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  • Summary: Thrusting players into a mature neo-noir crime drama as a vice cop Jack Slate and his canine companion Shadow, the game introduces new gameplay elements that unify the third person shooting and brawling genres for a brutal and relentless new action-driven experience. Returning to Grant City,Thrusting players into a mature neo-noir crime drama as a vice cop Jack Slate and his canine companion Shadow, the game introduces new gameplay elements that unify the third person shooting and brawling genres for a brutal and relentless new action-driven experience. Returning to Grant City, a boom town gone bust that is falling to the worst excesses of crime, greed and corruption; Dead to Rights: Retribution follows vice cop Jack Slate as he fights to expose shadowy figures that stops at nothing to exert their deadly influence over the crumbling metropolis. Dead to Rights: Retribution forms an original story portraying key events that shape and define Jack Slate's character including how he and Shadow first come together as partners against those who would bring the once great city to its knees. Introducing an innovative new hybrid combat system, Dead to Rights: Retribution puts the full combat potential of a highly trained, highly agitated law-enforcement officer into players’ hands. Use your sidearm to pick off enemies from a distance, take cover and blind-fire with the game’s new ranged combat mechanics, or push the issue by taking human shields, stealing weapons with special disarm moves or dishing out Jack’s own brutal brand of justice with deadly takedown moves. Jack is equally lethal in close-quarters combat, offering players branching melee combos, counterattacks and disarms as they take the fight to the criminal element of Grant City. Jack encounters a variety of ruthless gangs in the filthy slums and menacing alleys of Grant City, each with their own unique abilities and fighting style that test his resolve to crush their murderous stranglehold. Deadly on their own, Jack and Shadow are even more formidable as they team up to defeat the threats they uncover. Players take full control of not only Jack, but also Shadow at various points in the game to stalk enemies or reach areas of the environment that are not accessible by one or the other. Shadow’s heightened senses make him skilled in detecting new threats or flushing out enemies from cover so that Jack can easily dispense with them. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 44
  2. Negative: 10 out of 44
  1. Dead to Rights: Retribution isn’t subtle or refined, but it excels at letting players move from one sleazy place to another and scouring it clean of life.
  2. 72
    This game is a typical pick up and play game. The game is at no point brilliant,[!] but contains a lot of fun. It's nice to play because of the action and the gameplay with the dog Shadow works well. It could have been better with the graphics and audio, but besides that it is a nice game.
  3. The Dead to Rights sequel starts with entertaining ideas and mission variety , but really loses its drive during the second half. Retribution is an average shooter/fighting mix with a cool dog as your partner.
  4. Far below the best that has been accomplished in this generation.
  5. It's simple, enjoyable, and in wisely steering clear of trying anything grand or complex, is an enjoyable if self-contained success. [May 2010, p.97]
  6. Dead to Rights simply coats the environment in red and its characters in force-fed grime and loathability. What's left is an experience that provides some basic action sustenance, but lacks any real purpose or direction.
  7. A pretty big disappointment, especially when compared to other action games including the two that I mentioned. I have no issues with someone making the equivalent of a B style game, and let's face it, that's exactly what Dead to Rights is going for here. However, it misses the mark completely when it comes to gunplay and combat, and the sterile, boring environments that you get to endlessly shoot dudes in don't help it at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. May 8, 2013
    9
    I was not expecting this game to be difficult or crazy and that is the exact reason why i liked it. A good 3rd person shooter game and awesomeI was not expecting this game to be difficult or crazy and that is the exact reason why i liked it. A good 3rd person shooter game and awesome stealth. Storyline was alright and required more effort i feel. Simple and fun game i would recommend anyone to rent it for a good few days Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2011
    8
    This game is fun! It has stealth, and hardcore action. There are some bugs with some trophies but that doesn't matter. If you like a goodThis game is fun! It has stealth, and hardcore action. There are some bugs with some trophies but that doesn't matter. If you like a good action game PICK THIS UP NOW! Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2011
    7
    I thought this was a pretty fun game. No, it doesn't reinvent the video game or the 3rd person shooter, but if you like 3rd person shooters,I thought this was a pretty fun game. No, it doesn't reinvent the video game or the 3rd person shooter, but if you like 3rd person shooters, you'll have a good time. I like the occasional challenge where you play the dog - breaks things up nicely. Again, nothing groundbreaking, but not everything has to be as long as it's a fun experience, and this one is. Expand
  4. James
    Apr 27, 2010
    7
    A game that had massive potential and engrosing story lacks what would be called standard for games now a days. The single player is not A game that had massive potential and engrosing story lacks what would be called standard for games now a days. The single player is not enough to hide the lack of bonus extras (specifically costumes etc), and a lack of potential game modes for example: - a Challenge mode for the the dog Shadow (similar to Batman's AA except using Shadow to get the fastest time possible or no kills.) - A co-op where one controls Shadow and one controls Jack going through the story - A surival game where they have to survival round of enemies either PIt fighting style or with guns. As I said there is potential in this game but it was not captialised on its release. This game is by no means bad, the experience is good, unique and fun, but after you've completed the story and finished off the last trophies/achievements there is nothing left for you to do. DLC has been annouced for around June but is it too little too late? Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Holy dog balls! this game!
    It is both awesome and admittedly kind of silly. The story is about a cop named Jack slate and his wolf monster (I mean dog) shadow trying to investigate the murder of Jacks dad and what connection it has to the rapid increase of crime in the city. The game play is Pretty good though it is kind of repetitive shadow can be unleashed onto attacking enemy's and has his own stealth sections. speaking of that the enemy's have some variety. There are heavy guys melee guys sniper rifle guys. Oh yeah and in the last level you commandeer a 10 foot tall war machine (Why are you not buying this game already!). Over all the game is okay if you need to vent some frustration then it is worth your money
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  6. Jan 17, 2015
    6
    The Dead to Rights franchise is in trouble. As a series that started out with a strong opening title on the GameCube, Dead to Rights has beenThe Dead to Rights franchise is in trouble. As a series that started out with a strong opening title on the GameCube, Dead to Rights has been on a steady decline with each subsequent installment. In desperate need of something new, Dead to Rights: Retribution is released as the reboot that will revitalize the Dead to Rights license. However, without doing anything creative or memorable, Retribution fails to achieve its goal, and instead may just be a testimony to how far the Dead to Rights license has fallen.

    Retribution isn’t a bad game by any means. However, it isn’t exactly great either, and that problem mainly stems from the lack of any originality. The gunplay may be satisfying and is easily the best thing this game has going for it, but it doesn’t do anything to stand out from the standard third-person shooter. The cover mechanic works well but can also be inconsistent, and the bullet time ability), while fun is ripped straight from the Max Payne series, and even that franchise did more with its mechanic ten years earlier. The gunplay may be solid, but it doesn’t actually do anything to stand out in a market oversaturated with shooters.

    The melee combat is somewhat of a mixed bag. The standard light and heavy attacks can be chained together to create combos, and tapping the block button can be used to counter enemy attacks if timed correctly. This system is fine when fighting a lone enemy, but more often than not, you’re going to be swarmed by hostiles. When this happens, all strategy in the melee combat is replaced by erratic button mashing, and is only made worse by the suicidal AI brawlers that charge you in the middle of a firefight. Because melee combat completely exposes you, more often than not, you’ll just simply shoot the enemies down to get them out of the way.

    I will admit though, bosses and mini bosses are well-designed and creative, save for the final one. Some boss fights are simple, while others actually require tactics and strategy to defeat them. The only disappointing enemy is the final boss. Despite an epic battle setting, this boss centers around the shifty countering mechanic, making the final boss a frustrating mess instead of the epic showdown it should’ve been.

    The one thing Retribution has going for it is your companion Shadow. Despite being a dog, Shadow is deadly in combat, and you can issue commands to him using a simple button prompts. By doing so, Shadow can be commanded to take down specific enemies, open up their defense, retrieve weapons, or help you out when enemies gang up on you. For the most part, Shadow’s AI is competent, and he managed to save my life on a few occasions.

    There are even a few segments where you take control of Shadow, and infiltrate into areas through stealth gameplay, but like the rest of the game, the stealth mechanics seem to be copy and pasted from other games, and never changes as the game moves on. Despite the game trying to pass of the dog gameplay as unique, there’s no real difference from playing as a human, and it makes Shadow feel more like a gimmick, rather than something unique.

    The graphics in Retribution are not up to par. Not only has this game not aged well, but it didn’t even hold up compared to games released the concurrent and previous years. Overall, the game looks bad by any standard.

    The story, dialogue, and characters are full of cliches, and there’s nothing unique about the story, and despite the twists and “heartbreaking” moments, nothing really stands out. Your character, Jack Slate, is the stereotypical movie badass that you've seen countless times before.

    It’s in the games last few chapters when the game finally get better. In chapters 8 – 10, Retribution fires on all cylinders, with more drama and twists added to the story, better objectives, two unique and fun boss fights, better designed levels, and better objectives. It’s in these last few chapters where Retribution really comes into its own, and is easily the best part of the game.

    Overall, Retribution is not a bad game, but it fails to stand out as a great game. Retribution doesn’t have an original bone in its body, and instead relies on mechanics taken from other games, but fails to add anything to make them better or different. In some cases, they’re done better in the original titles they stem from. The saddest thing about Retribution is that it was supposed to be the reboot that would breathe new air into a dying franchise. Instead, Retribution might just be the final nail in its coffin.
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  7. Aug 8, 2014
    4
    A feeble minded 3rd person shooter video game that lacks originality and motivation to repeat. The voices are solid and playing with the dogA feeble minded 3rd person shooter video game that lacks originality and motivation to repeat. The voices are solid and playing with the dog is sometimes fun, but the story falls in short of being good. Expand