Sleeping Dogs: 5 Tips to Play Like a Triad Warlord
22nd Aug 2012 | 10:00
So we're all agreed it's a damn fine game, but once you start playing, how do you make the most of Sleeping Dogs' many fine gameplay systems and excellent martial arts action? Well we turned to Dan Sochan, Sleeping Dogs' producer to get his expert tips on how you can play like a Triad Warlord or indeed how to be the best cop you can. Here's five essential tips Dan recommends.
1) Strut your threads
"My number one tip collect clothing sets they're really useful. So you get three matching items and the bottom left of the screen will tell you what clothing set they belongs to. It may not feel like a big thing, you're going to get maybe a 5% bonus increase to your Triad and Cop XP for each mission. But if you think about it, that's just a free 5% for wearing this outfit and it's a really quick way to upgrade your character to give you more abilities, more moves, increase your damage all that kind of thing. It makes a big difference, so it's a really great one to put into practice."
"There's still a few drug bust areas that I consistently struggle to beat , there's twenty guys and a bunch of them have weapons and things coming out you. I love that, I love the fact that there's areas of the game that I'm really challenged playing. Anyway, before I do one of those tougher sorts of missions, I'll go back to the wardrobe and put on a set that gives me increased melee damage, or melee resistance, something like that. "
2) Eat Hearty
"Number two if you're struggling with a particular mission and you're having a hard time I'll also go and acquire or just buy some food that'll give me a temporary gameplay buff. You can chain those together too, so say pork buns will give you increased health for 10-15 minutes. By eating the noodles, you'll get increased melee damage. Chain three or four of these together and all of a sudden you'll see on the side of the screen different icons representing the buff you have and a little sort of timer moving around them. Add that to the clothing set and all of a sudden those really tough missions become a little bit easier to do.
3) Four wheel frenzy
"In terms of driving, the vehicles definitely handle very differently and so depending on the type of mission or even the type of chase you're involved in pick your car wisely. The European sports cars are absolutely phenomenal for something that requires straight line speed, but if you've got lots of sharp turns and things like that, look at another type of car that's more about drifting.
"When you're looking at the different vehicles, if you're not sure what you want to buy, unlike the real world, you can go steal a car and try it out and see what you like. If you like that type of car then you can buy it. Any car you buy is available from any parking garage around the city. We also have a car valet, a guy you did a favour for, so to return the favour, you can call him at any time and he'll bring you the favourite car that you've set, any where you want in the world within 15 seconds or so. "
"So you're able to use any car that you own to go into different races, so depending on the type of race you want to do in the world, having a variety of different cars with different handling which suits your driving style, will really help you win those races and gain a lot of extra cash. "
4) Become a true martial artist
So with combat, you could get through the fighting with a lot of button mashing, but we do have different fighting and enemy styles. So one enemy is a quick striker and has lots of quick attacks, which doesn't do a ton of damage. But he's really quick to recover if you hit him and he can get back in and try and counter you quickly.
"Then there's the brawlers who are the tough toe-to-toe and they inflict quite a bit of damage and the best way is often is to kind of stun them or use a grapple move on them.
"Then we have the grapplers who are kind of big beefy looking characters - you'll never ever be able to grapple them, they'll always win cos they've got a 150 pounds on you. So the best thing to do with them is get lots of quick attacks in and put them off-balance and then finish them off with some big heavy attacks.
"By doing a variety of moves and not just hitting the same button all the time, not only is it more visually rewarding because you'll see some really cool moves, but you'll actually get more style points which will give you higher XP. So combine that all together and you're able to upgrade your player more quickly and defeat enemies in a variety of different styles. You can use the environmental combat props around you as well for an additional bonus."
5) Serve and protect!
"How to be a better cop? Well try not to hurt innocent people when you're in a vehicle in the city, try not to drive into civilian vehicles or run innocents over! Don't cause havoc. It kind of reminds me of some of those old cop movies like 48 Hours or Beverly Hills Cop when they come back pretty proud they caught the bad guy and the police chief says: "That's great you got him but you cost the city 40 million dollars in damage." So we kind of took that idea and so to be a good cop, while still you're doing some bad things like beating up some Triads, if you keep civilians safe that's how you kind of max out that side of things."
"It was interesting for us watching people play, before we had the mission scoring in. As soon as we put that in, literally people stopped hurting civilians, stopped driving into buildings and cars. We asked them about it and they said, "Well I'm an undercover cop, so I don't want to do damage or cause havoc." The irony was, they were always an undercover cop, but with scoring in, when they saw this little icon pop up saying 'minus five for civilian hurt', it reinforced it for them.
"It's funny initially almost everyone does the Triad route, there's something inherent about it, which is a little odd, we like being the bad guys maybe. That's what people love about an open world game, driving around causing as much mayhem as they can.
"But we found the more people play, the more all of a sudden they play as a cop, now they're more invested in the main character, it's more compelling, they feel more immersed in that world. It's amazing watching someone who at the beginning of their play through was literally going full speed at all times and slamming into the world, now they are driving quite slowly and obeying the rules, so that they don"t bump into some civilian cars and they're still enjoying the gameplay experience."