Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition doesn't mess much with what made the original game so great. And that's a good thing.
One of the best games of 2012 gets a mild makeover.
Although it's slightly rough around the edges, and packs the occasional bug, Sleeping Dogs is nevertheless a gripping and thoroughly entertaining Hong Kong action movie in game form.
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is amongst the finest open-world games of recent years, with gratifying and brutal combat, a genuinely gripping story and excellent car handling for this type of game. Despite some technical issues, which perhaps should have been addressed for a 'definitive edition', the game remains as playable as it was two years ago. Given the wealth of content and its relatively low entry price it would make a sound addition to anyone's collection, though there's ultimately nothing new here for players that have exhausted the original the first time round.
It's hard to recommend anyone repurchasing Sleeping Dogs for this Definitive Edition, but it could be a great experience for newcomers.
Definitive Edition is not quite an essential purchase – especially if you already played and finished the original release – but it's definitely worth picking up if you're hankering after the kind of open world criminal action that doesn't take itself too seriously.
As a package this is as feature-complete as you could want, but it's a long way from the version it could have been.
Square Enix's open world crime saga remains distinct, but this re-release doesn't fix its flaws
While the core Sleeping Dogs experience is still worth playing, the Definitive Edition is loaded with graphical issues and costs way too much for a game that plays worse than the PC version released two years ago.
Overall, it remains a good game play experience. . . . It's more average than definitive.