Kane & Lynch: Dead Men review

  • Main characters have cool history
  • Beautifully destructible environments
  • Some spectacular set-pieces
  • Main characters don't have personalities
  • Stupid teammates
  • Stupidly inaccurate weapons

Apart from the Retomoto office battle and the lovely bit where you bust into a prison to round up your men for a big job, Kane & Lynch will leave you cold. You’ll get plenty of gun-toting action and plenty of baddies to carve down, but for every moment you go “Wow, this is pretty good,” there’s another when you’ll be cursing it to hell.

Take the bit where Kane’s daughter is brought to a building site to be executed. She’s cowering in a hole as a screen-filling dumper truck rumbles toward her. It does make you gasp as it thunders along, but taking out the driver is needlessly tricky - the windshield seems to be made from bulletproof glass. A couple of clips from a machine gun help, but IO have made it seemingly indestructible in order to prolong one of their money shots. They’ve done the same thing with the police cars’ tires during chase sequences, as aiming at the wheels while hanging out of the getaway van will only knock the cars off course for a split second. This unfairly makes the game more difficult than it needs to be, because Kane & Lynch is easy enough to pound through in about six hours. It’s that short.

More Info

Available Platforms: PS3, PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Published by: Eidos
Developed by: Io Interactive
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language


  • xboxidiot - December 4, 2008 12:55 p.m.

    i dont see why this game gets such bad reviews its well good its a simple squad shooter not too complictaed for times when you just need to kill something haha
  • familyguy829 - September 10, 2008 6:10 a.m.

    I thought it was pretty good. I enjoyed the action and the story was full of thought. I just wish it was a bit longer.
  • CreeplyTuna - May 30, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    this game was great! why a 6, GR? you gave the new prince of persia an 8 when it has some of the most unresponsive controls it ruined the game for me. K&L is very fun coop with a friend and i find the characters interesting and want to learn more about them. it's a great game that can be bought cheap. i recommend it to my friends
  • Darkwun - May 1, 2009 1:22 p.m.

    bein devils advocate here... maybe expectin too much after the phenominal freedom frighters... but stormed thru it in 5 hours and found the 2 endings unfulfilling and anti climactic, i had to reset three times after being absorbed into a wall, and got killed well into double figures the amount of times i was killed whil TOTALLY in cover (when i could get into it) and as for the amountof times ive seen my comrades watching my lifeless body slowly die... 5/10 for me
  • squidhead442 - March 27, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    I might go buy this tonight. I hope it's at least worth $10!
  • nightjacobs - April 5, 2009 7:28 a.m.

    this game was good i think it should have got a 8 i cant waint for part 2 to come out

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