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Square Enix and United Front Games released a trailer and a series of screenshots for the upcoming definitive edition of Sleeping Dogs for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The trailer is three minutes long, talking up all the changes and modifications made to the original game in order to fit the upgraded consoles of the eighth gen.
Given that I played the PC version – since the Xbox 360 and PS3 version suffered terribly from frame-rate issues – and the graphics were turned up pretty high, it's hard to see this new trailer and think that there's any upgrades on display. I'm sure seventh-gen console owners will readily see the difference, but PC gamers already had access to the special HD texture pack and could max out the graphics with multi-sample anti-aliasing and full HD resolutions. Even with the YouTube trailer at 1080p my response was... “Meh”.
Nevertheless, if you didn't already own the PC version of Sleeping Dogs and you decided to upgrade to a PS4 or Xbox One from the PS3 or Xbox 360, you're likely to see a pretty big upgrade.
The video notes that the models have been upgraded (though they still look the same from the PC version, but maybe I'm missing something?), the textures and particle effects have also been upgraded, adding more atmosphere to the game. The most interesting thing is upping the count of pedestrians and vehicles. One of the biggest problems in a lot of open-world games is that they lack proper density – we see a lot of empty streets, barely any civilians walking around or streets that look like the aftermath of a virus plague, sort of like the Xbox 360 and PS3 version of GTA V . The Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will aim to avoid the empty-streets routine, which should make for a far more atmospheric experience.
In addition to graphics and performance upgrades (including bumping the game up to native 1080p for the home consoles) Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will also include all of the previously released DLC in one complete package.
You can see how the game looks with a few blown-up screenshots of the action. The game is set for release on October 10th, 2014. You can learn more by paying a visit to the game's official website.