Warning: This review will contain spoilers for the ending of Sleeping Dogs.
The Year of the Snake is the final DLC of the first Sleeping Dogs game. It serves an epilogue, to an extent, for the main game. We finally find out whether Wei Shen's loyalty is ultimately to the Triads or the Hong Kong police department. Sadly, this is all a bit of an anticlimax dealt with in the opening monologue of the game.
|Hint: Wei is a cop.|
|The SWAT gear for the Hong Kong police comes free with the DLC--once you complete it.|
Part of the problem is this may be a little too ambitious of a premise for a DLC. The Year of the Snake could easily have been the beginning plot of Sleeping Dogs 2. Maybe the Snake cult are a front for the Triads attempting to do, I dunno, stock manipulation or something. The DLC seems a bit underwhelming as the cultists are all mindless mooks. This is a sharp contrast to the main game where the Triad bosses all had distinct personalities.
|Wei Shen learns to go ultra-violent in a socially ACCEPTABLE way.|
I'm not going to say the Year of the Snake is a waste but its potential is under-realized. A lot of the game feels like repetitions of previous adventures from the main game, which they are, but they don't give enough of them. Sadly, the most commonly repeated police adventure is "Suspicious Vehicle" which is the least enjoyable of the new material.
In conclusion, I liked Year of the Snake but wasn't blown away by it. I recommend people who were fans of Wei Shen to pick it up but not to get their expectations too high.