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    Game » consists of 10 releases. Released Aug 17, 2010

    Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days makes a notable switch of the titular duo, with James Lynch now taking up the role as lead protagonist over Kane. However the two are still once again forced to endure a hail of gunfire as they find themselves embroiled in Shanghai's criminal underworld.

    First Impressions: Kane & Lynch 2

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    Edited By Jeff  Staff

    As game developers attempt to find new ways to make gun combat seem more violent and frightening than ever before, it's only natural that the camera has started to go through a lot of changes. Some games try to make things shaky and unstable, attempting to reflect the unpredictable movement and frantic feel of documentary footage. Io Interactive's latest, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, is taking that grimy feel one step further with a series of video filters that gives the action a lo-fi intensity that makes it hard to look away. Representatives for Io and Square-Enix dropped by our office earlier this week to show off a couple of levels and talk a bit about the setup. 

     Bright lights will cause the image to streak, explosions will cause it to pixelate.
     Bright lights will cause the image to streak, explosions will cause it to pixelate.
    Perhaps the biggest change this time is that Dog Days is Lynch's story, with players playing as Lynch in single-player games. At the outset, Lynch and his onetime associate Kane have separated. Lynch lives in Shanghai, has a girlfriend named Xiu, and rolls with a crew of smalltimers pulling lightweight crimes. When his crew stumbles onto a potentially huge job, Lynch decides to call in some backup by contacting Kane. Kane, for his part, sees the big job as a way to end his criminal career, and makes plans to send whatever money he makes to his daughter. Of course, things don't exactly go according to plan, and the game focuses on a short period--like a couple of days, tops--as the reunited duo get into, out of, and back into trouble.

    Dog Days ditches the squad tactics from the first game, which feels like a wise move. Though we weren't able to play it, we were told that a lot of work has gone into making the shooting feel a lot better than it did in the previous game. Both of these changes seem pretty key, as both were very much in your way during the first game. Without the squad, Dog Days focuses more on direct action, and the end result looks a lot like other co-op-based third-person shooters, like Army of Two: The 40th Day, which, weirdly enough, also takes place in Shanghai. Though grenades are no longer a part of the Kane & Lynch universe, you can grab fire extinguishers and toss them at enemies while shooting them to create an improvised explosion.

    Lynch probably needs his pills. 
    Lynch probably needs his pills. 
    Other gameplay mechanics include a "down not dead" system that, sort of like other third-person shooters, puts you in a downed state if you take too many hits. It sounds like you'll be able to recover on your own if you can get behind some cover and not take damage for awhile, though as it's a co-op shooter, you can obviously get a little help from your partner, as well. Also, the fragile alliance mode, which was the online multiplayer in the first game, will return in K&L2.

    So far, the game looks like it fits into the co-operative third-person shooter (with cover!) subgenre just fine. But its visual style really sets it apart. It goes beyond basic film grain and other types of camera noise in favor of digital noise that makes the whole thing look like it was shot on a pretty average digital camera. Bright lights totally blow out the view, causing big bands of color to streak down the frame. When you take damage to see violent explosions, the view violently pixelates like the camera is having trouble capturing the image due to the force of the blast. It's an amazingly effective visual style that makes everything look very intense. There's nothing quite like it.

    So, yes, I'm very interested to learn more about Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, thanks for asking. Of course, I would have said that about the first game before it was released, too. We'll probably get to see the game again in a couple of months, and it's still scheduled to be released sometime in the second quarter of 2010.
     

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    #1  Edited By Jeff  Staff

    As game developers attempt to find new ways to make gun combat seem more violent and frightening than ever before, it's only natural that the camera has started to go through a lot of changes. Some games try to make things shaky and unstable, attempting to reflect the unpredictable movement and frantic feel of documentary footage. Io Interactive's latest, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, is taking that grimy feel one step further with a series of video filters that gives the action a lo-fi intensity that makes it hard to look away. Representatives for Io and Square-Enix dropped by our office earlier this week to show off a couple of levels and talk a bit about the setup. 

     Bright lights will cause the image to streak, explosions will cause it to pixelate.
     Bright lights will cause the image to streak, explosions will cause it to pixelate.
    Perhaps the biggest change this time is that Dog Days is Lynch's story, with players playing as Lynch in single-player games. At the outset, Lynch and his onetime associate Kane have separated. Lynch lives in Shanghai, has a girlfriend named Xiu, and rolls with a crew of smalltimers pulling lightweight crimes. When his crew stumbles onto a potentially huge job, Lynch decides to call in some backup by contacting Kane. Kane, for his part, sees the big job as a way to end his criminal career, and makes plans to send whatever money he makes to his daughter. Of course, things don't exactly go according to plan, and the game focuses on a short period--like a couple of days, tops--as the reunited duo get into, out of, and back into trouble.

    Dog Days ditches the squad tactics from the first game, which feels like a wise move. Though we weren't able to play it, we were told that a lot of work has gone into making the shooting feel a lot better than it did in the previous game. Both of these changes seem pretty key, as both were very much in your way during the first game. Without the squad, Dog Days focuses more on direct action, and the end result looks a lot like other co-op-based third-person shooters, like Army of Two: The 40th Day, which, weirdly enough, also takes place in Shanghai. Though grenades are no longer a part of the Kane & Lynch universe, you can grab fire extinguishers and toss them at enemies while shooting them to create an improvised explosion.

    Lynch probably needs his pills. 
    Lynch probably needs his pills. 
    Other gameplay mechanics include a "down not dead" system that, sort of like other third-person shooters, puts you in a downed state if you take too many hits. It sounds like you'll be able to recover on your own if you can get behind some cover and not take damage for awhile, though as it's a co-op shooter, you can obviously get a little help from your partner, as well. Also, the fragile alliance mode, which was the online multiplayer in the first game, will return in K&L2.

    So far, the game looks like it fits into the co-operative third-person shooter (with cover!) subgenre just fine. But its visual style really sets it apart. It goes beyond basic film grain and other types of camera noise in favor of digital noise that makes the whole thing look like it was shot on a pretty average digital camera. Bright lights totally blow out the view, causing big bands of color to streak down the frame. When you take damage to see violent explosions, the view violently pixelates like the camera is having trouble capturing the image due to the force of the blast. It's an amazingly effective visual style that makes everything look very intense. There's nothing quite like it.

    So, yes, I'm very interested to learn more about Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, thanks for asking. Of course, I would have said that about the first game before it was released, too. We'll probably get to see the game again in a couple of months, and it's still scheduled to be released sometime in the second quarter of 2010.
     

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    #2  Edited By buzz_killington

    So psyched for this!! Also, this feels surreal; I'm referring to reading a preview for Kane & Lynch 2 on Giant Bomb.

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    #3  Edited By DeathByWaffle

    Hm, looks like it could be good, or at least better than the 1st.

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    #4  Edited By swamplord666

    And so it begins...

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    #5  Edited By RawShark

    Jeff, you should give this game a mediocre review and then fire yourself.

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    #6  Edited By ht101
    @buzz_killington: I know what you mean.  It's also made even weirder that Jeff is the one previewing it.
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    #7  Edited By Zaph

    I always love Jeff's classiness when it comes to Kane & Lynch and the obvious connotations it brings. Really appreciate that level of professionalism.
     
    But I suppose it's easy to remain composed when you're the proud parent of Giant Bomb...

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    #8  Edited By NintenDood

    I'm really interested in how this turns out. Without the squad crap from the first one, I see this game might be pretty frickin' good.

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    #9  Edited By Dany

    I'm going to hate what this game does to people here. Thinking it gives them credence bring up dead memories.
     
    The first game was janky, nothing felt right or controlled what you liked it would. Hopefully that was an emphasis in developing this game.

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    #10  Edited By Venatio

    Looking forward to seeing how this will turn out

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    #11  Edited By Hitchenson

    Oh man, so many people are going to be making that joke.  
     
    Game seems pretty meh based on what I've seen.

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    #12  Edited By buzz_killington

    Well, to be fair, the developers have started talking about "it" recently to other publications. The IO Interactive guys have had nothing to do with anything, so I support them and I suooprt their games.  
    And Kane and Lynch 2 really stands out, and I think IO has something to prove here...

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    #13  Edited By InFamous91

    I've been hearing a lot of positive things so far about K&L2. However, I'm stiling skeptical about the game play. It's also cool to see Jeff posting all the K&L2 articles. 

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    #14  Edited By InfiniteGeass

    As a rule of thumb I believe that crappy games do not deserve sequels and if they do come out with a sequel I will most likely ignore it. Sure it could turn out to be game of the year, but the chances of that are very low.

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    #15  Edited By trimon

    The new Invisible Walls episode on GameTrailers mentions Jeff and they're eager to see Jeff's review on K&L2 :)

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    #16  Edited By SoothsayerGB

    Jeff's setting the pins up, just to be knocked down.   ; ) 
     
    The man!

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    #17  Edited By MattQ

    Duder...shit just got real.

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    #18  Edited By apathylad
      The next game from Io Interactive was in our office and we lived to tell the tale.
     
    Hilarious. Nice to see there's a sense of humor about what happened during the first game's release.
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    #19  Edited By Cynic04

    Just listened to the new Invisible Walls over at Gametrailers where they cover this game.  The first thing that Shane brought up was the controversy of the last one and that he can't wait to read Jeff's review.  That said, Jeff must review this game!

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    #20  Edited By Legend

    So, do we find out why Jeff was fired from "that other place" by the end of this game, or a are we going to have to wait for the third game?
     
    Sorry, couldn't resist. :P

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    #21  Edited By DanielJW
    @Hitchenson said:
    " Oh man, so many people are going to be making that joke.  "
    Yes, but so far more people have been alluding to that joke than actually making it. Just leave it alone altogether. 
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    #22  Edited By torus

    I'm hesitantly interested in this. It could potentially be really cool.

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    #23  Edited By ZmillA

    Im interested. Consider me interested!!

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    #24  Edited By sparky_buzzsaw

    Besides the neat camera tricks, I really have no interest in this game.
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    #25  Edited By DrZoltan

    I have faith in this.
     
    first hitman was crappy, second was awesome.
     
    I hope that applies here.

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    #26  Edited By najibu

    the best thing about the first Kane & Lynch was that it (probably) started a chain of events that eventually gave birth to GiantBomb!

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    #27  Edited By biggest_loser

    If someone used Fear Gas on Jeff this game would be in his dreams!!

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    Sounds pretty awesome.  I'm excited to see more.

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    #29  Edited By ZmillA
    @Cynic04 said:
    " Just listened to the new Invisible Walls over at Gametrailers where they cover this game.  The first thing that Shane brought up was the controversy of the last one and that he can't wait to read Jeff's review.  That said, Jeff must review this game! "
    Damn Shane satterfield really is a dumb ass. I hope he was joking and doesn't actually think jeff would soil his reputation and judge the game unfairly because of what people think happened to get him fired.
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    #30  Edited By sweep  Moderator

    is anyone else preparing to be underwhelmed?

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    #31  Edited By Jimbo
    @Dany said:
    " I'm going to hate what this game does to people here. Thinking it gives them credence bring up dead memories. "
    Never Forget.
     
    *eagle pose*
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    #32  Edited By ZmillA

    Actually, looking at these screenshots and thinking about the teaser videos that have been released so far, is actually making me a little hyped for the game!

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    #33  Edited By MadeinFinland
    @najibu said:
    " the best thing about the first Kane & Lynch was that it (probably) started a chain of events that eventually gave birth to GiantBomb! "
    Amen!
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    #34  Edited By PhilESkyline

    Solid first impression writeup. I'm looking forward to seeing this game in motion.

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    Why am I so nervous about Giantbomb's review of this game? I really hope Jeff reviews the game so I can get some closure on this whole ordeal.

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    #36  Edited By BinaryDragon

    This is a reason why I trust Jeff's reviews (and have done for the last 5 years at least). Good on you Jeff for taking the high ground and being open to this being not a terrible experience.  
     
    I salute you.

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    #37  Edited By ZmillA
    @darthincredible25 said:
    " Why am I so nervous about Giantbomb's review of this game? I really hope Jeff reviews the game so I can get some closure on this whole ordeal. "
    what closure could you gain from jeff reviewing the game?
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    #38  Edited By Spookie

    Oh so they've taken the visual style first implemented by Manhunt and managed to make it look even worse! Cool. :F

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    #39  Edited By TheHT

    I'm interested too. Kane and Lynch 1 had some problems I could overlook to have a good time, but the endings (yes, BOTH of them) were absolute shit.

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    #40  Edited By Spiritof

    The first Kane & Lynch had the right ingredients, but the wrong recipe.
     
    I'm hopeful for something better out of the sequel 'cause eatin' games is what I do.

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    #41  Edited By scarace360

    i hope this game is good. Like really good.

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    #42  Edited By deerhaunter

    Kane & Lynch 1 was an amazing game, if only because it brough Giant Bomb to the world.
     
    Who knows what kind of impact the sequel will have!

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    #43  Edited By jakob187

    So they showed off the graphics?  Cool. 
     
    I love a lot of Io's past work.  I still wish, however, that they'd focus on making a sequel to Freedom Fighters, where their squad mechanics were incredibly well implemented.  Regardless, I understand why they want a successful second game - to undo the hatred of the first.

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    #44  Edited By broqz

    at the very least i'm interested in this story more then the firsts.  Lynch was imo the more interesting character from the first game.  wonder if there will be some sorta "freak out rage" mode or something.   
    and lets admit that the first game did come closest to recreating the bank job from Heat in video game form then any other game. (not that it was all that good but still, they tried)
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    #45  Edited By MildMolasses

    I think Jeff should step away from this game altogether. Just the fact that he's doing the coverage overshadows whatever coverage they are trying offer. If he does end up reviewing the game, it doesnt matter what he says about it, or what score he gives it, all people are going to pay attention to is that fact Jeff wrote it. At this point Jeff is the bigger story when it comes to this game, and for him to get involved in it does a disservice to integrity that the GB guys have built up here, as well as the work that IO has done in trying to improve upon and innovate with the sequel. 
     
    And to clarify what I mean by the integrity of the site: I'm in no way trying to imply that Jeff wouldn't give a perfectly fair review. What I mean is that the focus of Giant Bomb is supposed to be the games, and not the people who write about the games. All you have to do is read through the comments on anything related to K&L2 to see that people are more interested in Jeff than the game, and that isn't how it should be
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    #46  Edited By Halopower67
    @RawShark: YES
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    #47  Edited By TheIneffableBob

    Jeff will be fired from his own website.
     
    He will fire himself if he has to.

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    #48  Edited By ToxicFruit
    @ZmillA said:
    " @Cynic04 said:
    " Just listened to the new Invisible Walls over at Gametrailers where they cover this game.  The first thing that Shane brought up was the controversy of the last one and that he can't wait to read Jeff's review.  That said, Jeff must review this game! "
    Damn Shane satterfield really is a dumb ass. I hope he was joking and doesn't actually think jeff would soil his reputation and judge the game unfairly because of what people think happened to get him fired. "
    I agree with you Jeff deserves better.
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    #49  Edited By Phetz

    Seems really interesting, though the gameplay so far sounds fairly generic now that the squad tactics are gone. Hopeful!

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    #50  Edited By Kajaah117

    O'hai Kane and Lynch! Didn't expect to see you here.... awkward. 
     
    Seriously, this franchise has potential. At the very least it has one hell of a track record of spawning videogame database websites powered by pancakes, wall-jumps, and viewers like you. Well... 1/1 game has done that so far, but that's still a 100% success rate! Congrats Kane and Lynch!

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