Thursday, April 08, 2010

Video game number ninety: Kane and Lynch: Dead Men

Video game review number ninety in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Kane and Lynch: Dead Men".

I've been seeing a lot of previews for Kane and Lynch 2 lately. They are looking pretty darn awesome. So awesome in fact, that they inspired me to play this one...which I somehow missed when it was original released. It was always something I intended to try, but I just never got around to it.

Right off the bat, I thought the story was rather interesting. You're Kane, some kind of convicted felon, who gets broken out of an armored car on the way to jail by other felons. They take you back to their hideout and threaten to kill your family if you don't work for them. They assign Lynch to work with you. You fight with the cops, and in the second mission I break into a bank.

It's a really cool premise that is unfortunately messed up by some really awkward controls. This game is primarily a shooter...and shooting people is one of the most annoying parts of the game. It's slow, aiming is can have your target right on the enemy and sometimes no damage will register. It's just frustrating.

Overall? 4/10. All four points are for the story...but the game itself was annoying as hell to play. I wanted to see what happened next, but frankly...I couldn't get immersed in the plot because I kept getting angry at the stupid controls. I'm a little behind in my 365, and I don't have time for a game that is this annoying to play. Perhaps I'll watch all the mid-level movies online (or read a wikipedia synopsis of the rest of the plot) and then give Kane and Lynch 2 a try when that comes out. Only way I'd go back to this one is if I literally had nothing else I wanted to play first, and that's hardly the case right now.

Achievements? Dos.

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