A new Sleeping Dog gameplay video - below - released by Square-Enix shows off a sample mission in the open-world game full of driving, hand-to-hand combat, shooting and car jacking.
The walkthrough follows undercover agent Wei Shen as he helps middle-aged restaurant owner Mrs. Chu get revenge on one of the gunmen who killed her close friend at her own wedding. This involves triangulating the targets position through a driving mini-game, beating up some thugs, getting into a firefight and culminating in a good, old-fashioned car chase.
Curiously, developer United Front's producer Dan Sochan mentions that weapons are treated as a power-up. After grabbing a knife off the ground Wei stabs a man with it and tosses it aside. Why not continue to fight with it? Well, that would be too easy for a skilled martial artist like Wei.
It all looks very GTA in structure, but the melee combat resembles Batman's fluidly animated freeflowing brawling and being able to steal a new vehicle by leaping out of your car onto it looks pretty slick.
For more impressions of Sleeping Dogs, check out Marsh Davies' Eurogamer preview.
Sleeping Dogs is due for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on 17th August.