Kane & Lynch Collection - Xbox 360

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Kane & Lynch Collection (Xbox 360)
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Io-Interactive Soft. Co.: Square Enix
Publishers: Square Enix (GB)
Released: 15 Nov 2013 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 18+, BBFC 18
Connectivity: Live Online Enabled


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Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

A dark and gritty tale of two men bound by circumstance, in Dead Men you get shoot your way out of prison, back into another prison, through the streets of LA, Tokyo and Havana, with a spot of jungle warfare tossed in for good measure.

As Kane, an ex-mercenary imprisoned following the slaughter of an entire Venezuelan village and traitor to his cadre, The7, you must do their bidding to save the lives of your family. By his side, and available to play in co-operative mode is Lynch, a psychotic murderer, imprisoned for the slaughter of his wife.

Take cover behind walls, pillars and vehicles, out flank the enemy and surprise them in crossfire or throw smoke grenades to provide impromptu cover.

Using an intuitive command system, you manage a squad as you track down the men that have double crossed you. Take them into battle where they can be instructed to attack, defend or return to your location - all the while they run for cover, attack the enemy and provide covering fire for other team members.

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

In the sequel you play as Lynch, the middle aged, balding, loose cannon bad-ass who now resides in Shanghai. He's been hired to pull some 'job' but quickly realises it's beyond him so he calls his old 'friend' Kane to help out. Since Kane is currently wanted and running from the law anyway, he figures he's got nothing to lose and away we go. So much for an honest living, then.

The same brutal, third-person shooting action is present in this sequel, but the main difference that Dog Days offers is presentation. IO Interactive has taken a cue from social networking and, specifically, the concept of citizen journalism, and designed the camera angles and graphical style based on that.

The result is a game that looks like it's being filmed from a third party with a cameraphone, shocked to be seeing two rather aggressive Western men pump bullets into cops and other innocents. Add to this a new online coop mode and a revamped Fragile Alliance competitive mode, and you'll find that Kane & Lynch 2 is more outrageous than its Dead Men in every aspect.