Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

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Tom Orry, Editor - Mafia 2, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

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I really wanted to love 2K Czech's take on mafia life, but at times it's such a slog that I found myself desperate for a bit of mindless shooting. It's worth sticking with, as the story and characters are among the best in any game released this year, but the tedious tasks you're forced to do definitely grate after a while. Driving is part and parcel of the open-city genre, but I can't remember having to do it for the majority of a game before. A little more of Mafia 2's best bits would have made this an absolute must-buy, instead of the budget purchase it sadly is.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

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I genuinely don't know what to make of Dog Days. It's really not a very good game, whichever way you look at it: it's extremely basic in it's approach to third-person shooting, it's largely devoid of tactical options, and it's hugely repetitive. The early weapons are so inaccurate that they barely seem to work at all, and most of the game simply consists of you blowing away wave after wave of angry Shanghai gangsters. It's a bit duff, in other words – and yet somehow I felt the need to complete the thing over the course of two days. In retrospect, I think the game's visual style has a lot to do with this: the whole hand-held shaky cam thing works really well, and it results in a genuinely gritty feel. Kane and Lynch are nothing but thugs really, and the whole "story" is nothing but a parade of gun-based murder. Kane and Lynch 2 is gaming equivalent of a video nasty; I can't say that's a good thing, exactly, but it's so nihilistic that it feels quite unique. I can't exactly recommend it, though.

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

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Other than the stunning voice of Keeley Hawes, I haven't really felt much love for the recent Tomb Raider games. But Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is something else entirely: it uses the tone of the franchise to set up its own isometric universe of traps, puzzles and combat, wrapping it all up with an agreeably nostalgic bow. Levels are good by themselves, but the whole game opens up considerably when you go back to try and challenge yourself on time and score attack modes. Crystal Dynamics should leave the blockbuster theatrics to Nathan Drake and focus on this - it's easily the best game they've done since the original Soul Reaver.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, PC

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If you've been clamouring for a sensible reason to spend all of your time in front of a computer screen until your muscles atrophy and become a kind of paste, then look no further. The entire world has already spent the better part of a month going on about StarCraft 2, but I can vouch that there is no better feeling than coming out with the perfect Build Order and then realising that you haven't eaten in about six hours because you were too busy trying to create a giant wall of marauders outside your base.

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MJTH

finished mario galaxy 2 yellow stars now getting the green stars
Posted 12:01 on 29 August 2010
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rbevanx

Yeah I think I will wait for Kane & Lynch 2 to drop in price Neon. I still like the first one except where you go to South America, the game got "repetitive" for me there with "wave after wave of angry" soldiers.
Looks like they have forgotten to do good set pieces like with the first one with the escape from cops, a breakout out of jail, a bank robbery and abseiling off a huge building in Japan to interupt a meeting by blowing up the windows.
At least they have tried to fix the contols from what I played on the demo lol.

I played a bit of Half Life 2 and I have been playing Kane & Lynch again on the PS3.
I am now addicted to the new Splinter Cell and I have bought the new maps which are worth every penny to me.
Posted 10:19 on 29 August 2010
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dazzadavie

Would like to know what Neon thinks of Mafia 2, he seemed to be a bit hyped in the bast about it. Both that and Kane and lynch 2 I think are ones I'll pick up next year from the bargain bin.

This week I've been concentrating on just one game, Split/Second which I hope to finish off tonight.
Next game to finish is ether
Just Cause 2
Rainbow Six Vegas
Fallout 3's Mothership Zeta and Point Lookout
Need for Speed Undercover
Or start a new game of Half-Life 2?
Posted 09:34 on 29 August 2010
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SexyJams

Hmmm
Budget purchase then Tom?
I'll wait until it pops up in the bargain bin then, because I'm interested :)
Posted 07:02 on 29 August 2010

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Release Date: 20/08/2010
Developer: Io Interactive
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Genre: Action
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 580 50
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