Now I know lots of people played this so the fact there is no thread for it, frankly, doesn't surprise me, because it's boring. But I wrote a relatively large post about it elsewhere so I thought I'd put it here too.
But what is the GTM consensus on this game? I dunno. But here is my inital impression from playing an hour on it since it's on PS+ for gratis, now.
I've only played it a little but I don't think I like it. I remember when it was getting shown off before it came out the devs seemed to have this mission to make an open world game where all of its components would make good games in their own right. The combat would be like that of a dedicated action game and the driving like that of a racing game, which is a bold and respectable challenge to take on.
But I don't think they've managed it.
I don't think the combat is that great. My expectations are probably ruined by people that say 'it's like Arkham games' when it really isn't. The combat in the Arkham games is good because of that build up of momentum you get in big crowds. The momentum that comes from spotting characteristics such as the guy that has a knife, the one that has a gun or a shield, and them using the right move to sort them out without losing momentum. That's why that combat is great. Sleepy Dogs is more like Ass Creed, or at least what I remember of it, in that it's just about waiting for them to attack and then pressing the counter button. It's not even as good as the combat in the Yakuza games that adopts quite a traditional brawler style. And it just feels... wobbly. I don't like it.
Then you have the driving, which has that heavy but weirdly slippery thing going on which is like the rubbish Need for Speed games. Getting around is as much fun as maneuvering a heavy trolley about. I don't like it.
Then we get to the characters and stuff. To get to what I don't like about this stuff is I have to use an example from a film. There is a scene in Jet Li's Fearless. It's a film set around the 1900s I think... maybe later... but anyway, there is this scene involving a Chinese, upper-class business man and some English member of the government who works at the English embassy... I dunno, I've forgotten the details... but the details aren't important.
The point is is that both of these characters speak both English and Cantonese and how and when both these characters use both these languages is important to the dynamic of the conversation. The Chinese fellow is an aspirational man who uses it to raise his profile while the English bloke is aware of the language comes loaded with imperialism and power, though understands how to use Cantonese to get people on his side.
The point I want to get to is: okay, I can see how an English speaking guy could fit into this situation, but why is everyone speaking English most of the time with the odd bit of Cantonese to give it some oriental flare? Why are these guys just speaking Cantonese; why is the English all American English? What the **** is going on here? I'm confused. It's just random. It's hard to get what's going on.
After playing this and inFAMOUS 2 I think I have come to the conclusion that I was way too hard on Arkham City. I may delete this and download that instead. They got the odd thing wrong but they got more right than everyone else.