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Post by Dan @ 03:27am 15/08/12 | 22 Comments
It's been a long road for developer United Front Games. The game now known as Sleeping Dogs launches tomorrow in Australia on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but it was originally conceived as True Crime: Hong Kong and survived a complete publisher transition to bring us an open world game with a multicultural tone and a theme from a John Woo film.

AusGamers' Dylan "Gameboffin" Burns has been cleaning up the mean streets of North Point, one flying kick at a time, and has quite a few nice things to say about Sleeping Dogs in our latest review.
We don’t know how much of what is now Sleeping Dogs (it began life as True Crime: Hong Kong) was handed over to Square Enix, and perhaps we never will, but it would have been criminal for a game of this calibre to slip between the cracks. It is the perfect open world fix in the lead up to GTA V and full credit to United Front Games and Square Enix London for crafting this entertaining, engrossing and deeply impressive title.
Read on for all the juice.



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TiT
Posted 08:36am 15/8/12
change the graphics to extreme and having graphic issues... Downloading the free High res DLC pack its another 3gb download now waiting for that to finish
Eorl
Posted 08:58am 15/8/12
Loving it so far, the cast is quite heavy with big names and just looks gorgeous on a GTX570. The controls actually work really well on PC, and it has been optimised with great performance. The combat system is amazing, so much fun smashing people into walls, and feels so responsive compared to Assassins Creed. Highly recommend.
TiT
Posted 09:59am 15/8/12
Have to agree with Eorl! Installed the the high texture DLC and it looks beautiful no issues on my old Quad core with 670gtx video card all on high and looks beautiful 100x better then GTA 4 and fighting system is really good.
Reverend Evil
Posted 11:02am 15/8/12
Twas just over at the steam forums for this and someone said that the arrow keys can't be mapped out for the keyboard. If that's the case I won't be getting this even though it does look good. Maybe a patch will come out to fix it this. Also be interested to know what other keys they've made un-bindable. It's a pity that in 2012 a developer can't make use of the whole keyboard. hmm
ravn0s
Posted 11:17am 15/8/12
people still use the arrow keys?
DeadlyDav0
Posted 11:40am 15/8/12
Yeah, dunno why people would want arrow keys. Maybe for flying if thats part of the game? Im sure a patch will fix that as i dont see why some keys would be un-bindable.
BladeRunner
Posted 01:35pm 15/8/12
Arrow keys...to move the player character?? That's no good, Will have to see if there are any INI files to edit to use WASD.
ravn0s
Posted 01:41pm 15/8/12
Arrow keys...to move the player character?? That's no good, Will have to see if there are any INI files to edit to use WASD.


that's not the problem. the problem is they want to remap the movement keys (wasd) to the arrow keys but can't.

last edited by ravn0s at 13:41:22 15/Aug/12
DM
Posted 06:36pm 15/8/12
Got a 9, sounded good. Bought it and the VERY FIRST GOD DAMN MISSION bugs for me and the guy im supposed to follow stops moving. I wait, cops catch up and arrest me. Happens every time I try.

EDIT - Turns out just keep running and things continue though he stops moving.

last edited by DM at 18:36:26 15/Aug/12
Crakaveli
Posted 08:19pm 15/8/12
people still use the arrow keys?
Left handed people do.
Snakeman
Posted 08:21pm 15/8/12
^^^ I'm right handed and ever since doom I have used the numpad and aimed with the mouse in my left.
d^
Posted 08:35pm 15/8/12
Is there any desolate and out of the city locations in the game? One thing that was really appealing about GTA: SA was the countryside and some of the smaller areas.
TufNuT
Posted 11:38pm 15/8/12
For those interested TotalBiscuit did a hour long vid on this, if you are thinking about buying the game might be worth watching.
DeadlyDav0
Posted 06:44am 16/8/12
Left handed people do.

Nah, lefties should use numpad as crak mentioned. Id even consider using OKL: as its nearly on the opposite side of WASD and still allows easy access to space, shift, control.
eski
Posted 09:57am 16/8/12
Got a 9, sounded good. Bought it and the VERY FIRST GOD DAMN MISSION bugs for me and the guy im supposed to follow stops moving. I wait, cops catch up and arrest me. Happens every time I try.

EDIT - Turns out just keep running and things continue though he stops moving. last edited by DM at 18:36:26 15/Aug/12


Thats pretty funny, I saw the same bug in previews from a few weeks back, and they still havent patched it. Seeing that made me decide not to buy it.
Eorl
Posted 10:24am 16/8/12
Thats pretty funny, I saw the same bug in previews from a few weeks back, and they still havent patched it. Seeing that made me decide not to buy it.
Shame that turned you off buying it, it really is a great title. The amount of freedom is something I love the most in this game, you never feel like you HAVE to go somewhere to further the story or else, it's all inter-woven. Also one of my favourite side missions was a woman asked me to check her out and give her opinion on how her pants looked. Next minute some guy rams into me and steals my wallet, had to chase him down and throw him off a ledge, was hilarious and fun.
TiT
Posted 12:06pm 16/8/12
man i suck but how do u enter and exit cars
Eorl
Posted 12:14pm 16/8/12
man i suck but how do u enter and exit cars

Right click, bit weird but get use to it. Also, holding someone's face into steel fan blades is just gruesome.
Tanaka Khan
Posted 04:39pm 16/8/12
I got all the DLC packs but I don't seem to have got the points for them.

Never mind, just finished a quest and got them.
DM
Posted 04:43pm 16/8/12
I like that the combat has so much going for it with it being like Arkham meets AC. Being able to wall run/kick people is so much fun and even when dealing with the cops, pressing space at the right moment when they try to arrest you does this funky jackie chanesque reversal move where sometimes you even take their gun away from then. I managed to lift a coppers gun, shoot 3 of them and then guys with machine guns showed up to deal with me. They don't f*** around in hong kong lol.
Eorl
Posted 07:50pm 16/8/12
Yeah the combat is very satisfying, and seems to vary in each fight which is what I really like. The use of environment is also really nice, something of a change to most GTA style sandbox games.
TiT
Posted 08:05pm 16/8/12
liking it but some of the mission are pretty hard which is good
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