Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Vicious, violent, seedy shooter is poorly done.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

You control a deviant seeking vengeance against a mercenary group. You'll encounter and kill many police officers along the way.


Attacks are pretty bloody, employing a variety of guns and grenades. You can also sneak up behind enemies and break their neck or kill them with a punch. Since you're a criminal, your enemies are often police officers.


This game probably sets the record for use of the "F" word. Expect profanity throughout the dialogue.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Difficulty levels are named after drugs: Aspirin, codeine, and morphine. When Kane nears death, a teammate must inject him with adrenaline to revive him, but use too much, and it will lead to an overdose. Some missions incorporate drugs as well.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom July 11, 2010

Bad language is very frequent.

Kane & Lynch is a pretty bad game. About a three star rating. But then what brings it down... Is the swearing. I understand having a bit of swearing in... Continue reading
Adult Written bygamenerd323 December 27, 2009

Bad language and violence can be viewd in this intellectual movie-like action crime game

This game is done in a movie style fashion, very easy to die, when you are shot to much you become wounded and while dieing you here voices of family (as if rem... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bytommy18 March 21, 2010

Language is worst point.

Its a good game, But its really spoilt by a flurry of swearing. Non Stop. Every sentance is at least one swear word. Using whatever swear words exist. Played fo... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

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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