Triad Wars is a fun new GTA Online-esque massively multiplayer open world action-adventure from Square Enix and United Front Games, set on the vibrant streets of Sleeping Dogs‘ Hong Kong.
Using Sleeping Dog’s fun blend of driving, gunplay and hand to hand combat, your aim in Triad Wars is to rise through the ranks and become the kingpin of the triad world. There are a variety of different ways you can gain money and power, such as hacking, laundering, abductions, stick-ups, street racing, extortion and many others.
Cars are a big factor in Triad Wars, and they follow the model as format as GTA Online with you able to steal random cars around the city, or unlock specific cars permanently via missions or by purchasing them. Car handling is similar to Sleeping Dogs, and the nifty ability of being able to leap between moving cars makes a welcome return too.
As well as familiar vehicle based gameplay, the satisfyingly visceral and fluid hand to hand combat of Sleeping Dogs carries over to. You’ll unlock skills and weaponry over time too as you level up and work towards becoming Hong Kong’s number one badass.
Sleeping Dogs was a (sleeper) hit when it came out thanks to it’s vibrant game world, fun gameplay and excellent melee combat. Thankfully Triad Wars is very much more of the same, but with massively multiplayer gameplay and a a few unobtrusive F2P elements. It can be compared to GTA Online as it’s an online open world game but in reality Triad Wars feels very different thanks to it’s rpg-esque levelling system, bone crunching combat and larger focus on narrative. Very cool stuff.
Note: This is very much a Beta, and has been having connectivity issues (with the website and the game), so please be patient and bear in mind it’s a work in progress.
Important Note: One game breaking bug we found during play was that the game crashed when you’re asked to equip your first favours. Re-installing didn’t work, the only way we found around it was by creating a new account and starting again with a new faction (Shing W0).