Parents' Guide to

Sleeping Dogs

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

High-adrenaline adventure packed with blood, sex, and drugs.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 18+

Awesome game... for adults

This game is in my top 5 ever. It's like a Grand Theft Auto set in Hong Kong and mostly with fists instead of guns (still guns, but less frequent). So if you're an adult -- get it and enjoy it. But I wouldn't let my tweens even watch me play this, much less play it themselves. Spoilers: The main character is an undercover cop, trying to bring down organized crime in Hong Kong. The main missions involve much punching, kicking, shooting and death, and one mission thread involves freeing women being sold into sex slavery. You also take a few women on dates, and while the sex is implied rather than shown, it's there. If I recall correctly, the language (while a wonderfully immersive mix of Cantonese and English) is peppered with swear words. Side missions encourage more shooting, running over people with your car, stealing cars, hacking cameras around the city, and general lawlessness. The tenor of the game is just too much for kids. I'd recommend it for adults. I might understand a 16-year-old maybe being ok, but not younger kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 14+


This game looks a lot like grand theft auto but sleeping dogs does not have any sex scenes. There are a lot of f-words like hundreds of them its also got some violence where its mostly fighting you can pick up guns and shoot people but very little blood is shown nothing too bad. This is very optional in this game you can purchase a message polar then the screen fads black you cannot see anything bad all you see is that you're getting a back rub. there are very little sexual references and at one part a women reaches for a mans crotch witch are in cut scenes witch can be skiped. You cannot use drugs there are just some references about drug bust. I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BE 13 YEARS OF AGE. (If this was a movie it would be rated pg 13 for Strong language including some sexual reference violence and drug reference and for disturbing images)

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20):
Kids say (43):

For mature players who like gritty action games, Sleeping Dogs it's a blast. The martial arts fighting is the best part, even when taking on more than ten enemies at one time -- Bruce Lee-style. Early on in the game you'll learn how to punch and kick, perform chained combo moves, block and counterattack, and even grab a baddie by the lapel to toss him in to others. You can also use the environment to inflict major harm (such as smashing baddie through a payphone). Again, take heed to the game's "Mature" warning, but these imaginative and cinematic finishing moves will make you wince and laugh at the same time.

While the character animations are a little stiff, the virtual Hong Kong looks fantastic, be it the neon-lit streets (reflecting off wet pavement), bustling markets in Kowloon or jumping between rooftops, across docks, or tearing down busy roads while in pursuit of someone. Story sequences are entertaining to watch, with well-written dialogue, memorable characters, and competent voice acting (in both English and Cantonese, with subtitles). Sleeping Dogs is an extraordinarily fun –- but graphic –- interactive drama. Fans of games like Grand Theft Auto or Hong Kong action movies will no doubt find this game an enjoyable blend between the two worlds.

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