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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:07pm 06/07/10 | 15 Comments
If you missed nabbing one of the 50 codes Namco Bandai hooked us up with for the limited-space demo for Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days on Xbox 360, we've managed to squeeze another 20 out of them. Now rather than just blow PR or marketing hype at you - here's a quote from a Comment from regular user Khel after his experience:
"It's definitely going for a more gritty, down-in-the-dirt feeling so the guns aren't big flashy affairs, but in a way the understatedness (is that even a word?) of them make them even more awesome; they might not make big flashy explosions and loud sounds, but they drop guys hard and fast in an extremely satisfying fashion."
Having romped through the same single-player portion as Khel, I concur. It really is an incredibly satisfying experience with a very bold and unique style of art-direction - well worth a look.

Click here to pick up one of the 20 new codes we've been given.





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MatchFixah
Posted 03:20pm 06/7/10
I'm stuck at 68% of download due to being capped so i've gotta wait til the 9th before it resets.

Urgh it's killing me hard and fast in an extremely satisfying fashion.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 03:23pm 06/7/10
haha
eski
Posted 04:45pm 06/7/10
thanks steve
Lewk
Posted 04:50pm 06/7/10
Any word on a PC demo for those of us that don't own consoles?
Mantorok
Posted 04:56pm 06/7/10
There's going to be a demo for PC, PS3 and 360. It's just a timed exclusive for the 360 demo.
Tim
Posted 07:24pm 06/7/10
I was surprised at the Demo. It was pretty cool, felt better than K&L 1 at least, and thats a good thing I suppose. I just hope it translates well into the full game. I really really liked the whole concept of the game being "shot" from a hand-held dv cam type thing.
Fuzzy
Posted 10:08pm 06/7/10
Never played the first one, but I heard it wasn't that good at all... grabbed a key though, so I'll giving this a try
Khel
Posted 12:15am 07/7/10
Woohoo, my five minutes of fame :)

But yeah, awesome demo, really looking forward to grabbing this.
MatchFixah
Posted 12:49am 07/7/10
Ya well you might be famous but i made steve laugh at my joke, so i think he likes me more (in a non homo way). (even if it was homo he's still pretty dreamy).
Midda
Posted 01:26am 07/7/10
Cheers, got my code. Downloading now, so I'll give it a go tomorrow.

This seems to be proving pretty popular, so it may end up on my list of games to get. Does it matter that I haven't played the first? I never bothered with it, after hearing it was fairly mediocre.
trillion
Posted 01:31am 07/7/10
is there something wrong with my xbla account that I can only download the trailer videos for this? is there a button combo on the controller that enables the demo download? :/

why is my xbox live being retarded
Khel
Posted 08:16am 07/7/10
so i think he likes me more


I'll totally fight you for him
eski
Posted 10:36am 07/7/10
is there something wrong with my xbla account that I can only download the trailer videos for this? is there a button combo on the controller that enables the demo download? :/

why is my xbox live being retarded


If you have a code, press your xbox button on the controller, go to the leftmost tab and select "Redeem Code"
MatchFixah
Posted 01:32am 08/7/10
Ok i just gave the demo a good go and wow what a demo it was. 1.6 gigage of pure brutality. Totally not what i expected. The first thing that hits you in the face is how realistic the graphics are. Then there's that gritty feel of down town shanghai with all its night life and filthy alleyways. Just from the main menu screen you see a passenger plane flying really close above crowded buildings and power lines through a cam-like view. I'm such a sucker for that gritty s***. The other main menu screen shows a first person view looking outside of a car window driving down the freeway while listening to asian music. You then hear the volume control being adjusted for louder music or the station changed on the head deck for a change in track. It's all the little things that really add to the experience.

It also looks like they've got some interesting multiplayer modes which i'm definitely looking forward to. I did laugh a few times listening to that asian crime boss chick explaining the multiplayer rules. "I know you greedy f***head so don't try to f*** us, if you do i make sure someone kill you". Haha. Ok so maybe i made her english sound worse than what it actually was but either way i'm sold.

Overall my thoughts on the demo are pretty much on par with what Khel said in the other thread (except i think the game is based in Shanghai - not Tokoyo):

Just tried it out, and I'm definitely going to have to buy this. The whole cctv/cheap handicam look and feel that is in all the trailers transfers accross into the actual game completely. And its not just some last minute film grain added over the top either, the picture washes out in bright areas, looks cheap and grainy in the darker areas (like mobile phone cameras do if you try and take a photo in a dark area), has occasional artifacts, lense flares, redeye, etc. But it never intrudes on the gameplay at all, its just an extremely awesome suite of effects, gives the whole thing a really classy, unique feel. Even the loading screens have a "Buffering..." style of thing going on, as if you're buffering up a home-made movie on the internet to watch and the icon which flashes up on your screen to indicate autosave is the timestamp on the handicam. They haven't just thrown this in at the last minute as a gimmick, its an integral part of the game and seeps into every part of it. Pretty damn cool.

As for the gameplay, well I've been playing the first one a little bit in the past few days after grabbing it off Steam, and the difference is like night and day. This one has proper "gears of war style" cover mechanics (which is pretty much par for course forthird person shooters these days), team-mate AI is actually pretty good, the controls have been streamlined and feel a lot better in general, and most importantly the action is satisfying. Destructible cover and environments make things feel pretty dynamic as you shoot your way through a restaurant and the streets of Tokyo, and the guns all feel pretty satisfying. Its definitely going for a more gritty, down-in-the-dirt feeling so the guns aren't big flashy affairs, but in a way the understatedness (is that even a word?) of them make them even more awesome; they might not make big flashy explosions and loud sounds, but they drop guys hard and fast in an extremely satisfying fashion.

Speaking of explosions though, theres a pretty sweet mechanic in there which I quickly became a big fan of. There was no grenades in the demo, and I don't think theres grenades in the full game even (at least there was no button mapped to throwing them), but theres an abudance of fuel tins and propane canisters lying around (people aren't very good at securing their loose fuel tins and gas canisters in Tokyo it would seem), and you can pick one up and carry it around with you. You're still free to shoot your normal guns while you're carrying it, and then when you want to, you can hurl it forwards and shoot it and cause a nice little kaboom. The cool part is the throwing and shooting is an actual mechanic, one single action with two button presses. Press the X button to throw your potential incendiary device of choice, then your character automatically targets it and tracks it with his gun, then you just have to press fire when it reaches the point at which you wish to cause some damage. So essentially a grenade, but you can choose exactly when and where you want it to explode once you've thrown it, without the hassle of trying to aim it up and take it out yourself. Its quick, easy, precise, and a hell of a lot of fun.

Haven't tried the multiplayer yet, so can't comment on that, but based on what I've see its a definite purchase. With all the problems of the first game apparently fixed, a heavy dose of gritty, bare knuckle, satisfying action and a really, really cool aesthetic, this has jumped up near the top of my list. Just have to wait till the end of August now to get my hands on the full thing :(
Bring on the dog days!
Fuzzy
Posted 03:22pm 08/7/10
Say, how much longer is this demo available for? I got a key but I won't be able to download till the weekend
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