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Dead to Rights is an 3rd-person shooter in which the player is Jack Slate, a police officer in Grant City. On a routine call, he finds the dead body of his father. While trying to find the murderer, he is framed of another murder. Jack becomes a fugitive; his run from the law will take him to various places, from strip joints and hotels, to office complexes, and even prison, as an inmate.

When controlling Jack, players can perform various moves, such as grabbing an enemy from behind and using him as a human shield, or tossing a fire extinguisher and shooting it, causing a huge explosion. If Jack does not have a gun drawn, he can disarm an enemy which causes him to steal the enemy's gun, then performing some sort of finish, such as a neck breaker. Initially, only a few disarm moves are available, but more can be unlocked as the game progresses.

Players will sometimes have to control Jack's best friend and partner, his K-9 dog Shadow, which allows enemies to be killed from a distance. In addition, Shadow will fetch their guns and bring them to Jack.

The game also features "adrenaline combat", similar to "Bullet Time" from Max Payne. Jack will then perform slow-motion dives and spins, giving him an advantage, as long as his adrenaline meter holds out.


Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Depending on cursor color (red/yellow/green), your shot will be more or less deadly and precise
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 Windows Using corners as covers drastically increases your life expectancy.
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Jack has friends at most interesting places

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 (182705)
A fun game with lots to like, but it's just way too long and way too repetitive. Windows kbmb (435)
Now that's brutal, baby. Xbox Daemion Blackfire (16)

Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Xbox Sep 05, 2002 9.8 out of 10 98
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Nov 25, 2002 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) GameCube Dec 16, 2002 4 out of 5 80
GameZone Xbox Aug 21, 2002 7.9 out of 10 79
GameSpot Xbox Aug 14, 2002 7.6 out of 10 76
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Nov 20, 2002 7.6 out of 10 76 PlayStation 2 Sep 05, 2003 15 out of 20 75
DarkZero Xbox Jul 02, 2004 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpy Windows Dec 18, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Apr, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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