Kane and Lynch likely doesn’t inspire fond memories. Released in 2007 after IO Interactive presumably watched Heat a few too many times, the squad shooter met to tepid response from critics, citing – among other things – awkward controls and a dreary end game. However, helped along by an injection of a fresh console generation, the great marketing beast did its job admirably, and Kane & Lynch: Dead Men sold well enough to warrant a sequel.
Despite good sales figures, topping the UK sales chart on week of release, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days was lambasted by gaming press, holding a dreary 63 on Metacritic. To this day, the series is largely regarded as a forgettable also-ran, but despite its notable flaws, Dog Days is worth remembering for a number of reasons.