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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 You can bring Jack closer to the camera... looky, is that a graphic glitch or does he really have a scar
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 You can also call your dog to attack the enemy, in which case he'll bring you back the victim's weapon as well
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Prisons aren't what they used to be, you can explore them quite freely
Dead to Rights Windows Strip Bar

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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 (210110)
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

GameSpy Xbox Aug 14, 2002 82 out of 100 82
GameZone PlayStation 2 Dec 13, 2002 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot GameCube Nov 20, 2002 7.6 out of 10 76 Xbox Feb 27, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Gamereactor (Denmark) Xbox Mar 18, 2003 7 out of 10 70 (UK) PlayStation 2 Aug 22, 2003 6 out of 10 60 (UK) GameCube Aug 22, 2003 6 out of 10 60 Xbox Mar 20, 2003 60 out of 100 60
Game Revolution Xbox Aug, 2002 C+ 58
Game industry News (GiN) Xbox 2002 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 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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