Kane and Lynch: Dead Men for the Xbox 360 is a mixed bag. On one hand, you've got a riveting story and some of the best written characters that I've ever seen in a videogame. The game does gritty, hard-boiled crime near perfect. The first thing that I wanted to do after playing was watch Michael Mann's heist flick Heat and crack open an Elmore Leonard novel. Kane and Lynch are monsters - there's no doubt about it - but if you can't sympathize with them at all, maybe you're a little bit of a monster yourself.
Now, I know how great all of this sounds, and it is! However, from a videogame perspective, the game fails on so many levels. The mechanics are sub-par when compared to other games in the genre. The game boasts a cover system, which is incredibly crucial to your survival. Unfortunately, it's also incredibly wonky and only works half the time, if you're lucky.
Fans of crime dramas should definitely experience Kane and Lynch for the excellent storytelling, but I warn you that it can be a chore.