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  • Summary: Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a dark and gritty drama featuring two men, one is a flawed mercenary and the other a medicated psychopath. Forced together on a violent and chaotic path of redemption and revenge, no action is considered too harsh as this volatile partnership is pushed beyond reasonKane & Lynch: Dead Men is a dark and gritty drama featuring two men, one is a flawed mercenary and the other a medicated psychopath. Forced together on a violent and chaotic path of redemption and revenge, no action is considered too harsh as this volatile partnership is pushed beyond reason in this brutally realistic, character-driven third person action shooter. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. The right combination of gameplay elements and design decisions make Kane and Lynch easy to recommend to crime junkies and anyone who enjoys a little therapeutic videogame violence. A well-executed plot really makes the game, while the multiplayer additions add replay value and variety.
  2. Kane & Lynch: Dead Men could be a great game. Unfortunately it feels unfinished, and falls short of that mark.
  3. Familiar elements from Hitman are felt throughout the game. While some gamers may find this a welcomed facet, it's really disappointing that after all these years Io didn't show enough determination and creativity to bring something new to the scene of contemporary shooters.
  4. Like the protagonist Kane, it’s decent but has too many flaws for comfort.
  5. Kane & Lynch is very much a case of what could have been. With a little more time for polish and tweaking Eidos could have had a game worthy of the hype and its British Academy Video Games Award nomination (which was somehow secured before the game’s release).
  6. 60
    IO's next big thing is a mish-mash of a few phenomenally great moments hidden inside a clusterf--- of nearly unplayable controls, bad level progression, unpredictable AI, and some seriously broken gameplay scenarios.
  7. If it had been given the proper treatment, budget, and amount of time, Kane & Lynch would have easily been an A-/90% game. As it was released, it feels like a preview build that somehow hit retail shelves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 52
  2. Negative: 16 out of 52
  1. JohnR.
    Aug 25, 2009
    10
    Simply one of the best games ever made. Instead of counting all the great aspects (as almost everything about this game is awesome) I simplay Simply one of the best games ever made. Instead of counting all the great aspects (as almost everything about this game is awesome) I simplay say: The bad reception of this game shows how infantile and stupid most reviewers and players are. This is a fantastic, intense and very mature shooter (featuring one of the best soundtracks ever made) which should be considered as great and important as Max Payne. How any serious gamer can give this game a rating beneath 7 is a mystery to me. Expand
  2. Nemesis
    Nov 21, 2007
    10
    You like Michael Mann films? Disappointed with Miami Vice? Fear not. Kane and Lynch is the most exciting "Mannian" style game every made. You like Michael Mann films? Disappointed with Miami Vice? Fear not. Kane and Lynch is the most exciting "Mannian" style game every made. Take the L.A. bank heist shootout from Heat and the Asian club showdown from Collateral, and you have a vague idea of what rests ahead. Haven't played the 360 version, but the PC has excellent character animations and alot of gorgeous shadow fx. Some of the weapon sound designs are weak, but the rest is top notch (particularly when a tire pops). The game is very violent and masochistic. Ever hear a female cop begging for her life because she has kids? You're clearly on the wrong side of the law, but your wife and daughter are being held captive. So, the choice is clear. Cops, civilians, and anyone who gets in your way will get what's coming. The fact that you work with a guy as wreckless as Lynch doesn't help either. Hand an overgrown kid a gun and you know what I mean. Exciting, ultra violent, masochistic guilt, pulse pounding vengeance, searing vulgarity....and Japanese gangsters in leather motorcycle outfits? Yeah, this game has every top notch action film element you could ask for. Expand
  3. roberttegle
    Feb 26, 2008
    9
    after playing all the hitman games and kane and lynch. Io-Interactive/eidos goes in a whole diffrent direction whit this game. this gameafter playing all the hitman games and kane and lynch. Io-Interactive/eidos goes in a whole diffrent direction whit this game. this game is more rush and kill evryone, so ull never get bored, but the game should be longer thats the only thing that keeps this game from a 10, its fantastic sounds wepons, evrything, and so sweet recoil on the wepons:D 9/10 Expand
  4. Jul 14, 2015
    7
    The game has left mixed feelings. Not a bad idea, but the implementation is very poor. The game has a quite strong dramatic moments, butThe game has left mixed feelings. Not a bad idea, but the implementation is very poor. The game has a quite strong dramatic moments, but overall storyline is boring. The graphics are not bad, interesting level design but only to levels in Havana. Expand
  5. Dalek
    Aug 22, 2009
    5
    Boring, confusing, stupid. This game was such a terrible beginning. It's like you get pushed into the game and you don't know Boring, confusing, stupid. This game was such a terrible beginning. It's like you get pushed into the game and you don't know what's going on but shooting and havok. Multiplayer is 100% fail. Hardly any servers to find. The game is simply a: 1 Part to there, next to that part. The game is very hard on easy. And not fun. Expand
  6. DryerLine
    Jan 26, 2008
    3
    Wow, the controls are horrible, the plot and dialogue make you want to get a "social life", and they want you to pay MORE money for online,Wow, the controls are horrible, the plot and dialogue make you want to get a "social life", and they want you to pay MORE money for online, and then of course there's the whole "Firing Editors" controversy. I also think they 9-10 ratings here were written by people from Eidos, they certainly sound like it. Expand
  7. DavidF.
    Dec 16, 2007
    0
    Terrible game. The plot is horrible, the dialog is a joke and the most entertainment you get out of playing is hitting the exit button.

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