Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Reviews (Xbox 360)

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.3
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall User Score (7 votes) 3.1


Critic Reviews

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85
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Nov 27, 2007)
Kane & Lynch kommt mit einer selten guten Geschichte und unverbrauchten Charakteren daher. Steuerungstechnisch, sowie in Hinblick auf den Umfang gibt es zwar einige Schwächen, die das Drumherum aber wieder ausbaden kann. Wer also einen durchschnittlichen Shooter mit einer genialen Verpackung sucht, der sollte unbedingt zugreifen.
82
XboxAchievements (Nov 27, 2007)
A solid, adrenaline fueled, fast action game with a great story and some solid acting. Disappointingly short campaign but a multiplayer that makes up for it. Its uniqueness is something that will appeal to a large amount of gamers.
79
SOS Gamers (Jul 27, 2009)
A Kane & Lynch: Dead Men le ha perjudicado muchísimo que sus creadores no incluyeran finalmente el modo campaña cooperativo a través de Xbox Live. Hubiera sido el puntito que el juego necesita para alcanzar el nivel jugable apropiado para los tiempos que corren. En su lugar no hubiera estado de más que se solucionaran algunos fallos, o que contara con gráficos más acordes a la nueva generación, pero en términos generales cumple con su propósito. Dado que la licencia ya ha sido adquirida para su llegada a los cines, no sería nada extraño que en un futuro viéramos nuevas aventuras de estos dos singulares personajes. Especialmente si los rumores del reparto cinematográfico se cumplen: Bruce Willis y Billy Bob Thornton.
78
Wat baal ik van de domme foutjes in dit spel, want de rest is zo ongehoord vet! Jij moet zelf maar de keuze maken of je er voorbij wilt kijken. Ik heb het wel gedaan, en daar ben ik blij om.
78
Gamesmania.de (Dec 14, 2007)
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
Computer Bild Spiele (Dec 05, 2007)
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.
77
4Players.de (Nov 27, 2007)
Hat den Entwicklern vielleicht nur die nötige Zeit für Optimierungen gefehlt, weil der Titel noch unbedingt vor Weihnachten fertig werden musste? Man könnte es fast meinen - auch wenn man sich die schlechte Soundabmischung mit starken Lautstärkeschwankungen und fehlenden Details anhört. Während die Kampagne aufgrund der vielen Mankos ein eher zweischneidiges Schwert ist, landet IO mit dem Mehrspielermodus Fragile Alliance einen Volltreffer – auch wenn er teilweise unter den gleichen (KI-)Problemen leidet. Doch zusammen mit Freunden loszuziehen, bei einem vorzeitigen Tod die Seiten zu wechseln und die Jagd auf einen Verräter zu eröffnen oder selbst vom Neid gepackt zu werden, ist äußerst reizvoll. Deshalb kann man den Entwicklern nur zu diesem innovativen Konzept gratulieren. Trotzdem bleibt das Gefühl zurück, dass viel mehr Potenzial da war. Unterm Strich bekommt ihr nur ein gutes, aber nicht überragendes und für Solospieler sehr kurzes Actionspiel.
77
XBox Front (Dec 23, 2007)
Kane & Lynch ist einer dieser vielversprechenden Titel, die zwar mit einer bombastischen Inszenierung, gut erzählter Story und gelungenen Hauptcharakteren aufwarten können, jedoch bei näherer Betrachtung gravierende spielerische und technische Mängel aufweisen. Sicherlich wurden uns die zu Beginn gestellten Fragen beantwortet, dennoch stehen wir mit offenem Mund und zahlreichen weiteren offen Fragen am Ende wieder auf weiter Flur. Wie konnte es eine solch abgrundtief schlechte KI in das Spiel schaffen? Wieso lassen die Entwickler die Spannungskurve in der zweiten Hälfte des Spiels dermaßen verflachen? Wieso habe ich den Titel in wenigen Stunden komplett durchgespielt? Warum gibt es keinen Online-Coop-Modus?
75
Console Monster (Feb 11, 2008)
Kane and Lynch could have been a fantastic game had they have spent some more time on it. Instead we are left with a fun but short and buggy game. Hopefully they can build upon this decent foundation and make a good sequel.
74
Lawrence (Nov 20, 2007)
The presentation, voice acting, characters, and story are absolutely excellent. Kane & Lynch themselves are far from your prototypical action game hero. They’re terrible people who just broke out of jail, and you can expect to kill a lot of cops and innocent people as them. The dialogue between the two is realistic and gritty, and the plot itself is well-written and consistently entertaining. It’s too bad that when the game shifts from cutscenes to gameplay, it suffers tremendously. Certain areas of the game function as they should and are genuinely entertaining (most of the beginning of the game), but others are infuriatingly broken. A boss fight involving a semi truck is near-impossible even on the easiest difficulty setting, and ordering your cohorts around is a chore. Despite the gameplay issues, I’d love to see a sequel that takes the excellent story and characters and just adds a functional game engine.
72
The Fragile Alliance multiplayer mode is also a tense thrill. Unfortunately, it's also missing something: maps. There are only four and they are all pulled straight out of the campaign. Unless I'm the one missing something, Kane & Lynch fails to live up to its potential.
72
Game Freaks 365 (Dec, 2007)
The cinematics and storyline make this feel like a Hollywood production. The plot is there, the crazy characters and personalities are there and so is the violence. What's missing? Refined controls and a little more flair to the graphics. It is fun to play alone, but more so with a friend in co-op. This game feels a lot like Freedom Fighters. The only problem with that is the mistakes with that game have not been corrected four years later. When it comes to third person shooters, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is not going to be remembered as a classic.
70
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 23, 2007)
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.
70
Eurogamer.fr (Nov 23, 2007)
En attendant peut-être une suite qui perfectionnera le concept et proposera un gameplay vraiment à la hauteur du script. J’hésitais entre 6/10 et 7/10, j’opte pour la note plus élevée en sachant que j’affectionne particulièrement le genre et la mise en scène. Les réfractaires à ce type de jeu, un peu trop sensibles ou qui cherchent un titre vraiment up-to-date au niveau technique feraient mieux de passer leur chemin. Kane & Lynch, c’est un jeu pour les durs, les vrais !
70
Thunderbolt Games (Dec 30, 2007)
The single-player/co-op mode is underwhelming at best. With poor AI and thematic blurring, even the easiest difficulty – Aspirin – will leave you with a throbbing headache. Despite Kane & Lynch: Dead Men’s relatively short length (think one sitting, if not two), the multi-player should satiate gamers suffering from Splinter Cell or Hitman withdrawals.
70
There's certainly a lot here to love and a lot more than you want to love, but most of your time in Kane & Lynch is spent shaking or scratching your head. The problems are just too visible for it to be taken seriously as a gritty thriller.
65
Good Game (Nov 20, 2007)
I can appreciate the effort that went into creating these characters, which were pretty cool. If you do pick this up, make sure you persevere to the end, where you have to make a very hard, grim decision. Overall though the cover system really needed to be done better for this to succeed, it’s 6.5 from me.
65
Defunct Games (Dec 20, 2007)
Kane & Lynch is a good idea that is plagued by poor controls, unbalanced weapons, a boring story and some questionable writing. That's not to say that you won't have a good time playing through this brief action game, but you will have to put up with a lot of poor development problems before really enjoying yourself.
60
GameSpy (Nov 14, 2007)
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is yet another prime example of a great concept that's been pushed out the door before it was ready; this game obviously needed more time for fine tuning. The storyline is compelling, and the voice acting, in spite of the nonstop profanity, is quite good. You might even forgive the bigger issues that the game has for at least the first half of the journey. A great story and wonderful presentation, however, can't save the sloppy mechanics that hang from its neck like an albatross, ultimately dragging it down. For everything cool that the game does, it shoots itself in the foot with a terrible cover system, artificial incompetence, and a multiplayer mode that sums up everything that's half-baked about the experience. If you want to experience some great set pieces, there are parts of the game that are worth checking out, but the bad seriously outweighs the good.
60
GameSpot (Nov 13, 2007)
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a premise with promise, and if you've been waiting patiently for a game to really dive into the whole "crew-based heist tale" concept, you might be able to look past some of the story flaws. But when you consider the nearly ridiculous number of extremely high-quality shooters available recently, there's not much room for something like Kane & Lynch, even taking into account the somewhat unique nature of its story. That said, the multiplayer is a smart idea that's worth seeing, even if playing it makes you wish that it was used in another, better game.
60
Good Game (Nov 20, 2007)
Well I can't actually recommend this I'm afraid, seeing as there are so many better options for shooter fans at the moment. The co-op is good to have, but it doesn't address the game's main problems. I think this is pretty much the definition of a 6, you can get some entertainment out of it but you can find much better without having to look hard at all.
60
Despite its flaws, playing through Kane & Lynch was fun most of the time. The characters in the game are great, the voice acting is solid and the story is, for the most part, pretty good. The dialogue is just plain awful in places, though, and both endings leave you feeling unsatisfied. The AI, on both sides, makes some levels a pain in the ass and turns something that should be fun into a chore. If you’re going to play Kane & Lynch, play it with a second player. I had a lot more fun beating the game with my brother than I did by myself.
58
Play.tm (Dec 13, 2007)
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a sizeable step backwards for IO Interactive, which has failed in its ambition to deliver a mature action adventure that pulls no punches and gives the videogame world a pair of great anti-hero characterisations. As it is - in this unfinished state - Kane & Lynch's all-too obvious lack of Q&A follow through makes it impossible to recommend for anyone other than hardcore shooter fans willing to trawl through hours of mediocrity in return for minutes of unfulfilled promise.
50
Video Game Talk (Dec 01, 2007)
There’s been recent controversy over this game concerning a fired editor over at a particular gaming site. I fully agree with what he said. This game is severely flawed and his rating was more than appropriate for this particular game. Sloppy and muddy controls, a broken aiming mechanism combined with a couple of characters who you’ll never really care for at any point make for a dull and tedious gaming experience. Compound that with the shoddy squad mechanics, lack of online co-op, and a seemingly broken online experience doesn’t make the game sound appealing in the slightest. The online arena does show some potential if you can connect and stay in a game, but that alone does not warrant enough of a draw and it’s just not worth the effort of obtaining a copy. You can safely skip this game and not feel like you’ve missed out on anything too important.
45
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 23, 2007)
On attendait énormément de ce Kane & Lynch qui déçoit d'autant plus et ce à quasiment tous les niveaux, la faute à une sortie trop hâtive. Singeant ses modèles cinématographiques sans jamais parvenir à leur niveau, accumulant les bugs (graphiques et de collision), proposant un système d'ordres moins évolué que celui de son modèle Freedom Fighters, devant supporter une IA catastrophique, le soft de Io Interactive, sous des dehors "Manniérés", n'est finalement qu'un brouillon de très bon jeu.
42
The A.V. Club (Jan 14, 2008)
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men makes an admirable attempt at telling a violent story about paid killers and the lengths they'll go to for revenge. But the edges are frayed by comparison with movies and TV shows that do the same thing. The duo looks tough, but they behave like a bickering couple on a honeymoon cruise. It's hard to care for these thugs, and the game's makers know this, so they drag Kane's innocent family into the sordid affair. Just another cheap shot.
40
UOL Jogos (Dec 04, 2007)
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.