Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

(Square Enix)
Ship Date: 
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Time To Finish: 
5-6 Hours

Kane and Lynch are back for round two in Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days.  It seems the two have spent some time apart and grown a little older since their last journey.  If you’re thinking that means they’ve gained some maturity and are maybe just a touch less quirky, think again.  If you’re also thinking that this sequel has to be better than its flawed predecessor… think again.

The story picks up quite some time after the first game ended and you’re greeted with a glimpse of Lynch’s new life.  He lives in Shanghai, China – the setting for this adventure – and he seems to have settled down quite a bit.  As you have already no doubt guessed, his calm new life doesn’t last long once Kane shows up for a visit.  The two take a detour after departing from the airport to run a quick ‘errand’ and the plot never looks back from there.

In the beginning, we were very impressed with the campaign.  The camera style, the gun play and the strong variety of firearms were all very impressive.  The game’s atmosphere and the way the developers chose to tell the story were particularly noteworthy.  A seemingly candid camera follows Kane and Lynch’s every move as if this were some kind of documentary.  It was something that we’ve seen very little of in the past and really gave the game a fresh twist.

 It’s unfortunate that it only took us about 30 minutes to figure out that the campaign had nothing more to offer than what is listed above.  As the story unfolded we were put in the middle of one mind-numbing gun battle after another.  The lack of variety was a real tough pill to swallow, especially since some of the game’s functions that we think were meant to mix it up a bit were complete failures.

The cover system was functional yet sloppy, the combustible tanks that were supposed to fill the void left by grenades were boring and were rarely beneficial, and the human shield mechanic was almost completely useless.  Pair that with a story that we almost immediately stopped caring about and some very mediocre writing/voice acting and you’ve got yourself a real yawn fest.


Review by Echo307