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Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
4 December 2010
Conclusion: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days provides what the original could not - fantastically gory action over a stunning backdrop of mob warfare and careless violence. There are still a few issues carried over that mar the overall package, but both Mr Kane and Mr Lynch now most definitely have our full attention.
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?
Summary: While gravely flawed, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men had soul. Dog Days does not. Lobotomized characters and a throwaway narrative do nothing to bolster mediocre gameplay. Easily one of the most formulaic games I’ve ever played, Dog Days repeatedly relegates you to one room-clearing mission after another – the only real variable being the state of your character’s clothing (or lack thereof).
Excerpt: Having only briefly played the original, I was unsure what to expect with Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. What I got was a pretty solid shooter that should capture its own legion of fans. It doesn't really break or even bend the genre too much, but is a fun ride nonetheless. The story, such that it is, takes place a few years after the first one, where Kane and Lynch escaped the death penalty in a fit of bloody rage. Lynch isn't really the bloodthirsty psycho anymore.
Excerpt: Adam “Kane” Marcus and James Lynch are, for some reason, back, with an adventure perhaps even more ridiculous and nonsensical than their last. Since escaping death row in the original game, they appear to be best friends, despite the fact that they clearly despise each other with every fibre of their respective beings.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Having had the pleasure of reviewing the first Kane & Lynch game and living to tell the tale, I decided to snap up this year’s sequel, Kane & Lynch: Dog Days to see how the game had changed since the first one. I’m happy to report that I wasn’t disappointed – this turned out to be just as bad as the first game, with some minor changes in the game.
Summary: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a homage to the YouTube generation, creatively 'shot' like a B-movie. While its presentation is enough to turn some heads, the mediocre gameplay and lack of level diversity keep this game from having any lasting appeal.
Pros: The interesting and gritty visual presentation, The arcade-style intensity, The assortment of multiplayer modes
Cons: Poor and repetitive gameplay, Lack of level diversity, Relies too heavily on its niche presentation
Conclusion: Ordinarily, gameplay and overall scores tend to fall in lock step. After all, if a game isn't fun, what's the point of everything else? With Kane & Lynch 2 , however, enough was done with the presentation and story that it's worth seeing. Barely.
Conclusion: If I was rating this game on concept alone it would have high marks, but sadly in terms of execution Kane and Lynch 2 battles the line of mediocrity and mediocrity wins out. There is a lot to love about this game, it knows who it is, it knows who it wants to be, it just doesn’t execute.