I was born in Hong Kong, and when Sleeping Dogs was first announced, I was pumped... GTA in my hometown? Fuck yeah! It's been a dream come true for me and a lot of my friends who spent endless hours playing GTA.
Now the trailers are out, and after watching the recent lengthy gameplay footage, i can't but feel disappointed. I don't really mind the janky animations, it''s just that it feels and looks nothing like Hong Kong. I understand there are technical limitations and gameplay reasons why crowds are largely left out, but the city look like a poor impression for a generic Oriental metropolis.
Then there's the really really bad cantonese voice acting. It's like Heavy Rain voice acting in my mother tongue, with the weird ABC accent to it. It's unnatural and weird as fuck. The lady even phrases stuff in an awkward way, like it's english dialogue translated word-for-word.
You probably don't live in HK. I don't live in NY or anything so I'm not sure how poorly GTA 4 nailed the city's feel. I thought GTA 4 was amazing, being someone who never been there. So how do you actually think of the city's feel? Has any game ever been set in your hometown, or any city you are familiar with? Have games EVER got it right?