copy in the mail today and am anxious to start playing, but I have to finish this 12-hour shift first.
And then, I don't have much time to play tomorrow morning before getting to sleep. Hopefully I have a day off sometime next week and can sink some time into it, but then again, I need to play Tekken Tag 2 some more after putting 12 hours into it last Thursday on my day off.
I am a bit bummed out that Amazon has it for $40 new right now and that is what I paid for my used copy last Monday that was fulfilled by them. My used copy has some dumb Walmart-exclusive preorder bonus advertisement that is printed right on the game's outside sleeve.
Oh well though. I'm not going to send it back over that. Then again though, I do have to return a game to them anyway. My copy of Binary Domain for $25 from Warehouse Deals got here with a Fight Night Champion disc in the BD case. I think returning Sleeping Dogs for a copy without that Walmart ad on it is too much for me to do, even with me being as crazy as I am about how my games look.
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