Another reason some of these things may have slipped by is the strong focus on the game’s multiplayer modes. Returning is a the co-op-ish Fragile Alliance mode for 6 players. In it players work together to complete a bank heist, but at anytime, can turn on their team mates to steal the cash. If you die you come back as a cop to try to stop the escape. These missions are quick, less than 4 minute, rounds of play where you try to accumulate the highest score possible. There’s two new variations to this mode called Cops and Robbers and Undercover Cop. Cops and robbers have players switching sides to the Cops from the start while Undercover Cop adds a bit of a versus element where one players is supposed to stop the heist - from the inside. There’s a lot of fun to be had here and it’s a big improvement in the overall feel of these mission from the first game.
If you don’t want to play Fragile Alliance online there’s a new Arcade mode where you can use all AI guys and try to get the highest score possible. This mode is surprisingly addictive, though, it does get a bit long in the tooth by the 9th or 10th round. The game will up the difficulty with every round and you can keep going until you run out of your 3 lives.
So does Kane and Lynch 2 deliver that fresh feeling of the first game? Sadly I don’t think it does. While IO did a great job of fixing the cover and shooting mechanic, adding online co-op, and deepening the addictive multiplayer modes - it seems the rest of the game suffered as a result. With two characters as memorable and unique as Kane and Lynch, I was sad to see the story - which took only 5 hours to complete - a bit lacking. Don’t get me wrong, Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days isn’t a bad game, it’s just not a great one.
The Co-Op Experience: Play as either Kane or Lynch through the campaign.The online co-op modes from the first game return as well.
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