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July 22 2010
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
19/8/2010Namco BandaiEidosIo Interactive
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
12-8$109.95
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Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is due out in mid-August.
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Getting a gun pointed at you!

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Kane & Lynch 2, developed by Io Interactive.
Announced in November 2009 it has been a fairly long wait for gamers to get their hands on Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, the follow up to the original hit game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. That original game was an ultra-violent third person action shooter but with sales around 1.5 million units on PS3 and 360 a sequel was pretty much inevitable. Developed yet again by Io Interactive (the company behind the Hitman series) everything is looking pretty good for this sequel, which promises more of everything. More action. More blood. More gameplay.

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Busting in through the door, guns at the ready.
This third person action game is now played from Lynch's point of view and is set in the gangsters paradise, Shanghai. This is the perfect playground for expat criminals such as Lynch; seduction and corruption highlight the contrasts of the city as players fight through the seedy underbelly of Shanghai a juxtaposition of old-world and new-world ideals ripe with black market opportunities for Kane and Lynch to exploit and reap rewards from. Things aren't all rosy however and Kane and Lynch face the consequences when a simple job gone wrong sets off a desperate and frantic struggle to escape the entire Shanghai underworld.

One of the most exciting aspects of this game, given that there are two main characters, is that the developers will allow you to play through this game with online co-op gameplay. The game also includes a single player mode called Arcade which sees you accumulating as much cash as possible while facing increasingly difficult enemy forces.

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This is a brutal, violent game.
Certainly a major aspect of this release is the multiplayer modes and Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days comes fully loaded with the return of the Fragile Alliance mode which sees teams attempting to grab as much money as possible while escaping the other team. Two other variations of this online mode are included called Undercover Cops and Cops & Robbers. Undercover Cops sees one player on the team trying to thwart the teams escape while Cops & Robbers sees a group of police facing off against the robbers. The game will support up to 8-players online.

Despite the graphic violence and the tone of this game we are pleased to confirm that the title has been submitted and passed the Australian Classification board with a MA15+ rating and the consumer advice "Strong violence and coarse language". The game has been given an 18+ rating by the BBFC for the UK release. Parents be warned, this isn't a game for kids!

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The Cops & Robbers mode in K&L2.
Visually this game is very impressive with a gritty realism and a (deliberate) grainy and video-like look with distorted images, flickering and other video related artifacts. Indeed the developers were inspired by documentary filmmakers, as well as user-generated content and it all runs pretty nicely thanks to the Glacier Engine.

Certain to cause plenty of controversy upon release Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days has already passed the Australian Classification Board and been awarded an MA15+ rating with the advice "Strong violence and coarse language". Expect the game to hit shelves in mid-August 2010, a week earlier then originally announced.