United Front Gives You the 411 In this "Sleeping Dogs 101" Trailer

Fisticuffs and firefights adorn this comprehensive introduction to the upcoming Hong Kong-based open world game.

A host of new screens and details from Square after the jump.

We're only a couple of months out from the release of Sleeping Dogs and Square isn't taking a chance on you possibly forgetting about this spiritual successor to the True Crime series. The game has shaped up to be something really interesting, but the big question is where it will fit on the continuum of the grim seriousness of GTA and the absolutely bonkers goofiness of Saints Row.

A game's gotta have its niche.

In their own words:

The world of Sleeping Dogs is one loaded with possibilities and divergent play. Players traverse a sprawling open world via multiple vehicles including cars, motorcycles and boats, engage in brutal combat through the game’s deep hand-to-hand and firearms systems, and explore the gritty triad underbelly that resides behind Hong Kong’s glittering façade.

To help outline what players will encounter in game, we present our “Sleeping Dogs 101” trailer – a comprehensive video summary narrating and showing the key features in the game.

Developed by United Front Games in collaboration with Square Enix London Studios, Sleeping Dogs is a gritty and visceral open world cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Taking the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, players are tasked with taking down one of the world’s most fearsome criminal organizations from the inside. Offering players an island packed with action, every street corner, market stall, harbor dock or city skyscraper can become an opportunity for intense shoot-outs, adrenaline-fuelled street races and intense, brutal martial arts combat. Featuring one of the most intuitive and imaginative combat systems, Sleeping Dogs empowers players to perform an extensive set of martial arts moves, singlehandedly taking on numerous opponents. Players perform bone-crunching kicks and combos, vicious counters and a cinematic set of environmental takedowns making use of countless real-world items from circular saws to phone booths, incinerators to refrigerator doors.

Chew on these screens:

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Sleeping Dogs barks (ouch) its way onto the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on August 14th.

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