Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
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Kane & Lynch: Dead Men sounded so good on paper and yet failed to hit the mark on so many levels. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days sounds really good on paper too, but hopefully this time the game might actually deliver. And lord knows IO Interactive are more than keen to make up for the huge disappointment that was the first game.

We recently descended upon the One Aldwych Hotel in London for our first look at the sequel, the presentation of which opened with a vibe trailer depicting remarkably similar cinematic influences to the ones that had previously informed the first Kane & Lynch. So, we're immediately noticing more Michael Mann, this time in the form of the DV shot Collateral and blockbuster action of Die Hard 4.0. Previously IO cited Mann's Heat as an influence, but it's Collateral's naturalistic look and stark depiction of Los Angeles that is specifically the most important factor for Kane & Lynch 2.

Ambitiously IO is looking to redefine the action shooter experience, and the first step in doing so is to apparently adopt a strikingly bold new aesthetic that takes its cue from user-generated video content like YouTube videos or CCTV footage. The upshot is a visual style that immediately looks unlike anything else, with exaggerated lens flare, bright, vivid colours and a generous helping of graininess.

The vibe trailer goes on to show a YouTube video of a man strolling through Shanghai, which as it turns out, proves to be a genuine taster for the graphical presentation we're shown in the hands-off game demo itself. The amateur video look of the game is certainly very interesting, instantly grabbing our attention as we attentively watch with a raised eyebrow. It looks great, but we're not entirely convinced that it works and a lack of context doesn't really help in making sense of the decision to adopt such an art style.

When the game is in motion, the choppy camera bounces around as it replicates the motion of a chasing cameraman, which personally made us feel somewhat queasy. An extended hands-on play with such an active camera seems unimaginable and frankly, quite vomit-inducing. For the record, we've never before experienced motion sickness while playing or watching any other game, but K&L 2 could change that.

Narrative-wise, Dog Days is set following the events of a simple job gone horribly wrong – just when Lynch was beginning to settle down with his girlfriend and a normal life. Taking the role of lead protagonist, Lynch finds himself working for a weapon merchant named Glazer on one last job, calling in old buddy Kane for his military expertise and knowledge of weapon shipments. Soon the pair find themselves on the run from the law when things inevitably go awry, initiating a frantic chase that unfolds over two intense days.
Beneath the game's surface grit, still beats the heart of a raw and brutal crime shooter set amid the bleak, grimy Shanghai underworld. As we're introduced to the fourth level of the game which opens on a close-up of sociopath Lynch sat at a restaurant bar as he slurps a bowlful of noodles, the uniquely hyper-real video imagery suddenly begins to make sense - thematically at least. Like the first game before it, Dog Days is similarly adult, with coarse, sweary dialogue and stark, cold violence.

Armed police troopers storm into the restaurant causing Lynch to leap from his stool, entrenching himself behind cover as he's confronted by a barrage of gunfire. The shaky camera lurches around, maintaining its focus on Lynch as he moves in and out of cover, peeking from behind walls and pillars to return pot shots at his attackers. As shots hit the obstacles around Lynch, blocky artefacts momentarily scramble the image and as he escapes out onto the rain-slicked Shanghai streets, the representation of the busy, urban alleyways, replete with neon signs and claustrophobic video stores (proudly displaying copies of Mini Ninjas and Hitman on their shelves) is truly startling.

Out on the main street, incidental events like a civilian casually jumping onto a scooter and riding away adds life to the city, and when the firefight spills out into the night air, all hell breaks loose and the shooting mechanics come into their own. The HUD is stripped down to include only the barest of essentials while the action itself appears to be perfectly robust and serviceable with cover-to-cover gun fighting the order of the day.

Lynch gradually fights his way through the streets evading as many of the Kevlar-sporting agents as possible, with Kane (having seemingly appeared from nowhere) following closely in tow, eventually finding his way onto an open field where a helicopter descends, casting its blinding searchlight upon the fleeing fugitives. Kane & Lynch sprint into more trouble as yet more heavily armed agents lie in wait to get the drop on the duo. Failing to leap behind a nearby pillar, Lynch finds himself standing out in the open and gets rapidly cut down in a hail of gunfire. And so the demo ends.

But there's so much more yet to be shown, including numerous multiplayer modes including off and online campaign co-op and Fragile Alliance – an eight-player co-operative heist scenario, which plays upon each participant's potential for greed, offering them the chance to steal the entirety of the contents of the bank's vault, betraying the rest of the team in the process. Cue numerous rounds where everyone shoots one another and no one wins.

Slated for a 2010 release, this first showing of Kane & Lynch 2 demonstrates that IO has ostensibly learnt some valuable lessons from their experience on Dead Men, which hopefully means Dog Days will atone for that game's sins and prove to be something genuinely worthwhile.


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Comment #1 by L2P OMG
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:02:59 AM
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looks awesome :P

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Comment #2 by EcT Felix
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:09:21 AM
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Kayne & Lunch 1 was pretty good. i wonder about this sequel..

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Comment #3 by bunny survivor
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:13:08 AM
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I hope it's gonna be better than the first one.

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Comment #4 by Rewave Acid
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:15:48 AM
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Couldve picked a better name though... not really as catchy as "Halo" or "Modern Warfare" XD

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Comment #5 by Nuddsy
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:18:29 AM
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hopefuly they make the mulitplayer have more depth and options :D

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Comment #6 by Milborn
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:19:05 AM
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I enjoyed the first and i cant wait till this one comes out.

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Comment #7 by Bleeding Star
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:19:15 AM
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Kane and Lynch 1 was pretty good

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Comment #8 by IIIII Matt IIIII
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:21:20 AM
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Multiplayer was better than single player in the 1st game

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Comment #9 by Gor1lla
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:34:51 AM
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I loved the first one, hope this will be ass kicking, too

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Comment #10 by The Destroyernatorer
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:35:48 AM
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@4 What? Kane and Lynch is quite a cool name, and it's the just the name of the main men. Modern warfare has no interesting protagonists, and they couldn't really call Halo 'John-117', could they? The games are about Kane and Lynch, so that's what they're called called. And if you're referring to the 'Dog Days' part, I think it also sounds cool.

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Comment #11 by H0p3sfalL
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:39:16 AM
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The first game had the best mp concept ever. Just came out wrong in the game.

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Comment #12 by OMGmyFACE
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:53:58 AM
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Everything about this game is good to me. And I must have it.

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Comment #13 by snake2895
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:55:54 AM
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Had to say that didn't you?

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Comment #14 by adz5000
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 12:02:55 PM
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@10 spot on mate !!!

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Comment #15 by Woody28
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 12:10:07 PM
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I really enjoyed kane and Lynch

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Comment #16 by Dandroid
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 12:44:45 PM
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I've never played the first game, but this looks as though it could be really good! Will just have to wait and see when more details and videos are released!

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Comment #17 by Welsh Rambo
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 01:02:20 PM
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I personally thought the first game was very over hyped, it was ok, nothing special. I think it would have made a better movie than game. Lets hope this ones better.

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Comment #18 by The Destroyernatorer
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 01:23:22 PM
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@17 OVERhyped!? It got poor to average reviews.

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Comment #19 by Heavystormer
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 02:56:04 PM
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@4, yeah cause Modern Warfare and Halo are such catchy names.....
@10, couldn't have said it better myself

I really hope IO Interactive can produce a winner with Kane and Lynch, I quite enjoyed the first, even if it was a little out of this world.

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Comment #20 by DipCheese83
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 04:20:52 PM
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Mutiplayer on Dead Men as outstanding, I had so much fun betraying everyone and getting away with all the money for myself. Only thing that was annoying is that there were only 4 maps and the only one anyone played was the Japanese Garden map or whatever because you could get the most money from it. Hopefully in Dog Days you can get the same amount of money across all maps.

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Comment #21 by Mitzurugi
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 05:11:44 PM
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Looks promising. Please don't disappoint us IO! ^_^

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Comment #22 by Earth Djinn
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 06:46:00 PM
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I seem to be one of the few who really enjoyed the first game.

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Comment #23 by Aliasalpha
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 11:06:21 PM
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I thought the first one was pretty good, it was a bit clunky and could have done with another month or 2 of polishing but the core of the game was solid. Shame that a good game will only be remembered for a PR scandal.

At least Driver 3 had the decency to be a shitty game to go with the PR scandal...

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Comment #24 by OmegaHunter84
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 03:41:13 AM
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Hype refers to the press a game gets BEFORE it is released.

Many, including the gaming press, expected Kane & Lynch to be a AAA title that was going to have a killer story, new innovative gameplay and great graphics.

What we got was a very, very mediocre (at best) shooter with absolutely nothing new or interesting.

It was overhyped.

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Comment #25 by The Destroyernatorer
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 08:15:55 AM
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@24 Oh yes, it was completely overhyped beforehand. It's just that it's that old I assumed they were talking from a present perspective.

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Comment #26 by Webb [STAFF]
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 10:19:33 AM
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@#24 - Fragile alliance was totally new, unique and very awesome.

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Comment #27 by Dr Popodopolus
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 02:53:23 PM
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Looking good. Online co-op always grabs my attention so I will keep an eye on this.

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Comment #28 by ERIKDOTCOM
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 04:03:02 PM
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I was curious about the first one ever since I saw it in a Game Informer issue, but I never got around to playing it. Now I'm really curious about this game.

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Comment #29 by Stealthcake
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 09:16:09 AM
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I really liked the first ones single player and multiplayer, even if it got bad marks. Just my opinion of course

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Comment #30 by jtr1gg3r
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 08:09:41 AM
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lol they both look like tramps that robbed a rich bloke

lookin good tho

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Comment #31 by The Bum-Mobile
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 10:25:01 AM
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I actually agree with #4. To me, games are much cooler when the sequel has a completely different name. I don't think the game could be any better or worse because of it, I just think it sounds interesting. As for the game, I absolutely loved the first Kane and Lynch, and I personally think this looks incredible. In fact, I bought Kane and Lynch again recently (Friend broke it in the past by accident.) just because I'm so excited for this game!

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Comment #32 by Skid Row Trash
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 11:11:46 AM
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Kane and Lynch was an awesome game. Amazing story, and very good voice acting. I never found a problem with the gameplay at all, and I really like Kane and Lynch as characters, and both would be excellent role models for any kid.

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Comment #33 by OdorlessFurball
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 11:18:52 AM
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My biggest gripe about the first game would have to be the 0 point leaderboard achievements and the people who hold the #1 & #2 spots hostage. Seriously, it's not cool to charge MS points for a chance to MAYBE boost to the top.

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Comment #34 by Shankadiddid
Saturday, January 23, 2010 @ 12:02:17 AM
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What are you guys gay the first game sucked and so is the second one.

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Comment #35 by Goukensama
Saturday, January 23, 2010 @ 08:03:40 AM
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I don't know why people are so critical of the first K&L but I loved it and will be pre-ordering the sequel as soon as I can.

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Comment #36 by The Betrayer142
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 @ 07:24:04 PM
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@34 yep. You nailed it. We are all homosexuals because we think this game is gonna be at least decent based on the very little info we have. Please don't post a comment unless you think it's absolutely necessary to voice that relatively bland and non-unique point.

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Comment #37 by Jaden Arbiter
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 04:19:37 PM
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This Richard Walker guy is a complete moron. The first was a huge disappointment? It was one of the first third person shooters I played that actually gave a good layer of logical proof to what you did, not your typical Army of Two where you wander cheap looking terrorist dumps for money, wandering here and there throughout, or your Gears of War where you need to clog enemy holes and look like macho men with plenty of curses.

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Comment #38 by cleric_80
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 09:31:52 AM
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I liked the first one but yeah it had it's issues... Please fix the gun mechanics and the cover system. For the love of God it's not that difficult.

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Comment #39 by ViNyLek
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 11:18:39 AM
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I loved the first one so this can only get better^^

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US August 17, 2010
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