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Sleeping Dogs

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For the enhanced version, containing all DLC rebalanced and properly integrated into the game's story, updated graphics and various additional enhancements, see Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition.

Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs cover
Developers
United Front Games
Publishers
Square Enix
Release dates
Windows August 14, 2012
Reception
Metacritic 80
IGDB 82
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Open world
Vehicles Automobile, Motorcycle
Art styles Realistic
Themes Asia, China, Contemporary
Series Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs on HowLongToBeat
Sleeping Dogs on IGDB
Sleeping Dogs guide on StrategyWiki
Sleeping Dogs on MobyGames
Sleeping Dogs on Wikipedia
Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs 2012
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition 2014
Triad Wars Cancelled

Key points

Great PC port, featuring DX11 support, a high-res texture pack, and others.[1]
German version is heavily censored, outdated, and has no DLCs.[2]

General information

Sleeping Dogs General Discussion - Square Enix Forums
Sleeping Dogs Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
Publisher website (unavailable)
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Windows
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German version.
Windows
Steam (unavailable)
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM; digital versions do not contain serial keys, instead registering directly onto the Steam ID.[3]
Steam version is no longer directly available for purchase, although existing owners can still purchase the DLCs.
Demo

Monetization

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Valve T-Shirt Pack Included with base game
Windows
Community Gift Pack Included with base game
Windows
Deep Undercover Pack Included in the Dragon Master Pack
Windows
Drunken Fist Pack
Windows
Gangland Style Pack
Windows
Ghost Pig Available for free
Windows
GSP Pack Included in the Dragon Master Pack
Windows
The High Roller Pack
Windows
High Resolution Texture Pack Available for free. Requires 4 GB of HD space. See the DLC Steam page for a download link.
Windows
Law Enforcer Pack
Windows
Martial Arts Pack Included in the Dragon Master Pack
Windows
Monkey King Pack This DLC will not be loaded if the current language is set to Russian.
Windows
Movie Masters Pack This DLC will not be loaded if the current language is set to Russian.
Windows
Nightmare in North Point
Windows
Police Protection Pack Included in the Dragon Master Pack
Windows
The Red Envelope Pack
Windows
Retro Triad Pack
Windows
Screen Legends Pack
Windows
Square Enix Character Pack
Windows
Street Racer Pack
Windows
The SWAT Pack
Windows
Tactical Soldier Pack
Windows
Top Dog Gold Pack
Windows
Top Dog Silver Pack
Windows
Triad Enforcer Pack Included in the Dragon Master Pack
Windows
Wheels of Fury
Windows
Year of the Snake This DLC will not be loaded if the current language is set to Russian.
Windows
Zodiac Tournament This DLC will not be loaded if the current language is set to Russian.
Windows

Version differences

The Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition contains all DLC rebalanced and properly integrated into the game's story, updated graphics and various additional enhancements.[4]
Sleeping Dogs Collection is a complete edition with all DLC.[5] The free High Resolution Texture Pack is a separate download.
The Japanese version is a Low Violence Version and only includes Japanese and English languages. Japanese is not available for purchases in other countries.
The German version is a Low Violence Version and only includes the German language.

Game data

In-game general settings (1/3).
In-game general settings (1/3).
In-game general settings (2/3).
In-game general settings (2/3).
In-game general settings (3/3).
In-game general settings (3/3).

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\DisplaySettings.xml[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\data\HK Options[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/202170/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\HK*Slot*[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/202170/pfx/[Note 2]

Save file information:

  • Main story save files: HK Autosave Slot and HK GameSlot # (# is 1 - 4)
  • Nightmare in North Point DLC save files: HK AutosaveG Slot and HK GameSlotG # (# is 1 - 2)
  • The Year of the Snake DLC save files: HK AutosaveN Slot and HK GameSlotN # (# is 1 - 2)

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
HUD is positioned for 16:9.[6]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Can be adjusted via Racer_S Camera Control
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Locked on FXAA and optional SSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
May bug out when switching desktops.[7]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[8]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
All graphics changing requires a restart, otherwise visual elements will be missing from the game.[9]

Input

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Under Controller Layout. Not all keys can be rebound.
Mouse acceleration
No option. Mouse acceleration not present. Some mouse smoothing - turning on Raw Input should reduce it.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[10]
Subtitles
Can also be turned on only for when Cantonese is spoken.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Cantonese
Limited to some NPCs and radio stations.
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Japan region purchases only.
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation; download.
Russian
Spanish

Issues unresolved

Naz stucks in prologue

During the first/Prologue mission you're supposed to follow Naz to escape the police. While escaping the fish market after climbing over the crates Naz gets stuck in that area and the animation sequence where Wei does a jump takedown to a policeman fails to trigger. However, if the player choose to run straight Naz will spawn someway ahead before the cutscene sequence. This issue still happens in the up-to-date original version. Doesn't seem to happen in the initial release version without dlcs. Note: Definitive Edition is unaffected.

HkShip.exe has stopped working

To be resolved issue.[11]

Run the game in compatibility mode[citation needed]
Run the game in a lower quality[citation needed]

Can't choose custom refresh rate

When selecting resolution in video options, only pre-made presets are available, user can't choose to change refresh rate, which often force players to play in windowed mode.

Can't force game into fullscreen

The game starts in windowed mode and no matter what you do it just stays in windowed mode. Alt+ Enter doesn't work and neither does setting the video option to fullscreen.
Close TeamViewer if installed[citation needed]
Disable TeamViewer's QuickConnect[citation needed]
  1. Go into TeamViewer's advanced settings.
  2. Disable the "QuickConnect" feature.
Close (or stop) Actual Multiple Monitors, or other multi-monitor software if installed[citation needed]
Change monitor's refresh rate to the native one[citation needed]

Issues fixed

Constantly scrolling up

Caused by controller drivers.
Disable Human Interface Devices[12]
This specific fix is only for use when playing using keyboard and mouse.
  1. Go into your Device Manager > Human Interface Devices
  2. Right click on any that say HID-compiant consumer control device, for example, USB Input Device, USB Game Controller, HID-compliant device.
  3. Right click and disable every device apart from your keyboard.

FPS issues and/or stuttering

The game may lag or stutter on high-end systems, particularly during day time.[13]
Run the game in windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Start the game and enable windowed mode.
  2. See Borderless fullscreen windowed to make the game borderless.

Black screen during cutscenes

Reinstall the game[14]

Disable 'Cheat' DLC

DLC can be selectively disabled from the game's properties in the Steam client.[15]
Game features DLC that give unbalanced bonuses for player. Some people may not realize this when buying DLC packs.
Instructions[citation needed]
  • The following DLC may be considered 'cheats' and can be disabled at the player's discretion:
    • Gold Top Dog (Gives you 8,250 Triad, 4,500 Cop and 4,500 extra Face Experience Points)
    • Silver Top Dog (Gives you 8,250 Triad, 4,500 Cop and 4,500 extra Face Experience Points)
    • Red Envelope Pack (Distributes 20 envelopes that have $50k each throughout Hong Kong)
    • High Roller Pack (Gives Tuono vehicle, High Roller outfit, and an extra $200k)

Notes

DLC can't be removed from save file. A new game must be started in order for the DLC to not be applied.
To grant the DLC bonus to any save game simply re-enable that DLC and load the save game.

Can't remap to arrow keys

Can be remapped to number pad arrow keys, but not standard arrow keys.[16]
Enable arrow key movement[citation needed]
  1. Install AutoHotkey.
  2. After installation, when prompted to create the first script, choose Yes in the dialog box.
  3. Delete everything from the Notepad file which opens and paste the following:
up::w
down::s
left::a
right::d

Numpad8::up
Numpad5::down
Numpad4::left
Numpad6::right

NumpadAdd::Enter
NumpadEnter::Backspace
  1. Right click on the AutoHotkey icon in the notification tray and choose Reload script. In the future if you want to use the arrow keys in the game just start the AutoHotkey application and you are done.

Low performance on Nvidia cards

The game is optimized for AMD cards, and thus Nvidia cards can post low FPS for the auto detected settings.[citation needed]
Improve frame rate[citation needed]

Setting "Enable Quality Anti-Aliasing" and "Screen Space Ambient Occlusion" to Normal should noticeably improve FPS.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11 Only supports DirectX 11; backward compatibility for DirectX 10 and 10.1 GPUs is provided by DirectX 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 3870
DirectX 10 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/202170/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (202170) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References