gamers (85%) found this review helpful
After playing the first Kane And Lynch when that released a couple of years ago, I came away disappointed with the shooting, aiming, and lack of online game modes. Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days fixed these issues for me from the previous game, while also adding a new style gritty experience for it's single player mode, even though it is only about 5 hours long on Normal Difficulty.
This game you mainly play as Lynch, who Kane is meeting up with in Shanghai to close an arms deal that Kane apparently needs really bad for his daughter. Like you would expect with these two, everything falls apart and you end up on a chase not only to save Lynch;s wife, but also a chase to escape Shanghai with your life.
Again the single player did provide a quality experience. Some may view the single player as being to repetitive as the majority of it does involve running and shooting. For me though personally, the action as able to keep me involve and I never once though that the game was repetitive at all. Solid single player, just wish it was a few hours longer. I don't believe a 5 hour single player should warrant a 60$ purchase, in today's economy.
The multi-player in my opinion is where the game is the most fun. There are 3 main modes: Cops and Robbers, Undercover Cop, and Fragile Alliance, which returns from the first Kane and Lynch. Cops and robbers is pretty self explanatory from its name. Undercover Cop involves a group of criminals with a set objective usually to grab diamonds or cash and escape out alive. There is one person in the set of criminals that is an undercover cop that no one except that cop himself knows who he is. It's a great mode because you have to not only watch out for greedy partners who may betray you, you have to keep your eyes peeled for that undercover cop who is just waiting to take you out.
To pretty much sum up my experience with Kane and Lynch 2 so far: Its a solid game that lacks in areas such as single player length and story clarity. Rent only.
gamers (80%) found this review helpful
I'd like to point out that the only reason I'm writing this review is because it is being unfairly judged by some fellow members who didn't even have the decency to play the whole game through.
The game starts strong and with a punch, the non-stop action goes on throughout the game. Although not a long story mode, it does pack a lot of action into 3-4 hours of gameplay.
The style of this game reminded me of Gears Of War, 3rd person cover & shoot. Cover is an essential part of this game as being out in the open will render you vulnerable to a lot of damage from the bad guys in a minimal amount of time.
Most of the complaints I've read about this game seem to point out that the "Handheld Camera" style is a big turn-off. Although it does become a little much sometimes, it is completely bearable and nothing out of the ordinary. If anything, it's what sets this shooter apart from all the other mediocre ones flooding the market (Sniper anyone?).
The "Arcade" mode in this game is very, and i mean VERY repetitive; not a strong feature of this game, although it will keep you entertained for a good 30 minutes or so before it becomes boring and stale.
TL;DR Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is not a 10 but it most certainly deserves a playthrough. The strong storyline and action packed gameplay will keep you on the edge of your seat for atleast 3-4 hours as the game itself is not very long (I've been playing for 8 hours and i have 500 gamerscore). Thank You For reading, have a nice day :)
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
I played the first Kane and Lynch and was pretty disappointed, being a fan of the Hitman games I was looking forward to the gritty realism and mind games that the company was so experienced in, I played through it simply for the story as convoluted and disjointed as it was. The company did everything right in the sequel.
Graphics: First, I'd like to point out that a lot of reviews bash on the graphics, and honestly I have no idea why. The detail is amazingly sickening and realistic, from the cuts on the body to the different clothing to the stages themselves, everything gives off this feeling of "That is how that would look", helped immensely by the 'cam-corder' style camera system which the whole look of the game is based around, loading screens say Buffering, the camera sways and bounces drastically when running and extremely gruesome or inappropriate things are mosiaced as if the game itself was a filmed hardcore documentary that you could watch off Youtube. I think it all works very well together and really is a stand out look for a game that needed some uniqueness to it's basic premise.
Sound Effects: The gun sound effects are a tad out of place, either they don't seem to be loud enough for they simply don't sound like the gun you're shooting half the time. The voicework though is incredible, just by the voice work alone you will find yourself understanding these tragic characters and feeling for their losses or regreting their mistakes.
Other: The story is by far very high value compared to the first game, none of the story seems fragmented or out of place but it leads me to my only big complaint with the game. The game is way too short. You can burn through it in one sitting. The multiplayer game is where the replay value comes in, unlike the single player story mode. Fragile Alliance is addictiveness that can not be compared to any other game out.
This game is a definite rent. Then decide whether to buy it for Fragile Alliance or not.