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October 18 2007
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
6/12/2007AtariEidosIo Interactive
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation

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Prepaired to unleash some mayhem.
If you love your video games then Io Interactive is a company that should be familiar to you. At the very least you would have heard about their Hitman series of games (which is being turned into a movie for release early next year) and hopefully also the brilliant Freedom Fighters on the PS2. All superb games so anything new is certainly worth a look. Rather then bring one of their popular franchises to the Playstation 3 the company is putting the finishing touches on a new Intellectual Property - Kane & Lynch: Dead Men.

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Taking out some cops.
Kane & Lynch Dead Men has a rather interesting storyline. After the tragic death of his son, Kane leaves his family and becomes a member of The 7 – an elite mercenary group. After years of being at the top of their game, a mission in Venezuela goes terribly wrong. Kane escapes with the loot as the only survivor, but is caught and sentenced to death. But not all of The 7 did die. They want the loot back and they want to deliver the punishment due to a traitor - death to him and his family. Kane is busted out of the prison van and offered a deal by The 7. His wife and daughter will be spared if he returns the loot. He will still be killed. Lynch, a medicated psychopath sentenced to death for the murder of his wife, is busted out of prison with Kane to be his watchdog and make sure he fulfils the deal.

Kane - an experienced mercenary with everything to lose, and Lynch - an unpredictable psychopath with everything to gain, are thrown together in an intense, volatile alliance. No means are too harsh as they fight to save Kane's family and take revenge on The 7, hating each other every step of the way.

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Enemies are there somewhere...
As you have probably already figured out Kane & Lynch is a violent third person action title. You won't just run around shooting everything though as you can 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. You will 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. Importantly the game includes realistic and responsive environments and crowds react when events get of out control. Crowded nightclubs and calm bank offices become scenes of sudden terror. It will be possible to manipulate the environments and crowds strategically to complete objectives.

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Taking the battle to the streets.
Multi-player promises to include more then a few thrills and a couple of neat modes too. But first to the disappointing aspect. The game will not include an online co-op mode that is despite the fact that the game includes a 2-player co-op mode when playing offline. When you jump online though with up to 8-players the most interesting mode is certain to be the all-new mode called Fragile Alliance. In this mode your team will work together to commit a robbery, but criminals aren't exactly the most trustworthy bunch so while you all need to work together to achieve a goal, you can also turn on each other. After all, loot split among only a couple of people at the end is much better then splitting it between eight isn't it?! The only problem is, when you turn on your own gang members you will be marked for easy identification, even through walls, so everyone will know where you are, and that you're not to be trusted.

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Umm, you would like fries with that?
If you get killed as a criminal during the match you will then respawn, but on the police force side. On this side you only get a single life before you're out of the game but it gives you the chance to seek some revenge, and also reclaim some of the loot. While you don't get to keep it all (you only retain a 10% amount) it will reduce the amount that other players get to keep. At the end of each round it will be possible to spend your loot on new items such as weapons, amour and grenades. While spending money will beef up your arsenal and prospects for the next round, it may put you down in the rankings. This mode should provide quite a few 'ebb and flow' type thrills that’s for sure.

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The wonderful nightclub scene.
Graphically this game does look the business. While the texturing, character modeling and objects in the game world may appear a little plain, when you see this game in action - and there is a lot of action that's for sure - you'll see that this is a frantic action game full of gunfire, explosions and people running around. Indeed there is one level which takes place inside a nightclub and when all hell breaks loose there are literally hundreds of people running around trying to escape. Now the animation is a little basic, and there certainly isn't the interactions between the playable and non-playable characters that we've seen in games like Assassin's Creed, but it looks frantic.

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Destruction around the Boardroom.
The good news for Australian gamers is that Kane & Lynch: Dead Men has scraped passed the OFLC (Office of Film and Literature Classification) with a rating of MA15+ (Strong violence, Strong coarse language, Drug references) and in its original form. With a release date set for early December action fans would do well to check this game out. It promises to be a blast both online and off. While we are keeping an eye out for an upcoming movie and there are even reports of a sequel already being planned such is the response Io Interactive are expecting from the game!