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Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days review

NewfieBullet | June 9, 2013 | Review of Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

Although Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days from IO Interactive has a distinct visual style, the other parts of the game never branch out in any interesting or different ways, and made worse by the shockingly brief 3-5 hour single-player campaign.

The best part of Dog Days is the visual style. The game is shot like you are looking through a handheld camera. Although you can turn on steady cam for anyone prone to motion sickness, the rest of the effects cannot be turned off. This is a welcome change. Most games allow you to turn off their effects, I appreciated that Dog Days had a vision and stuck too it with this game.

While the visual style is distinct, unfortunately the other parts of the game are not. It's a standard cover based third person shooter, the story did enough to keep me wanting to see how it played out, despite the fair amount of cliches, such as Kane talking about this being his last job, or one the characters literally saying "I'm too old for this".

The game is also incredibly short, it took me just under 4 hours to finish the single-player campaign on medium. Even though their is multiplayer, I was unable to find any ranked or player matches.

Ultimately Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days is a flawed game, the visual style is very unique, but goes to waste in a game that is not that much fun to play.

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Fit for only the mightiest of kings

NewfieBullet | June 7, 2013 | Review of Crusader Kings II

The grand historical strategy game Crusader Kings 2 from Paradox Interactive set during Europe in the high and late Middle Ages is not for everyone, but for the people who it is for, there is no better strategy game available.

 The game has a steep learning which may turn off some new players.  Although there is a tutorial,  it never really delves deep enough into the complex intricacies of the strategy in Crusader Kings 2.  Although a quick Google search can find a number of very effective written and video tutorials, players just using the in game tutorial may feel lost and confused with all the mechanics.
 The graphics in Crusader Kings 2 are a mixed bag.  The game has a very pleasant board game look, with nice looking portraits and an effective interface.  The unit appearance and animation looks very second rate especially when viewed up close.
 Crusader Kings 2 will bore some, and thrill others.  The complex strategy and backstabbing throughout the game is exhilarating, even with the steep learning curve and lacking tutorial, Crusader Kings 2 is a game people should play.  Whether for 3 hours, or 300.