Hi my name is Khalid. I've been playing videogames ever since I was... wait when did Zelda: a Link to the past come out? Yea around that time... anyway I now mostly prefer open world games (GTA is the greatest series of all time as far as I'm concerned)mainly play PC, Xbox 360 and I know I have a PS3 somewhere but I forgot what it looked like.
You can probably tell from my avatar that I'm a huge fan of Grand Theft Auto. In fact, I'm a huge fan of Rockstar Games in general. Over the past ten years, I have eagerly awaited the release of every GTA and I can't help but think that; either GTA Fans have incredibly short attention spans, or Rockstar picks up many naive fans after every installment. It's probably both.
First thing that really bugged me was that people thought that the older guy who appeared in the first trailer (we now know him as Michael) was an older Tommy Vercetti and that Tommy would be that old now. No he wouldn't! The guy in the trailer (Michael) looks like he's in his early to mid 40's, now let's see why Tommy wouldn't be in his 40's these days.
As Vice City began, Vercetti had just served a fifteen year stretch and the year was 1986. That means he was went to prison in 1971, assuming he was 18 when he was arrested (though he was probably older) it would mean Tommy was born in 1953, which would make him 60 in 2013.
I also clearly remember Rockstar stating the GTA III trilogy (which includes GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas, and the Liberty City and Vice City stories spin offs) existed in their own universe whereas GTA IV existed in a more realistic "HD" universe (This was also mentioned in last months Game Informer extended GTA V preview).
Maybe it's me and my OCD but what really annoyed me with some fans on the internet and made me do the confused Jackie Chan meme face was the rage that GTA V was not coming for the PC!!!??? The last time Rockstar talked about the PC version of GTA prior to its release on consoles was probably back when Rockstar North was DMA Design. Of course GTA is coming to the PC but it's coming to consoles first, LIKE IT ALWAYS HAS!!!! Now please everybody calm down and rejoice because GTA V is only a few months away :)
Sleeping Dogs is really shaping up to be one of this years coolest games. It wasn't much when it was True Crime: Hong Kong (I felt like I was the only one who was disappointed when it was canned by Activision other than the developer, of course), but now that Square Enix picked them up the hype's building up and I wish United Front Games nothing but success and many sequels to come.
One of the big selling points of the game seems to emphasize that Sleeping Dogs features the most complex fighting in an open-world game. I'd have to agree that the fighting of Sleeping Dogs is fantastic! But have you noticed the similar fighting style to Batman Arkham Asylum/City? Sure you did, but what about the similarities to Bully? The first thing that tied these two games together for me was from an E3! 2010 preview of TC:HK.
Being a huge fan of Rockstar I was excited that some of their veterans were working on this game. Apparently they worked on Bully which is exciting! Well it's exciting for me because, (believe it or not) I found that the combat system of Bully was perhaps the coolest combat system I've ever played in a videogame. Seriously! I especially enjoyed environmental attacks like shoving kids into lockers and trash bins. That's another but relatively small similarity between the two games. Remember scouring Bullworth searching for radio transistors for that crazy homeless vet that lives on campus so that he teaches Jimmy more complex fighting combos? Well did you read previews about finding jade figurines hidden throughout Hong Kong to return to the dojo and learn new moves? That sounds very similar.
While I haven't yet played a demo of the game (I probably won't get to play it until its release next month anyway) Wei Shen (Sleeping Dogs' protaginist) is able to pummel his opponents pulling off combos involving fast jabs ending with a powerful strike using a single strike button (X), tapping the button for jabs and holding for a heavy strike. Wei can also use grapple attacks to strike his enemies, throw them or use the environment to his advantage and shove some poor guy's face into the fan-blade of a roof AC! Now let's compare Wei Shen to Jimmy Hopkins: Jimmy also uses the same tap button to jab and hold for heavy attack with a single button for striking. He can also grapple enemies and choose to dispose of them by punching and kicking, pinning to the ground and punching and kicking, throwing them, and my favorite using the environment and shoving some preppy rich kid into a locker.
It's important to note that Bully featured upgrades for combos and grapple moves and so will Sleeping Dogs, although the upgrade system of Sleeping Dogs seems far more complex. I hope the game plays out like Bully in every way except that the blocking replaced with the counter mechanic of Arkham Asylum/City.
Either way the game looks promising and something to tide us over until the release of GTA V!