Sleeping Dogs makes no secret of the inspiration it takes from classic Hong Kong action thrillers, so it's no surprise that the game exudes blockbuster class.
Expectations are sky-high from the outset, when real-time action and amazingly cinematic cutscenes combine to introduce the sordid, neon-lit city and its ruthless criminal element. Both the script writing and voice acting are superb - and very adult-oriented, as befits the game's adult rating - while the story moves at a terrific pace.
No sooner have you met Wei than he's being chased by the Hong Kong police department through dockside warehouses and restaurant kitchens, crashing through skylights and flinging aside any unwitting bystanders who get in his way. The subtly choreographed scenes are like something from a John Woo movie, immersing you in the non-stop spirit of the city. It all works beautifully, aided by incredibly lifelike visuals and intuitive controls.
Every sound effect and line of dialogue is crisp and super realistic, while the radio stations blasting from vehicles run from classical to crunk, with channels programmed by some of the world's best and boldest independent record labels, such as Warp and Ninja Tune. Racing around the city streets listening to futuristic beats or frenetic garage rock, admiring the delicate, rainbow-hued sheen of wet tarmac, it's easy to forget that Sleeping Dogs is a game.