Modern Borefare Game Club: Sleeping Dogs (reviewed by Sleeping Writers)

finish this game or I'll kill you!!!

Impervious Rex

OK! Let’s get down to business. Inaugural Modern Borefare game club presents: Sleeping Dogs

Vicious Pjurahead, What was your initial reaction to the game?

Vicious Pjurahead

I was surprised how into it I was right from the start.  Up until your post here on Modern Borefare I never paid much attention to it.  So many games come out and this one got lost in the shuffle of the more popular titles. My first sitting I must have played 4.5 hours.  I kept wanting to see what direction it was going in and how it differentiated itself from other sandbox games. The amount of sidequests available just in the first hour made me giddy..  I love when a game surprises me the way this one did.

IR

Really? Because I didn’t find it to be that surprising at all.  At least not initially.  Maybe I’m not as far as you.I’ve probably played 6 hours total so far. But when you’re talking about all those side quests…man, those get me stressed out.  For some reason i assume there’s a “right” order to do them in and it bums me out if I get it wrong.  But I guess there really is no wrong in a sandbox.

VPH

I think I was just so surprised because I knew absolutely nothing about the game. Didn’t stop me from beating the game this afternoon. Bloody as hell

IR

That’s fair.  I knew enough about the game that I knew I wanted to buy it and play it. The various reviews definitely helped sway me as well.You beat it already?  Ok, now we have to go off track a bit and discuss this: did you enjoy it? Or did you just speed through the end so you could move on to another game?

VPH

It feels like you’ve already played most games before they come out.  This game wasn’t the case. No not at all, I didn’t speed though; I have no other games lined up.  Just really got into the story and its really fast paced.

IR

Did you do all of the side quests? Get all of the collectables? Are you going to go back through the game again?

VPH

I found that the side quests were just really intriguing, all so different and quirky including everyone’s favorite, COCK FIGHTING!!! The only side quest path I completely finished was the karaoke. Did you do karaoke yet?

IR

I think I hate the karoke, but that may have to do with the fact that I hate karoke in real life.

(What kind of mischief do we get to after the jump? Only one way to find out!)

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Lightning Strikes, Not Once But Thrice

On the 25th anniversary of the franchise, Square Enix announces 2013 will bring a new Final Fantasy with Lightning once again at the helm.  It will be the third version of FFXIII and will wrap up her long and oh so confusing time shifting story.  According to the official release the game will include new characters, costumes, and transforming weapons.  I could not even begin to tell you the chronology of FFXIII-2,  so God only knows where this one is headed.  Even though I found the previous two installments in the FFXIII franchise confusing on the story front, the gameplay was stellar and both games had different variations of combat, strategy, and exploration.  Sadly, despite sinking countless hours into the effort, I just couldn’t beat the last game.  Even on the easy setting, Square Enix gave me a battle that just could not be won.

The newest addition of the game centers around exploration, with a day-night cycle with which you can encounter and interact (YAY for not ending a sentence with a preposition).  It’s looking like a mix between the FF lore and the Skyrim style of exploration.  All the best components which make a game super addicting all wrapped into one.  Sign me up!!

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Goodbye Weekends!! ** UPDATE – ModernBorefare Game Club!**

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Update 08.16.12,  01:18pm: It is with some excitement and some trepidation that I’m announcing the first ever Modern Borefare Game Club! The idea is that, much like a book club, a group of us (myself a.k.a the Mighty Mighty Impervious Rex, One Neck/Two Chains Vicious PjuraHead and you, Extra Handsome/Super Pretty Reader) will play the same game then start a running dialogue on it, most likely through further posts and comment section discussion.  In the meantime, to get you jazzed about our digital foray into the seamy underbelly of Hong Kong:

On Sleeping Dogs *UPDATE* *UPDATE #2*

So wait, you did say you want a John Woo-style, open world Hong Kong action game made by Square Enix? Then Sleeping Dogs (may) have you covered.  Even though I’ve just started playing L.A. Noire, I think this is going to be a worthy pickup. Anyone planning on buying this game?

UPDATE 08.13.12 9:23pm – Being weak-willed, I DID buy Sleeping Dogs and it’s all set to arrive tomorrow, barring any massive  mistakes on Amazon’s part.  Like when they delivered Skyrim to an address on the complete other side of New York City last November.  As I may have mentioned before, I do, when possible, try to spport my local gaming shops and they in turn support me by breaking street dates.  So why didn’t I attempt to get an early copy of Sleeping Dogs? Well, two reasons really.  1) I’m right in the middle of L.A. Noire at the moment and 2) this was a complete impulse purchase.  This game may be garbage! Who knows? I’ll get you next time, local video game store!

UPDATE #2 08.14.12 11:26am – Well, it certainly seems like Amazon is in the “boning Impervious Rex” business, because the game I ordered with the understanding that it would arrive today? No, not so much.  It’s currently slated to arrive on Friday! The Hell, man? Granted, I wouldn’t have played it ’til then, but that’s not the point. It’s the principle of the matter, is it not? I’m a Prime member, it was an item available for Prime shipping, yet somehow the item takes five days to be delivered? Something’s rotten in Denmark. I contacted customer service and they (unhelpfully) explained that “while it may take five days to get to you, I can guarantee that it won’t”. How they could  guarantee that or why it wouldn’t arrive earlier they were, of course, unable to answer. BBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Amazon. Boo them unmercifully.