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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition review - A new collar on a true pedigree

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One of the best games of the last generation of consoles gets some fancier graphics but comes with a new release price tag.

HD remakes are all the rage, taking a proven game and trying to squeeze more life out of it by updating the graphics. Everyone seems to be at it. The Last of Us and GTA V were updated quickly to bridge the generation gap and Microsoft have gone right back to the very first Halo. So, it's no surprise that Sleeping Dogs, one of the last cross-platform hits before the dawning of the new generation, should be given a revamp.

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The game revolves around Wei Shen, an undercover cop in Hong Kong. Playing in an open-world environment, you have to walk the tightrope between the gangs and the police, making choices along the way that'll land you closer to one side than the other.

Featuring a great mix of driving and combat, there's no real weak point in the gaming experience. The real strength here is the narrative, with an interesting storyline, well developed characters and some carefully crafted dialogue.

Apart from the graphics, pretty much everything here is as was. Why mess with a winner afterall. DLC is included, the spooky Nightmare in North Point and cop story Year of the Snake, but it's a pretty poor offering relative to the main game.

Visually it's a noticeable improvement, but not breathtaking. There have been some complaints about dodgey frame rate issues, but I didn't the issue very noticeable.

The graphics look quite nice, but neither the improved look nor the DLC is worth purchasing the game again. If you missed Sleeping Dogs the first time around, prepare to spawn envy, as this is still an excellent game.

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