Hard-boiled gunplay with Sleeping Dogs

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There’s no point in denying that Sleeping dogs from United Front Games and publisher Square Enix follows the formula laid down by Grand Theft Auto; you’ll execute missions within an open world, with fun little diversions to keep you entertained between missions. If there’s one thing that Grand Theft auto’s never managed to get right, it’s the combat; both gunplay and hand-to-hand combat have been merely passable. That’s one thing that differentiates Sleeping Dogs from the game from which it draws much of its inspiration.

Here to show that is a new trailer called “Hard-boiled gunplay” in a nod to the Hong Kong Action cinema the game takes influence from. It’ll give you a glimpse of the game’s cover system, destructible environments, slow motion shooting action and high speed shootouts. "Brutal ballistic battles are punctuated with all manner of Gun Fu,” says Square Enix. Kickass, says Geoff.

Sleeping Dogs is out on PC, Ps3 and Xbox 360 on August 17.

Last Updated: July 30, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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