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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this game embraces the criminal world and vicious violence. Since you're on the wrong side of the law, your enemies are often cops, whom you kill. Attacks are pretty bloody, employing a variety of guns and grenades, and you can sneak up behind enemies and break their neck or kill them with a punch. A heavy drug presence permeates a story littered with excessively profane language.
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What's it about?
Hitman developer Io Interactive departs the world of stealth-based action for in-your-face crime drama with KANE & LYNCH: DEAD MEN, a very violent and unoriginal escapade. You control Kane, a lifelong criminal accused of betraying a mercenary group called The 7. The organization abducts his wife and children, threatening to kill them if he doesn't retrieve money they believe Kane stole. To ensure you finish the job, you're escorted by Lynch, a heavily-medicated psychotic.
Is it any good?
Kane & Lynch easily earns its mature rating, with ferocious, bloody attacks and an excessive use of swear words. Essentially a third-person shooter with some simple squad commands, it is an uninspired, frustrating action experience. For example, to jump into cover, you simply run up to an obstacle. Sounds easy enough, except you have to run into a wall or obstacle a couple times before you "click" into cover.
Targeting is just as irritating. Gunshots seem a hair off almost every time. Computer-controlled players prefer to play hide-and-seek rather than to engage in heated battles. Kane & Lynch showed promise with a strong story, but after a few levels it turns up dead on arrival.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the game's mature themes. What makes crime-based action titles so appealing? Is the excessive use of foul language necessary? Are violent games simple fantasy or do they desensitize players to levels of brutality? Kane eventually seeks revenge for the death of his wife. Is vengeance the answer when wronged?
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