Hey everyone, my name’s Dan Sochan and I’m producer here at United Front Games, developers of Sleeping Dogs. We’ve had a great time making the game over the last few years, exploring every street corner, back alley and harbour dock of Hong Kong and we really know our city inside and out! If you’re playing the game right now (you are playing, aren’t you?) you might want to read-on for some of United Front Games’ insider tips for your first play-through of the game.
A couple of my favourite combat moves aren’t immediately obvious to players starting out in the game. Firstly, if you sprint towards a wall and hit the Attack button just as you’re jumping off the wall, you can perform a spinning wall kick to a nearby enemy. The other is to hold down the Lock On button during a fight, and then press the X button and you’ll do a roll over your enemy’s back and be able to catch them off guard.
If you haven’t spent much time sailing around the coast, now is the time! There are some really cool secret spots/coves that can only be accessed through the water. So get in a boat and cruise around the perimeter of the island and see what you can find!
The best way to gain money and Face is to do some of the secondary content. Hong Kong is packed with side content – take the time out to solve a police case or perform favours for many of the city’s citizens.
The collectibles in the game aren’t just for getting more money but can give you a powerful boost in battle. By getting all of the health shrines you can increase your overall health by up to 100%, gaining 10% for each five you find. And my favourite way to pack more punch is to learn all the game’s combat moves by finding the jade statues… leg break for the win!
WORD ON THE STREET
We have scripted conversations that occur in certain locations in the city, where people talk about you and what you’ve recently done. But they also talk about random stuff, like life in Hong Kong. If you listen to the citizens, you’ll hear women gossip about their sex lives, hospital staff talk about the rash of vehicular homicides over the last few weeks (implying you the player and how you’ve been driving). It makes the world feel even more alive, but a lot of the conversations are just hilarious. I will sit there for a while just hearing them ramble on about ridiculous things.
I hope you enjoy trying some of these out. Building Sleeping Dogs’ virtual Hong Kong was a labour of love, so keep your eyes peeled for all the little details even when you’re racing round the streets. We’ll be back on the PS Blog very soon to discuss our DLC plans for later in the year.