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Kane And Lynch - Dead Men


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Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a cooperative third-person shooter developed by IO Interactive and published by Eidos Interactive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and gaming platform Games for Windows. It has been confirmed that movie studio Lionsgate has bought the rights for a movie adaptation.

The game is considered as something of a spiritual sequel to IO's previous Freedom Fighters due to many similarities in the game's control style, recruitment and management of the player's squad, overall gameplay, and use of its game engine. It has sold more than 1.7 million copies, as of Apr. 23, 2009 (11 years ago).


In campaign mode the player takes the role of Kane. The player is able to play through 16 stages with Lynch by his side, at times accompanied by other hired mercenaries. Co-op mode is available in which the second player will assume the role of Lynch. Though almost identical to Kane’s style of gameplay, Lynch has short bursts of aggression in which nearly all AI characters are police, some sporting an animal's head. Lynch carries a shotgun and a revolver as side arm, while Kane carries a sub-machine gun and standard pistol, although this setup isn't exclusive, as holding the right analog stick near another ally allows you to swap weapons. Additional weapons such as grenades, sniper rifles and carbine rifles can be picked up which can also be swapped between allies. The player can take cover by standing next to a wall, and can blindfire outward. While having hired mercernaries, the player can issue orders such as following, moving to a specific position, or attacking.

Fragile Alliance

Fragile Alliance is the game's only online multiplayer mode, which consists of four maps: Hot Coffee, Late Night Opening, Withdrawal and A Walk In The Park. A free-to-download map pack released on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live provides four additional maps. The goal is to finish a several round match with the most money. Each round begins with all of the players as armed, balaclava-clad robbers, and players who have reached TrueSkill rank 50 and 30 will play as Kane and Lynch, respectively. Money can be used to buy better firearms and armor. Resistance is met in the form of armed AI controlled security guards and/or police officers. A player's money acts as a shield, but will quickly be dropped on the ground as the player is injured. To escape the level, a player must survive to meet a getaway vehicle. All players who survive without turning on their allies will split stolen money evenly.

A player's appearance in the game is influenced by their TrueSkill rank on the Xbox 360. Unlike Kane and Lynch's campaign mode, players can not sprint. If a player feels they have taken enough money to become a target for potential traitors, they can drop some of their money (thus becoming less of a scoring threat.)


The game opens with a voiceover of a letter, addressed to a girl named Jenny, which is being written by her father, Adam 'Kane' Marcus. Kane is traveling to death row after being convicted of 25 murders he committed in Venezuela. Another death row inmate, James Seth Lynch, hints of a mid-destination breakout unbeknownst to Kane. Their truck is involved in a head-on collision and an unknown group of mercenaries (later revealed to be the game's antagonists The7) set them free. Though it quickly becomes apparent that this isn't a rescue, but a kidnapping. The two are taken to a shopping mall under construction, where they are confronted the four surviving members of The7. The villainous leader Elder Brother, Kane's nemesis Younger Brother, Kane's former best friend Carlos, and the silent sociopathic killer Mute. Kane was not aware that they were still alive, but The7 ignore this. They make him an offer; retrieve what he stole from them in three weeks, or his wife and daughter will be executed. Lynch acts as a watchdog, reporting in to The7 on Kane's movements.

The7 wants the money that Kane stole from the retirement job in Venezuela. Kane reveals to Lynch that he did not in fact steal the money, but he knows who did, and what bank they stashed it in. Using the assistance of an unnamed vaultbreaker (who has apparently worked with Kane on jobs in the past) they break into the bank's vault, while Lynch secures the hostages in the lobby. Once they get to the vault area, Kane uses a code to unlock the deposit box. He retrives one briefcase, but discovers that the second deposit box is empty, and orders the infuriated vaultbreaker to blow open all the safety deposit boxes. Seeing that the money is not in any of the deposit boxes, Kane angrily realizes who has taken the money. They make their way to the lobby to discover that Lynch has lost all sanity, and has killed all the hostages in a blind rage. After a wild police chase, Kane informs Lynch that they need to go to Tokyo to retrieve the last briefcase. They head for a nightclub owned by the daughter of Retomoto, a Japanese crime lord. Unbeknownst to Lynch, Kane plans to kidnap Retomoto's daughter Yoko to get the briefcase from Retomoto. It is later revealed that Kane and Yoko may have had a relationship in the past. After kidnapping Yoko, Kane reveals to Lynch who Yoko really is. This infuriates Lynch, as he would have never kidnapped the daughter of a crime boss knowingly. As they escape the Tokyo nightclub, Kane and Lynch arrange a meeting with Retomoto to trade his daughter for the briefcase. Using the assistance of a pair of unnamed mercenaries, Kane and Lynch proceed to a park by the freeway. Lynch is ordered to watch over Yoko from a distance while Kane makes his way to the gazebo in the center of the park. However Retomoto is not there, leaving a cellphone instead for Kane. Retomoto, on the phone, tells Kane that he knows what The7 have done, and offers to work with Kane to get his wife and daughter back, as well as solve the problem of The7. This infuriates Lynch, and he accidentally shoots and kills Yoko while trying to stop her getting away. Kane and Lynch then proceed to escape Retomoto's bodyguards and snipers and make their way to the escape van. Kane's anger toward Lynch is only temporary it seems, as he realizes that they are out of time, and must return to The7.

Kane heads back to L.A. in an attempt to renegotiate with The7. Lynch questions his decision, while Kane claims that Lynch is a dead man too. Lynch denies this, in that he has secretly made a deal for his survival and even a position within The7. However they betray Lynch as well, and knock him out. Lynch awakens and feigns unconsciousness while watching Kane inside a shallow grave at a construction site; Kane's plea for extra time lands upon deaf ears, as The7 prepare to execute him and his family. The Brothers and Carlos depart for Havana, leaving Mute to execute Kane. His wife and daughter soon arrive and while Kane tries to talk with his daughter, Mute shoots his wife right in front of him. Lynch, who is now fully conscious and infuriated, lunges at one of his captors, serving as a distraction while an enraged Kane leaps out of the hole and brutally beats Mute to death with a shovel. As The7's reinforcements arrive, Kane and Lynch manage to defend Jenny from further attacks and a large mining truck. After the coast is clear, Kane tells Jenny to flee the scene and to continue to run no matter what.

After burying his wife, Kane decides to finish off The7 for the sake of his daughter's safety. Kane reluctantly allows Lynch to join his cause, after Lynch explains his own wife's murder and his supposed inability at that time to save her. With the help of the mining truck, they manage to break through a prison wall, inciting several prison riots and, most importantly, perform their goal of breaking out a group of 'dead men' (people who went against The7 in the past and were in turn disowned) from prison, forming their own band of ragtag convicts to challenge The7. It is during the breaking out of Shelly, one of the convicts, that the murder of Lynch's wife is brought into doubt, with Shelly suspecting Lynch of killing his own wife, which Lynch denies.

Kane starts his revenge by returning to Japan, ambushing and killing Retomoto at his headquaters, and retrieving back the missing briefcase he was looking for. The contents are never revealed. Through a fight out of the office complex and Japanese police officers out at the streets and into a bus terminal, the group finally manages to escape.

Days later, Kane, Lynch and their 'dead men' - Thapa, Rific and Shelly - follow The7's remaining members to Havana. It is mentioned by Kane, that The7 reap financial benefits from assisting sides in civil wars, with Havana supposedly the last job needed for their retirement. There they find themselves caught up in an on-going civil war. Throughout the battle in the war-torn streets, Kane constantly assures the group members of rewards beyond even their retirement needs. On their way, Kane kills two mercenaries working for The7, one of them who broke Kane's nose during the mid-destination breakout earlier. They eventually track down Carlos, who tells the group that he too has been betrayed by The Brothers after the Havana operation fell apart. Thapa deserts the group abruptly, with mistrust of the promised payment and the imprompt alliance formed with Carlos. The remaining group fight their way through the Venezuela jungles and drug operations, managing to locate The Brother's base of operations. Over radio chatter, it's revealed that Jenny has been kidnapped by The Brothers and is being held hostage. Serving as a distraction, Carlos decides to detonate a mine at the entrance of the base, but is actually planning to betray Kane and Lynch by actually knocking at the entrance, asking to be let in. Kane and Lynch then overhear The Brothers speaking to Carlos over their ear piece and hear him being murdered by the younger brother because he "shouldn't have listened to Kane". With the assistance of Rific and Shelly, Kane and Lynch manage to storm into the building and find Jenny in a courtyard, which is set up as an ambush by The Brothers. While The Brothers are distracted, Kane manages to shoot the mine left undetonated beside Carlos' corpse, killing the elder brother with the resulting explosion. However, the younger brother manages to escape with Jenny amidst the confusion.

Meanwhile, Rific and Shelly are pinned down while trying to secure the airfield (The Brothers' means of escape). With the assistance of a driver from the resistance that Kane was helping in the aforementioned civil war, he and Lynch manage to hitch a ride and chase down the plane before take off. After Kane manages to stop the plane taking off, he confronts the Younger Brother as he holds Jenny hostage at the cockpit of the sabotaged plane. Kane kills the younger brother, and then rescues a traumatized Jenny, who hates her father for leaving his grief stricken family years ago, and his double-cross of The7. Rific and Shelly call for help, but Kane doesn't care, trying his best to ignore Jenny and Lynch's pleas. At a helicopter pad, he has to make a choice whether to save his men or escape with his daughter.

In one ending, Kane boards a helicopter with Jenny and leaves the remaining men, including Lynch, 'to burn'. Jenny resents her father's actions, telling him that she hates him.

In another ending, Kane and Lynch head to Rific and Shelly's position. Kane takes Jenny with him, despite Lynch's apprehensions. They're too late to save Rific, but Shelly is still alive. He feels betrayed, despite the rescue attempt. As they escape to the pier, Jenny is then shot by a guard. Kane carries her body, in denial of her apparent death. Shelly loses his patience and attempts to escape (resulting with either escaping or dying), leaving Kane, Lynch, and Jenny behind. Kane and Lynch finally escape together with Jenny's body on the last boat. Lynch ends up getting shot in the shoulder, while Jenny's status is still unknown. As Lynch tells him to deal with his mistake, Kane whispers to Jenny about the letter he tried to send to her. It is unknown whether she survives or not.


For the development of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, Jesper Kyd was brought in to write the musical score for the game, having already written score for the Hitman series and Freedom Fighters. The single player was originally going to have online co-op but was dropped at the last minute and limited to offline due to time restrictions and difficulty. Director Jens-Peter Kurup said that Scarface and Unforgiven were inspirations for the characters. The game was originally going to revolve around only Kane, with Lynch acting as a side-kick. But as the development went on, they decided to include Lynch in the story also. Martin Guldbaek, the art director for the game, said that for creating each of the locations, the team went to Los Angeles for photo (wallpaper) shooting. They combined this with concept artwork to create "locations that matched the character's mood and perspective". Anders Poulsen is the lead character artist. According to him, he wanted to make characters "like no other". Kane was the first character to be designed, but was very different from his final appearance. (He was minus the scar on his face, and originally smoked a cigarette.) When Lynch was brought in, it added more "life" to Kane's character.

The game went gold on Oct. 31 2007 (13 years ago), making the release date a full 10 days earlier.


The Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Original Soundtrack was composed, arranged and produced by Jesper Kyd and released on Nov. 23, 2007 (13 years ago). There are currently no intentions to release the soundtrack for sale, however, the special edition of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men contains a bonus disc with seven tracks.


The game received mixed reviews upon release. As of dec. 5, 2007 (13 years ago) on the review aggregator Game Rankings, the Xbox 360 version of the game had an average score of 67.5% based on 42 reviews. On Metacritic, the Xbox 360 version has a metascore of 65 out of 100, based on 57 reviews. On Game Rankings, the PS3 version had a score of 65.8% based on 19 reviews. On Metacritic, the PS3 version has a metascore of 64 out of 100, based on 23 reviews. One reason cited for giving the PlayStation 3 version of the game a lower score is the lack of voice chat during the online mode, a feature the Xbox 360 version supports.

GameTrailers awarded the game an overall score of 8.0/10 (Design, 8.5; Story, 9.0; Gameplay, 8.1; Presentation, 7.9), stating that although there are some flaws in the game, the package as a whole made it "easy to recommend". On the other end of the scale, import-centric site NTSC-uk gave it just 3/10 calling it "a sickly mess of a game with the multitude of negatives undermining every positive".

A 6/10 "fair" score by Gamespot was rumored to be responsible for the firing of long time editor Jeff Gerstmann. The controversy arose due to advertising for the game being bought on the site prior to the game's release. Gamespot, however, has denied the two are linked.

Electronic Gaming Monthly awarded the game a 7.2/10 rating, saying it had "great story, pacing, and variety" yet complained about the absence of online co-op and poor aiming.

The Australian PC games magazine PC Powerplay gave the PC version of the game an 8/10, "Excellent", citing "great dialogue", "impressive locations" and "satisfying action" as highlights while criticising its length and the final act of the game, suggesting it "loses ambition" compared to the earlier parts of the game which "[took] some pages out of Mann's notebook".


  1. "Kane and Lynch Theme"
  2. "Kane's Family Portrait"
  3. "RetoMoto Death Squad"
  4. "Subway Fight"
  5. "Lynch Breaks Down"
  6. "Mall Fight"
  7. "Training Ambience"


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