As we suggested in our preview a few weeks ago, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is shaping up to be a kinetic, visceral third-person shooter, building on the foundations of the 2007 in just about every way imaginable.
Once again starring a pair of uniquely grizzled, paunchy anti-heroes in the ungainly shape of ‘Kane’ Marcus and James Lynch, Dog Days takes the duo to the vibrant, chaotic streets of Shanghai.
Where the previous game centred on Kane, Dog Days is played from Lynch’s perspective, which makes this instalment a particularly interesting proposition. Arguably the most unhinged of the pair, Lynch’s unbalanced personality will almost certainly give Dog Days‘ story an extra crackle of edge and paranoia.
Much has been made of Dog Days‘newly concocted ‘handy cam’ visual look, inspired by guerrilla filmmaking and the rise of YouTube. How this will affect its gameplay remains to be seen, but in footage it looks pretty spectacular, imbuing the game with the gritty immediacy of Paul Greengrass’ action directing in the Bourne movies.
This latest trailer, subtitled Think You Can Kill Me, offers a further glimpse of Dog Days‘ wealth ofbeer guts and guns, as well as a brief behind-the-scenes chat with director Karstun Lund, in which they describe the latest game’s premise as “two guys always making the wrong decisions, and finding themselves way past the point of no return”.
The shootouts look impressive, but for us, Lynch’s bellowed, killer line, “I ain’t going anywhere without Sue!” is the trailer’s stand-out moment.
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is due for release on 20 August for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.