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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 PlayStation 2 Intro showing another badguy, and just another day on your job
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Jack has friends at most interesting places
Dead to Rights Windows I'm all stiff from punching these guys out.  Fortunately, I'm in a "massage" parlor.
Dead to Rights Windows Shadow not only tears out thugs throats, he'll also pick up their guns and carry them over to you.  Good doggie!

Promo Images

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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 (140907)
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)

Critic Reviews Xbox Mar 18, 2003 85.7 out of 100 86
IGN GameCube Nov 18, 2002 8.1 out of 10 81
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Nov 25, 2002 81 out of 100 81
Game Over Online Xbox Oct 09, 2002 80 out of 100 80 GameCube Dec 15, 2003 77 out of 100 77 PlayStation 2 Sep 05, 2003 15 out of 20 75
X-Power Xbox Mar 26, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Joystick (French) Windows Dec, 2003 7 out of 10 70
CUBE (UK Magazine) GameCube Aug, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68 Windows Feb 06, 2004 60.2 out of 100 60


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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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