Best New I.P.

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Best New I.P.

Sleeping Dogs
In another year filled with sequels, Sleeping Dogs was one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. Its fate was uncertain when Activision cancelled it, but Square-Enix was gracious enough to revive it and allow us to play the finest sandbox game of the year. Its compelling story of betrayal and corruption involves more than a few characters you’ll grow attached to. Its gameplay brings with it all the things you’ve come to expect from a sandbox game plus more. Gunplay is handled better than most in the genre, its fluid free-running elements are excellent, and everything has a high level of refinement that is rare for action adventure games.
Nominees
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