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Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

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Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men cover
IO Interactive
2007-2009 Eidos Interactive
2009-present Square Enix
Retail (Japan) Spike Chunsoft
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows November 13, 2007
Metacritic 67
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, TPS
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Japan, North America
Series Kane & Lynch
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Kane & Lynch
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men 2007
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days 2010

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a singleplayer and multiplayer third-person action and TPS game in the Kane & Lynch series.

General information

Square Enix Forums - Kane & Lynch: Dead Men section Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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Publisher website
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Kane & Lynch Collection.
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Kane & Lynch Collection.
Publisher website (unavailable)
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Windows (unavailable)
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Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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Humble Store (unavailable)
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Steam (unavailable)
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Temporarily delisted.[2]

Version differences

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

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Skip intro
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies.
  2. Delete all files starting with M00_Intro.

Play without Games for Windows - LIVE

Play without GFWL[3]
  1. Download the replacement xlive.dll.
  2. Extract into <path-to-game>.


Can only be used in single-player.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\kaneandlynch\main.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/8080/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\kaneandlynch\0.kls
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/8080/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings (1/2)
Video settings (1/2)
Video settings (2/2)
Video settings (2/2)

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert-. See Widescreen resolution.
See the WSGF entry.
Any custom resolution and aspect ratio works including 21:9 and 32:9 as long as aspect ratio and resolution is changed in the main.ini file. Alternatively use czarman's fix.
4K Ultra HD
HUD does not scale well.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16×
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8× MSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap without Vsync.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Using ReShade and this.

Widescreen resolution

16:9 resolutions have a narrow FOV compared to 4:3 resolutions.
Use the Kane & Lynch 16:9 FOV Fix.[4]
  1. Download the fix from here along with ThirteenAG's Universal ASI Loader and optionally Zolika1351's GFWL Protection Disabler if using GFWL.
  2. Drag eASIer.asi and eASIer.txt to the root directory of K&L alongside UAL's dinput8.dll and GPD's GFWLProtectionDisabler2019.asi (if using GFWL Protection Disabler).
  3. Run the game.


The number 246 in the eASIer.txt file can be changed up or down to a max of 255 to increase or decrease FOV accordingly.
This is only tested on the Steam release.


Modify main.ini[5]
  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\kaneandlynch.
  2. Open the main.ini file with a text editor.
  3. Add the line Window 1 at the end of the file.
  4. Save the changes.


Control settings
Control settings
Key map settings
Key map settings


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, Speech, Music, Ambience
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output through OpenAL or DirectSound3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3[6]
Royalty free audio
Language settings
Language settings


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Brazilian Portuguese
Unofficial translation; TriboGamer.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.


Online features require a Microsoft account (optional for offline play).
Co-op component is available in local play (split screen) only.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
Co-op version of single-player campaign.
LAN play
Online play

Issues unresolved

Chapter 4: police car kills Lynch inside the van

In chapter 4 of the police chase, a patrol car seems to consistently spawn inside the van, causing Lynch to be injured. Eventually Lynch will bleed out as you cannot revive him and the mission will fail.[7]
Cap the frame rate to 30 FPS[citation needed]

Chapter 9: Incorrect crew voices

Crew members have incorrect voices during the Retomoto Tower chapter.

Issues fixed

Gamepad not recognized

The Registry Editor allows users to edit the Windows registry.
  1. Open the Registry Editor and search for OEMNAME.
  2. Replace OEMNAME with XBOX 360 Controller for Windows.


If using a DualShock 4 controller, try using DS4Windows instead.

Micro stuttering

Use DirectInput FPS Fix.
  1. Download DirectInput FPS Fix.
  2. Extract into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run the game.

Alternative, you can use a newer fix: [1].

Use DInput8Wrapper
  1. Download DInput8Wrapper.
  2. Extract into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run the game.
Use Windows Device Manager.
  1. Open the Windows Device Manager.
  2. Find Human Interface Devices in the list and double click on it.
  3. Right-click and disable the ones on the list with HID-compliant device in their name.
  4. (Optional) Try disabling HID-compliant consumer control device as well, if this does not work.
  5. Run the game.


Reverse the changes when done playing.
Features such as side buttons or special keys might not work during the game.

Crash on startup

Update GFWL client[citation needed]

Crash to desktop after the first campaign loading screen

Head into the main menu audio options and change the Sound Render from OpenAL to DirectSound[8]
Open the configuration file and ensure the correct aspect ratio is set for the monitor's native resolution, and that Use EAX is set to 0.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL, DirectSound3D May fall back to DirectSound3D if no OpenAL32.dll is detected in %WINDIR%\SysWOW64.
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.6a

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 1800+
Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1300
Nvidia GeForce 6600
128 MB of VRAM


  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>/8080/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (8080) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Kane & Lynch: Dead Men - Games For Windows - last accessed on 2022-10-13
  2. Kane & Lynch temporarily delisted on Steam - Delisted Games - last accessed on 2022-10-13
  3. Steam Community :: Bizargh :: Review for Bulletstorm - last accessed on 2022-10-13
  4. Kane & Lynch FOV Fix - Steam Community discussions - last accessed on 2022-10-13
  5. Verified by User:Orzelek303 on 2022-10-13
  6. Techgage - Creative EAX vs Asus ds3d GX 2.0 - last accessed on 2022-10-13
  7. IO Interactive's Other Games - Critical Nobody - last accessed on 2022-10-13
  8. Kane & Lynch: Dead Men - Steam forums - last accessed on 2022-10-13