Posted on: May 30, 2020 Posted by: Darren Belgrave Comments: 0
Sleeping Dogs - Square Inix

Sleeping Dogs is set in the streets of a living, breathing, neon, beautiful Hong Kong, (a Hong Kong facing drastically different societal issues from the Hong Kong of today, but save that for a different article). Originally, this game would have fallen under the Activision umbrella within the True Crime series. Eventually, it was by Square Inix, the company who brought us the incredible Deus Ex. Sleeping Dogs draws us into the thrilling world of Wei Shen. Wei, is a cop burdened with a tragic past, who is driven to delve deeper into criminal underworld of Hong Kong. Journey with Wei as he balances his responsibilities to himself, the Hong Kong Police Department and with the dangerous Triads.

Why Not Just Play GTA

Though there are countless similarities between Sleeping Dogs and Grand Theft Auto, this game still manages to carve out its own unique identity. Like GTA, I found the music played by the radio stations to be thoroughly enjoyable. Weaving through the rainy streets of Hong Kong while listening to the unique array of beats (playlist located at the bottom of this article), allows for a greater immersion into the Sleeping Dogs’ stylish ambiance. The dialog mixes English and Cantonese, which again aids in the immersion into the world as well as increasing the authenticity of the characters. The various side characters also come to life with the help of the fantastic voice acting, and positively augments the worlds atmosphere.

Why do you not have a pork bun in your hand?

– Sleeping Dogs’ Street Vendor

Aside from the narrative driven world building and visually appealing skylines, the best part about Sleeping Dogs is the combat system. Hand to hand combat is especially enjoyable, allowing the player to dynamically navigate fight sequences based on the users preference. Switching and utilizing a various striking combination or seamlessly switching between grappling and striking made me excited to enter another battle. Traversing the city on foot is also unique as Wei can parkour over obstacles, walls, and even buildings.

Sleeping Dogs – Square Inix

Challenges

There are a few negatives that should be pointed out. Even though the main story line is well written, it is somewhat short. Secondly, the world is also not the sprawling sandbox open world as the large map would suggest. For many, the degree of confinement may leave much to desire in regards to freedom and exploration. There are also fewer vehicle to choose from than the plethora of options in GTA. Many readers may view this section an exercise in nitpicking, as it would be difficult for this game to compete with newer, better funded titles.

Final Thoughts

This game was recommended by a friend, and after seeing that it was on sale for only a few dollars on steam, the purchase was quickly made. What was received was a transaction of tremendous value. I could not have been more pleasantly surprised with the game and thoroughly enjoyed playing Sleeping Dogs from beginning to end.

Sleeping Dogs – Square Inix

Sleeping Dog’s Awesome Playlist

NINJA TUNE RADIO
  1. Andreya Triana- Darker Than Blue (Instrumental)
  2. Antipop Consortium – Volcano (Four Tet Remix Instrumental)
  3. Bonobo – Kiara
  4. Bonobo – The Fever
  5. Coldcut – Sound Mirrors (Beats Mix)
  6. Downtempo – Tailor-Made (Floating Points Remix)
  7. Emika – Drop The Other
  8. Emika – Professional Loving
  9. Hexstatic – East
  10. Stateless – Ariel (Instrumental)
  11. Stateless – Miles To Go (Instrumental)
  12. The Cinematic Orchestra – Burn Out
  13. Loka – Safe Self Tester
  14. Lorn – Soft Room
  15. Lorn – My Drum Machine
  16. Lotek Hi-Fi – What You See (Instrumental)
  17. Raffertie – One Track Mind
  18. The Cinematic Orchestra – Flite
  19. Sway feat. Two Fingers – Jewels And Gems
  20. Two Fingers – Keman Rhythm
SOFTLY
  1. Vivienne Lu & Nathan Wang – Fly (Cantonese)
  2. Nathan Wang – Love Is Heavy
  3. Nathan Wang – The Hard Way
  4. Nathan Wang – You’re Not There
  5. Bei Bei & Shawn Lee – The Blue Grotto
  6. Bei Bei & Shawn Lee – Hot Thursday
  7. Bei Bei & Shawn Lee – Into the Wind
  8. Bei Bei & Shawn Lee – Little Sunrise
  9. Celestial – Shanghai Nights
  10. Celestial – Gao Shan Ching
  11. Celestial – The Crossing
  12. C.L. Ritchie Lo & M.P. Mabel Ki & Chan Charles – Butterfly Garden
  13. C.L. Ritchie Lo – On Buddha’s Land
  14. C.L. Ritchie Lo – Lhasa Groove
  15. C.L. Ritchie Lo & M.P. Mabel Ki – Dragon Dreams
  16. M. P. Mabel Ki – Moonlight Song
  17. M. P. Mabel Ki – Behind the Great Wall
  18. Jay Price – Art of Xen
  19. Jay Price – House of Lightning
  20. Jay Price – Crystal Dawn
  21. Jay Price – Shanghai Lullaby
  22. Jay Price – Golden Dragon
  23. Tony Tam – Hard Life
  24. Tony Tam – Hoppin’ the East
  25. Yiming Xie – Beijing Rock
  26. Yiming Xie – Mongolian Dream
  27. Chum Hung Tam – From Xikou with Love
  28. Makino Saburou – Mount Fuji
  29. Pichit Paiboon – Tuanjai
  30. Tony Tam – Hong Kong Nights
  31. Tony Tam – East World
  32. Nathan Wang – Way Too Damaged
  33. Nathan Wang – Anthem
  34. Nathan Wang – End of Days
  35. Nathan Wang – Drag
KERRANG RADIO
  1. Animal Kingdom – Get Away with It
  2. The Big Pink – 1313
  3. Brakes – Hey Hey
  4. Breton – Edward the Confessor
  5. Eugene McGuinness – Lion
  6. Gem and the Deadheads – Automatic Response (Demo)
  7. New Navy – Oceans
  8. The Kooks – Mr. Nice Guy
  9. White Rabbits – Temporary
  10. Blood Red Shoes – Cold
  11. Maps & Atlases – Israeli Caves
  12. Kasabian – Re-Wired
  13. Strange Talk – Climbing Walls
  14. Miles Kane – Kaka Boom
  15. The Phenomenal Handclap Band – The Unknown Faces at Father James Park
  16. Mount Washington – Silver Screen
  17. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
  18. The Maccabees – Unknow
  19. The Drums – Book of Revelation
  20. Ladyhawke – Black White & Blue
WARP RADIO
  1. Rustie – After Light
  2. Rustie – Ultra Thizz
  3. Plaid – Somnl
  4. Plaid – Thank
  5. Bibio – Anything New
  6. Bibio – Dwrcan (Eskmo Remix)
  7. Flying Lotus – GNG BNG
  8. Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish
  9. !!! – The Hammer
  10. Autechre – Second Scout
  11. Clark – Alice (Redux)
  12. Squarepusher – Beep Street
  13. Africa Hitech – Lash Out
  14. Harmonic 313 – Dirtbox
  15. LFO – Psychodelik
  16. Hudson Mohawke – FUSE
  17. Gonjasufi – Ancestors
  18. The Hundred in the Hands – Dressed in Dresden (Various Remix)
  19. Battles – Futura

BOOSEY & HAWKES

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach – Ouverture No.
  2. Claude Debussy – Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de Lune
  3. Richard Wagner – Die Walkure, Act III: Ride of the Valkyries
  4. Aram Khachaturian – Gayane: Sabre Dance
  5. Dmitri Shostakovich – The Gadfly Suite: Five Days – Five Nights Suite – XII. Finale
  6. Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto, Act III: La donna e mobile
  7. George Frideric Handel – Messiah
  8. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Sonata
  9. Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt, Act IV: Morning Mood
  10. Sergei Rachmaninoff – Vocalise
  11. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker March
  12. Johannes Brahms – 5 Lieder
  13. Jacques Offenbach – Orpheus in the Underworld
  14. Ludwig van Beethoven – Bagatelle in A minor
  15. Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D major
ROADRUNNER RECORDS
  1. Black Stone Cherry – Rain Wizard
  2. Black Stone Cherry – Change
  3. DevilDriver – Bring the Fight (To the Floor)
  4. DevilDriver – Dead to Rights
  5. Opeth – The Devil’s Orchard
  6. Opeth – The Grand Conjuration
  7. Machine Head – Locust
  8. Machine Head – Be Still and Know
  9. The Parlor Mob – Take What’s Mine
  10. The Parlor Mob – After All
  11. Fear Factory – Edgecrusher
  12. Dream Theater – On the Backs of Angels
  13. Soulfly – World Scum
  14. Trivium – Anthem (We Are the Fire)
  15. Killswitch Engage – My Curse
SAGITTARIUS FM
  1. Duran Duran – Girls on Film (Night Version)
  2. Martha and the Muffins – Echo Beach
  3. XTC – Senses Working Overtime
  4. Pilot – Magic (Original Version)
  5. Deep Purple – Fireball
  6. Thin Lizzy – Bad Reputation (From L & D Outtake)
  7. Robert Palmer – Work to Make It Work
  8. Tears for Fears – Pale Shelter
  9. The Allman Brothers Band – Don’t Want You No More
  10. The Jam – In the City
  11. Queen – Dragon Attack
  12. The Who – Eminence Front
  13. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden
  14. Climax Blues Band – Couldn’t Get It Right



DAPTONE RADIO
  1. The Budos Band – Ride or Die
  2. The Budos Band – Mas O Menos
  3. The Budos Band – Scorpion
  4. Charles Bradley – The World (Is Going Up in Flames)
  5. Charles Bradley – This Love Ain’t Big Enough for the Two of Us
  6. Lee Fields and Sugarman & Co. – Stand Up
  7. Menahan Street Band – The Contender
  8. Menahan Street Band – Make the Road by Walking
  9. Mighty Imperials – Thunder Chicken
  10. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Keep On Looking
  11. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – The Reason
  12. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Money
  13. The Sugarman Three & Co. – Shot Down
  14. The Sugarman Three & Co. – Promised Land
  15. The Sugarman Three & Co. – Take It as It Come

H-KLUB
  1. Vivienne Lu & Nathan Wang – Yellow Fever
  2. KIDGOD -CHEE PRODUCTION – Nathan Wang – The Life
  3. KIDGOD -CHEE PRODUCTION – Nathan Wang – Undercover
  4. KIDGOD -The Big Big Band – Nathan Wang – Jazz Nights and Days
  5. KIDGOD -The Big Big Band – Nathan Wang – Riding the Clouds
  6. KIDGOD -The Big Big Band – Nathan Wang – Mumbo Jumbo
  7. 24Herbs – Do You Know Me
  8. 24Herbs – Hong Kong Kowloon
  9. 24Herbs – Turn It Up
  10. 24Herbs – Sin City
  11. 24Herbs -feat. KZ – No Brothers
  12. Only Won – Add Oil
  13. Only Won – Destroy
  14. Al Rocco – In da Club
  15. Gary Liu – Nathan Wang
  16. Nathan Wang – The Love I Want
  17. KIDGOD – Let Go
REAL FM
  1. Chali 2na – Step Yo Game Up
  2. Ninjasonik – In and Out
  3. Nneka – Camouflage
  4. Terry Lynn – System
  5. Tchaka Diallo feat. Terry Milla – Shoot Yo Shot
  6. JJ Doom – Rhymin Slang (Dave Sitek Remix)
  7. Guilty Simpson – Dreads
  8. Dels feat. Roots Manuva – Capsize
  9. J Dilla feat. Common – E=MC2
  10. Ghostpoet – Finished I Ain’t
  11. Felt – Protagonists
  12. Ozomatli – Saturday Night
  13. Robot Koch and John Robinson – Channeling
  14. Freddie Gibbs – Playa (Mexicans with Guns Remix)
  15. Jadakiss – Kiss of Death
  16. Strong Arm Steady – Klack or Get Klacked
  17. Banda Black Rio – Back to the Project
KARAOKE FM
  1. The Clash – I Fought the Law
  2. Air Supply – All Out of Love
  3. Steely Dan – Reelin’ in the Years
  4. Pat Benatar – Hit Me with Your Best Shot
  5. Robert Palmer – Bad Case of Lovin’ You (Doctor, Doctor)
  6. A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
  7. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  8. A-ha – Take on Me
BONUS MUSIC
  1. Saki Kaskas – Sagittarius
  2. Robert Palmer – Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
  3. Lotek Hi-Fi – What You See
  4. Coldcut – Sound Mirrors
  5. Rustie – Surph
  6. Autechre – Second Scepe
  7. Andreya Triana – Darker Than Blue
  8. Photek feat. Linche – Sleepwalking
  9. Photek feat. Linche – Sleepwalking (2)
  10. Unknown Artist – Dance of the Yi People Remix (Sleeping Dogs Theme D)
  11. Unknown Artist – Sleeping Dogs Theme A
  12. Unknown Artist – Sleeping Dogs Theme B
  13. Unknown Artist – Sleeping Dogs Theme C
  14. Wu Man and Friends – Dance of the Yi People
  15. 24Herbs 廿四味 feat. Janice Vidal – Wonderland
  16. Bei Bei & Shawn Lee – East
  17. Pilot – Magic
  18. Thin Lizzy – Bad Reputation
  19. Saki Kaskas – Dragon Chase
  20. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Early Guitar Demo)
  21. Billy Paul – East

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