• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2002
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
Buy On
  1. Game Informer
    93
    This is possibly the most versatile gunslinger in video games. [Jan 2003, p.91]
  2. Variety. This game is about variety to the Nth degree. You can fight a hundred different ways and still never be wrong.
  3. This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed.
  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. Cheat Code Central
    80
    Completely playable and enjoyable - and exactly what I was hoping the Xbox version would have been.
  6. PSM Magazine
    80
    It all goes by a little too quickly, but you'll have fun while it lasts. [Holiday 2002, p.46]
  7. It's nonstop action with some of the most unique combat moves ever found in a video game.
  8. A year ago I would have been hard pressed to recommend Dead to Rights. But now that’s it’s part of the budget-priced “Greatest Hits” line I say that it’s worth checking out as long as you’re not expecting state-of–the-art gameplay or graphics.
  9. The default difficulty of has been greatly toned down [from the Xbox version], making Dead to Rights a whole lot more accessible and slightly less nerve-wracking, though no less action-packed.
  10. I finished the game in about seven hours and I’d expect anyone else to be able to do about the same.

Awards & Rankings

89
78
#78 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
54
#54 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Nov 10, 2012
    7
    Namco's "Dead to Rights" is one of the great goofy games. A spoof of "Max Payne" and an homage to Hong Kong action flicks, it's a brisk thrillNamco's "Dead to Rights" is one of the great goofy games. A spoof of "Max Payne" and an homage to Hong Kong action flicks, it's a brisk thrill ride that never ceases to entertain. The game is mostly a third-person shooter, but cop Jack Slate (the hero of DTR) is a man of many talents, so the action isn't just restricted to gunfights. In this 12 hour adventure, Jack disarms bombs, extinguishes fires, brawls bad guys and executes enemies at point blank range. Even his dog, Shadow, gets in on the action. The story is pure pulp (Jack is framed for his father's murder, discovers conspiracy to steal gold), but the gameplay is solid despite some repetitive (and gimmicky) spots. DTR isn't a very innovative action game. It's not a very good looking one either, but fans of the genre should be pleased with it. If you like your gunslinging mixed with a variety of heroic tasks, then "Dead to Rights" is for you. 7.5 out of 10. Full Review »
  2. n/an/a
    Mar 17, 2003
    9
    excellent cross between max payne and syphon filter 1. story was like a good book...sucks at first then half way through you cant put it down.excellent cross between max payne and syphon filter 1. story was like a good book...sucks at first then half way through you cant put it down. a few small repetative parts, yes, but they were hard to notice with the blend of minigames, clever bosses, situation conflict, ect. i was a slight bit dissapointed with the hand to hand combat, they didnt have enough moves it is, just punch, kick, grab, dodge, disarm. still overall this is my favorite ps2 game. Full Review »
  3. LennyB.
    Mar 5, 2003
    9
    The grafix and sounds effects are great, the story plot is excellent, and gameplay is one of the best yet of all PS2 games. I say it is one The grafix and sounds effects are great, the story plot is excellent, and gameplay is one of the best yet of all PS2 games. I say it is one of the many must-buy PS2 games of the year! Full Review »