The only GTA like game I've ever played is Red Dead, but it's easily one of the best games I've played this generation. I gave it a shot initially because I had never played anything western themed. I'm particularly put off by the idea of doing whatever in a GTA like game, but I've heard Sleeping Dogs is like a good kung fu movie. I might give this a shot, but I'm not ready for something that's going to last 40 or so hours. I'm looking for a nice 25 hour game. It's fine if its a bit shorter than that.
I might check this game out. How long is it?
When I saw the thread title, I thought that @golguin would be hoping for a long game rather than a short one, so I came in ready to say 'yeah, it is pretty short, but try it anyway, it's great.' If you're actually hoping for it to be on the short side, then absolutely go for it. I have 35 hours clocked up, which includes doing every single side activity I could find, lots of repeats of re-doable missions, quite a lot of aimless driving/sailing around and lots of benchmark/menu fiddling. You could knock 20 hours off that if you were to just plough ahead with the story.
I got the platinum for the game and my game clock was at ~32:00 hours. I fucked around a lot causing mayhem on the streets and did a few hours of grinding to get some of the achievements. Its definitely nowhere near as long as RRD. You can play that game forever, there's no random events in the environment and no compelling mini-games like poker.
Its just about the only open world game with a great storyline (aside from Mafia 2 and Red Dead (which could have been around 5 hours shorter if they cut out the mexico section)), and the combat mechanics are pretty awesome (if sometimes a bit twitchy). I split my time pretty much 50/50 between main storyline and side missions and clocked up 35 hours or so. Didn't finish everything mind. Plenty of content in there.
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