I found many reviews of this particular title to be quite inaccurate, more often than not exaggerations, and to be honest, bias. I found one review that gave it 3/10, which is just absurd, the game is worth far more than that just on it's visual merit, so please pick the right reviews to read.
I didn't take to the first game, it had very dated graphics and poor shooting mechanics which killed the experience for me. Lo-interactive have really stepped up their game here, improvements all round from the weapons handling , cover system, to the very realistic looking visuals.
The visual style brings a very unique, refreshing look, but more importantly an atmosphere and real intensity and grit to the entire experience.
It's dark, disturbing and also simple, which is just what I like. I just don't like over complicated stories in video games; no matter how epic they are, so this was great.
The Guns are plentiful, and well varied from silenced pistols,sub-machine guns to shotguns and assault rifles. The sounds are meaty, and add real heft to the weapons. They also feel perfect in handling, yes perfect, with a good amount of recoil, so that shooting actually requires a little bit of control to hit targets accurately
Fragile alliance, undercover cop, and cops vs robbers are something which I have always wanted to do in game, and finally it's been done, and done very well indeed. The game modes will inject you and your mates with total paranoia, greed and distrust, which makes for hilariously tense game play. One of the most distinctive and fun online games I have played in a long time. The only problem is sometimes getting into a game quickly can be a problem.
Co-op / Single player
I thought this was genuinely entertaining, however play it on extreme. It's quite tough but more of a challenge and makes the game last longer, as it's a little shorter than what I expected. That said, the length works well for the scenario, as dropping in locations just to stretch the experience out would simply dilute the narrative and drama, it's about quality, not quantity. There isn't a massive amount of co-op actions to perform, just the basics; lifting shutters, kicking doors, climbing walls etc.
The combat is streamlined with little variation, but remember this is a crime shooter, not a military shooter; you literally move to cover and shoot, using everyday objects such as acetylene bottles as makeshift explosives. There's no hand held mini-guns, mounted grenade launchers, night vision goggles, flash bangs, thermal scopes for a reason, and it never pretends to offer them. Basically if you like over the top gameplay, this is not for you. This is purely about the gun fights.
I actually found it to be one the most responsive, less complicated systems out there, which is one of the main reasons why the game works so well. Your character moves to the correct cover, moves in and out of cover swiftly all at the touch of a button. Furthermore, the cover actually covers you!
The A.I seems solid, they use cover constantly, some pushing slowly forward as others attempt to keep you engaged. Other enemies will attempt to flank you from alternate routes.
With all the cinematic intensity of a Michael Mann film, Kane and Lynch 2 is a dark, obscene and gritty experience which is definitely catered toward the more mature gamer. It has one of the most entertaining and original multiplayer's I have come across, and features an intense, if not a little short, co-op campaign. As for it's visual direction it's nothing short of genius. So is it worth £10? Are you kidding? Do you really want me to answer that? Go buy it! DO IT!