It's my favorite game this year (specifically this episode) by far. I haven't played Sleeping Dogs yet, I own it but haven't played it, but it would take one hell of a game to make me feel like I did at the end of this episode.
Massive spoilers ahead, it's not small spoilers DO NOT click on it if you don't want some very serious stuff spoiled, but want to talk about it some for those who beat it today or don't mind spoilers:
So, to get it out of the way, you have to shoot Duck in the head in the woods cause he gets bitten, and Katjaa kills herself before you do it as she can't take the emotional stress. Also, Lilly shoots either Doug/Carley in the head regardless of your decisions, so 3 major characters die off this episode no matter what.
Every death was equally surprising, although I felt Carley's death a lot less than Duck/Katjaa, Katjaa being probably my favorite character after Lee/Clem, with Kenny right behind. I didn't like duck, but having to shoot him in the head... man, I really felt that, I could have let Kenny shoot him, but at that point I was like no way I can let him do that, and I think it is BECAUSE I didn't like him that I felt it more, not sure if that makes sense or why it is so, but it is, and I honestly think they were going for that when doing this part of the story.
The three new characters introduced are not bad, the woman I don't like much but her boyfriend or whatever seems pretty entertaining, and the old man I'm not sure what to think of.
As for the episode 4 preview, I think it looks fun, but it's so hard to think of moving on without 3 of the major characters that have been there since the first episode, like.. damn, what a hit.