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Sleeping Dogs: The hidden secrets of GTA Hong Kong

John Woo meets open world meets fish fighting

This article originally appeared in Xbox World magazine.

Three weeks out from release, and Sleeping Dogs is starting to generate quite a bit of positive buzz. At CVG, we've been playing it in the office and, sure enough, it's a big, bold, brash, tightly-weaved-together sandboxer with a neat sideline in context-sensitive deaths. So, in case you don't know what all the fuss is about, here's your need-to-know's...

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Sleeping Dogs is a true cinematic sandbox, marrying police procedural with monster-budget kung-fu flick. You're Detective Wei Shen, returning to Hong Kong after an American sabbatical to infiltrate Triad organisation Sun On Yee. It's a moral struggle like all the best undercover movies - Infernal Affairs, Donnie Brasco, er, The Fast And The Furious...

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