In Kane & Lynch 2, Lynch, living in Shanghai, calls on his old partner, Kane, to help him close an arms deal. However, a simple job goes terribly wrong and Kane and Lynch must to go down a road of death, violence, and torture with a body count that goes into the hundreds. In fact, half way through the game you’ll probably wonder where are all these guys coming from? Looking at style, game play, and the multi-player I find this game to be above average.
If you don’t like the style, there’s no reason to get this game. It’s done in a gritty shaking cam style that blurs out nudity and heavy violence, like head shots. At first, I found it to be annoying, but over time I found the value in the style, especially the blurred violence. Some things are better left to the imagination because our minds can scare us more than any image on a T.V., and that’s the case here. If you like brutal, raw violence then you should give this game a try.
The game play brings nothing new. It’s your traditional co-op, duck and cover, shoot them up game. I find there are two strategies to the game. One, go guns blazing and waste everything in your path which is more suitable for the easier difficulties or work with your partner and flank the enemies which is only necessary on harder difficulties. The play style gets repetitive quick, but luckily the game is short. You can probably beat it in one afternoon.
Other than the co-op play, there are three other multi-player game types, regular heist, undercover cop which one person plays an undercover cop on a heist, and cops and robbers where you switch between cops and robbers during three heists. The cool thing about these games is you can stab the other players in the back and take all the loot for yourself which gives it that every criminal for himself feel.
Overall, I give this game 6 out of 10 because without the style there’s no reason to get the game. My suggestion is to rent the game, beat it, and return it the next day.
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What starts off as a fun shoot em-up game quickly becomes too hard, too frustrating, and WAY too repetitive. You essentially do the exact same thing over and over. A group of bad guys enter the room. They hide, shoot an you, and you shoot back. Kill them all, move to next room. Repeat process. Trust me, not as fun as it sounds.
The aiming leaves much to be desired too. Many times I've had my sights set right on a bad guy, yet I'll manage to shoot everything except the bad guy. There are multiple weapons that all essentially do the same thing; shotgun, machine gun, hand gun.
Just like Kane & Lynch 1, the game is simply too hard (and I had it on easy mode). There are times when you will simply be overwhelmed by bad guys, getting shot at in all directions, and running back for cover usually doesn't help. A lot of the game is trial and error (in terms of knowing when and where bad guys are going to pop up).
I don't recommend renting or Gamefly-ing this game. If a friend has it, then borrow it and play it, but don't spend a dime on this game that will have you pulling hair out of your head after a couple hours. This is the first game I've ever rented from Gamefly just to have it sent back the next day. The game developers are headed in the right direction with the game, but they have a long ways to go before making this a respectable series.
1sts are usually better for other reasons than this.
Game plays like an arcade game with little to no strategy than just shooting your way through with a terrible camera angle that looks like an amateur is holding it and following you around like you're on Real World...only it looks more like home footage than even Real World.
The terrible camera ruins it all and earns my first "1" score of games I have rented. This is soooo horrible most indy games are better. I would have rather wasted 2 hours of my life chopping onions and crying like a little girl than attempting to play this piece of shiate.