Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

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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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Xbox Games with Gold for December announced - and it's a good one

Xbox Games with Gold for December announced - and it's a good one

Burnout Paradise! Sleeping Dogs! Outlast! More!

Finally! Burnout Paradise has Xbox One backward compatibility!

Criterion's open world racer arrives as part of the Xbox Games with Gold lineup for December. For Xbox One, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is available from 1st to 31st December. First-person survival horror Outlast is available on Xbox One from 16th December to 15th January 2017.

On Xbox 360, and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility, Xbox Live Gold members get Outland from 1st to 15th December, and then Burnout Paradise from 16th December to 31st December.

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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.

Face-Off: Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

Digital FoundryFace-Off: Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

PC, Xbox One and PS4 versions compared with the 2012 original.

United Front Games returns to its surprise 2012 hit, Sleeping Dogs, bringing a spruced-up Definitive Edition to both PS4 and Xbox One with all DLC included. In addition to the content bonanza, the studio also takes this chance to improve the game's visual standard, with new atmospheric effects and lighting, among other tweaks, added to the mix. But are such changes impactful enough to bring the game up to current gen standards? And with a cheeky 10 Steam upgrade fee required for owners of the PC original, does it really justify a revisit?

The promise of visual tweaks hangs overhead for all three versions. Geometric detail is particularly broadened, with the opening shot of Hong Kong's skyline filled out with extra buildings. We also get more Havok physics-impacted boxes lying around cafes, while the city's docks are packed with extra cars and flag-lines. No platform misses out here - right down to the extra inventory around the market stalls.

Other tweaks show up in gameplay more directly. World density on consoles comes very close indeed to the PC on its extreme setting, with distant buildings now only flickering with occasional pop-in. The Definitive Edition vastly improves on this point over the original; even when maxed out, visible world streaming issues are apparent. The level-of-detail (LOD) switchover can still be caught on all three platforms, but Sleeping Dogs is hugely improved in this area overall.

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The other day I found out there was an 8chan, which made us all wonder what happened to 5, 6 and 7chan - and whether there was any relation to Jackie Chan at all. What's all this got to do with today's livestream? Not much, beyond Jackie Chan being one of the stars of the Hong Kong movie scene that's been so influential to 2012's excellent Sleeping Dogs, and I've got to fill this space with some text because it looks weird if we just post the video. Oh, and did you know that Emma Stone's in the game? There, you can have that one for free.

Ubisoft and Square Enix announce their EGX line-up

Ubisoft and Square Enix announce their EGX line-up

Hands on with Far Cry 4, The Crew and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition.

Ubisoft and Square Enix have announced their line-ups for EGX London, i.e. Eurogamer Expo, the expo organised by our parent company Gamer Network.

This time out Ubisoft is offering hands-on time with Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed: Rogue, and for the first time on consoles The Crew. The publisher will also host live showings of Assassin's Creed Unity, Tom Clancy's The Division and more.

Those who pre-order Assassin's Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 or The Crew at the show will also get a piece of limited edition custom artwork exclusive to EGX. There will also be competitions on Ubisoft's live stage along with prizes awarded for best cosplays of the publisher's titles. Additionally, limited edition Assassins Creed Paris in Revolution maps will be available for the taking.

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