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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 Autotarget (the red arrows) helps avoid the aiming problems that plague many 3rd person shooters.
Dead to Rights Windows Beginning
Dead to Rights Windows I'm all stiff from punching these guys out.  Fortunately, I'm in a "massage" parlor.
Dead to Rights Windows Frequent cinematics and cut-scenes flesh out the story.

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A fun game with lots to like, but it's just way too long and way too repetitive. kbmb (399) 2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameZone Dec 24, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79
IGN Nov 13, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Nov 24, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 2004 71 out of 100 71
Gamereactor (Denmark) Jan 21, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Joystick (French) Dec, 2003 7 out of 10 70 Dec 10, 2003 13 out of 20 65 (UK) Dec 10, 2003 6 out of 10 60 Feb 06, 2004 60.2 out of 100 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) 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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Corn Popper (69325) added Dead to Rights (Windows) on Nov 28, 2003
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