Once again a busy time for PC gaming has arrived with several highly anticipated titles due to be released soon. Among them is Kane and Lynch 2 : Dog Days, the sequel to Kane and Lynch : Dead Men which was released back in 2007. As expected, lots of folks seem to be interested in buying (and of course, downloading) the game despite some scathing reviews by several gaming news sites (for example Eurogamer gave it 4 points out of 10). Either way here’s our regular troubleshooting article for Kane and Lynch 2. We hope to address common issues players from around the globe seem to be having with the game and provide as many solutions as possible for these annoyances. Note that this article is a work in progress – more fixes will be added as they are discovered.
Crash at startup, black screen, game does nothing when the exe is doubled clicked & sound issues
This could happen for a number of reasons but let’s start with a common, likely cause. The game might crash if your system does not have OpenAL runtime libraries installed. Kayne and Lynch 2 installer should have installed these files by default but there have been cases where it doesn’t. To be sure, manually run the OpenAL installer which may be found at resources\redist\openal\oalinst.exe. Just to be on the safe side we recommend you execute everything inside the \resources\redist folder inside the DVD. If this still did not resolve the problem, download openAL32.dll file from here and place it inside your System32 directory.
If it still didn’t resolve your issue - you may also try this fix mentioned in Steam forums. It supposedly works for the demo and should work the same for full version as well.
Additionally, we strongly recommend you install the latest DirectX monthly runtime (which you can get from here). Proper installation of OpenAL coupled with the latest version of DirectX should get rid of most sound issues as well.
Pink and purple lines, graphical glitches, bad lighting, etc
Some of you might be wondering why you get pink lines and other graphical glitches in certain areas of the game (especially where there are lights). You’d be surprised to hear that this is intentional, although it probably didn’t turn out exactly as the developers thought. For the most part game is viewed as seen through a low quality video camera. You may try disabling fullscreen effects and run the game to see if it improves things. To disable fullscreen effects, run kl.exe with -setup command line option.
Spinning and shaking camera, mouse and aiming issues
Again, these effects are intentional. However sometimes the effect can be a pain in the ass and you might want to disable the shaking camera and mouse (I personally found it to cause me headaches). Thankfully, you CAN disable these effects, if you know where to look that is. The option to disable these ‘effects’ (steadycam) is not in either the game or video menu. It’s in the controls menu – look under there and you’d find it instantly :p
What’s with the blur and pixelisation effect? Is this game censored?
You may have noticed the mosaic and blur effect when you shoot someone. It’s as if the game does not want you to see blood and gore. No your version of the game is not censored – this is again an ‘effect’ which the developers intentionally put there to enhance the atmospheric feeling in the game. Unfortunately, there is currently no way to remove the filter.
How to change Kane and Lynch 2 Language
If your copy of the game is multilanguage, you can change the in game language by editing the Language.txt file with a text editor. Most versions are MULTI 5 and come with English (ENG), French (FRA), Spanish (SPA), Italian (ITA) and German (GER) languages by default. Play with Language.txt and you should be able to change the spoken and text language in game easily.
Glitch in the first chase
There is a common glitch in the first chase event of the game. The helper arrow will point to a guy who does nothing – you cannot kill him and he’ll just stay there. I’ve seen people report the same issue with the XBOX360 version of the game as well. However you can walk past him and continue although the scripted event does not occur.