Was anyone expecting this?

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#1 Posted by chilipeppersman (1165 posts) -

So, Sleeping Dogs? what a great fucking game! Am I the only one who was surprised by how good it is? I mean, it kinda came out of nowhere, and turned out to be very good quality, especially the PC version. Now that aside, the game has not been selling well. No one has been able to get sales numbers for PC, because it is digital only. On consoles, the game didnt even reach 200,00 sales. How is the PC community for this game? Are there a lot of you out there who got it for PC?

Holler back if you got it on PC, and if you got it on the consoles, let me know what you thought too. I rented it on redbox for my xbox the other day and it seemed to retain the fun and fidelity of the game compared to the PC version.

#2 Posted by hbkdx12 (779 posts) -

Not having played it, i'm not surprised it hasn't sold very well. 
 
Although i intend to pick this up alongside/after Borderlands 2, this has 'Binary Domain' written all over it, in that it looks extremely generic but in fact that game is a blast but it's generic look hampers it in terms of it's appeal to people who aren't video game enthusiast that do their homework on games and do research and things like that.

#3 Posted by VierasTalo (782 posts) -

It isn't digital only on the PC, they have it all over the stores here.

It's also a good game, but as said above, I'm not shocked it didn't sell well. I mean it's a True Crime-game without the pre-existing IP. Most people who knew of it's past had little reason to look forward to it and those who had no idea what it was probably opted to buy something like Darksiders II or so instead.

#4 Edited by Peanut (954 posts) -

I'm with you in that I was totally caught off guard by how awesome it is. The hand to hand combat is fucking great and the shooting is super satisfying once you realize using cover is the worst possible thing you could ever do. I was also surprisingly engaged by Wei and the story in general. I really didn't want it to end, but I was super satisfied when it did. I wanted to stay in that world so much that I ended up S-Ranking it just because I wanted to keep playing. I bought it on 360, but I bought it super late in the month and it was only one of those "Well, I guess" purchases that I figured I'd waste a few hours on before shelving.

They did a really horrible job of showing off what's so fun about it and how it feels different than your typical open world crime game. As said, it totally gives off a Binary Domain feel in that it looks so incredibly generic that it's immediately over looked, but anyone who puts time into it finds there really is something special there.

#5 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

I just beat it, god damn it is a great game. But I understand why it didn't sell, before any reviews popped up this game was not even on my radar. I think I ended up buying it because I had a great deal of money at the time and was in a buying mood, I'm glad I did as it turned out to be one of the best games this year. (So far.)

#6 Posted by Zaccheus (1793 posts) -

I had hopes for it, but it certainly turned out better than I expected. The cancelation and True Crime connotations kind of hurt it more than anything. All the gameplay they showed of it after the publisher switch was great.

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#7 Edited by Marmalade (192 posts) -

After sitting at the logo splash screen for 10 minutes waiting for the main menu to come up, I really enjoy the hour or two I get to play of the game before it crashes. Also this is the first game I tested my new video card with and experiencing such a beautiful world at 60fps after chugging along on a three year old video card is absolutely phenomenal to me. I just wish they'd release a patch to fix these issues as, according to Google, I'm not the only one having them.

#8 Posted by bybeach (4831 posts) -

I'm older and my reflexes arn't so great. Tired of that kung fu master constantly berating my ass till things work out. That and saving, having a lot of trouble w/that unless I go back to the APT. and sleep. Everytime I have tried to save it seems to ignore it, something as usual like the fighting I am not getting

And I luv this game. Good looking keeps you going different things to do so on so forth....Sleeeping Dogs is a worthwhile videogame!

#9 Posted by fetchfox (1268 posts) -

@PSNgamesun said:

awesome game, I really like that they mixed the Japanese language with English kinda like Binary Domain just makes it sound more authentic.

You mean chinese.

Finished the game on PC, beautiful with a good rig. I was really surprised by its quality, though I wish there were more story to it or ways to completely shift and become a true gangster.

#10 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@PSNgamesun said:

awesome game, I really like that they mixed the Japanese language with English kinda like Binary Domain just makes it sound more authentic.

C'mon, buddy.

#11 Posted by Nettacki (1317 posts) -

Bought it on PC over Darksiders 2, and had a blast! Truly a great game worth my $50.
 
I get the feeling it sold a lot on PC, because it's been on the Top ten of the Top Sellers list on Steam for a while before going down to the top 20. Also, it's apparently a consistent chart-topper in the UK, so it's still a success.

#12 Posted by ninnanuam (281 posts) -

I Just S ranked it on 360...and I generally don't go out of my way to S rank.

I bought it the same day i bought Darksiders 2. This is a better game by far. It might even be the best game ive played all year.

#13 Posted by nomorehalfmeasuresdoctor (143 posts) -

I bought it on steam but I've only played 2 hours of it. Is it really that good? Does the story become really good? I mean the combat while fun is only serviceable as it doesn't go above and beyond to become anything special well right now at least.

#14 Posted by AlisterCat (5568 posts) -

@nomorehalfmeasures: You unlock a lot more moves from finding the statues that make the combat much more fun. until then you're just kind of throwing some punches. I was enjoying it even then though, so might not be for you. The story does get better as the game goes on. Lacks the pacing of a GTA game though.

#15 Posted by _Chad (962 posts) -

As of right now it's probably my favorite game this year.

#16 Posted by Laneyy (41 posts) -

I got it for the PC and I'm about four hours in and I'm loving it!

Build a new computer this week and it looks amazing on my PC. Great game.

#17 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

@PSNgamesun said:

awesome game, I really like that they mixed the Japanese language with English kinda like Binary Domain just makes it sound more authentic.

C'mon, buddy.

Are you saying that your average non-Chinese non-Japanese person is supposed to tell those two languages apart? You do realize that to the unfamiliar ear they sound basically the same right? :P

#18 Edited by fetchfox (1268 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic: I was gonna say something clever and correct you, but then I've studied Japanese and watched asian cinema since my teens, so anything I'd try to say would be (unintentionally) biased... damn. Though, they are very distinctly different. For me it's like saying that German and English sound the same.

#19 Posted by Athadam (692 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

@Ravenlight said:

@PSNgamesun said:

awesome game, I really like that they mixed the Japanese language with English kinda like Binary Domain just makes it sound more authentic.

C'mon, buddy.

Are you saying that your average non-Chinese non-Japanese person is supposed to tell those two languages apart? You do realize that to the unfamiliar ear they sound basically the same right? :P

Sure - someone can mistake Cantonese for Japanese that's fine. But there's somewhat of a problem if you think that Hong Kong is actually in Japan.

#20 Posted by felakuti4life (145 posts) -

I enjoyed Sleeping Dogs more than Darksiders 2 and Borderlands 2, which is the exact opposite of how I thought it was going to go.

#21 Posted by CaptainCody (1505 posts) -

Game of the year contender in my opinion. If GTA4 was worthy of scoring 10/10s and I think Sleeping Dogs takes a massive shit on it then I believe that says something about both games.

#22 Posted by Veektarius (4836 posts) -

Between Sleeping Dogs and Saint's Row 3 (Sleeping Dogs being the better of the two), I finally picked up GTA 4 when it went on a Steam Sale for $5. I realize that game came first, but it is seriously frustrating to play beside those two.

#23 Posted by Rafaelfc (1348 posts) -

@Veektarius said:

Between Sleeping Dogs and Saint's Row 3 (Sleeping Dogs being the better of the two), I finally picked up GTA 4 when it went on a Steam Sale for $5. I realize that game came first, but it is seriously frustrating to play beside those two.

I have GTA IV since forever in my pile of shame, and I seriously can't go back to it at all, it just plays like shit compared to newer games and the checkpointing is atrocious.

On another note, Sleeping Dogs totally creeped up on me, I decided to check it out for the unusual setting, and it became one of my favorite games this year. The final 3 missions specifically have some awesome moments, really well done.

I S ranked this game and had a blast doing it.

#24 Posted by Zaccheus (1793 posts) -

@Rafaelfc said:

I have GTA IV since forever in my pile of shame, and I seriously can't go back to it at all, it just plays like shit compared to newer games and the checkpointing is atrocious.

I'm in the same boat. I was late to the party and GTA IV is just unplayable now. Movement is shitty, shooting is awful and like you mentioned checkpoints are atrocious. It's a shame really, but that game has aged really badly really fast. On topic: Sleeping Dogs is still great.

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#25 Posted by Ace20A (25 posts) -

One word: AWESOME!!!!!

#26 Posted by Zekhariah (697 posts) -

There were a lot of surprised but enthusiastic podcasts out when sleeping dogs was released. I had presumed it would do well, as it launched against very little competition and nothing even remotely similar (unless competitive games launching at the same time builds excitement and gets everyone higher sales?).

#27 Posted by Morrow (1829 posts) -

I plan to pick this up as soon as I cleared my backlog a little (if that's ever gonna happen), it's pretty cheap on amazon.co.uk compared to the german store.

But I'm not surprised it turned out to be a little niché since the setting isn't really what you consider mainstream. Although games like GTA are rather popular...

#28 Posted by MiniPato (2741 posts) -

This game knows how to pick the perfect songs for the perfect moments. And the thing is, it's music playing on the radio. The final drive during the final mission was one of those Red Dead Redemption moments.

#29 Posted by Ace20A (25 posts) -

@Morrow: What would be considered "mainstream" then?

#30 Posted by project343 (2825 posts) -

@VierasTalo: True Crime games always came off as... 'cheap' to me. Sleeping Dogs, however, does not. I don't know. Might just be me.

#31 Posted by VierasTalo (782 posts) -

@project343 said:

@VierasTalo: True Crime games always came off as... 'cheap' to me. Sleeping Dogs, however, does not. I don't know. Might just be me.

Well, yeah. I mean the first game had a great cast of voice actors, but half the gameplay elements were bordering on being unfinished. SD doesn't have any of that, it feels like a finished game. The years have made it a bit easier to combine a wide variety of these mechanics into a simple game, a skill games like the first True Crime helped train towards perfection, while remaining imperfect themselves.

#32 Posted by Morrow (1829 posts) -

@Ace20A said:

@Morrow: What would be considered "mainstream" then?

GTA. Which is like american sleeping dogs. Or sleeping dogs is chinese GTA, depending on your perspective. That being said, I played neither of them :D

#33 Posted by RollingZeppelin (1975 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

@Ravenlight said:

@PSNgamesun said:

awesome game, I really like that they mixed the Japanese language with English kinda like Binary Domain just makes it sound more authentic.

C'mon, buddy.

Are you saying that your average non-Chinese non-Japanese person is supposed to tell those two languages apart? You do realize that to the unfamiliar ear they sound basically the same right? :P

I think it's more of the fact that the game is in Hong Kong, which is a well known Chinese city.

#34 Posted by General_Boredom (24 posts) -

I loved it, already one of my favorite games this year. Shame it hasn't sold well though, if I had a PC that could do it justice, I'd gladly buy it again.

#35 Posted by Capum15 (4901 posts) -

I haven't played it too much yet, only a few missions in (PC version, from Steam during their 50% weekend deal), but I have to say I'm liking it a whole lot.

#36 Posted by FourWude (2261 posts) -

Man who no play Sleeping Dogs, is not a whole man.

#37 Posted by Ace20A (25 posts) -

@Morrow: Of course, it HAS TO be GTA!

Anyway, I've played both GTA(IV to be precised) and Sleeping Dogs. And imo, they're two different games.

#38 Posted by Mars_Cleric (1594 posts) -

I loved it, here's hoping they get some recognition and success for it

#39 Posted by Terramagi (1159 posts) -

The only thing I really expected of it - and still do - is for Rockstar to make a really shitty rip on the game's name in GTA5.

Probably a dog euthanasia clinic, given the other "competition tombstones" they've made since GTA3.

#40 Posted by kagato (920 posts) -

I bought it at the weekend since Steam had it on offer, what a fantastic game! I kinda knew it would be with it being discussed in length on the bombcast but i was blown away with just how unique it is, sure it has typical open world controls, but the setting really makes it stand out and it looks gorgous with the high res textures! I bought it on PC because it was cheaper but i was planning on getting it on that platform anyway, console games are not looking anywhere near as good recently.

#41 Posted by kagato (920 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

@Ravenlight said:

@PSNgamesun said:

awesome game, I really like that they mixed the Japanese language with English kinda like Binary Domain just makes it sound more authentic.

C'mon, buddy.

Are you saying that your average non-Chinese non-Japanese person is supposed to tell those two languages apart? You do realize that to the unfamiliar ear they sound basically the same right? :P

id say the average person can totally tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese, they sound completely different...hands up that i do play a lot of japanese games and watch a lot of anime but its like comparing German and French.

#42 Posted by ThatPrimeGuy (142 posts) -

Was interested in it just because its a free roam game NOT set in Generic New York City #3241, its blown me away so far. I feel the combat could have used a little more polish but that might just be me comparing it to Arkham City's perfection of the system.

One thing that amazes me (and I hope I'm not the only one who feels this way ) is how the city has a....giant feel to it. It actually feels like a city, not some island with set pieces around it where you can tell they wanted to do X mission (saints row 2s stillwater comes to mind.) This game just feels like a neon lit concrete wonderland and I just love it so much. I've been waiting for a GTA game to give me that feel and I don't think it'll ever happen.

Also my god, this game is absolutely stunning when its raining...just...christ, I love it.

#43 Posted by Morrow (1829 posts) -

@FourWude said:

Man who no play Sleeping Dogs, is not a whole man.

What about a woman?

#44 Posted by PSNgamesun (408 posts) -

FUCK!!!!!!!!!!! my moe stake

#45 Posted by Spaceyoghurt (162 posts) -

Nope, did not expect it. If it weren't for Vinnys enthusiasm in the Quick Looks I would probably have skipped it. Picked it up two days ago, and couldn't put down the controller. Finished it just a couple of hours ago, and it's without a doubt the best game experience I've had this year. Really hoping it gets a sequal. If the coming blockbusters don't deliver, Sleeping Dogs will be my game of the year. So much ridiculous fun.

#46 Edited by OneManX (1693 posts) -

This game is on my Game of the Year list... I just finished it last night, WOW! WOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!! I hope, I really do hope we see a Sleeping Dogs 2 or some more Sleeping Dogs DLC (that takes place after the game's story or another side-story) One of the few open world games, where I did side missions and I went out and bought outfits and cars. The voice acting, at least with the main cast, is top notch. Sad that some of the side stuff never really panned out, like the girlfriend stuff but for a game that had the potential to be a complete mess they pulled out a truly great game.

#47 Posted by mak_wikus (524 posts) -

@kagato said:

@AhmadMetallic said:

@Ravenlight said:

@PSNgamesun said:

awesome game, I really like that they mixed the Japanese language with English kinda like Binary Domain just makes it sound more authentic.

C'mon, buddy.

Are you saying that your average non-Chinese non-Japanese person is supposed to tell those two languages apart? You do realize that to the unfamiliar ear they sound basically the same right? :P

id say the average person can totally tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese, they sound completely different...hands up that i do play a lot of japanese games and watch a lot of anime but its like comparing German and French.

The game takes place in HONG KONG. And, if we want to be picky, it's Cantonese.

On topic: I absolutely love the game, but the fact that S-rank is unachievable after latest patch kinda ruined the fun.

#48 Posted by ajamafalous (11994 posts) -
@mak_wikus said:

On topic: I absolutely love the game, but the fact that S-rank is unachievable after latest patch kinda ruined the fun.

What'd they do? (And no spoilers please :))
 
 
Anyway, I think I'm a little over halfway through the game judging by my number of completed missions on the stats screen, and I've done every side mission/event up to this point. I love nearly everything about this game. I'm trying to think back on the games I've played this year and I'm drawing a blank for the beginning of the year, but this is definitely the best game I've played in the last ~six months. I can't wait to find time to finish it.
#49 Edited by mak_wikus (524 posts) -

@ajamafalous said:

@mak_wikus said:

On topic: I absolutely love the game, but the fact that S-rank is unachievable after latest patch kinda ruined the fun.

What'd they do? (And no spoilers please :))


Anyway, I think I'm a little over halfway through the game judging by my number of completed missions on the stats screen, and I've done every side mission/event up to this point. I love nearly everything about this game. I'm trying to think back on the games I've played this year and I'm drawing a blank for the beginning of the year, but this is definitely the best game I've played in the last ~six months. I can't wait to find time to finish it.

They accidentally added 5 "debug missions" or something like that, which bumped Missions counter in the game's stats from 30 to 35. People say those debug missions were available and "somewhat playable" for a short period of time before a hotfix was released. United Front Games removed the missions, but the number 30/35 stayed. So now, after doing everything, the game says that my story progress is 85%, and the Completionist stat in Social Hub is stuck at 96,65%. So now I'm locked out from getting two achievements(Chief Inspector - 100% the game, and Gold Rush - 30 gold stats).

Apparently, it only affected people that were mid-story(like me). If someone completed the game pre-patch, the stats probably changed, but achievements once unlocked stayed, of course. Starting a new game past update seems to be the only work-around.

On the official forums a dev said that they are considering adding those missions back(in playable form, hopefully:) to allow players to achieve 100%.

Any grammar or spelling mistakes come from me being not English.

#50 Edited by Kidavenger (3553 posts) -

I finished this over the weekend and this is definitely my favorite game so far this year, great story, combat manages to be fun and interesting without being difficult, driving was also fun, even the races were entertaining, I honestly liked everything about this game, it looks great and the music was good. Really looking forward to a sequel.

Between this game and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Eidos is really hitting them out of the park lately, makes me really look forward to Hitman and Tomb Raider coming up.

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