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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 I'm all stiff from punching these guys out.  Fortunately, I'm in a "massage" parlor.
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Fighting the special forces is harder as they all wear armour, so you may want to employ your martial arts skills
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Sometimes, though very rarely, you'll control your husky to go where you cannot
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Jack has friends at most interesting places

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 (71289)
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
Fragland.net Xbox Mar 18, 2003 85.7 out of 100 86
GameZone Windows Dec 24, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79
Fragland.net GameCube Dec 15, 2003 77 out of 100 77
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Nov 20, 2002 7.6 out of 10 76
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Sep 05, 2003 15 out of 20 75
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jan, 2004 71 out of 100 71
Gamereactor (Denmark) PlayStation 2 Sep 05, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Gamesmania Xbox Mar 20, 2003 60 out of 100 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Aug 22, 2003 6 out of 10 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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