Sleeping Dogs: Video Preview

by on July 30, 2012

In August of 2011, Square Enix published Deus Ex: Human Revolution to much acclaim. It looks as though they’ve done it again in August 2012 with Sleeping Dogs, which looks like it has the potential to be one of the sleeper hits of the year.

Here at GodisaGeek we decided that sometimes showing can be better than telling, so we’re bringing you two videos that show off the gameplay from Sleeping Dogs, as it is a title that definitely benefits from being seen.

There are no spoilers in this first video, we’re merely showing you the combat (which is wonderfully reminiscent of the recent Rocksteady Batman games, and yes, we were surprised too) and one of the early missions in the game. What we’ve deliberately not shown you here (though I talk about it in the video without spoiling) is the levelling up mechanics. There are no less than 3 seperate elements to level up, but despite the very beginning cut-scene explaining two of these elements, we just didn’t want to spoil it in video form. You can however, read about it in Lee’s preview.

There’s plenty to see and do, with lots of interactive objects and people in the game world, but in this video we’re focussing purely on combat before showing you the “Night Market Chase” mission, which tasks main character Wei with chasing down someone who’s decided that the rival gang is better, so he needs teaching a lesson.

In this second video, we’re showing you a later game mission, but it’s a mission that contains a lot of different facets of gameplay. We’ve trimmed the cut-scenes that bookend this mission, because they are spoilerific, but we had to show you this mission, as it’s bloody ace.

Starting off with a simple mini-game that tasks you with finding someone by triangulating their location on your phone, you chase them down and beat up their thugs. Then the fun with guns starts. You can see the vault disarm move (jumping over cover to disarm an armed assailant), the cover system, melee weapons and then we move into the end-game of this particular mission; vehicular combat.

As you chase down the enemy on a motorbike you can enter slow-motion to take down the people trying to fend you off, before finally catching up and…actually, we’ll let you see the last bit for yourself, it’s that cool.

After you’ve enjoyed the video, check out our interview with Dan Sochan, producer at United Front Games.

Sleeping Dogs is released August 14 in North America and August 17 in Europe, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.