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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 Main title from the opening cinematic
Dead to Rights PlayStation 2 Fighting the special forces is harder as they all wear armour, so you may want to employ your martial arts skills
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 You can bring Jack closer to the camera... looky, is that a graphic glitch or does he really have a scar

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

You can forget about Payne now MAT (186091) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameSpy Nov 25, 2002 81 out of 100 81
Gaming Target Jan 08, 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
IGN Nov 18, 2002 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 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 (69382) added Dead to Rights (PlayStation 2) on Nov 27, 2002
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