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Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.2
MobyScore
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User Reviews

In one word: INTENSE MichaelPalin (1195) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
A joke, and it's on you, the consumer. Joakim Kihlman (270) 0.86 Stars0.86 Stars0.86 Stars0.86 Stars0.86 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall MobyScore (27 votes) 3.2


The Press Says

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86
PC Games (Germany)
In die Rolle eines Massenmörders zu schlüpfen, ist sicher nicht alltäglich in einem Computerspiel. Doch schnell wird klar, warum Kane tut, was er tut. Hinter der harten Fassade steckt ein Mensch und Vater, der eigentlich nur das Schlimmste verhindern will. Faszinierend wie die beiden Hauptcharaktere ist auch die knallharte Story. Was die Entwickler sich hier ausgedacht haben, könnte direkt aus Filmen wie Crank oder Snatch stammen. Einzig Schnitzer bei der KI und einige frustig-schwere Momente bremsen Kane & Lynch: Dead Men aus. Ein wenig Feinschliff hätte gutgetan. Zu oft rennen mir die Kollegen vor die Flinte und ich muss neu starten, obwohl die Schuld bei den doofen Mitstreitern liegt.
84
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Kane & Lynch is adrenaline van begin tot eind met keiharde actie en meedogenloze combat. Niet voor gevoelige gamers.
80
GameTrailers
The right combination of gameplay elements and design decisions make Kane and Lynch easy to recommend to crime junkies and anyone who enjoys a little therapeutic videogame violence. A well-executed plot really makes the game, while the multiplayer additions add replay value and variety. The game manages to find the right flow and lets you indulge your dark side while getting your action fix. Kane and Lynch go through hell, but you end up getting a pretty sweet deal.
79
Computer Bild Spiele
Mit diesen beiden Typen ist nicht zu scherzen. Kane und Lynch sorgen immerhin mit rabenschwarzem Humor für etwas Auflockerung zwischen den knallharten, brutalen Kampfszenen. Dieses Spiel gehört nicht in Kinderhände, sondern ist derbe Unterhaltung für Erwachsene. Die Aufmachung erinnert an berühmte Gangsterfilme aus Hollywood, die Geschichte ist packend inszeniert. Grafisch hat das Spiel kleine Schwächen, die aber kaum stören. Die Sprecher der Hauptfiguren sind absolute Spitzenklasse und sorgen mit sarkastischen Sprüchen für Atmospähre. Nichts für zar besaitete Gemüter, aber ein extrem spannendes Gangsterabenteuer - "gut" so.
79
YouGamers
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men could be a great game. Unfortunately it feels unfinished, and falls short of that mark. It's still a pioneering effort in action game storytelling: Kane's story is disturbing, fascinating and heartbreaking, and will stay with you long after the credits roll.
79
PC Zone
Though somewhat let down by its combat, Kane & Lynch is still well worth a play, even if it's just for the cinematic feel of the levels, the refreshingly different characters and the excellent multiplayer.
78
Gamesmania
Der ganz große Knaller ist Kane & Lynch Dead Men zwar nicht geworden, doch Spaß hatte ich mit der Actionhatz quer über die Welt schon. Die Schießereien spielen sich flott, die Action wird cool inszeniert und die Schauplätze sind erfreulich abwechslungsreich. Dafür enttäuscht der Titel bei der nicht mehr standesgemäßen Grafik und der zuweilen ungenau arbeitenden Steuerung. Auch die Story lässt mir zu viele Fragen unbeantwortet und die Helden wachsen mir nie richtig ans Herz. Dennoch: das einmalige Durchspielen sorgt für viel Laune, am besten schnappt ihr euch aber einen Freund und zockt die Story im spannenden Koop-Modus gemeinsam in einem Rutsch durch, dann stört auch nicht das antiquierte Speichersystem.
78
GameStar (Germany)
Christian Schmidt: »Seltsam: Kane & Lynch ist vollgestopft mit dramatischen Momenten, trotzdem geht das Spiel an mir vorbei, ohne mich zu berühren. Es liegt wohl an der Diskrepanz zwischen Inszenierung und Mechanik: Während um mich herum die Handlung wirbelt, schieße ich acht Stunden lang auf immer gleich reagierende Feinde. Weder die Geschichte (wirr und oberflächlich) noch die Charaktere (wüst und oberflächlich) helfen, die Actionsplitter sinnvoll zusammenzufügen. Schicke Action-Unterhaltung ist das Spiel aber allemal. Ein Spiel wie ein Hollywood-Blockbuster: toll gemacht, schnell wieder vergessen.«
71
ActionTrip
Then again, there are a few reasons why I didn't give a lower score to this game. The overall presentation, solid visuals, excellently directed cut-scenes and, above all, a well-structured plot, are all elements we rarely see in games today. You'll also be passing through different environments, so at least the game doesn't get dull in that sense. Another thing is that the PC version ran smoothly, even on modest rigs. In addition, the game didn't exhibit any bugs that might ward players off. Even with all that, Kane & Lynch didn't deliver much of what was promised initially. It's sad, but true. Again, familiar elements from Hitman are felt throughout the game. While some gamers may find this a welcomed facet, it's really disappointing that after all these years Io didn't show enough determination and creativity to bring something new to the scene of contemporary shooters.
70
GameCell UK
At the end of the day K&L is a unique and enthralling single-player experience, albeit a fairly brief one, with a few niggles here and there. If the theme appeals and you're aware of the multiplayer's shortcomings and the general brevity of the game, K&L is a more than worthwhile purchase for fans of quality action and regret plots.
70
GamingExcellence
There’s a lot to like about Kane & Lynch, but there’s a lot to really hate as well. It’s perfect for someone who enjoys a solid story and depth in their characters and doesn’t mind glaring problems in their gameplay. For others who crave a strong third-person shooting experience, emphasis on controls and action, they’re going to be sorely disappointed with it. If the major flaws didn’t permeate every aspect of the gameplay, whether multiplayer or singleplayer, then the title might be worth mentioning for more than the plot. As it is, however, the game just can’t be recommended to most. Like the protagonist Kane, it’s decent but has too many flaws for comfort.
70
IGN
Kane & Lynch is a game that many people will play through and enjoy simply because of the forceful story and characters. Others will find the gameplay isn’t up to speed with the rest of the gaming world and wonder why anyone would bother. Frustration should never enter into a game because of the mechanics, but with Kane & Lynch it does. Loose gameplay, a brief campaign, and a single (albeit good) online mode with four maps hurt this title that could have been so much more.
70
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Factor in an exceptionally short single-player campaign, an undercooked tactical squad element and a distinct lack of gameplay variety and it's impossible not to see this as a very big missed opportunity. The innovative multiplayer aspect is certainly a nice bonus, but a game such as this can't get by on minor novelties in a market chock full of shooters with fully fledged online elements. There are many many positives to come out of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, but sadly too many things weigh against it to mark it out as a must-have in a ludicrously competitive environment. Let's hope IO takes heart and comes back with a game which delivers on all counts, and not just some.
68
Cheat Code Central
Kane and Lynch reeks of an undercooked effort that should've baked a few more months in the development oven. If the care and polish that went into the wonderfully cinematic level presentation had also been applied to the writing and gameplay, it could've been a bar-raising effort for the third-person shooter genre. As is, Kane and Lynch offers a fun play-through for fans of the movies it's paying homage to; again, the scenario-driven stages are amazing. And despite the absence of online co-op, playing split-screen with a friend is fun. An up-to-eight player online multiplayer mode, that has you and your friends turning traitor on each other during a botched heist, is interesting, but won't provide more than a temporary distraction from meatier online offerings like Call of Duty 4 and Halo 3.
65
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Kane & Lynch появилась некстати. В нынешнем состоянии ей следовало выйти лет пять назад, когда незатейливые перестрелки и "рельсовые" поездки на машинах еще не навязли в зубах. Либо плюнуть на подражание "фабрике грез" и дозреть до открытого, бодрого геймплея годик-другой. Впрочем, чует мое сердце, к 2009-му IO Interactive сотворит K&L 2...
60
Factornews
Comme à son habitude, IO Interactive dégaine la carte ambiance avec brio et enchaîne les scènes d'anthologie empruntées au cinéma hollywoodien. Kane & Lynch: Dead Men en ressort comme un shoot sympathique et interdit au moins de 18 ans, malheureusement bourré de défauts qui empêchent le jeu de véritablement décoller, mais toujours avec cette envie de briser les règles du jeu de gangsters. Quelques mois de plus, et nous tenions là certainement un classique du genre. Vous avez dit regret ?
60
G4 TV: X-Play
Overall Kane & Lynch is an interesting -- if overly violent -- take on the “buddy” game. The tag-team setup adds something to what would already be a solid action game and makes it that much better.
59
Gamer 2.0
So if you have some extra time on your hands, Kane & Lynch is just barely worth a rental. Were it not for its story, we would undoubtedly give it a “Skip It” recommendation. However, it should be able to tide you over for a small while. Don’t expect anything great out of it though.
55
Gamer.co.il

לסיכומו של דבר, Kane & Lynch הוא ללא ספק משחק אותו תרצו לשכוח. משחקיות שמתגלית לעיתים קרובות כבלתי-אפשרית, שלבים משעממים ועלילה חלשה, יגרמו לכל גיימר לא מעט רגעי משבר. אם אתם רוצים להוכיח למישהו שהפשע לא תמיד משתלם, Kane & Lynch הוא ללא ספק המשחק המושלם לעניין.

50
1UP
Kane & Lynch serves as an important lesson in game design: The medium is not the message. Don't get me wrong -- it's still entertaining, especially if you're looking to play on a more casual basis. But with rumors of a film adaptation already in the works, I can't help but wonder if the designers were more focused on another Hollywood vehicle instead of a solid game.
40
UOL Jogos
Não passa de uma teoria, mas é bem provável que Eidos não tenha anunciado uma seqüência para "Kane & Lynch" à toa. Chega a ser decepcionante pensar que a produtora fez vista grossa para tantos erros apenas com o intuito de lançar o jogo às pressas e lucrar com continuações e adaptações cinematográficas. Tudo por aqui não passa de promessas não cumpridas e expectativas não alcançadas - infelizmente, já estamos cansados de saber que um jogo não se faz apenas de boas idéias. "Kane & Lynch" poderia ter um visual excelente e dezenas de opções onlines e, ainda assim, continuaria na mesma situação precária caso mantivesse a jogabilidade frustrante e inexata que faz parte deste primeiro episódio. Se você quer prestigiar o trabalho da Io Interactive, as quatro edições de "Hitman" são mais que o suficiente.