There are hardly any light-hearted sandbox games out there; like the kind where you go around looking for lost kittens and participating in dance competitions and such.
Sleeping Dogs – MacOS Game Review
Developer: Feral Interactive Ltd
Size: 16.81 GB
Version: OS X 10.10.5 or later
In-App Purchase: no
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2016
Version Of App: 1.1
Sleeping Dogs is one of those rare gems that manage to be that light-hearted sandbox game but with a serious tone when you want it. Sleeping Dogs lets you be bad and feel good about it, but remember that you are not a criminal but, in fact, an undercover cop.
The game has finally made its way to the Mac in the form of a Definitive Edition. It includes all DLCs along with graphical, sound, and even gameplay upgrades. Sleeping Dogs may seem like a Grand Theft Auto (GTA) clone at first, but it has far more to offer than what meets the eye.
The story is set in Hong Kong as you take control of Wei Shen who’s a Chinese-American police officer deep undercover trying to make his way to the top of the Triad. As you take charge of Wei, you’ll realize that you have to walk a fine line to keep both sides satisfied, i.e., the police and the Triad.
It’s an engaging story with you needing to do whatever it takes to make it easier for Wei Shen to infiltrate the Triad. There will come a time when your actions won’t exactly go down well with your police superiors. Said superiors will question your motives and every move your character makes will make them question your loyalty. The game does not let you choose how the story unfolds, but it still keeps you at the edge of your seat through and through.
Since the game takes place in Hong Kong, it’s rare to come across a gun, which means you’ll have to rely on hand-to-hand combat in order to make progress. Therefore, you’ll have to master the martial arts system which focuses on grappling, combos, and blocks, etc.
The system is quite simple but the choreography is fluid and dynamic. Once you grapple an enemy, you can use the environment to take them down swiftly like ramming them into electrical poles or beating their heads in with a pay phone; the possibilities are endless. Once you get the hang of it, you’d be able to take on multiple foes with ease.
The only way to level up is by gaining ‘Face,’ which can be translated as respect from the police and triad. This is made possible by completing missions for each faction, thus granting you access to new and improved skills and abilities.
If you are wondering if you can steal cars, the answer is yes. You can also listen to the radio while driving cars that keeps things interesting despite not being a unique to the game feature.
Overall, the game makes splendid use of the setting. Hong Kong is shown to be even more sinister than it actually is, but the tight-knitted buildings in the Central along with the populated alleyways have their own culture. Moreover, the small parks, the hills and temples make the game even more gorgeous to look at and fun to explore.
Graphics & Sound
If you have never played Sleeping Dogs before, that alone justifies the price of admission for the Definitive Edition. You will now get to benefit from full HD 1080p, with character models looking a lot sharper than before. The game runs at 30 FPS, which is disappointing since 60 FPS would have had a much better impact on the gameplay along with its aesthetics.
Sleeping Dogs, when released, looked good as it is and manages to look just as good if not better with the Definitive Edition. Even with these offerings, the Definitive Edition does not really stand out, nor does it bring anything new or extraordinary to the table.
As for the sound design and music, it’s easily forgettable. However, it does have an amazing licensed soundtrack for different radio stations. You can choose from English or Cantonese stations, and you also have the option to choose from a wide variety of genre ranging from classic rock, Chinese jazz or electronica.
The voice acting is spot on, although it may seem a bit confused here and there. Every character sounds believable despite the accents being all over the place. The occupants of Hong Kong have a distinct accent which only half of the cast seems to possess. It also does not make sense as to why characters switch between English and Cantonese, but it could be chalked up to making the game feel like a Hollywood production.
- Minimum System Requirements
OS: Mac OS X 10.10.5 or above
CPU: 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon 3870 or above
Just like other sandbox games, there will come a time when you will grow tiresome of having to go around the place looking for rewards and completing side missions. Sleeping Dogs does make an attempt to make it more appealing with its parkour system, making it possible for you to climb buildings and jumping from one rooftop to another, but it still misses the mark.
There is a wide variety of games for you to choose from, but Sleeping Dogs is the only Grand Theft Auto alternative that has a lot of potential and is actually available on MacOS