'Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition' Cleans Up The Streeets of Hong Kong, Again

October 20, 2014

Square Enix proved that updating some of their best games from the last generation of consoles could be a great business move when they released Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition earlier this year. This version of the game updated the graphics and gameplay, and also included all of the game's downloadable content, while giving a whole new group of potential fans a shot at one of Lara's biggest adventures. The exact same thinking applies to their most recent release, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, which updates and expands on one of 2012's best games and brings it to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Developer: United Front Games
Publisher: Square Enix

United Front Games are uniquely qualified to work on Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, because not only do they have experience with Sleeping Dogs, but they also know a thing or two about definitive editions. United Front were the original developers of Sleeping Dogs, and they know the game inside and out - from Wei's first foot chase, right up through the last round of DLC. On the other side of things, since releasing the original game, one of the studio's biggest projects was working on Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, also for Square Enix. This updated version of Lara's 2013 journey allowed them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the process of porting a last generation game to current hardware, which they then put to good use in Sleeping Dogs.

Sleeping Dogs: The Definitive Edition updates the adventures of undercover cop, Wei Shen, as he tries to infiltrate one of Hong Kong's most notorious gang, the Sun On Yee. As Shen climbs through the ranks, he has to toe the line between being a good cop, and not blowing his cover. The game pulls inspiration from countless films, and recreates one of the most accurate versions of Hong Kong that the video game have ever seen. That's what the original Sleeping Dogs release did back in 2012, the Definitive Edition kicks it up a notch, and updates the experience for the current generation of consoles. By improving the graphics, tweaking some of the gameplay mechanics, and including over 30 pieces of downloadable content (like the story-expanding Nightmare in North Point and Year of the Snake mission packs), this update improves the overall game, while retaining the essence of what made the original Sleeping Dogs a fan favorite.

While the original Sleeping Dogs can still be found on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the Definitive Edition graduates to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Players with Windows PCs can get whichever version they choose, but really, at this point, the Definitive one is the way to go.

By now, over five million gamers have traveled all over Hong Kong as Wei Shen, but that doesn't mean that there aren't more potential fans out there. Sleeping Dogs was a sleeper hit, with a long tail of adoption, and many fans jumped on the game well after it came out. This is a true accomplishment for a new game, but that means that it likely flew under the radars countless other potential fans, and the Definitive Edition is the perfect time to jump into this great game. For fans that have already played through the original release, this version collects all of the extra content, adding hours of additional gameplay, and the updated graphics and mechanics don’t hurt the experience either. The Definitive Edition is really the best way to play Sleeping Dogs, whether you've already jumped into Wei's shoes or not. Hopefully this is just a taste of things to come in the already announced follow up, Triad Wars, the next entry in the Sleeping Dogs series.