Waking The Dead: Sleeping Dogs Zombie DLC

By Craig Pearson on October 15th, 2012 at 1:00 pm.

Not a zombie
Halloween is quickly becoming a gamer holiday. It’s the time when games all over the world come together in celebration of Zombie DLC. They put out Red Bull and Doritos, then try and get some sleep hoping that Develop Claus will have come in the night, riding along in his Gaming Chair, being pulled by his Code Monkeys, delivering a Steam code to sit under your PC. Will Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare at North Point DLC be on your Steam wanted list?

I’m not sure. The expansion was revealed at United Front’s Comic Con panel this weekend. The idea is sound: there’s a pile of Chinese horror influences for the developers to cherry pick from, and they really do want to do something a bit different from the usual hoarde mode. It’ll be story-based, and pit you against a tortured gang member returning to life and bringing an gang of undead with him. Magical tea imbues Wei Shen with ELECTRIFIED FISTS to punch the undead, and he’ll have to fend off Jiang Shi (Chinese vamps) with a magical sword.

But the off-screen footage below is worrying, as the antagonists fight with all the slickness of an unanimated corpse. I like my corpses animated, thank you very much.

Those hopping things are creepy, but they don’t seem all that fun to fight. It’ll be out on October the 30th.

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  1. DarkLiberator says:

    I’d love to be the fly on their office walls and hearing them discuss DLC ideas.

    “YOU KNOW WHAT WE HAVEN’T DONE? Chinese zombies and hopping vampires!”

  2. malkav11 says:

    That’s my concern: Sleeping Dogs is a game where melee combat is paramount and the main form that takes is martial arts punchery. I suppose they can handwave a way for you to actually hurt zombies by doing that, but it’s not really the right mode for satisfying zombie action.

  3. squirrel says:

    If you know much about Hong Kong history, you should know that Hong Kong police, ever back during the British colonial period, had been having a very long history of dealing with supernatural phenomena……

    And another interesting fact: both HKP and its natural born enemy, triad, are worshiping the very same Kami: Emperor Guan Yu. Back while HKP was the Royal Hong Kong Police, even most of the British officers worshiped it, too.

    And it’s one more interesting fact that Jiang Shi are often presumed to be in Manchurian mandarin uniforms. Some said it simply is because of Hong Kong movies which depicted them to be so. The truth is, Manchurian’s Qing dynasty was marked as a period with endless of civil wars. Jiang Shi might be mainly victims of those holocausts. Triads were originally Chinese underground organizations aimed at overthrowing the Qing authority to begin with.

    • Snargelfargen says:

      Do you have any recommendations on where to read up about the Hong Kong Police and it’s involvement with the occult? It sounds interesting.

      • squirrel says:

        For the sake of making this DLC more appealing, my discussion below is not off-topic. I am sorry I dont have any English source for this topic, but I would try to give some examples here.

        I think it is some decades ago, probably 1970s, there was a tea-restaurant (just like greasy spoon, they were serving grass-root class) which received a take-out order at one night. While the delivery boy arrived with the food, he saw 4 guys in the apartment playing Majong (they should feature this in Sleeping Dogs, it’s a very popular gambling game in Southern China, including Hongkong of course). While he returned to the restaurant all the money became…… hell money. Hell money is to be burnt to the underworld. The restaurant owner, of course, accused the poor delivery boy for stealing money. But days followed the restaurant kept receiving delivery order from the same apartment at nights, and other delivery boys returned with the same result. The owner of course knew something must be wrong so he reported to the police. The police arrived in day time, found that there were four corpses. Newspapers at that time reported that the police even employed armored vehicle to block the area.

        The regional police headquarters in Kwun Chung was also well known to be once infested with…… beings from another world. Interestingly they were high rank police officers from Britain who managed to suppress the situation.

        Chinese belief was that all government offices, with authority representing the god (be it imperial or republican), all hold holy power protecting people from all obscene. Thing is, however, Hong Kong Police has its dark history. It was once known for its utmost corruption. Many innocents were tortured to their false confessions. So you beat, some troubles will follow.

        But I bet there should be many retired Royal Hong Kong Police Force officers in Britain, who can provide some insight into the topic. Really, I know that before 1997, all British Police Officers in Hong Kong, regardless of their religion (yes, even if they are Christian), must worship Emperor Guan. So when undercover Officer Wei Shen had to pay tribute to the statue while in triad, this is probably the most comfortable task for him in the triad throughout the whole undercover operation.

  4. Simon Hawthorne says:

    Jiang Shi literally translates to ‘stiff corpse’. That is apparently how they move so that may be the reason behind it, even if it does just look like lazy animation if you’ve never heard of Jiang Shi.

    Wikipedia states that: “At night, it [the Jiang Shi] moves around by hopping, with its arms outstretched” and “It is believed that the jiangshi is so stiff that that it cannot bend its limbs and body, so it has to move around by hopping while keeping its arms stretched out for mobility.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiang_Shi

    Apparently vinegar or a rooster’s call will defeat a Jiang Shi. Now there’s your game.

    See here for a video: http://youtu.be/56Zvquhww80?t=19s Brilliant.

  5. Danda says:

    Hey, remember when in the first True Crime some unexplained Chinese ghosts showed up and kicked your ass before desappearing for the rest of the game? Me neither.

    SO NATURALLY WE WANT THEM BACK.

    • CobraLad says:

      You mean that chinese zombies and old man with twin tatooed ghost-ladies and ability to turn into a dragon? I dont even remember such thing.

  6. Atic Atac says:

    Now we just need an XCOM zombie DLC. No wait….ehm….I HATE YOU CHRYSALIDS!!!111

  7. Nick says:

    This is.. weird.

  8. orient says:

    What a waste. Here’s a good rule to follow: if your game doesn’t involve the supernatural, don’t put zombies/vampires in it. Make something that isn’t an embarrassing cash-grab.

  9. Ergates_Antius says:

    Ooh Zombies in a game. Why hasn’t someone done this before?

  10. BlitzThose says:

    Sleeping dogs a brilliant game ruined by crap dlc, all the dlc for this game is half assed. If they even took some time to think about a proper halloween dlc they could have easily made a Big Trouble in Little China parody dlc now that would be something worth buying.

  11. Optimaximal says:

    Surely better puns would have been ‘The Walking Dog’ or ‘Walking the Dead’. Come on Craig, make the hivemind proud!

  12. GameCat says:

    Damn, I thought this was The Walking Dead Ep4 Wot I Think at first glance. :x

  13. Wedge says:

    I’m having fun with this game for the free pack-in it was with my video card. But really there’s not enough depth to it for any of this DLC to be interesting, the game is just waaaay too damn easy. The combat doesn’t even begin to approach the level of something like Yakuza, where they also happened to go and make a WHOLE GAME to cover zombies.

  14. Vandelay says:

    I don’t own Sleeping Dogs, so couldn’t care less about uninspired DLC, but just want to say the opening paragraph to this article was brilliant!

  15. abandonhope says:

    Sleeping Dogs petered out pretty fast for me. The fighting, though fun, was hardly enough to sustain a game in which not much else was. It never really felt particularly open-world, not in a compulsive playground sort of way. Rather, it was a sequence of decent story quests surrounded by a wide but shallow layer of fluff. Losing cop points for scraping guard rails, that was a terrible gaming experience. I can’t see myself going back to it for any reason.

  16. JiminyJickers says:

    I liked Sleeping Dogs, I wished they did proper DLC instead of more Zombie DLC. Seems like every game has ZDLC these days.

  17. PopeRatzo says:

    Big Trouble in Little Hong Kong!