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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 Red alert is active, and it's time to get past some guards... well noticed
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 During your first mission, help will be provided until you learn how to handle yourself
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Namco logo from the opening cinematic
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 The game starts with a regular call to investigate the suspicious activities at some warehouse

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

IGN Nov 18, 2002 8.1 out of 10 81
Gaming Target Jan 08, 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
GameZone Dec 13, 2002 8 out of 10 80
PSX Extreme Jan 05, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
GameSpot Nov 20, 2002 7.6 out of 10 76 Sep 05, 2003 15 out of 20 75 Sep 29, 2003 71 out of 100 71
GamePro (US) Dec 18, 2002 3.5 out of 5 70
Gamereactor (Denmark) Sep 05, 2003 7 out of 10 70 (UK) 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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Corn Popper (69531) added Dead to Rights (PlayStation 2) on Nov 27, 2002
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