Review: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

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Review: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

The gritty realism of Kane & Lynch 2 shoots itself in the foot.

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Well, since I am the first one here, I might as well ask it. Is this game good enough where they don't have to threaten firing people to get a half decent score? Or, as you said, is the repetitiveness too much?

PS: Stair cars rock

I loved K&L2:DD I thought it was a great game with a very crappy ending.

Multiplayer modes. Sorry, I know it's not that good, but I'm buying it anyway.
I figured I would dislike this review, but, no, it's actually pretty spot-on, albeit the final score I really don't agree with.

I'm one of theses people that needs the characters to have at least 1 redeeming likeable quality. Personally I think both of these characters, from the first game's point of view, are THE most un-likeable characters ever created. I find myself rooting for the "bad" guys to kill them.

Why are The Escapist's reviews so late? Are they only released with a new issue?

Nearly all the other sites have their Mafia 2 reviews up by now too, so surely that won't be posted next Tuesday?

what IO interactive were making while they werent making freedom fighters 2, possibly out of a [yahtzee quote time]crippling fear of money and success

Woodsey:
Why are The Escapist's reviews so late? Are they only released with a new issue?

Nearly all the other sites have their Mafia 2 reviews up by now too, so surely that won't be posted next Tuesday?

tuesdays and thursdays
i think its better to have set days rather then just waiting for something to come up

I have to say Mr. Tito, you have won my respect. Anyone who can make an Arrested Development reference is, needless to say, awesome.
Watch out for the live-ins.

Well, the first one waas pretty bad, so not surprised this one sint much better.

Glad I never invested into them myself directly

Dosu Inuzuka:
I have to say Mr. Tito, you have won my respect. Anyone who can make an Arrested Development reference is, needless to say, awesome.
Watch out for the live-ins.

Somehow I know it was coming as soon as he said the words "Stair Car"... there was just something about it that made it inevitable.

Hmm, yet another mixed review. I haven't bought the game, and I don't really plan on it, but so far we have "crap crap crap" from Blistered Thumbs, "Freaking awesome" from Game Informer, and "it's okay" from here. We literally have an entire spectrum of review scores. I wonder why it's getting so many mixed feelings.

For shame.

I'm pretty sure Kane and Lynch could have been a terrific IP if handled right :-(

Hmm, video doesn't seem to be working for me...

Outright Villainy:
Hmm, video doesn't seem to be working for me...

nor I

be careful of hop-ons love that show :P. this game just looks a bit generic to me i don't think i;ll be buying it

CloggedDonkey:
Hmm, yet another mixed review. I haven't bought the game, and I don't really plan on it, but so far we have "crap crap crap" from Blistered Thumbs, "Freaking awesome" from Game Informer, and "it's okay" from here. We literally have an entire spectrum of review scores. I wonder why it's getting so many mixed feelings.

Find out where your favourite review site lies on the continuum of Professional Objective Criticism vs. Cynical Advertiser-Pleasing!

Escapist runs so few ads from publishers--and give Yahtzee, the LRR guys and other contributors the freedom to totally trash titles--I believe reviews here actually represent the reviewers' personal opinions. I'm kind of curious what we'd see if they put two reviewers on each game, but I'm sure it's probably not economically feasible.

Sounds like the game suffers from severe case of Gears of War syndrome.

The KL series gets no love from reviewers (and most gamers).

I fucking love both games. First, it's a very, very welcome departure from all those charismatic/wisecracking/romantic/super/patriotic heroes, like in every other fucking shooting game. In KL one can finally play as a dirty ugly gangster. Especially in the first game. KL2 feels more like Gears of War, but still retains the KL formula.

Plus, KL2 is the very first game since Half-Life and Crysis, where I actually feel like the enemies are there to get me and not just to peek from corners like in a shooting gallery.

I want more games like this!

Sgt. Sykes:
The KL series gets no love from reviewers (and most gamers).

I fucking love both games. First, it's a very, very welcome departure from all those charismatic/wisecracking/romantic/super/patriotic heroes, like in every other fucking shooting game. In KL one can finally play as a dirty ugly gangster. Especially in the first game. KL2 feels more like Gears of War, but still retains the KL formula.

Plus, KL2 is the very first game since Half-Life and Crysis, where I actually feel like the enemies are there to get me and not just to peek from corners like in a shooting gallery.

I want more games like this!

what he said ^^

this game is by no means a happy game if you want to get that play something else the console version never crash and also you have to think for a sec, this guys were criminals that have spent some time in jail, cover system is great and over all the history was the best part thumbs up!! i cant wait for 3

Isn't this game like 4-5 hours long? I cannot even come close to justifying a 60 dollar purchase on something so pathetically short.

Milo Malo:

this game is by no means a happy game if you want to get that play something else the console version never crash and also you have to think for a sec, this guys were criminals that have spent some time in jail, cover system is great and over all the history was the best part thumbs up!! i cant wait for 3

For me, it wasn't the fact that this wasn't a happy game. I can get into the style and the despair, and I like the departure from videogame stereotypes. But if you're going to make the world suck that much, there needs to be a decent story or at least a progression of character. In K&L2 all we see is more and more misery, with no narrative arc supporting it.

I'm all for non-happy endings and dark, gritty characters. But I hate bad storytelling.

Loved the Arrested Development quote, however I was disappointed with the obvious disgust of the male ass. Who cares? It's just an ass.

Milo Malo:

Sgt. Sykes:
The KL series gets no love from reviewers (and most gamers).

I fucking love both games. First, it's a very, very welcome departure from all those charismatic/wisecracking/romantic/super/patriotic heroes, like in every other fucking shooting game. In KL one can finally play as a dirty ugly gangster. Especially in the first game. KL2 feels more like Gears of War, but still retains the KL formula.

Plus, KL2 is the very first game since Half-Life and Crysis, where I actually feel like the enemies are there to get me and not just to peek from corners like in a shooting gallery.

I want more games like this!

what he said ^^

this game is by no means a happy game if you want to get that play something else the console version never crash and also you have to think for a sec, this guys were criminals that have spent some time in jail, cover system is great and over all the history was the best part thumbs up!! i cant wait for 3

I agree as well. I hate the fact that the campaign is so short and ends so abruptly, but I love the rest of the game. I loved the hell out of the first one despite the flaws because the story was so downbeat, gritty, and brutal, it just made for a nice diversion from other "mature" games. However, I can understand why not everyone can get into a game like that. Still, I loved this game as well. It was difficult, chaotic, and fun, even with the lack of a substantially long campaign.

CloggedDonkey:
Hmm, yet another mixed review. I haven't bought the game, and I don't really plan on it, but so far we have "crap crap crap" from Blistered Thumbs, "Freaking awesome" from Game Informer, and "it's okay" from here. We literally have an entire spectrum of review scores. I wonder why it's getting so many mixed feelings.

It's probably a middle of the road game which means you will probably have to judge for yourself if it has things you might like.

Cliff_m85:
Loved the Arrested Development quote, however I was disappointed with the obvious disgust of the male ass. Who cares? It's just an ass.

Did you watch the video? That man ass is covered in open wounds.

Interesting. At this point I almost feel like giving K&L a shot because the characters seem to be so irredeemable. There is something to be said for dark characters doing dastardly things.

However, Mr Tito brings up a good point; if the series is just about shitty people doing shitty things and nothing else changes, then that's a very specific kind of story you're telling and it generally doesn't bode well. Character arcs are what make dark, fucked up stories worth paying attention to (for me, anyway) and without them I am generally left cold.

Greg Tito:

Cliff_m85:
Loved the Arrested Development quote, however I was disappointed with the obvious disgust of the male ass. Who cares? It's just an ass.

Did you watch the video? That man ass is covered in open wounds.

IN THE RAIN

Wooooo! go good menu design. Who ever made that menu, should get a metal

Greg Tito:

Cliff_m85:
Loved the Arrested Development quote, however I was disappointed with the obvious disgust of the male ass. Who cares? It's just an ass.

Did you watch the video? That man ass is covered in open wounds.

Yes, I watched it. I guess I didn't notice the wounds on the asses of the men, only the wounds on their backs. I'll rewatch it, specifically looking for the ass scars now.

The Rascal King:

Greg Tito:

Cliff_m85:
Loved the Arrested Development quote, however I was disappointed with the obvious disgust of the male ass. Who cares? It's just an ass.

Did you watch the video? That man ass is covered in open wounds.

IN THE RAIN

I rewatched it. Yes, there are wounds on their asses.

I'm more disturbed by the wounds, to be honest. But I think what the programmers were going after is a sense of uncomfortableness. We've all slaughtered thousands of Nazis, zombies, mobsters, and innocent civilians in games. Toss some nudity in the mix and it becomes a little more disturbing, which I can appreciate as a gamer. I enjoyed Rockstar Games usage of full frontal male nudity as shock value, after all. *shrugs*

Um, did I hear/see that right? They censored violence? As in, you shoot something, it goes pixelated? Is that a shitty censor version you guys got or the only one?

Also, I noticed the game has a co-op, just to check, can you play through the whole story in co-op (would make sense, but really have to check after some games >.>) or is it a special missions campaign crap?

What the hell is a hop-on?

I'll pass this one for sooo many reasons:
1. I don't play games for realism
2. I can have the same experience but better with over ten other games
3. Any game that has a 30+ second ad automatically gets added the the pass pile

Despite the costant criticism this looks like fun! I'll try it out eventually.

Yay, Arrested Development reference :D

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