Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

 
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Violent shooter stars remorseless, cop-killing psychopaths.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

From murders to arms dealing, this game is all about crime. Players are required to perpetrate criminal acts as part of their mission objectives and have the ability to randomly kill pretty much anyone they see, good or bad. Consequences for acts of evil come only if the player’s character dies before escaping.

Positive role models

Kane is a remorseless criminal mercenary, Lynch is a psychopathic killer. Both are self-interested, unlikable, unsympathetic, and unappealing. Worse role models can scarcely be imagined.

Ease of play

It’s a fairly standard cover-based shooter, but the difficulty is high. Impatient players who run into the open can expect to watch their characters die frequently. On the other hand, if you stay behind one wall too long your enemies will either shoot it to bits or flank you. It’s quite challenging.

Violence

Players use a wide selection of guns, as well as some explosive environmental objects, to kill many, many people, including police officers and civilians. Torture, assassination, and random murders are core components of the experience. The action, during both play and cut scenes, is extremely visceral and realistic, featuring plenty of blood and screaming.

Sex

Our protagonists are nude in one scene, their privates obscured by a blurring effect.

Language

Excessive profanity, including “f--k,” “s--t,” and many variants of both words, is heard throughout the game.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters occasionally reference narcotics, including cocaine. Lynch is on “medication” to keep his sociopathic tendencies in check.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a gritty, violent, and visceral shooter that looks as though it has been filmed at street level with a handheld camera. Players take on the role of an utterly unlikable psychopathic criminal who kills countless cops, bad guys, and innocent civilians without remorse. The protagonists’ mouths are faucets for strong profanity, and there is one scene in which they are shown all but naked after having been tortured. It is a game clearly and explicitly created for adults.

What's it about?

The follow-up to one of the more controversial games in recent years, KANE & LYNCH: DOG DAYS sees the return of the Kane, a remorseless mercenary, and Lynch, a balding, murderous psychopath, as antiheroes in an action-packed criminal adventure. The game is set in Shanghai where the duo tries to pull off one last big score together. It’s important to note that these are not criminals looking for redemption, but rather criminals being criminals -- killing police, civilians, and fellow villains to further their own agendas. The action is of the shooter-with-cover variety, and the online multiplayer modes basically pit cops against robbers as the latter tries to carry off a heist.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The problem with this sequel is that, much like the first game, our heroes are hopelessly unlikeable. Other mature games starring criminals provide players with deeply conflicted characters who can turn on the charm when necessary; and while they’re ultimately bad guys, most players will sympathize with them. Play as sociopathic Lynch, on the other hand, and you’ll want to wash the hands that touch the gamepad used to control him.

The gorgeous graphics and jittery handheld camera shots nail the look and feel of lush Hollywood crime epics and create a vibe not entirely dissimilar to a Michael Mann film. Sadly, the combat doesn’t live up to the spectacle. The cover system, which forces players into sustained hiding while seemingly invincible enemies lay down fire and flank their sides, is unforgiving at best, frustrating at worst. There are plenty of good, mature-themed games starring rough-hewn antiheros. This just isn’t one of them.

Online interaction: This game features open voice chat in its online multiplayer modes, which opens the door to inappropriate language, verbal abuse, and the sharing of personal information. Common Sense Media does not recommend moderation-free online communication for pre-teens. We suggest using the parental controls built into game consoles to disable online communication features.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it means to play as a criminal in a game. Must such characters be unlikable? How can game designers go about making them more sympathetic? Should developers of such games make a point of somehow redeeming their protagonists by game’s end?

  • Families can also discuss the psychological repercussions of carrying out violent criminal violent acts in games. Is this sort of entertainment a safe outlet for dark fantasies? Why or why not?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Square Enix
Release date:August 17, 2010
Genre:Third-person shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 9 years old September 30, 2013
 

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do not buy this game its horrible your child will play 10 mins and get confused and not like it any more!!! waste
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old September 7, 2010
 

educational in a violent way

look im a kid and you probably think why did he say 12+ its because thats what happens in the real world every day its good for kids to know that every one is not good and that if you go into a life of crime your likely to get killed
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom August 20, 2010
 

Kane and Lynch = Bad language

After playing, Kane and Lynch...Dead men was it? I realised how much swearing there was in it and how much violence. After playing this, Its not as bad as before but the profanity is still far too high. The profanity is more of a concern than the large amounts of violence. I do not appreciate hearing the F word every ten seconds. The violence is in a large scale and gives out bad messages, Killing police isn't exactly the greatest role model in the world. Its really short too.. There is a few bits of torture and a whole lot of blood. The language and violence makes it mature.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing

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