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Revision as of 00:26, 26 February 2024

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days cover
IO Interactive
Windows Nixxes Software General Arcade[1]
Former Eidos Interactive
Square Enix
Release dates
Windows August 17, 2010
Metacritic 66
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Kane & Lynch
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days on HowLongToBeat
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days on IGDB
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days on MobyGames
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days on Wikipedia
Kane & Lynch
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men 2007
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days 2010

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person shooter game in the Kane & Lynch series.

The game was ported to PC by Nixxes Software. The game lacks multiple features found in console versions, such as Splitscreen Co-op, Visual Effects, in addition to bugs not present on the Console versions.

General information

Square Enix Forums - Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days section Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Publisher website
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Kane & Lynch Collection also available.
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Complete Edition.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Version differences

The Complete Edition includes Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days and all DLC.
The Kane & Lynch Collection includes Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, and all DLC.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Alliance Weapon Pack
The Doggie Bag
Multiplayer Masks Pack

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\IO Interactive\Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/28000/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\<user-id>\28000\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\Kane & Lynch 2 - Dog Days\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/28000/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.


The game only runs in exclusive fullscreen mode by default (other screens will be blacked out).
Force windowed / remove black window[2]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Options and enable Expert mode.
  3. Click on Edit and Add.
  4. Set the Path to <path-to-game>\kl2.exe.
  5. Configure one of the following options.
    • Disable Run in Window for fullscreen mode.
    • Enable Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed mode.
    • Set Window initial position and size to the desired values.
  6. Go to the Tweaks tab.
  7. Add win:KillBlackWindows to the active tweaks.
  8. Click on OK, then File and Save.
  9. Start the game with DxWnd running.



Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output through OpenAL.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EFX. Use OpenAL Soft for binaural HRTF mixing.[3]
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Voice language cannot be changed to English without this patcher.
Steam only; download for release.
Retail only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation; download.
Follow this guide.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Console versions only
LAN play
12 Versus
Online play
12 Versus, Co-op

Connection types

Issues Unresolved

Missing Film Grain

There are missing visual effects in the PC port, including the Noise Grain and other effects present on X360/PS3.

Can't turn off aim assist

Despite there being an option in the settings to disable aim assist, it seems to have no effect whatsoever.

Issues fixed

Crashes at start-up

The game tries to connect to a dead domain[4]
  1. Go to %WINDIR%\System32\drivers\etc.
  2. Open the hosts file in a text editor running as administrator.
  3. Add to the bottom of the file.
  4. Save and close the file.
Disable any anti-cheat tools and User Account Control
OpenAL fix
  1. Download an OpenAL fix or find the default two dll files (openAL.dll and wrap_oal.dll) from %WINDIR%\system32 and paste them into <path-to-game>

Secondary screens are blacked out

The game uses a second window, making other screens appear black.
Remove black window with DxWnd[2]

See Windowed for instructions.

Story Mode 42% crashes

Game crashes in story mode on any chapter on any difficulty at exactly 42%.
Lower the texture resolution from high to medium.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 2000 SP4, XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel 3.0 GHz
AMD 2.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7800
ATI Radeon X1800
512 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/28000/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (28000) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.