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  • Summary: A cop framed for murder and facing execution, makes a daring escape and seeks revenge on those who killed his father and set him up. What he discovers sends him on a downward spiral into a labyrinth of corruption, betrayal and crime. Meet Jack Slate. [Namco]
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  1. 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. It all goes by a little too quickly, but you'll have fun while it lasts. [Holiday 2002, p.46]
  4. Many key flaws in the gameplay remain, despite some incredibly stylish and cool mechanics.
  5. Clearing each squad of dim-witted goons is rarely an intellectual challenge but always entertaining as an ultraviolent display of beauty and precision -- it's like a John Woo movie without the doves and opera music. [Feb 2003, p.135]
  6. There are some great touches, like how you can throw a gas canister over a crowd, shoot it and let hot fuel rain over the heads of multiple enemies, but they’re simply not held together.
  7. Dead to Rights is no "Max Payne." It tries to be when it's not being a mediocre melange of mini-games or a reheated crime story, but for the most part it's just generic. [Jan 2003, p.79]

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Jan 8, 2003
    Great fighting moves and good action.
  2. AssKisser
    Jan 4, 2003
    It rocks totally!!!!!
  3. BrianH.
    Dec 22, 2002
    This game is amazing, the only problem is the camera, but the human shields along with your K-9 partner and a large amount of disarm moves makes this game amazing. The mini-games are tedious sometimes but add to the story. The action-noir thriller story adds to the atmosphere of the game and just 5 minutes of this game is better than playing any other shooter. This game does Max Payne one better. Expand
  4. CraigE.
    Dec 24, 2002
    Max Payne meets Bounty Hunter, etc. Awesome game play with some very cool and innovative actions. Shadow the dog is a neat concept but disarming and using the enemy as human shield's, now that's swwweeeeeeeet. Loved this game. Expand
  5. n/an/a
    Mar 17, 2003
    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. Expand
  6. PygmyPirate
    Jan 3, 2003
    This game is very repetitive, the visuals are a little choppy, and the story line: Oh, my God is this a Jean Claud Van Dam Short film or what? But the balistic gun shooting darting around isn't all that bad. The feature kind of suck because you don't use them to much. Hidding behind walls: sucks because enemies run right up to you and go trigger happy. The dodge or matrix feature (triangle button) usually has me floating into a wall or at an angle were I can't shoot the retartds. Shadow (the dog) comes in handy when you need an insta-kill on an enemy and he will return to you with his victims weapon. The Martial arts or hand to hand is gay! A group of lonley prisoners wanting to kick your @ss and you can't even kick them while they are on the ground. The R1 targeting system is much like the GTA target system, which is nice. The human sheild and disarm techinque is actually the best part o the game... Damn, know I think I should have bought Hitman 2 instead. Expand
  7. Nov 10, 2012
    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 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. Collapse

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