The original Kane & Lynch didn't quite set the critical world on fire. It had some control issues and could have used a bit more polish to truly shine, but it did introduce a pair of intriguing and ugly characters as well as a unique multiplayer mode. The team at Io Interactive could have simply smoothed out the rough edges, pound out a new story and called it a day. In the world of videogames, taking that route is almost expected.
For Kane & Lynch 2, you should expect the unexpected.