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Dead to Rights

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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.


Dead to Rights Windows The bomb defusing mini game was designed for a game pad.  Trying to play it with a keyboard can become quite difficult late in the game.
Dead to Rights Windows Disco Club
Dead to Rights Windows Beginning
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 The game starts with a regular call to investigate the suspicious activities at some warehouse

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 MAT (73407)
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

Fragland.net Xbox Mar 18, 2003 85.7 out of 100 86
ActionTrip Xbox Sep 16, 2002 81 out of 100 81
GameSpot Xbox Aug 14, 2002 7.6 out of 10 76
Kombo.com GameCube Nov 16, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Gamer Windows Feb, 2004 71 out of 100 71
Gamereactor (Denmark) Xbox Mar 18, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) GameCube Aug 22, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox Feb 21, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution Xbox Aug, 2002 C+ 58
Bordersdown Xbox 2002 5 out of 10 50


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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.


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


  • Gamespot
    • 2002 - Best Story on Xbox
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