Creating a compelling and enjoyable open world experience is more than just giving the player as much real estate technologically possible to play in. It's a delicate balancing act between character and scale. Somewhere between Grand Theft Auto's size and Yakuza's personality lies Sleeping Dogs.
That's not to say that Grand Theft Auto IV or Yakuza 4 aren't both excellent titles in their own right. The former is one of the finest open world experiences available in gaming; the latter a more intimate experience that oozes character and atmosphere. Some gamers prefer size, others immersion.
But for the gamer that wants the best of both open worlds? Sleeping Dogs is their game.