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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.


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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Now that's brutal, baby. Daemion Blackfire (16) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameSpy Aug 14, 2002 82 out of 100 82
ActionTrip Sep 16, 2002 81 out of 100 81
Game Over Online Oct 09, 2002 80 out of 100 80 Feb 27, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 17, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Games TM Jan, 2003 6 out of 10 60 (UK) Feb 21, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution Aug, 2002 C+ 58
Game industry News (GiN) 2002 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Bordersdown 2002 5 out of 10 50


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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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JPaterson (9101) added Dead to Rights (Xbox) on Aug 29, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69324)