Dog Days isn't a canine re-imagining of the Kane & Lynch series. It's a gritty, grimy shooter for the Youtube generation, and at HMV you can now pick it up for just £17.99!
Matt reviewed Dog Days just last week, and while he lamented the blink-and-you'll-miss-it campaign and repetitive design, he applauded the innovative multiplayer and ambitious presentation, awarding K&L 2 a 7.
Having escaped their American shackles, the eponymous duo reunite in Shanghai, where Kane enlists his one-time partner for one last job. It's not long before trouble strikes, and when Lynch, the live-wire psychopath, guns down a corrupt politician's daughter, the pair find themselves embroiled in a war spanning ruthless gangs and vengeful bureaucrats. Their last job soon turns into a last-ditch flight for survival.
What sets Dog Days apart from most shooters is Io Interactive's bold visual style. Instead of a steady over-the-shoulder Steadicam, K&L 2 plays out as if their bullet-riddled exploits are being captured by an adventurous Youtuber. The camera shakes when you run, sways even when you're still as if being held in a trembling hand. Explosions distort the image and rupture the sound, too much light spills into exposure, bleeding across the screen, and scenes of extreme violence are blurred out like a news replay. It's certainly a bold attempt, and while the intentionally grimy lens is hiding substandard graphics, it lends Dog Days a particular style and personality to many other shooters lack.