While I thought Sleeping Dogs is a good game, the main issues I had with it were lack of variety, and lack of challenge. The game is too easy, you can basically counter everything easily (melee) and use slow-mo for gun fights. There isn't one single thing I could think of in the game that had any challenge to it, which doesn't seem to be brought up much.
I agree with you in that is wasn't very challenging (not even Batman-challenging, thoughI thought Batman:AC NG+ wasn't that challenging). Imo, I thought the gunplay was lousy until I approached it like HK cinema would, running, vaulting, bullet-time. That said, I wasn't expecting it to be as brawler-focused as Batman. I thought the total package of the base game was well done, new scenery, new story, new violent triad/undercover cop balance mechanic, and not too long.
All keys gone except the one for DOTA 2... my preciousssssss...
I finally got Sleeping Dogs to work thanks to the benchmark suggested by ashes (didn't even noticed it was included in the game), and was able to turn ambient occlusion and motion blur up a notch... guess what, the game automatically took my integrated HD4000 as the default GPU, so I had to force GT650 output through the NVIDIA control panel. I had the very same problem with Magicka.
Time to throw it again into my backlog, then...
About a week ago, I noticed my two giftable DOTA 2 copies disappeared from my inventory.
LOL. ^_^ I'm happy you got it running well.
I think the Aero theme affecting your FPS is only an issue with low-end computers and laptops. I believe the concern is for paged graphics memory and RAM, so if you've got a DDR3/5, 1GB or higher GPU, you shouldn't notice much of a difference.
From what I've read some games automatically disable/re-enable Aero when the get full-screened/alt-tabbed. My main point is that I got another 10+ FPS in SD by manually disabling Aero. It's something to keep in mind to try for anyone trying to gain a bit more FPS. Theoretical is all nice and good, but benchmark or GTFO. ^_~
My computer is a Phenom II X3 720 BE OC'd @ 3.2 GHz with 12 GBs of RAM and a GTX 260 (55nm core 216 EVGA SuperClocked, 896 MB GDDR3) -- hardly low end. (mid-range workhorse) I'll assume your DDR remark is a typo.
Edited by asheskitty, 30 January 2013 - 05:13 AM.