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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
United Front Games
Square Enix
Russia Noviy Disk[1]
Release dates
Windows August 14, 2012
Metacritic 80
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Cross-game bonus
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Boost
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Open world, Action, Brawler, Shooter
Vehicles Automobile, Motorcycle
Art styles Realistic
Themes Asia, China, Contemporary, Detective/mystery
Series Sleeping Dogs
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Sleeping Dogs guide on StrategyWiki
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Sleeping Dogs on Wikipedia
Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs 2012
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition 2014
Triad Wars Cancelled

Sleeping Dogs is a singleplayer third-person open world, action, brawler and shooter game in the Sleeping Dogs series.

Released in August of 2012, the game received positive reviews for its combat, voice acting, protagonist, experience system, and depiction of Hong Kong; its camera and driving physics however were criticized.

General information

Sleeping Dogs Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Only available in Germany
Publisher website (unavailable)
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German version.
All versions require Steam DRM; digital versions do not contain serial keys, instead registering directly onto the Steam ID.[2]
Steam version is no longer directly available for purchase, although existing owners can still purchase the DLCs.
A free demo is available from Steam: steam://install/215220


Type Notes
Cross-game bonus A Just Cause 2 savefile will unlock a Rico Rodriguez outfit and the ability to use Stunt Position from further away.
DLC Nightmare in North Point, Zodiac Tournament, Wheels of Fury, Year of the Snake

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Valve T-Shirt Pack Included with base game
Community Gift Pack Included with base game
Deep Undercover Pack Included in the Dragon Master Pack
Drunken Fist Pack
Gangland Style Pack
Ghost Pig Available for free
GSP Pack Included in the Dragon Master Pack
The High Roller Pack
High Resolution Texture Pack Available for free. Requires 4 GB of HD space. See the DLC Steam page for a download link.
Law Enforcer Pack
Martial Arts Pack Included in the Dragon Master Pack
Monkey King Pack This DLC will not be loaded if the current language is set to Russian.
Movie Masters Pack This DLC will not be loaded if the current language is set to Russian.
Nightmare in North Point
Police Protection Pack Included in the Dragon Master Pack
The Red Envelope Pack
Retro Triad Pack
Screen Legends Pack
Square Enix Character Pack No longer available following the property's acquisitions from Embracer Group
Street Racer Pack
The SWAT Pack
Tactical Soldier Pack
Top Dog Gold Pack
Top Dog Silver Pack
Triad Enforcer Pack Included in the Dragon Master Pack
Wheels of Fury
Year of the Snake This DLC will not be loaded if the current language is set to Russian.
Zodiac Tournament This DLC will not be loaded if the current language is set to Russian.

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.[3]
Sleeping Dogs Collection is a complete edition with all DLC.[4] The free High Resolution Texture Pack is a separate download.
The Japanese version is region locked to the country and only includes Japanese and English language options.
The German version does not support any DLC and only supports German language support.
Both the German and Japanese versions are Low Violence Versions.

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) <SteamLibrary-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) <SteamLibrary-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


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
HUD is positioned for 16:9.[5]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Can be adjusted via Racer_S Camera Control
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.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
May bug out when switching desktops.[6]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[7]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)
Any in-game graphical changes require a restart, otherwise visual elements will appear invisible in the game.[8]


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
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 support
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
PlayStation controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Includes setting to turn on or off
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 output[9]
Can also be turned on only for when Cantonese is spoken.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Limited to some NPCs and radio stations.
Choice of subtitling only Cantonese is available.
Heavily censored version. Outdated and does not support any DLC.[10]
Heavily censored version region locked to Japan.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
DLC was never translated due to Square Enix discontinuing Russian language support.[11] For DLC to work, you have to switch to another language, e.g. English. All DLCs were later localized for the Definitive Edition.

Issues unresolved

Naz gets stuck in prologue

During the intro sequence, 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 continue running, Naz will respawn ahead before the cutscene sequence. This issue still happens in the up-to-date original version.

No issues for game versions made before any DLC updates.
Issue fixed in the Definitive Edition.

HkShip.exe has stopped working


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[13]
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 with its increase of shadows.[14]
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[15]

Disable 'Cheat' DLC

DLC can be selectively disabled from the game's properties in the Steam client.[16]
Game features DLC that give unbalanced bonuses for player.
Instructions[citation needed]
  • The following DLC are boosts for the leveling systems 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)


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 an existing save game, simply re-enable the 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.[17]
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:


  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 improve FPS noticeably.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

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) ATI Radeon HD 3870
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
DirectX 10 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
VRAM requirement only for High Resolution Texture Pack.


  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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Sleeping Dogs - last accessed on 2023-06-30
  2. Sleeping Dogs • Where is the serial key when purchased through Steam. (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-05-17
  3. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition confirmed! - last accessed on 2023-05-17
  4. Sleeping Dogs Collection :: Sleeping Dogs™ General Discussions - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  5. Sleeping Dogs | WSGF
  6. Twitter - @SheriefFYI - last accessed on 2022-04-03
    "Sleeping Dogs: forces the highest refresh rate available (144 in this case), though switching desktops via swipe (not alt+tab) and changing into 60 forces it into a confused state about present intervals:"
  7. New 120Hz Games Report (retrieved)
  8. World disappearing on gfx change - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  9. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  10. Sleeping Dogs • German Customers! Only Patch 1.1 and no DLC´s! (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-05-17
  11. News: Sleeping Dogs DLC remains without localization (Russian) - last accessed on 2023-08-01
  12. HkShip.exe has stopped working.. - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  13. Game receiving phantom "up" input, unplayable. - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  14. Sleeping Dogs • Daylight stuttering thread: Will this ever get fixed? (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-05-17
  15. Sleeping Dogs • Long black screen during cutscenes and invisible characters (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-05-17
  16. Steam Community - last accessed on May 2023
  17. Sleeping Dogs • Can't map movement to arrow keys (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-05-17