Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. If you're a Nintendo loyalist who's never experienced "Max Payne," this should be the next game you buy. [Jan 2003, p.102]
  2. The patches make the game more fun, less difficult (if needed), and surprisingly much better. If only some other publishers could learn from this example, ports may not be so bad after all!
  3. Dead to Rights though appears to have the right amount of each gaming component so that it's the closest yet to a big budget action movie on a home console.
  4. 81
    Short, explosive, and a roller coaster ride chalk full of violence, Namco's stab at cop vengeance is a great time while it lasts.
  5. The run-and-gun portions of Dead to Rights come together so perfectly that you become enraptured by your ability to take down hordes of bad guys in classic Jon Woo style. It's these intense, visceral, wicked gunfights that make you forget reality and draw you completely into Slate's fantasy world of fast and furious gun-slinging action.
  6. Nonstop thrills and intuitive play control. [Feb 2003, p.156]
  7. Where Dead to Rights really comes into its own is gameplay.
  8. Even at its hardest, the GC version is quite a bit easier than the Xbox version. Considering the challenge was one of the best things about the game previously, this is one of the ports biggest downfalls in my eyes.
  9. Less challenging but more accessible than the original Xbox version, and in the end, just as good.
  10. It's a little banged and bruised, but it gets where it's going.
  11. The action, story and move-set keep things moderately interesting, but after a while the woolly targeting starts to grate.
  12. If you're looking for a challenge, Super Cop difficulty approaches the Xbox level, and the truly masochistic can always use the Hard-Boiled cheat as suggested by Namco.
  13. Despite a number of difficult to spot and ultimately underwhelming "improvements", the Cube and PS2 versions of Dead to Rights remain generally engaging, with an uneven sprinkling of genius.
  14. Desperately trying to be hard-boiled but actually has more in common with action rubbish like "Minority Report." One for very forgiving fans only. [NGC]
  15. 60
    The novelty value of slow motion has worn off and it's not implemented here with enough panache to make it stand out. On the odd rare occasion you may find everything comes together to create a bit of excitement but these moments are too few and far between.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 15, 2013
    9
    Dead to Rights is a great game even though it is similar Max Payne. The mini-games are great and they are different from one another, theDead to Rights is a great game even though it is similar Max Payne. The mini-games are great and they are different from one another, the graphics and controls are good. Full Review »
  2. A.S.
    Jan 3, 2004
    9
    This is a great game. i bought it for only $40 and its well worth it. the gameplay is just like max payne but with even more style. the onlyThis is a great game. i bought it for only $40 and its well worth it. the gameplay is just like max payne but with even more style. the only thing bad about it is the graphics. the environment is pretty good but the character models are a bit sloppy, especially the faces and hands. but the gameplay makes up for it and is a well worth game to buy. Full Review »
  3. TimH.
    Mar 12, 2003
    5
    Ridiculous game. I guess if you are looking for a brainless arcade shooter it isn't bad, but Max Payne is way better. The dufus cop you Ridiculous game. I guess if you are looking for a brainless arcade shooter it isn't bad, but Max Payne is way better. The dufus cop you play actually turns his gun over to a thug, then fights him to get it back. But no matter, when you *do* find a really cool weapon the dufus just throws it away when it runs out of ammo. Oh yes, can't forget about the side-kick dog who actually gets sent to prision *with* you. LOL. Having just remembered that, I'm lowering my score to 5! Full Review »