From the faithfully recreated, bustling streets of Hong Kong to the visceral hand-to-hand combat, Sleeping Dogs was a sleeper hit when it launched, and quickly cemented itself as a cult classic. It’s one of those polarising experiences though, that either had you loving or hating it, with a pretty standard sandbox formula giving way to a new setting and gameplay mechanics. Instead of a proper sequel, we’re getting Triad Wars – an online vertical slice of Sleeping Dogs that’s probably going to divide far fewer people.
I absolutely adored Sleeping Dogs on the old generation consoles. It was a unique take on the sandbox genre and offered hours of fun in a setting that hasn't been overdone by every video game before it. Square Enix has released it again for the new generation of consoles, with visual upgrades and all the DLC. So, is it worth revisiting?
Wow I loved Sleeping Dogs. It was a game I only played way after release, but it was a whole bunch of fun. It reminded me of Donny Brasco, in a much more interesting and unique setting. If you still haven't played it, now is the best time - you can grab the Definitive Edition. Just look at how gorgeous and compelling the game is now.
By now you’ve heard me wax lyrical both on and off about my love for Sleeping Dogs. Sure, it may have been rough in some places, but it was damn satisfying in many, many other areas as well. I dig the arcade style driving, the gunplay was spot-on and the combat may have been lifted from Arkham Asylum, but it was improved upon tremendously. The game is getting another shot later this year at glory. And sweet pork buns, does it look pretty.
Just about every game these days is packing some kind of micro-payment system underneath its hood. All those little transactions add up at the end of the day, resulting in the usual pay-to-win model that gamers aren’t exactly fond of. Triad Wars is one game that will feature monetised content, but according to its developer United Front games, this dip into the Hong Kong underworld will focus on fun first.
Out of all the sandbox games that I double-dipped into in the previous generation of gaming, I think Sleeping Dogs may have been one of my favourites. There’s just something magical about that game, from the combat and atmosphere to the superb gunplay on offer that made it stand out for me. Triad Wars looks like more of that then, but with a PC twist that sees you running your own racket in Hong Kong.
We’ve known for a while that United Front Games was busy on something called Triad Wars, which was based in the same universe the one of my favourite sandbox action games, Sleeping Dogs. Hell, we liked the idea of another game in the universe so much that we drafted up a wishlist of what we’d like to see in the game.
Looks like Definitive is the new HD remaster of this generation after all. Fresh off of the downright sexy graphics of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, comes another Square Enix game that is getting higher definition kung-fu to the face in October.
Using cutting edge science (SCIENCE!) and broken hearts, we’ve formed the following list of games that’ll make you forget that your love life is about as dead as most of the stars you see at night.
Square Enix will always have a soft spot in my heart - I will always associate them with all the JRPGs I loved in my younger days. Last year, they lost a ton of money and went through some major restructuring, and now it seems to be paying off. Let's hope this leads to come more games for us to love.
Square-Enix had what they believe was a disappointing year in 2013m, despite having some of the year’s best (but not best selling) games. There’s been a bit of a management shuffle at Square recently – but the company’s changing more than just its management structure. Square Enix’s European CEO Phil Rogers says more than job titles have changed.
Sony changed the face of online networks when they released PlayStation Plus onto the gaming world and taking everyone by surprise by giving all their subscribers free games every month. What’s more is that these games were pretty new and generally very good.
Finally, we made it to the top 20 - and these are some fantastic games. I don't think anyone can argue with us about them, although you all probably will anyway. But we don't mind - they still made us happy during this gaming generation. As usual, the disclaimer is in place; this list isn't based on scores, sales or metrics, just on our discussions, bickering and threats against each others' loved ones.
I think I have battered woman syndrome when it comes to Square Enix. Back in the day, Squaresoft consistently released games that I loved. Lately, there have been a bunch of duds and weird statements from Squeenix that make question if they know what they're doing. But clearly that didn't mean any of those bad things now that they're saying good ones, right?
Oh Steam, why do you do this to me? I was just about to start working through some of my console backlog, but no, you had to come with another amazing sale including The Walking Dead.