Kane and Lynch: Dead Men was, for lack of a better pun, dead on arrival in the minds of Internet savvy gamers, all thanks to the fiasco surrounding Jeff Gerstmann’s scathing review for Gamespot.com, and Eidos Interactive’s possible manipulation of the site. That being said, if the controversy never occurred, I don’t imagine the game would have fared any better. The signs of a troubled development process are all over the place, and the final product is a constant stream of highs and lows.
Where to start? Visually, the background objects are gorgeous, but the foreground environments are criminally ugly. The game often tries to hide this by placing levels in the dark, or by filling setpieces with several layers of tear gas smoke. It doesn’t always work, and when I got the chance to stare at some of the more atrocious urban environments, I wondered if I was looking at an Xbox 1 game. → They’re reading her… and then they’re going to read me!