- Summary: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a raw and brutal crime shooter designed to take players on an even more intense story experience, following two of gaming's most disturbed criminals, through the gritty Shanghai underworld.
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Xbox World 360 Magazine UKA by-the-numbers sequel elevated to almost-play status by its terrific multiplayer. [Nov 2010, p.97]
If your preference is single-player or co-op, Dog Days' lack of personality (both in the characters and on the battlefield) results in one of the blandest shooters out there. Given how little the story matters, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck could have been swapped in as the protagonists and I probably wouldn't have noticed.
I actually cannot think of a single positive thing to say about the game, and the fact that I have been rooting for this IP from the moment the first game was announced just makes it all the more infuriating. I wished nothing but the best for Kane & Lynch as a series, but the appalling nature of Dog Days confirms to me that this franchise will never be what it deserves to be.
Aug 17, 2010This game is not so bad. Forget the review scores. Let your mind go, relax, drink beer, chill out and blast your way through a catharticThis game is not so bad. Forget the review scores. Let your mind go, relax, drink beer, chill out and blast your way through a cathartic experience. Forget ya troubles, just shot and kill. Who knows, ya might get a promotion....… Expand
Aug 17, 2010This is a perfect example of "HEAT - The Game", if it was ever made. Excellent storyline, amazing characters, with great characterThis is a perfect example of "HEAT - The Game", if it was ever made. Excellent storyline, amazing characters, with great character development, and on top of everything, photo realistic graphics. This game screams to be played at high volume, of course its not for the faint of heart. The camera angle will take a little while to get use to, but like we all say "Buckle Up, its going to be a bumpy ride" IO has done it again, in my opinion. Their Hitman series were always awesome and intense, and Kane and Lynch really changed the pace. Even Part 1 got not so good reviews, but the game is one of the best when it comes to true/hardcore/action. Also dont forget that this game offers one of the most intense and original online multiplayer modes. Extremely fun to play and will keep you on your toes at all times. Excellent game - Do give it a try - In my case, own it have fun in one of the best co-op games to date!… Expand
Aug 20, 2010This game looks fantastic. The graphics are not top-tier, but the weird pastel look of the last game is done away with through a clever filmThis game looks fantastic. The graphics are not top-tier, but the weird pastel look of the last game is done away with through a clever film effect. A shake-cam (which can be disabled) really improves the tension of the action. It is a unique style. The shooting is solid, a major improvement over the previous game. The game is difficult but feels rewarding. In addition to the story mode, an "arcade mode" allows one player to play up to ten rounds as members of a heist in different locales. I don't play on Xbox Live, but arcade mode is very cinematic and offers a ranking system similar to online games. It is addicting, even if the lackluster A.I. can't compete well in later rounds. The game has some major flaws. The story is quite short (it took me 3 1/2 hours; medium difficulty on split screen). The ending is abrupt. There is a strange problem in late-game that can possibly pause the screen for up to around fifteen seconds whenever a headshot is landed. Despite these problems, the story is definitely worth playing through. While $60 may be a little steep, I am content with where IO is going with this franchise.… Expand
Aug 18, 2010No joke, this game plays as if Ed Wood made it. The absolute most wretched hit detection I have seen in a game involving guns. InsanelyNo joke, this game plays as if Ed Wood made it. The absolute most wretched hit detection I have seen in a game involving guns. Insanely disorientating, at all times. Laughable voice acting, seemingly phoned in by several of the developer's angry uncles. I have not even attempted the multiplayer, too busy laughing my butt off at the single player campaign. Rent this P.O.S. to find out for yourself, you cannot possibly prepare for the laughs you will be having.… Expand
Dec 7, 2011I have played this game with a friend in splitscreen on hard and it was a pain to go through. Definitely not a difficult game but the wholeI have played this game with a friend in splitscreen on hard and it was a pain to go through. Definitely not a difficult game but the whole shooting element feels off. Sometimes your enemies won't drop, even after unloading a full clip while getting all most all your bullets on target. The story isn't also that great and some of the set pieces are just unbelievable stupid.
There was no satisfaction at all finishing this game. My advice; stick with the first game.… Expand
Jan 20, 2020I picked this game up on sale for $2.99 CAD because I was told that this game is SO bad, I'd have to experience it for myself. AfterI picked this game up on sale for $2.99 CAD because I was told that this game is SO bad, I'd have to experience it for myself. After completing the single player campaign in about three and half hours on normal mode, I can say that it largely lives up to that expectation.
They should've called it Kane & Lynch 2: Cover-based Shooting because that's effectively all you do. I normally don't mind cover-based shooting as part of a core gameplay loop, but there needs to be something else, ANYTHING else to break it up, otherwise it becomes monotonous and tedious. The cover system is also a joke, I was under the impression that while you're in cover, the enemy can't shoot you. This is not the case with Kane & Lynch as bullets can sometimes phase through solid objects.
The shooting is incredible weak and has no impact or "punchiness" to it, so make it both "cover-based" and "shooting" that they got wrong in a cover-based shooter! Submachine guns are virtually useless as they just spray bullets every where, barely hitting the enemies. Good luck trying to hit enemies from mid to long range as your bullets don't seem to travel that far. Enemies are essentially bullet sponges, sometimes taking almost an entire magazine to drop one enemy. Sometimes I'd hit them in the head and they still wouldn't go down.
The game's plot is so thin, it hardly matters: Kane and Lynch are in Shanghai for a weapons deal, they accidentally kill someone they aren't suppose to, which provokes the most powerful and influential man in China who has the police force, his own gang members and even the army in his back pocket and available at on a whim. On top of that, their arms dealer double crosses them when he finds out what they've done and tries to kill them, the get capture by the powerful Chinese guy, but manage to hi-jack one of his helicopters, strafe nearby office buildings and then eventually kill him. The game then pads itself out for another 20 mins by making Kane and Lynch run through an airport in order to get on a commercial airliner and leave Shanghai. Then the game just abruptly ends, cuts to black and rolls the credits.
My biggest gripe is with the graphics, this handheld camcorder viewpoint is dreadful. The graphics are so murky and blurry, it was headache inducing within the first hour of gameplay. There are vertical bar lens flares that look terrible and the camera movement while sprinting feels like you're sitting in dinghy in the middle of the Bering Sea. The camera will also randomly go out of focus or drop a noise filter on you in the middle of heated combat.
Overall, I can't recommend Kane & Lynch 2, even on sale because there's nothing fun about the game. Boring and unlikable characters, tedious, repetitive gameplay, nauseating/headache inducing graphics and a campaign that's laughably short and unrewarding to play.… Expand
Jul 13, 2017This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I just spent the last five hours playing this game for Xbox 360 all the way through...
It's currently free on Games With Gold on Xbox Live (as of July 2, 2017)
Good god....one of the worst shooters I have ever played. Two of the most unlikable protagonists ever, who practically are terrorists by the end. Redundant and terrible gameplay, awful dialogue, a racist undertone throughout the whole game (Two white American dudes pillaging Shanghai and killing a lot of people, like police and airport security guards, and, optionally, innocent bystanders). Not to mention an incredibly boring storyline.
Here's a very watered-down, brief description of the story:
Two dudes try to cash in on an arms trade deal. It goes south. Protagonists kill a corrupt government official/mob boss's daughter. Said person kills one of the protagonists' girlfriend. They raid a skyscraper and kill the guards and then the mob boss. Then they break into an airport, massacre the guards and force their way into a commercial airline to escape China.
So yeah, they're terrorists at the end.
Full of cliches and generally poorly written.
I wonder if the first game makes the protagonists likable? This game definitely doesn't.
Now to the gameplay:
Try to imagine the run-and-gun action of Max Payne 3 combined with the East-Asian gangster action of Sleeping Dogs, which is another Square Enix game (Yes, I know both games came out after this one but this game became relevant again after becoming available on Games With Gold).
Now water that down. Not just a sprinkle, but an entire reservoir.
The shooting is wildly unstable. It usually took me half a magazine to get a single kill, unless I were shooting at point blank range. Sprinting is useless, because stamina drains so quickly. All the missions have the same exact general play-style: Massacre everyone, and open some doors sometimes. That's literally it. The gameplay does not change at all from this cycle except in a mission where you ride a helicopter, in which it is just shooting at everything without any moving.
The "camcorder effect" is unnecessary and makes the cutscenes and visuals during gameplay extremely annoying. Non-sexual nudity is pixelated, which, in my opinion, is unacceptable in a Mature rated game (take a look at Grand Theft Auto V). Either uncensor it or make the full nude scenes into partially nude scenes. Bodies who were killed by headshots are also pixelated, which makes no sense in my opinion, since video games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim depict uncensored decapitation. Whenever the player takes heavy damage, the screen flickers and parts of it get pixelated as well, which is straining on the eye.
Nothing at all would make me recommend this game to anyone. It is a shame that Microsoft chose to list this game as its 2017 Xbox 360 Games With Gold title.
Even though it is free, do not get it. It is a waste of time and hard drive space.
Go find something better.… Expand