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Dead to Rights is a 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 for 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 Stalemate... until the clock strikes 00:00 and all goes kaboom
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Giving some first-person covering fire from a chopper
Dead to Rights Windows Using corners as covers drastically increases your life expectancy.
Dead to Rights Windows "Dance the stripper", an early mini-game.

Promo Images

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Dead to Rights Screenshot
Dead to Rights Screenshot
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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. Windows kbmb (435)
You can forget about Payne now PlayStation 2 MAT (235303)
Now that's brutal, baby. Xbox Daemion Blackfire (16)

Critic Reviews

XBox Solution (XBS) Xbox Sep 22, 2002 9 out of 10 90
GameCell UK Xbox 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameZone Xbox Aug 21, 2002 7.9 out of 10 79
Kombo.com GameCube Nov 16, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Futuregamez.net PlayStation 2 Sep 29, 2003 71 out of 100 71
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox Feb 21, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Dec 10, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Fragland.net Windows Feb 06, 2004 60.2 out of 100 60
PC Zone Benelux Windows Feb, 2004 54 out of 100 54
Bordersdown Xbox 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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