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Gameplay 7.9
Graphics 8.5
Sound 8.0
Value 7.9
Distributor: Atari Australia
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
December 2007
Reviewer:
Jye Nelson

7.9


Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

With the Hollywood movie "Hitman" entering our shores, the gaming world is about to experience the world of crime, hitman and psychopath action in IO Interactive's latest installment to the gaming world called Kane & Lynch: Dead Men featuring  two vasty different and nasty characters.

The gamer is immediately drawn into the story which begins at a prison break as these two men form this uneasy relationship in order to meet their own survival needs. The developers make great use of a variety of cut scenes throughout the game which has a real Hollywood edge to them. They are flawlessly implemented into the in-game graphics.

Features:

  • Tense and unpredictable experience: This is the violent and chaotic journey of two men: a flawed mercenary and a medicated psychopath. Each hates the other but must work together to save themselves and possibly the ones they love. Play Kane in single-player mode and either character in two-player co-op mode.
  • Violence erupts in meticulously created “safe” worlds: Realistic and responsive environments and crowds react when events get of out control. Crowded nightclubs and calm bank offices become scenes of sudden terror. Manipulate the environments and crowds strategically to complete objectives.
  • Wide variety of intense 3rd person game play: Rappel from buildings, firing on the run or from moving vehicles, launch surprise attacks, lay down cover fire, and shoot blind from around corners, hurl smoke, tear, and incendiary grenades.
  • Fast and intuitive combat: Lead a crew of criminal mercenaries to increase your chance of surviving and reaching your goals. You can also fight alone as your crew AI will automatically draw fire, throw grenades, lay down cover, and engage in close combat with their own signature moves.
  • Two-player co-operative game play: Team up and play the full story with a friend as either Kane or Lynch. On the big jobs, split the command of your crew. At any point in the game you can choose to play the next, or previous, levels in co-op.
  • Innovative multi-player levels: Based on the game’s themes for up to 8 players.

In its essence, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a third person shooter where the gamer can perform a variety of maneuvers and use a plethora of weapons in order to complete their key objectives. Although this view has been quite common in the next generation of games, the interface in Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is sometimes awkward at the best of times.

Even though you have some great interaction with the gaming environment, the controls feel a little sluggish as do the movements of the characters. This does become an issue when you are engaged in combat, especially the cover system which makes it difficult to master as you generally end up riddled with bullets before you have actually found cover.

Although there are a variety of weapons available in Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, the damage system of the game is a little more lenient towards the enemies as even targeted and aimed shots do little damage to your foe.

Where the game does shine is with its squad based mechanics which are easy to control and actually perform the tasks set out for them. However the game still requires on the player to complete most objectives, this is probably one of the most sturdiest squad based mechanics in a long time. It's a shame about the main gameplay though.

Graphically, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a good looking game on the XBox 360 but feels like it's lacking that final polish as not all the bells and whistles are included in this department.

Although the characters are well designed, the backgrounds are a little lacklustre as are the animations of characters. The voice acting of the title is also a little flat, however some of the characters are great as are all the sounds and shouts of battle which make it quite a realistically sounding title in this department.

In conclusion, if you're looking for a title with excessive graphic violence, a truck load of weaponry and not your stock standard first person shooter, than you might want to check this title out. However at the end of the day Kane & Lynch: Dead Men fails to deliver that true exhilarating gaming experience.






 
 



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