Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days Review for PS3

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Sequel to the cooperative revenge thriller from IO Interactive.

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7Out of 10
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Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days screenshot

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?

Without spoiling the plot of this sequel too much, Kane and Lynch bodge a job, resulting in the death of someone with connections to a huge criminal organisation in Shanghai. With an army of goons out for blood what follows is an often unpleasant tale of revenge, torture, murder and the ramblings of a psycho and his mate. This time around you play as Lynch, although the slightly less unhinged, but still more or less a psycho, Kane is always at your side.

Dog Days is, at its core, a fairly simplistic cover-based third-person shooter. You can now hide behind objects by pressing a button, rather than the awkward auto cover system the original game employed, and the controls feel tighter too. Environments this time around have been designed to allow for better use of these basic mechanics; you're never far from a handy waist-high crate or wall to take shelter behind, but be careful, as some cover will be ripped apart by enemy gun-fire.

With enemies dropping guns and ammo all over the place, and a plentiful supply of explosive canisters and crates, you're never short of ways to dispose of foes. As is often the way, the shotgun (in various forms) was my weapon of choice, but the sniper rifle and various automatic weapons came in very useful too. At one point you even get to man a gun turret inside an army helicopter, in what is one of the game's most action packed sequences.

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days screenshot

The duo's fairly brief murderous adventure is unquestionably full of intense shoot-outs, but memorable moments are few and far between. The naked scene alluded to at the start doesn't deliver anything new in terms of gameplay, but the events were shocking enough to make me feel a bit uneasy. Equally, a level set inside an office block under attack from a gunship is full of things being shot to pieces, but it still somehow lacks spectacle.

Dingy levels merge into one rather depressing whole, with the various Shanghai environments doing little to sell the Chinese city as a hot tourist destination. This if of course exactly what IO wanted to achieve with Dog Days' visuals. Combined with an excellent shaky cam and internet video-style pixelation, no other game has ever looked so deliberately miserable while simultaneously being Michael Mann cool.

Audio work is equally impressive, with the excellent voice acting paired superbly with ambient sounds from the city. Fire fights send bullets ricocheting through your surround sound speakers, while our heroes constantly bicker with each other. The lip synching could certainly have been better, but on the whole the performances of each virtual actor make a basic story very entertaining, and one you'll want to see through to its conclusion.

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Highwayman

4/10 VERY dull one you get over the "FLYCAM" style of the engine, everything is very low res and gritty but the game just don't do the PC justice, shouldn't bother porting console trash if they can't make it superior in every way.

How they hell this site rated graphics 9/10? have they never seen a game fromt he last 5 years outside of a console?
Posted 17:37 on 28 November 2010
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mikejosh1978

My son just got this i borrowed & i must say its the worst game i have played this yr & i thought the sabatour / MAG 3 days ago would take some beating but it is truely Dog Ugly & plays like a 3 legged 1 .It gave me a migrane looking at ghastly visuals & i am glad 3D Not supported as my brain would of probably blew up. Just bad allround.
Posted 17:54 on 21 August 2010
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scaz2244

i didnt mind the first kane and lynch and was hoping this would get good scores but not looking like it will ever get great reviews. might give this a rent instead of buying
Posted 12:02 on 18 August 2010
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clangod

I was hoping this would do well. Judging from the demo they have fallen well short of the mark, again. A damn shame really.
Posted 10:51 on 18 August 2010
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Generic-Username

1/10. Ahahaha.
Posted 01:49 on 18 August 2010
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rbevanx

Good Review Tom as always may I add :)

Bit gutted really but I now get what you getting at from your comment on the "videogamer plays"

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rather than the awkward auto cover system the original game employed, and the controls feel tighter too. Environments this time around have been designed to allow for better use of these basic mechanics; you're never far from a handy waist-high crate or wall to take shelter behind, but be careful, as some cover will be ripped apart by enemy gun-fire.

Yeah I agree very annoying especially when you are trying to get into the first one right at the start and trying to get out of the diner, when you keep getting stuck all the time.
From playing the demo and having completed the first one I do still feel the first one seems to be better.
Simply because I felt from playing the demo it was a bit bland and the new areas offered very little that I felt was different from the last area I was just in.
But the first one kept changing levels nicely like you start off trying to escape the cops from, then to a bank heist followed by a chase, then a Tokyo nightclub. This new one just feel a one way street with the only things that change are the florescent lights rather than a totally different environment.
To me they have fixed one area (the controls) but totally forgot about another main point of a game (the levels)
But my God the multiplayer sounds awesome for the second one!!!!
Posted 18:18 on 17 August 2010
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robz48

Eurogamer gave it a 4 :/not the improvement everyone was hoping for.
Posted 16:52 on 17 August 2010
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El-Dev

Hmmm, think I'll give this a miss.
Posted 14:25 on 17 August 2010

Game Stats

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days
7
Out of 10
Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days
  • Multiplayer still feels unique
  • Great audio
  • Stylish visuals
  • Gameplay is fairly generic
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Release Date: 20/08/2010
Platforms: PS3 , Xbox 360 , PC
Developer: Io Interactive
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Genre: Action
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 3,891 32
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