- 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
Nov 29, 2010This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm surprised critics gave this game such a lower score. Maybe I'm too old school, but I thought even for such a short game, the single player experience trumps a majority of titles this year. I played the first one briefly, but they were really trying for something different in this sequel. The IO team really knows their stuff. It's similar to Alan Wake with the sweat-inducing attention to detail.
The graphics are outstanding, brilliant, and photo realistic. Why people turn off the shakey-cam and other effects, I don't know - you totally lose the whole point. It's among the best looking games released this generation. The look is cellphone cameras - so there's a lot of light leakage, artifacts, IR light. They've perfected high contrast shot outs, every blur you can think of, draw distance tricks, lighting tricks. There's some levels where you're driving, and it looks completely perfect. Another time, you're shooting up a building with a machinegun, and there are tons of artifacts from the virtual camera's sensors shaking around. It's really a must see and beautifully executed.
When I was at E3, I met a few of the level designers for this game at the Square booth. They told me about how much effort was put into the levels - some of the multiplayer levels are based on real heists. But it doesn't matter, once you see the levels and the amount of detail put into each one, you'll want to replay many times. If you can appreciate microscopically high levels of details, at least rent this game. This game has you running around shanghai - there's one place where you're running through a covered arcade through a fastfood place, electronics shop, and back to the streets shooting cops. The helicopter level is ridiculous - how do they maintain the frame rate throughout?
The character design again is superb. In Single Player, it's highly realistic and totally cool - i mean the guy you play wears a wifebeater and has a potbelly. Come on! In multiplayer everyone is a "shady european type" Clearly some reference to Ronin. Sound is really impressive too - loud gunshots, cursing from the player characters, and lots of neat things. My girlfriend complains constantly.
Story isn't very interesting - nothing really happens. Just two killers caught in a horrible situation. Both to blame for their own stupidity. I never felt that I cared about the characters, probably because both of them get shot like 50,000 tines in each level and don't complain. The negatives are that it's pretty damn hard sometimes - once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier. You get shot ALOT and somehow survive without fault. I remember I kept dying horribly on the 3rd level, but then basically never died throughout the game. The AI especially your 3rd, 4th tier companions is REALLY bad. But it doesn't matter, it doesn't detract from the single player experience. Bad guy AI isn't bad, but they're also pretty stupid - This is an area I don't care about, canon fodder is cannon fodder.
Another interesting note is the linearity of the game. It's completely linear without much choice. BUT 1. who cares? 2. the level design is SO good that you won't notice unless you look for it 3. helps pacing 4. there are a lot of choices when you're in a firefight. There's a few times when you feel a time stress, and I was definitely pressured to act fast. I'm not sure what happens if you run out of time.
The point is, reviewers on this site are expecting halo or something. Since they turned off shaky cam, they don't care the experience. Maybe they want achievement points or something. I dunno. Just buy this game, it's like $30 at gamestop.… 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
Aug 17, 2010To emulate the experience of Kane & Lynch 2, it is best advised that you take TV's power cable and jiggle it in and out while watching a mutedTo emulate the experience of Kane & Lynch 2, it is best advised that you take TV's power cable and jiggle it in and out while watching a muted episode of That's So Raven while listening to the Wu Tang Clan. It has all of the gore and language a crime game will have, while pixelating the female body and some of the more grotesque head shots as if you were a twelve year old. Perhaps I missed the part about a game where you can wield automatic weapons, swear like a sailor, and shoot cops being kid-friendly. You can see all the violence in the world but nudity is out of the question. I half expected a death penalty to have been me getting sent to my room to time out. The game has no problem treating you like a child on the otherwise case anyway. It's like watching Godfather on Cartoon Network. This isn't a game for kids, quit acting like we're kids. I only just got through two hours of Kane and Lynch before turning it off and possibly never touching it again. Two hours, only because this brilliantly refined game froze on me and my brand new copy. Usually you're supposed to tweak the bugs out before you release it so your buyers can get more than two hours packed in it. In my short-lived two hours, I was already overwhelmed by a pretty major bug: audio. It's not there. If there's important audio in a cut scene, I'd like to hear it. Couldn't at least make the characters use sign language to guide me? What about pop-up cards to act as a visual cue? Clearly this game is intended for the deaf-lip reading gamer. The controls are clunky. It feels like I need to add half a pound of WD-40 to my controller just to get my character to move. The whole cover system is schizophrenic and only works when it's in a good mood to, on the otherwise case, it decides it wants to ping pong the player between walls of cover while you're trying to get off of it. In terms of level design, the game is like this. Linear corridor, random obstacle, linear corridor. Yeah, that's basically it. Every now and then, I get to kick in some random door off the main path that led me into a -- get this -- linear corridor. Since I didn't get to finish it due to my glitch-messed copy, the plot will be summarized like this. "Hey, want to chillax in China?" "Sure." "Wait, let's shoot this guy's girlfriend." "Okay." "Oh hi weird British friend whom I've known for 12 seconds." "You killed a mob boss's daughter." "Damn!" Then it froze on me. To end, maybe I would be easier on it if this weren't my very first impressions. The first game was spectacular. A gameplay nightmare, but plot gold held together with great dialogue and brilliant character progression. This game froze on me within the first two hours, had audio out of synch (sound travels over 700 MPH, I know that if I'm 10 feet from the guy and he axes a door, I shouldn't hear the sound 4 seconds later), and had no audio at all during important a cutscene. I can't read lips. I can't control my idiot character from running smack into a wall or a volley of bullets. I can't actually play through more than two and a half hours of the game. That short amount of time I just spent struggling with this trash really were the dog days. Kane and Lynch, prepare to collect dust!… Expand
Aug 30, 2010Yikes! What the heck? Bad action. Bad story. Bad graphics. Bad this, bad that, bad everything. There is so little value in this game that IYikes! What the heck? Bad action. Bad story. Bad graphics. Bad this, bad that, bad everything. There is so little value in this game that I feel completely ripped off. I only give it a 2 because the game is not buggy to the point of non-playability. But I can't recommend this to anyone who wants more than a few hours of lousy game play and absolute garbage story and game play mechanics.… 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