Excerpt: You're running starkers through a city, your skin cut to pieces, a gun in your hand. Your buddy is also naked and bleeding from numerous wounds all over his body. This is the crazy life of Kane and Lynch, gaming's most unlikable leading men; psychos who just can't stay out of trouble. With the original game failing to be a critical success, developer IO Interactive's sequel has a lot to prove. Are these guys simply blood-thirsty killers or is there more to them?
Conclusion: A recommendation for Dog Days isn't hard, though it is filled with qualifications. If the story and characters haven't caught your interest yet, or if you're just not interested in crime thrillers, then there's probably not going to be enough in Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days to keep you playing. Outside of the story it tells, how it tells it, and the interesting conceit of its multiplayer modes, Dog Days is just a passable third person shooter.
Excerpt: There are literally one million and three ways I could start off the review of Kane and Lynch: Dog Days . I could jump right in and address the elephant in the room by talking about how the original allegedly got Giant Bomb founder Jeff Gertsmann fired from GameSpot for giving it a negative score and angering the site’s marketing department. Allegedly.
Excerpt: There’s a primal urge in a man’s psyche that occasionally demands release from the shackles imposed by modern society and civil morality. It is the instinct to embody the wild animal within and exist as a raw, unmitigated force seeking survival in a harsh, hostile environment. As one of the last missions in Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days puts it: Kill or be killed. Essentially, this visceral feeling is the primary appeal of Kane & Lynch 2 .
Excerpt: For two guys who debuted as Dead Men back in 2007, Adam "Kane" Marcus and James Seth Lynch are in pretty good shape. Kane's nose is no longer broken, Lynch's medication is keeping his inner psycho under control, and their gritty second outing improves upon the first in just about every way.
Pros: Interesting visual style, Satisfying gunplay with weapons that really pack a punch, Multiplayer modes can be a lot of fun
Cons: Story mode is only around four hours long, Online modes suffer from noticeable lag, Limited selection of multiplayer modes and maps, Action doesn't take long to get repetitive
Summary: “Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days” was quite an odd title for me, as it really caught me off guard. Being that I didn’t play the first title, I really had no idea what to expect going into this beyond that I was going to be playing a pair of criminals on some kind of mischievous adventure. The story I thought was fantastic and probably could be made into a movie that would likely be well received by the general public.
Excerpt: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a formulaic third-person co-op shooter that fails to meet the grade. Where the game does try to be different, it frustrates gameplay and pulls the uniform score downward.
Pros: Some aspects of multiplayer are fun.
Cons: A frequently disorienting, occasionally nauseating camera. Poor weapon hit registration. A cover system that doesn't work. Far too brief. The list goes on...
Conclusion: Dog Days hat die Chance verpasst, die Namen von Kane und Lynch nach dem etwas enttäuschenden Erstling reinzuwaschen. Ja, die Charaktere sind grundsätzlich noch immer interessant und ein gelungener Gegenentwurf zu strahlenden, profillosen Videospiel-Helden. Dennoch wird in der Erzählung viel Potenzial verschenkt.