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Dead to Rights

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox
74
3.1
Windows
66
3.1
PlayStation 2
75
3.6
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Description

Dead To Rights is an action-game, straight out. You play as Jack Slate, a police officer in Grant City. On a routine call, you find a dead body; the body is your father. Later framed, Jack becomes a fugitive, on the run from the law.

Your quest will take you to various places, from strip joints and hotels, to office complexes, and even prison... as an inmate.

Dead To Rights is an action game in every sense of the word. When fighting, you have the opportunity to perform various moves, such as grabbing an enemy from behind and using him as a human shield, to tossing a fire extinguisher and shooting it, causing a huge explosion. When against an enemy and you have no gun drawn, you can perform "disarm" moves, which causes your character to steal the enemy's gun, then performing some sort of finishes, such as a neck breaker. Initially, only a few disarm moves are available, but more can be unlocked as your progress.

A unique addition in this game allows you to control Jack's best friend, and partner, Shadow, his K-9 dog. Using Shadow, you can kill enemies from far away, and retrieve their gun in Shadow's jaws.

Dead To Rights features adrenaline combat, which is similar to that of "Bullet-Time" from Max Payne. You can perform slow-motion dives and spins, giving you an advantage, as long as your adrenaline holds out.

Screenshots

Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 During your first mission, help will be provided until you learn how to handle yourself
Dead to Rights Windows I'm all stiff from punching these guys out.  Fortunately, I'm in a "massage" parlor.
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Hotwiring a bulldozer, first time without any time-limit
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Main Menu

Alternate Titles

  • "脱狱潜龙" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "DtR" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

You can forget about Payne now PlayStation 2 コナン (76898)
A fun game with lots to like, but it's just way too long and way too repetitive. Windows kbmb (399)
Now that's brutal, baby. Xbox Daemion Blackfire (16)

The Press Says

Netjak Xbox Aug 26, 2002 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Nov 25, 2002 81 out of 100 81
Gameplanet GameCube Aug 29, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameZone Windows Dec 24, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Feb 27, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Futuregamez.net PlayStation 2 Sep 29, 2003 71 out of 100 71
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jan, 2004 71 out of 100 71
Gamereactor (Denmark) Xbox Mar 18, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox Feb 21, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Gamesmania Xbox Mar 20, 2003 60 out of 100 60

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Trivia

Copy protection

This game uses the dreaded Starforce protection program to stop you pirating the game.

German version

When playing with German language, all in-game blood is missing. The cutscenes are still bloody, however.

Rating

The Xbox version of the game was the first to carry the CERO "Ages 18 and up" rating.

Awards

  • Gamespot
    • 2002 - Best Story on Xbox
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