Can an average game be elevated by superb production values? In this case, absolutely. Shooting your way through Shanghai is a raw, visceral experience that is only heightened by the documentary style visuals. A sense of scale and place is beautifully maintained, even if cars are randomly parked together to block off road exits and shutters are blatantly used to control backtracking. The addition of being able to play the entire game in split screen mode and an enjoyable online component makes Dog Days relatively easy to recommend, especially at a discounted price. Just remember: beneath the gorgeously grainy visuals lies a rather plain, pedestrian shooter that could have been so much more.