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Digital FoundrySleeping Dogs Gameplay Performance Analysis Video

Matching excerpts of Sleeping Dogs gameplay are processed through Digital Foundry analysis tools - which version offers the smoother experience?

Digital FoundrySleeping Dogs Face-Off: PS3 vs. PC Video

The weakest SKU in the Sleeping Dogs line-up compared to the strongest.

Key events

21st September 2012

Sleeping Dogs DLC trailer

18th August 2012

Face-Off: Sleeping Dogs

14th August 2012

Sleeping Dogs Review

8th February 2012

First Sleeping Dogs trailer

Cancelled plans for Sleeping Dogs 2 were ridiculously ambitious

Cancelled plans for Sleeping Dogs 2 were ridiculously ambitious

Cloud saves of all players would determine crime levels.

We'll likely never see a Sleeping Dogs 2 now developer United Front Games has been shut down - but plans were once very much afoot for the open world crime drama to get a sequel.

We've heard of UFG's plans before, but Waypoint's new deep dive into the sequel's design document is by far the most detailed account yet of what Sleeping Dogs 2 might have been.

And wow, it was ambitious.

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Square Enix's new Humble Bundle includes Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs

UPDATE: New games added, now includes Kane & Lynch Collection.

UPDATE 26/02/2015 8.45pm: The Humble Square Enix Bundle 2 has added three new titles to its roster that are unlocked for paying above the average (currently $7.77 or about £5). These include: Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and Startopia.

United Front Games confirms new Sleeping Dogs game

United Front Games confirms new Sleeping Dogs game

Triad Wars to be unveiled in 2014.

United Front Games has announced it's working on a new game in the Sleeping Dogs universe.

It's called Triad Wars, which publisher Square Enix trademarked recently.

"So, we're making a new game!" UFG revealed in a short update on its website. "We can't say a lot about it right now, but you might have read about a trademark registration for something called Triad Wars? Well, we're super-excited that it's another game based in the Sleeping Dogs universe, it's something we've wanted to do for ages, and we're very happy to be working with Square Enix again... but that's all we can give you for the time being - we'll have more information about what the game's going to be in 2014."

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Square Enix thought Tomb Raider could sell nearly double its 3.4 million first month sales

Square Enix thought Tomb Raider could sell nearly double its 3.4 million first month sales

Find out by how much Hitman Absolution and Sleeping Dogs failed to hit targets, too.

Tomb Raider publisher Square Enix has revealed that its internal sales expectations for the game's first month were nearly double its eventual 3.4 million haul.

The company thought its Lara Croft reboot could sell at least 5-6 million units in four weeks - a huge figure, but a total still designed to be conservative, just "80-90 per cent" of what Square Enix thought was the game's real sales potential.

It's clear that Tomb Raider fell short vastly of what Square Enix wanted, even without that extra 10-20 per cent.

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Sleeping Dogs: Year of the Snake DLC details leak

Kung-fu fighting romp Sleeping Dogs will soon be expanded in Year of the Snake, a new add-on themed around Chinese New Year.

The expansion has yet to be officially announced by publisher Square Enix, although a small teaser trailer has been posted online and the DLC's PlayStation Trophies have now been leaked.

It's a fair guess that it will launch around Chinese New Year on 10th February.

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Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in North Point review

United Front's open-world Hong Kong crime thriller wasn't exactly shy about borrowing from the Grand Theft Auto playbook when Sleeping Dogs launched back in August, so it's not that much of a surprise to see the developer taking inspiration from another Rockstar hit for this single-player add-on chapter.

Just as Red Dead Redemption looked to the darkness for its Undead Nightmare spin-off, so Nightmare in North Point drops a big bloody slab of horror into the neon sprawl of Hong Kong.

It would be a mistake to call this a zombie game though. Although the monsters that have suddenly populated the streets are technically the undead, they're actually Jiang Shi, creatures from Taoist myth that are as much vampire as zombie.

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Sleeping Dogs dev defends zombie genre, not "overdone"

"Obviously there's been other games that have done 'the undead pack'."

Sleeping Dogs developer United Front Games has claimed there is still life in the zombie genre, as it prepares to launch undead-themed DLC Nightmare in North Point next week.

Sleeping Dogs Street Racer Pack due next week

Includes the game's first boat race.

Hong Kong-based open-world action game Sleeping Dogs is getting a batch of new races in the upcoming Street Racer Pack, due on 16th October on XBLA, PSN and Steam, Square Enix has announced.

Impressive fake DayZ, Sleeping Dogs, BioShock, Secret World, Lollipop Chainsaw movie trailers

DayZ has been the break out phenomenon of PC gaming this year. What would it look like adapted as a film? Renowned YouTube fake movie trailer maker Bloodrunsclear has had a stab at finding out.

His fake DayZ movie trailer uses sound bites from the horrific Miami face-eating incident; Peter Gabriel's version of My Body is a Cage; and clips from numerous zombie films (and other genres) to create a rousing montage - a look at what could be.

DayZ creator Dean Hall tweeted a link to the video this morning.

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Sleeping Dogs Review

Sleeping Dogs Review

Woof justice.

Wei Shen, a Chinese-American cop working undercover to infiltrate a notorious Hong Kong Triad gang, has just received a panicked message from Jackie, his childhood friend. They came up together on the mean streets of Hong Kong and it was Jackie - skinny, endearingly inept in criminal matters and blissfully unaware that his old friend is now a cop - who opened the door that allowed Shen inside the Triads.

But something has gone wrong. Trying to set up a big score for himself with his customary clumsiness, Jackie has tried to sell a shipment of stolen watches and been ripped off. He calls in Shen. "What are you going to do?" asks Jackie. Shen sits astride a motorbike, ready for action. "What I always do" he replies, and roars off to exact revenge-by-proxy on the thugs who took advantage of his friend's weakness.

As played out in one of Sleeping Dogs' many cut-scenes, this exchange is clearly intended as a rousing hero moment for Shen. But "what I always do" is also an unfortunate commentary on the rote structure that constantly holds Sleeping Dogs back. Originally developed as a new entry in Activision's middling True Crime series, before being abandoned and subsequently resurrected by Square Enix, this is as predictable an entry in the open-world cops-and-gangsters genre as it's possible to get.

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Sleeping Dogs Preview: United Front's Open World Game Isn't What You'd Expect

Expectations are dangerous. Dead Island found this out the hard way, working the audience to frothing excitement with a wonderfully crafted CG trailer that bore precious little resemblance to the actual game. It's with this warning in mind, and with my anticipation coloured by a glitzy live-action trailer, that I sit down to play Sleeping Dogs, an open world crime game saturated in new wave Hong Kong cinema.

Clearly, developer United Front Games has heeded that warning, too: pretty much everything you see in that trailer can be done in the game. There's bone-snapping close-quarters chopsocky, vicious slow-motion gunplay, frenetic car chases, death defying inter-vehicle stunts, ghastly blood-letting with kitchen implements, and environments whose every surface begs for context-sensitive violence: sizzling stoves await the face of a triad goon while fridge doors swing open to close eagerly on thuggish skulls. And not any of this is demoted to QTE, but remains an ever-available mechanic in a dynamic, bustling recreation of Hong Kong.

Even if the game matches the trailer's action blow for blow, Sleeping Dogs is, however, wrestling with another set of expectations which are aren't nearly as optimistic. Having been previously announced as True Crime: Hong Kong, publisher Activision first delayed the project from 2010 to 2011, and then finally swung the axe last year, saying that it just wouldn't reach the required level of quality.

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Sleeping Dogs release date, limited edition detailed

Sleeping Dogs release date, limited edition detailed

Pre-order to get a punch, plus other in-game goodies.

Hong Kong-set open world shooter Sleeping Dogs will be set loose on 17th August in the UK, publisher Square Enix has announced.

US gamers get it the same week, on 14th August.

Pre-ordering Sleeping Dogs in UK shops will upgrade you to the game's Limited Edition, which includes two packs of in-game content.

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Sleeping Dogs Preview: A True Open World Contender?

"Even our most optimistic internal projections show that continued investment was not going to lead to a title at, or near, the top of the competitive open world genre.

"In an industry where only the best games in each category are flourishing, to be blunt, it just wasn't going to be good enough."

Ouch. Activision CEO Eric Hirschberg didn't pull any punches when explaining the reason the publisher pulled the plug on True Crime: Hong Kong last February.

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Square Enix announces Sleeping Dogs at retailer event

Square Enix announces Sleeping Dogs at retailer event

True Crime: Hong Kong renamed, out in August.

More from the talkative Destination PlayStation event - this time concerning True Crime.

According to a tweet by Future Shop Gamer, which attended the event, Square Enix has revealed Sleeping Dogs, due out on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in August.

Future Shop also published an image, which looks a lot like True Crime: Hong Kong, the game Square Enix picked up after Activision ditched it halfway through development.

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