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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 Windows Beginning
Dead to Rights Windows Strip Bar
Dead to Rights Windows The bomb defusing mini game was designed for a game pad.  Trying to play it with a keyboard can become quite difficult late in the game.
Dead to Rights Windows Shadow not only tears out thugs throats, he'll also pick up their guns and carry them over to you.  Good doggie!

Promo Images

Dead to Rights Magazine Advertisement
Dead to Rights Screenshot
Dead to Rights Screenshot
Dead to Rights Screenshot

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 (435) 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
Shooterplanet Aug 12, 2004 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot Nov 24, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec 24, 2003 71 out of 100 71
PC Gamer Feb, 2004 71 out of 100 71 Feb 06, 2004 60.2 out of 100 60 (UK) Dec 10, 2003 6 out of 10 60
PC Zone Benelux Feb, 2004 54 out of 100 54
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 (69130) added Dead to Rights (Windows) on Nov 28, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69130), Plokite_Wolf (34364) and JPaterson (9535)