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7:30 PM on 07.09.2010

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days screenshots are for looking at

A fresh batch of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days screenshots are here for your amusement. Look at them if you like looking at screenshots of things.  After having played the demo, I am keeping myself optimistically hopeful ...

Jim Sterling

10:00 PM on 07.03.2010

Kane and Lynch 2's Arcade Mode gets screens

We've already told you all about Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days' multiplayer mode "Fragile Alliance," and I'm sure you're chomping at the bit to get some time with it. However, you might want to take a step back and get some prac...

Matthew Razak



Jimpressions: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days demo photo
Jimpressions: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days demo
by Jim Sterling

I'm one of the most forgiving writers you'll find on the subject of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. No, it wasn't a good game, packed full of balancing and technical problems, but its commitment to miserable protagonists and unconventional gameplay situations made it a guilty pleasure of mine. Having just given the demo for Dog Days a go, I am hopeful that this game is everything the first one could have been. 

First off, I loved the new visual approach. The swaying "handheld" camera, the grainy quality, and the pixelated nudity/gore make for a surprisingly effective graphical quality. I was dreading that the "Mockumentary" style would distract me from the gameplay, but it enhances the experience rather than get in the way, providing a unique and engaging atmosphere that certainly resonates in the "Reality TV" culture. 

As for the gameplay itself? The word "improvement" is probably something you'll see in a lot of reviews. It's tighter, grittier, and above all, far more competent than the first game. Player characters still feel quite flimsy and go down quickly, but the new "get up in cover" option that appears when you're downed is a big help. Firefights can feel a little too drawn out, but otherwise the action is much, much better than the first. 

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days honestly looks like it'll be so much better than the first, finally giving the game's two brilliantly rotten antiheroes the kind of title they finally deserve. I shot guys in the head and I had fun, and that's all you can really ask for at the end of the day. I'm really looking forward to getting the full game after my time with this demo.

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1:20 PM on 07.01.2010

Get the Kane & Lynch 2 demo today, possibly

So, Nick told you about the forthcoming Kane & Lynch 2 demo. I'm here to remind you it's no longer forthcoming. While a traditional open-to-all demo is coming to PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 before the game comes out, ...

Jordan Devore

11:20 AM on 06.25.2010

Exclusive Kane & Lynch 2 demo hitting Xbox 360 in July

[Update] We've clarified with a Square Enix rep that "exclusive" means for a limited time only, and that PlayStation 3 and PC gamers can expect a "consumer demo" in the future, as well. No timing has been revealed, so if you ...

Nick Chester

3:33 PM on 06.22.2010

Exclusive: Kane & Lynch 2 comic book cover

We've known for a bit that Square Enix's Kane & Lynch 2 would be getting its own comic book. The game story's comic, which further explores the duo's past, is getting its adaptation from DC's Wildstorm label, and is writt...

Dale North





11:40 AM on 06.17.2010

E3 10: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days show floor video thing

I am seriously running out of clever headlines to inform you of gameplay videos on the E3 showroom floor. We just have a seriously staggering amount of them to show off for you, as you have most likely noticed. Next up is so...

Matthew Razak

9:40 AM on 06.11.2010

Kane and Lynch's Kane drunk dials us, has wrong number

So around 10:30 last night, I received a phone call from an unknown number. I sent the call to voice mail for two reasons. One, I gave at the office. Two, I was trying to watch RoboCop with my wife. Priorities. Turned out it...

Nick Chester

6:00 AM on 06.08.2010

This trailer for Kane & Lynch 2 is piquing my interest

I didn't play Kane & Lynch, myself. The reviews more or less convinced me to stay far, far away. But this E3 trailer for Dog Days is making me consider picking it up just to get to know more about the characters. Th...

Conrad Zimmerman

7:00 PM on 05.29.2010

Kane and Lynch movie director has left film

More disappointing news for those who thought a quality videogame movie might be on the horizon (all one of you). The Latino Review is reporting that the upcoming Kane and Lynch movie, starring Buce Willis and Jamie Foxx, has...

Matthew Razak



A good old game of Cops & Robbers in Kane & Lynch 2 photo
A good old game of Cops & Robbers in Kane & Lynch 2
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Kane & Lynch 2's "Cops & Robbers" multiplayer mode is basically the game's deathmatch. Six players will be the criminals that need to escape with the loot while the other six will be the cops that need to take criminals out. This mode is all about teamwork so no one can betray anyone here.

The criminals will start off on one side of the map while the cops spawn by the end point. Criminals will need to gather money and if they collect over one million dollars, the cops will be able to see them coming. Otherwise, carrying less than one million will keep the criminals off the radar. The same applies to the cops as they'll appear to the criminals if they're carrying over one million.

Cops will always have one respawn point while the criminals will get to chose from multiple respawn points depending on how far they've progressed. The respawn duration increases by two seconds every time you are killed as well. If at one time there are only two criminals remaining on the map, the round will go into sudden death and no one can respawn anymore.

Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork! Teamwork is very key here. You need to be talking, coordinating and planning with your allies. Otherwise you can get overwhelmed, especially by those guys that won't appear on your radar. Of all the modes, this one was my favorite, mostly because I wasn't worried about getting betrayed. The other modes are fun, but damn they're stressful.

That wraps up our Kane & Lynch 2 preview month! Check out our previews on the multiplayer modes for "Arcade," "Fragile Alliance," "Undercover Cop," our single-player preview and our video interview with Multiplayer Director Kim Kroth for more on Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days.

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'Undercover Cop' adds extra tension to Kane & Lynch 2 photo
'Undercover Cop' adds extra tension to Kane & Lynch 2
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

So it's bad enough that you have to worry about people betraying you in Kane & Lynch 2. That worry amps up when you go into "Undercover Cop" mode. The gametype plays out just like "Fragile Alliance" with the addition of the randomly chosen undercover cop that's infiltrated the group.

The undercover has to stop everyone from escaping while acting like he's part of the team. As the criminals are doing their thing, the cop needs to find a way to pick off the others one-by-one in order to earn reward money. The cop won't be outed by the game for killing anyone and the other players have to actually see the cop kill their teammates in order to figure out who the snake is.

The cop has to wait for the criminals to commit a crime before being allowed to kill them, otherwise he'll fail the mission. NPC cops won't shoot at the undercover either, which is good and bad depending on what the cop's position is relative to the group.

There's definitely an bigger element of fear when it comes to "Undercover Cop." While you have to worry about the cop, there are also those six other players that could shotgun you right in the back at any moment. If you had enough time, I'm sure this mode would just fall apart. Since you have only four minutes though, "Undercover Cop" actually works out, so long as the undercover doesn't get trigger happy at the very start of a round.

For more on Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, check out our single-player preview and our video interview with Multiplayer Director Kim Krogh.

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Kane & Lynch 2's 'Fragile Alliance' multiplayer preview photo
Kane & Lynch 2's 'Fragile Alliance' multiplayer preview
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Destructoid is bringing you previews of Kane & Lynch 2's multiplayer mode ever Wednesday this month! Today we're looking at the "Fragile Alliance" mode, which is more or less an online version of the "Arcade" mode that you learned about last week.

The difference here is that you and seven other human players will be stealing the cash and need to flee the scene within the time limit. The other difference is that players that get killed will respawn as cops. As a cop, you'll have to stop the criminals from making it to the escape vehicle and you can pocket some cash while you're at it.

Greedy players will have a harder time in this mode as they won't respawn when killed until the next round begins. It'll be easier to spot the potential d-bags too, as players will have a loyalty meter and are given titles based on how they've played their last 25 online matches.

Kane & Lynch 2 will have offline and online leaderboards for each mode. The game will also notify your friends when you've gotten a higher score then they have. A nice touch that more games need to incorporate.

As I see it, "Arcade" mode is kind of a tutorial for "Fragile Alliance." As soon as you've gotten the hang of things, you'll want to jump online for a real challenge against actual people. That element of "is that assh*le going to betray me?" adds a lot of fun to the multi.

For more on Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, check out our single-player preview and our video interview with Multiplayer Director Kim Krogh.

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10:00 AM on 05.11.2010

Kane & Lynch movie poster confirms Jamie Foxx as Lynch

Empire Magazine was in Cannes recently and stumbled upon something that might be of interest to you. That something is a poster decorating the front of the Majestic Hotel, officially promoting the Kane & Lynch movie. As y...

Jim Sterling



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

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9:20 AM on 04.28.2010

Artist Mona Mur provides soundtrack for Kane & Lynch 2

German musician Mona Mur has been confirmed as the soundtrack composer for the upcoming Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. Mur, an "underground" artist who's garnered cult status in certain scenes, has worked on games before -- sh...

Nick Chester