hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Friend or foe: Kane & Lynch 2's multiplayer mode preview

8:00 AM on 05.05.2010 // Hamza CTZ Aziz

There are a few multiplayer modes in Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. This preview is going to cover the Arcade mode, which is a single-player version of the "Fragile Alliance" online multiplayer mode. Expect a few more previews of the other multiplayer game types at a later date.

All of the multiplayer games are about working together with other players. The main objective in each one is about stealing as much money as you can and then rushing to the escape vehicle while working your way through an army of cops.

Working with your eight other teammates all the way through will see everyone share from the same pot. This is a Kane & Lynch game after all, so why be a team player? At any point, you can take out your partners and keep their cash for yourself. Betraying your teammates means you won't have to share your cut of the cash, but it will be way harder beating a level.

Hit the break for more on Kane & Lynch 2's interesting fusion of co-op and versus.  

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (Xbox 360 [Previewed], PlayStation 3, PC)
Developer: IO Interactive
Publisher: Eidos Interactive, Square Enix
To be released: August 24, 2010

The second you kill a teammate, your name will turn red letting the others know that you're trying to be a d-bag and the betraying player can then be killed by the others. If a player shoots someone but doesn't kills them, then a yellow flag will go over that player's head indicating that he might be trying to betray others. The yellow flag is a short term grace period. He's still technically on the team helping out, but the other players have the chance at taking the potential offender out without suffering any repercussions. 

The multiplayer all boils down to paranoia. Can you really trust the others? Will the guy behind you continue giving you support fire or use you as a human shield? Oh yes, others can use you as a meat shield and hang on to you as long as they want. Players can get out of the hold through a mini-game, but the person holding the other can maintain the hold through a mini-game as well.

Every multiplayer map has some sort of story based on a real life event. In the one we were shown, you play as a group of thugs that heard about a heist another group had planned. Your team is waiting in the shadows for the other group to come out of a building with the stolen cash. As soon as they exit the building, the multiplayer starts and you have to take these guys out. Once they're all dead and the money has been collected, it's a mad dash to get to the escape vehicle.

There are cops swarming the level and you have four minutes to get to the escape van. Once at the end of the map, vans will come to pick players up. The first person that gets in a van will be able to hold the vehicle for the others. That person can also bribe the driver to take off immediately. Total dick move, but other players can shoot the van into oblivion as a final act of revenge.

After a round is over, you're thrown into the lobby where you can buy new weapons before going into the next match. You have three lives in Arcade mode and the progressively harder mode never ends until you've lost all of your lives.

The same visual presentation from the single-player is present in multiplayer, camera effects and all. The "Down not dead" feature is in the multiplayer as well, which gives players a fighting chance before being taken out for good.

The multiplayer offerings are pretty fun and thanks to the unique take with the betrayal system, I can see people playing the multiplayer long after the game has been released. Look for some more multiplayer impressions on Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days later this month!

Photo Gallery: (8 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
The issue with Mike's article isn't that he doesn't like SMB. His tone makes it feel like his opinion is presented as fact, and the article goes way off track from the title.
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
The last bit made me laugh for some reason. [img][/img]
El Dango avatarEl Dango
My silly joke comment on Mike's article looks really mean next to all the bitter ones. Why are people so accepting of my unpopular opinions, but not his?
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
I'm still watching this over and over. Dude is tremendously talented, to say the least. Just wait until the solo and breakdown. [youtube][/youtube]
TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
Nice. Destructoid articles no longer scroll on my tablet or phone. Who should I email about this?
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Anybody like Rhythm games? I found a really cool one on, I likes it, I likes it a lot! Although you gotta use Firefox due to lag caused by chrome unfortunately.
CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
Finding name brand candy in Chibi-Robo Zip Lash brings an unexpected joy that reminds me of finding Duracell batteries and other real products in the first Pikmin.
techsupport avatartechsupport
Super Meat Boy must be one of the most difficult platinum trophies to exist for Playstation. Beat every dark world section without dying? Ha, okay.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Attention Craigslist users: No one wants your ps2 sports games no matter how much you repost them/drop the price, unless it's NBA Street, Def Jam Vendetta or SSX3. The rest are better used as drink coasters.
Dr Mel avatarDr Mel
If you imagine this song as Kojima speaking these as parting words to his creation of Metal Gear, it's actually pretty heat breaking...
Terry 309 avatarTerry 309
It's my Birthday 22 today, Bleh!
Virtua Kazama avatarVirtua Kazama
One thing I've learned about the Japanese fighting game players: They are willing to play any fighter no matter how good or bad it is, and they don't shit on the game or the community behind it.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
I killed Darth Vader by crashing a spaceship into him 10/10
Parismio avatarParismio
Watched the first ep of One Punch Man and I was not disappointed. It seems like they'll be adding their own stories into it because I don't remember that fight in the last 5 minutes in the manga. I'll have to reread it to make sure.
Paul S avatarPaul S
What the hell is Sega using in the printing of their PS3 game manuals? I wouldn't be surprised if some dumb kid stuck one in a plastic bag and started huffing the fumes to get high.
CeeDotGreen avatarCeeDotGreen
Been playing MGO obsessively, still can't find anyone in their right mind that uses the Hush Puppy. So of course I'm gonna be the dumb bastard that tries.
TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
Why don't we have more games that use filtered 3D models to creat faux-pixel art? It's such a cool, smooth style, but you never see any games using it.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Oh lawd. Next Saturday, Gamestop will have three hour access to Tri-Force Heroes. Nintendo, really wish we could just get normal demos from you more often, please!
MeanderBot avatarMeanderBot
I made this. Want one? [IMG]HTTPS://[/IMG]
JawshButturBawls avatarJawshButturBawls
Star Wars Battlefront is pretty good. Except the beta is basically a demo with nothing in it so that upsets me. but it's still pretty good.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -