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Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
61
4.3
Windows
62
3.3
Xbox 360
59
3.6

User Reviews

Dog Days: an underrated gem Xbox 360 >>GuKankuro>> (26)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 2 4.3
Windows 12 3.3
Xbox 360 4 3.6
Combined MobyScore 18 3.5


The Press Says

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84
Xbox 360Play.tm
As a package however, Kane & Lynch 2 is pretty well-accomplished, with its multiplayer in particular worthy of high praise. That it also brings something unique to the table with its visuals makes the relatively skimpy narrative worthwhile, and it's entirely possible that it could inspire imitators in the future. Ultimately, IO Interactive deserves a big pat on the pack for recognising the shortcomings of the first Kane & Lynch, going back to the drawing board to create something that's not only infinitely better, but also hugely entertaining and enjoyable in spite of its flaws.
78
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Meedogenloze schietpartijen en een unieke visuele stijl maken Kane & Lynch 2 tot een pretentieloze en pure shooter zonder franjes.
76
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Kane & Lynch 2 wird Fans von storylastigen Spielen begeistern. Wie schon der Vorgänger (der spielerisch einige Bugs mitbrachte) setzt das Actionspiel auf eine ausgereifte Story mit ausgearbeiteten Charakteren und toller Sprachausgabe. Kane und Kumpel Lynch werden dermaßen effektvoll in Szene gesetzt, dass man leicht übersehen kann, wie wenig spielerische Anforderung eigentlich nötig ist, um die kaum sechsstündige Kampagne zu beenden. Die ganz klare Schwachstelle des Titels ist nämlich das repititive Gameplay, das kaum mit Überraschungen aufwarten kann. Also werden sich die Spielergemüter erhitzen: Die einen werden aufgrund der intensiven Geschichte Spaß haben, die anderen die Actionsequenzen verdammen.
75
PlayStation 3GamingEvolution
Dog Days is an interesting sequel as it removed a lot of elements from the first game and streamlined it to something simpler. This doesn’t often happen in games they usually build upon the first and improve all the things they didn’t get right the first time around. They also changed up the camera system and went for a more realistic look and feel. The grittiness and emotionality of the game is felt deep inside when you’re playing this game. The intensity is ramped up from the previous game. An although this is a repetitive cover and shoot game where you clear out areas the story will suck you in so you don’t mind it being repetitive. The multiplayer saves this game as it does most games that are not overly great but are pretty good. With plenty of people to play online against I am sure you will spend many hours online.
73
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Erstaunlich! Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days bringt es fertig, dass ich Empathie mit den beiden Protagonisten empfinde, obwohl sie ganz schön fiese Typen sind. Das hat der Vorgänger nicht mal ansatzweise geschafft. Trotzdem bleibt der Titel in seiner Gesamtheit mittelprächtig. IO Interactive spult für meinen Geschmack zu viele gleiche Situationen ab; der Vorgänger war vielfältiger. Da mögen die Umgebungen noch so abwechslungsreich sein, die Ballereien werden nach gefühlten zehn Minuten schnarchöde. Das kann auch die ungewöhnliche Optik nicht verschleiern.
70
WindowsThat Gaming Site
A short but compelling campaign that improves on the original in every way. The integration of online coop is tarnished with game bugs that will hopefully be fixed soon. Arcade and fragile alliance modes lengthen the lifespan of this shooter on your shelf.
70
PlayStation 3That Gaming Site
A short but compelling campaign that improves on the original in every way. The integration of online coop is tarnished with game bugs that will hopefully be fixed soon. Arcade and fragile alliance modes lengthen the lifespan of this shooter on your shelf.
70
Xbox 360That Gaming Site
A short but compelling campaign that improves on the original in every way. The integration of online coop is tarnished with game bugs that will hopefully be fixed soon. Arcade and fragile alliance modes lengthen the lifespan of this shooter on your shelf.
70
PlayStation 3Hasta los Juegos
'Dog Days' es una secuela 'de libro': menos guión, más tiros y explosiones, y una mecánica de juego que o la amas o la odias.
68
Xbox 3604Players.de
Es hätte alles so schön werden können: Gerade in den ersten Minuten fasziniert der Abstecher nach Shanghai mit einer enorm stylischen Präsentation und lebendigen Kulissen, die zusammen mit dem Folter-Einstieg auch noch auf eine spannende Geschichte hoffen lassen. Allerdings läuft sich die Action nach dem zehnten Schusswechsel schneller tot als man den Abzug betätigen kann: Anstatt den Spielverlauf mit gezielten Tempowechseln etwas abwechslungsreicher zu gestalten, läuft die meiste Zeit alles nach Schema F ab. So verliert man schnell die Lust daran, ständig von einem Checkpunkt zum nächsten gehetzt zu werden und sich dabei immer wieder mit den dummen KI-Schergen anzulegen. Doch auch Mitstreiter Kane hat mich oft genug im Stich gelassen. Was für ein Glück, dass man auch kooperativ losziehen und die insgesamt elf Kapitel der enttäuschenden Kampagne inklusive dem unbefriedigendem Ende gemeinsam erleben kann.
65
WindowsComputerGames.ro
The story tries, but isn’t too good in sustaining the carnage and you don’t really care after a few episodes. All you want is to aim as best as possible with the screen clouded in smoke, shadows and your own blood so that the dreaded „You have died” message doesn’t send you back to the last checkpoint. And the fact that killing is all you do only translates into poor replay value and boredom, not into quality action. The co-op mode helps a little, as a friend’s help is more than welcome when compared to the somewhat stupid AI. The multiplayer isn’t much better either, although the potential is there. The lag ruined the few play sessions I managed to find and the number of maps is pretty low. So if psychotic thriller shooters aren’t your kind of game, Kane & Lynch 2 will not make it on your shopping list. For the rest of you out there, it offers too few hours of fun, so the price/quality balance might not be that attractive until you find a sale.
65
WindowsGameSpot
The story mode isn't likely to take much more than four hours on your first play-through; the Arcade mode takes even less time than that to get old; and while the multiplayer options are fun, they suffer from lag and there simply aren't enough of them to compensate for the shortcomings of the solo offerings. And depending on how you look at it, the fact that there are additional multiplayer maps waiting in the wings is either good news or insult added to injury. With a longer and more varied story mode and a better, lag-free suite of multiplayer options, Dog Days would've been very easy to recommend. As it is, though, this diminutive package is as noteworthy for the features that it has dropped from the first game as it is for the new ones it has introduced, and it comes with too many caveats to be recommended without hesitation.
65
Xbox 360GameSpot
For as long as it lasts, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a good game. Its biggest problem is that there simply isn't enough of it. The story mode isn't likely to take much more than four hours on your first play-through; the Arcade mode takes even less time than that to get old; and while the multiplayer options are fun, they suffer from lag and there simply aren't enough of them to compensate for the shortcomings of the solo offerings. And depending on how you look at it, the fact that there are additional multiplayer maps waiting in the wings is either good news or insult added to injury. With a longer and more varied story mode and a better, lag-free suite of multiplayer options, Dog Days would've been very easy to recommend. As it is, though, this diminutive package is as noteworthy for the features that it has dropped from the first game as it is for the new ones it has introduced, and it comes with too many caveats to be recommended without hesitation.
63
PlayStation 3Fragland.net
Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days is a game that runs on its singleplayer, and for that a six hour gameplay experience just isn't long enough. Too many elements in the game are mediocre and eventhough the atmosphere perfectly fits the Dog Days concept, overall we really can't say this is a good game.
61
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
While the multiplayer is a notable strong point, it really is not enough to carry the entire game, and the insipid and all too brief campaign leaves a lot to be desired. If you are a fan of the first game then by all means give this a rent, but once the credits roll you will probably be wondering if even that was worth it. Hopefully this will be the last we see of these characters, as it is hard to see a successful comeback after this.
60
WindowsCheat Happens
Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days is miles ahead of its predecessor in most areas, but in others, it lags behind it. Being presented in the unique gonzo journalism style gives it a unique style and visual appeal that most others in the crowded shooter genre lack, but at just over 5 hours, it’s still a rather thin package. Those who loved the first Kane and Lynch game will find much to love here, but it won’t do much to sway the opinion of those who weren’t fans.
60
Xbox 360Brash Games
So it’s really your choice as to whether you plump for Dog Days. At three hours long, we’d feel a little annoyed at paying full price for it. Conversely, however, we don’t rant and rave about getting great value for money with a stupidly long JRPG, so perhaps this is a point we’re too deeply involved in to judge accurately. It’s bloody, but strangely prudish at the same time. It’s feels like some officious killjoy has seen the final product and crudely chiselled off the bits that he thinks are rude. That aside, it’s a different take on the shooter genre that moves away from buff super soldiers and buff cops-on-the-edge and buff average-joes-who-just-happen-to-be-caught-up-in-something-they-shouldn’t-have. Well worth a play, as you’ll do it in one sitting, but you’ll want to catch it at a super-low bargain price if you’re anywhere near as miserly as us.
60
Xbox 360411mania.com
This is a game that you should rent first before buying. Some will love that it's a lot like a movie and features lots of shootouts; some will hate it for the same reason. Fortunately, if you try it before you buy it; you'll know almost immediately whether or not this is going to be the game for you.
60
Windows411mania.com
This is a game that you should rent first before buying. Some will love that it's a lot like a movie and features lots of shootouts; some will hate it for the same reason. Fortunately, if you try it before you buy it; you'll know almost immediately whether or not this is going to be the game for you.
60
PlayStation 3411mania.com
This is a game that you should rent first before buying. Some will love that it's a lot like a movie and features lots of shootouts; some will hate it for the same reason. Fortunately, if you try it before you buy it; you'll know almost immediately whether or not this is going to be the game for you.
60
WindowsLevel
Dog Days får mycket av sitt existensberättigande genom multiplayer-delen. I synnerhet ett nervigt och svekfullt spelläge där man som rånare i grupp ska utföra en stöt och ta sig till flyktbilen. När som helst kan någon köra in dolken i en medbrottsling för en större del av kakan. Det är på just den här sortens avskalat nojiga och kallhamrade intensitet Io bör bygga sina spel istället för att försöka följa med på Army of Twos inslagna väg.
60
Xbox 360Gamereactor (Sweden)
Nej, det vill sig inte riktigt för Kane och Lynch den här gången heller. Dog Days är ett bättre spel än det första försöket, men det finns så mycket outnyttjad potential kvar. Själva grunden i spelmekaniken är tyvärr ganska hafsig och vore det inte för den välskrivna storyn skulle jag förmodligen inte ens vilja spela vidare. IO ska däremot ha kudos för det underhållande multiplayer-läget som skänker många extra timmars speltid.
60
Xbox 360Edge
As with so many games, the blights and blemishes are partly concealed by playing it through in co-op, and there are extensive and intriguing multiplayer modes in the package, too (see ‘Co-ops and robbers’). But as a singleplayer experience, Dog Days feels underdeveloped. Its most striking ideas don’t fulfil their promise, and its successes are etched by pervasive minor flaws. The towering, terrifying city, and the lens through which it is shot, drag you onwards through the game’s lesser parts, but you sense that the real crime in this whole bloody escapade is that it doesn’t live up to its dark flashes of imagination.
50
Xbox 360Game Revolution
Kane & Lynch 2 is not a game worth picking up as long as it costs $60, $50, or even $40. It is not a game that you play to enjoy the single-player story--or even, for that matter, the offline mode. If you can reconcile yourself with that, though, the multiplayer "Fragile Alliance" mode is incredible fun and incorporates a dynamic that I wish others developers would try to imitate.
50
WindowsPlayback
Zdradziecki pan Kane i psychopatyczny pan Lynch. Zabójczy duet już raz popisał się brutalnością, ciętymi komentarzami i zdolnością do pakowania się w kłopoty. Co podstarzali killerzy mają nam do zaoferowania w kontynuacji swoich przygód?
50
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
And that’s Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days‘ biggest downfall. With more content, both in terms of brevity and variation, it could have been a much better game and actually live up to its promise. The shooting mechanics are satisfying, the Shanghai backdrop is oftentimes stunning to behold, and the visual style is fantastic, fully justifying the risks IO took in delivering it. Sadly, this is all confounded by a lack of ambition on the gameplay side, as you repeat the same action over and over again ad nauseum. With a few more mechanics and a couple of extra missions, Dog Days could have been easy to recommend. In its current state, it’s the perfect rental.
50
PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Il faut bien reconnaître que malgré son emballage guère reluisant, Kane & Lynch 2 nous propose un début d'aventure plutôt bien ficelé. Malheureusement le soufflé retombe assez vite et l'action s'essouffle avant de s'arrêter bien trop brutalement. Il ne faut pas non plus compter sur le multijoueur pour apporter un peu de piment à cette soupe qui est finalement bien dure à avaler.
50
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Il faut bien reconnaître que malgré son emballage guère reluisant, Kane & Lynch 2 nous propose un début d'aventure plutôt bien ficelé. Malheureusement le soufflé retombe assez vite et l'action s'essouffle avant de s'arrêter bien trop brutalement. Il ne faut pas non plus compter sur le multijoueur pour apporter un peu de piment à cette soupe qui est finalement bien dure à avaler.
50
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Il faut bien reconnaître que malgré son emballage guère reluisant, Kane & Lynch 2 nous propose un début d'aventure plutôt bien ficelé. Malheureusement le soufflé retombe assez vite et l'action s'essouffle avant de s'arrêter bien trop brutalement. Il ne faut pas non plus compter sur le multijoueur pour apporter un peu de piment à cette soupe qui est finalement bien dure à avaler.
46
WindowsMana Pool
If you enjoy shooting, nauseatingly shaky cameras, shooting, amateur film effects, shooting, miserable, unlikeable characters and more shooting, this game is probably for you. Did I mention there was shooting? There’s a myriad of replayability offered with several different multiplayer modes, not to mention three new DLCs that were released just two weeks after the game’s initial launch (but for some unknown reason could not be included in the release itself). For all of the above reasons, I’d recommend being cautious before throwing $50USD and a possible $11 in DLCs at this title, and at the very least, try the demo before you do.
45
WindowsPCActu
Ce second essai n'est qu'à moitié transformé par les géniteurs de Hitman. Certes l'action est omniprésente, mais les critiques faites lors de la sortie du premier opus ne sont pas toutes réglées. De plus, l'esthétisme grossier et les animations archaïques auraient pu être plus soignés via la création d'un nouveau moteur graphique. Nous n'avons donc pas l'impression d'être à l'heure des prouesses techniques et ce schéma se vérifie tant sur la forme que sur le fond. En clair, la faible durée de vie couplée à la répétitivité des objectifs (tirer partout, tout le temps), aurait pu être palliée grâce à plus de prises de risques : par des missions plus variées, par exemple. Au final, on se contentera d'une très bonne ambiance et d'un jeu défouloir pour les personnes qui ont la gâchette facile. Dommage.
40
Xbox 360HonestGamers
The second adventure featuring Kane and Lynch really has gone to the dogs.
40
PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
Despite its intriguing but flawed multiplayer suite, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is one of the most underwhelming shooters of recent memory. It doesn’t set out to do a whole lot and what it does do is mostly average: its visual motif is slick but distracting, its gunplay adequate but unsubstantial and its co-op present but unnecessary. The best thing I can say is it’s the closest you’ll ever get to streaking through the streets of Shanghai with an automatic weapon.
40
Xbox 360Giant Bomb
Kane & Lynch 2's visual style really sets it apart in ways that its standard take-cover action can't. It'd be a really cool game that would actually be pretty easy to recommend if there were a little more to it. While there are definitely aspects of the game that are very much worth seeing, the game's lack of content (and potentially severe Xbox 360 issue) make it tough to recommend as a full-priced purchase.