This week’s new GeForce NOW release on NVIDIA SHIELD is Sleeping Dogs, a popular action-adventure game that comes hot on the heels of two Lara Croft-themed hits. And, like both titles starring Ms. Croft (in Tomb Raider 2013 and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light), Sleeping Dogs is free for all members to enjoy.
As undercover cop, Wei Shen, you are tasked with infiltrating the most powerful, and brutally dangerous, criminal organization in Hong Kong – the Sun On Yee Triad. Doing so won’t be easy, and just might have to break a few laws, and bones, along the way.
Before you can get to the Triad’s top dogs, you’ll need to start at the bottom of the gang’s totem pole and slowly work your way up. This means taking part in deadly criminal activities without exposing your true motives.
Can you stay loyal to the badge as you experience more and more of the criminal code of honor, and gradually win the respect, and trust, of your targets?
Similar to games like Saints Row IV (also on GeForce NOW), Sleeping Dogs pretty much lets you tackle the main missions at your leisure while exploring the vast city of Hong Kong for side missions. These can involve everything from illegal car, superbike, and speedboat races to gambling on cock fights and even partaking in a little karaoke. Hong Kong is quite literally your playground.
And it’s also your battleground as an undercover cop against the Triad. Most missions involve deadly confrontations with rival gangs that will quickly fill the screen with explosive action featuring a blend of martial arts, parkour, gunfights, and brutal mano-a-mano takedowns.
With each encounter you’ll earn statistical rewards that unlock various achievements as well as new unique abilities linked to your style of play. You will likely discover the line between law enforcement officer and outlaw gets blurred in quick order.
Once you work your way through the main game you can then choose to take on two more story-based content packs we’ve included that add more missions to complete, toys to discover, and bad guys to fight.
First, foil a cultist plot to “cleanse” the city of Hong Kong on the eve of the Chinese New Year in Year of the Snake. Then, fight to save the city – and your kidnapped girlfriend – from invading hordes of vampires and demons in Nightmare in Northpoint.
To play, navigate to the GeForce NOW menu within SHIELD Hub on your SHIELD Android TV, portable or tablet. You’ll find Sleeping Dogs in the New for Members category. (Note: The game is rated M for Mature and is available for streaming in all regions supported by GeForce NOW, including a USK version for Germany.)
GeForce NOW is the world’s first cloud-gaming service capable of streaming PC games at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.
Members enjoy immediate access to a library of more than 60 popular games they can play on-demand, plus the option to purchase new games from the GeForce NOW store and stream them instantly. Membership is free for the first three months, then just $7.99 per month.
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