Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Updated Impressions

We got to see single-player and multiplayer Kane & Lynch 2 in action at E3 2010.

Kane & Lynch 2 is hoping to build on the foundations of its predecessor with a more bombastic single-player mode and a more robust multiplayer feature set. We got to see both aspects of the game when we visited Square Enix's E3 2010 booth, where representatives from developer Io Interactive were also on hand to answer our questions.

The multiplayer Fragile Alliance mode will build on the same heist gameplay from the last game, where you have to either make it out of a robbery alive or turn on your teammates to take their loot. Undercover Cop is described by Io Interactive as "Fragile Alliance with extra paranoia." One of the criminal gang members will play as an undercover officer, who can easily be identified by the cop team, but whose job it is to take the criminals out one by one. Finally, Cops vs. Robbers is a straight team-based shootout for up to 12 players.

There will also be an arcade variation of Fragile Alliance that is played offline, making it good for practicing or for those without access to the Internet. The idea of the Arcade mode is that you get three lives, and the game keeps ramping up the difficulty until you use up all of them. There will also be different types of allied AI to keep you on your toes--some will be more likely to screw you over, while others may help you make it to the getaway vehicle.

Fragile Alliance will feature a total of six maps, all "built from the ground up" according to the developer. The maps will feature scenarios based on real-life events, such as the gang that hid diamonds in fish--a true crime episode that supposedly happened in the Far East. When looting, you need to be next to the goal to steal it, and friendly fire is off until the looting begins. While we didn't get to play this mode, it looked like a lot of fun and offered quite a challenge even for Kim Krogh, the game's multiplayer director.

The E3 build was also being used to show off a new section of the single-player game, which saw the criminal duo aboard a helicopter. The two hijacked the vehicle and then circled a skyscraper, taking out enemies using machine guns. You'll be able to use the helicopter side door as cover, and you can shoot out the windows of the building to reveal the enemies inside. After a while, another helicopter pulled alongside Kane & Lynch and began attacking, at which point our demo ended. We were told that this section takes place quite a ways into the main game, around 75 percent through the campaign.

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is due for release on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 24 in the US, and August 27 in the UK. Stay tuned for more on the game as we get it.

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73 comments
ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

@hahnasty Yea, the gameplay in the demo is quite average. The visual style and seedy atmosphere are great, but I don't think that will carry the single player all the way through.

U-bv
U-bv

Wow, I just played the demo of this game, and now I can't put it down. I thought the first game was really bad, and this seems like a totally new game. This game is going to ROCK!!!

hahnasty
hahnasty

This will definitely be better than the original. But the problem is that people may expect this to be a phenomenal game, in reality it'll probably be average... we'll see.

sidh9u5
sidh9u5

You know, in bengali, LUND means DICK . so *great* job KARSTEN LUND, *really looking forward* for the game.

gabvendramini
gabvendramini

Can't wait for it, I've been waiting since I finished the first game.

seb_
seb_

i'm not sure what is square enix thinking. after the first one, making a sequel is pointless. even if its better than the first one, i'll think twice before buying it. if they want this to work, it will have to be a really good game... REAAAAAALLY good game... good luck

Rob_2_K
Rob_2_K

MUST BUY...COOL GAMEPLAY ..FUTURE VERSION OF GTA ...

Evolution-X0
Evolution-X0

I wonder who will review the game this time.. I'm sure it be better than the original though.

suddenTwist--
suddenTwist--

Did you actually play this game? This was huge I played through with the split screen option and found this one of the greatest two player games of that year. Did you have your eyes open when playing this game this usually helps? There are many points of this game that I will never forget playing. The game is great and I’m sure the second will be even better can not wait

snake8304
snake8304

Anything that the creators of this sequel do can't be worst than the first game kane and lynch: dead men, one of the worst games of all times.

BradBoye
BradBoye

I wonder if a site that fired the employee that reviewed the original can be trusted to review the sequel.

SunOfAtom
SunOfAtom

From what I've seen, Kane and Lynch looks like it could be a good game. I like the shaky cam view and the setting is pretty detailed. Civilians screaming and running in all directions are a bonus.

awyoung
awyoung

Will I need to play the first game to appreciate the story and the game in general for the sequel?

Berkut666
Berkut666

I agree. Freedom Fighters was one of my fav games of all time. I even loved the multiplayer. A new, sandbox version of that would rock my socks.

MajykMatt
MajykMatt

forget kane and lynch, where is freedom fighters?!?!?!?!

Cowboy465
Cowboy465

I hope it will be better than the first game which wasn't that awesome.

BetardxFoosier
BetardxFoosier

The demo was surprisingly fun. I was lucky enough to get it and loved the gameplay. The multiplayer altogether wasn't addictive though. It was fun, but seemed really casual compared to most other games in the shooter category. From the demo, I'd say it's a definite rental and then a decision based on your liking of the game. I'm thinking about buying it day one though, since I was pleasantly surprised by the single player in the demo.

pod81
pod81

@shervinLegend- You can see in the future? Oh so how's the gulf spill gonna be like? Is someone else gonna get fired from gamespot? Do you become even more annoying? Well that wasn't that big of a surprise........

johny300
johny300

Kevin van ord and chris waters dont review this game please.

johny300
johny300

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johny300
johny300

I watched the review of the first game and it was one of the best reviews on gamespot.

johny300
johny300

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detectivepbert
detectivepbert

@johny300 Quote: @Tripwolf Quote:I'd be terrified to review this game if I worked for Gamespot. Why did something happen in the first review? How do you think the website giantbomb was started?

johny300
johny300

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WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

GS Kane & Lynch Review - www.giantbomb.com GS Kane & Lynch II Review - www.hugebomb.com

richioso
richioso

@AnimeNutJill Nobody's sayin it should be perfect but the things they got wrong with the first one were the basics. I'm not going to get this game until I see some player reviews because I was vry dissappointed with the first one.

smiggles116
smiggles116

I thought that the first Kane and Lynch wasn't that bad, though it did have a crap load of problems. Here's hoping the sequel is better.

alvin_yang
alvin_yang

The last personal that gave this an honest review got fired.... I'm sure this will get rave reviews..

Rob_2_K
Rob_2_K

must play this game.....great graphic..superb gameplay...future version of GTA ....IM ON IT....

AnimeNutJill
AnimeNutJill

I actually didn't hate the first K&L. I enjoyed it very much personally, especially the story. Yeah it wasn't perfect, but no game is or ever will be. So I'm definitely gonna check out the second one.

termadoyle
termadoyle

The first one was the biggest flop of current gen history. I still feel a bit shaky about this but I'm keeping an eye on it.

mattbmb
mattbmb

just cant get pumped about this game ill pass.

codkid97
codkid97

wasnt to thrilled with the 1st one hope this one is better

Gammet25
Gammet25

Apparently there's dodgy shooting mechanics in this game. Saving someone is so not gangster and that's when square enix comes in to rabble this all up.

maverick_76
maverick_76

That reminds me, who is going to review this game; are you guys going to draw straws or will everyone pitch in for a pension for the loser/winner that gets to review this game?

maverick_76
maverick_76

I admit that K&L was not close to my expectations I had for that game, but hopefully this time around the game can deliver what it promised the first time around. And also the multiplayer sounds really awesome.

Rasputin2011
Rasputin2011

We all know the first Kane and Lynch had it's issues BUT I will give K&L 2 a shot because I like fragile alliance along with the potential it has to be fun and addictive

blueguykisame
blueguykisame

@ RollsRoyce07 The dirtiness of "dirty version"s is generally locked up and can only be revealed by modding the game on a PC or something, its not like ESRB lets an AO game go as M just for the fun of it until people notice and they have to make the developers fix it..

Sablicious
Sablicious

Great to see more off-line stuff. Laggy multiplayer is only fun drunk.

RollsRoyce07
RollsRoyce07

@BetardxFoosier they did it with Grand Theft Auto San Andreas the original "dirty" version was back when RockStar had it only for PS2; when you slept with the ho's and groupies they moaned and scream and when I got it for the xbox version they muted that part and also on the PC version there was a hot cofee moment and the company got sued on that and they made them come up with a clean version.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

The person that reviews this game has to have BALLS.....and not just any balls.

47gunner
47gunner

&i wonder who wants to review this game!!

47gunner
47gunner

i prefer 47,but it seems theyve forgoten him(SADLY).

BetardxFoosier
BetardxFoosier

@RollsRoyce07 When has this happened to a game before? They're always edited before release, so it'll be the "clean" version, unless you somehow get your hands on a "dirty" version that the company may or may not be keeping in its archives.

RollsRoyce07
RollsRoyce07

I'm going to buy this game the first day because I want the "dirty" version of it and I know the critics will pull out the original game from retailers and make the company come up with a "clean" version of it.

Sablicious
Sablicious

Where's the video/article...?! o_0

monowasp
monowasp

I hope it's not "buildt on the foundations" of the first game, since some of those controls where not optimized a single bit.