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  • Summary: Dead to Rights II marks the return of action-hero Jack Slate and his K-9 companion, Shadow. In this sequel, Jack and Shadow find themselves once again in the mean streets of Grant City, ensnared in a labyrinth of crime, corruption, and betrayal. Although he swore he'd never return to the city that left him for dead, the plight of an innocent girl draws Jack back. The game features Hong Kong cinema-style action and new gameplay mechanics such as greater interaction with Shadow, disarm moves, a 360-degree fighting engine, melee weapon battles, and a dramatic spherical slow-motion diving system. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 35
  2. Negative: 10 out of 35
  1. Many of you will undoubtedly find Dead to Rights II too unoriginal and repetitive to give a chance, but from my perspective this game is a great rental experience worth checking out on a rainy weekend.
  2. So if you like playing video games to release tension, and you don't care about good stories or online multiplayer modes or any of that stuff, definitely rent this one or something.
  3. If you're hard up for an action-shooter then you might want to check this out when it hits the $20 bargain bin, but otherwise I'd have to recommend you skip this latest installment in the Jack Slate saga.
  4. This is a game that has one virtue to call its own (i.e., highly redundant, brainless action in a single vein), but it lacks the sense of style and the production values that saved the first game from complete obscurity.
  5. Definitely a step backwards in the series. By removing the little mini-games and scrapping whatever parts of a story that were present, the latest title destroyed any credibility or potential it may have had.
  6. What we have here is a title that tries hard to impress with its flash, yet stumbles over fundamentally busted gameplay. [June 2005, p.99]
  7. It manages to stumble all over itself from the second you turn it on and never manages to recover. Simple control functions are handled clumsily, changing weapons is a chore and someone actually thought the dumb melee-exclusive levels would be a good idea. Like the rest of this stinker, it is not.

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  1. Deviant
    Oct 2, 2005
    Your all so critical, its so fun just slaughtering endless amounts of enemys, and the tension just melts away after a hard day, its kinda like Painkiller or Serious Sam, only theres bullet time, ooo and a dog!!! :O Expand
  2. JeffreyN.
    May 22, 2005
    This game was o.k. Better than Doom 3 though. Better graphics and awsome moves in this one. The first one was good but this one is too. This game is very challenging. It is fun but it could be very frustrating. Expand
  3. Gamefreak
    Apr 14, 2005
    Why do companies even bother making these horrible Max payne style games anymore? Max Payne wasn't that good to begin with, so why keep making these cookie-cutter 3rd person shooters on Xbox? I expect the PS2 to have a million 3rd person shooters and hack-n-slashers, but enough of this bargain bin garbage on Xbox. Did they actually think they could compete with Doom 3 and Splinter Cell Chaos Theory? Expand
  4. BlueFalcon
    Apr 24, 2005
    While the gameplay is similar to max payne, the quality isn't even close. The graphics are decent, but the gameplay is ultra repetitive here. Also the enemies all look the same and are uber stupid. I really don't like the flow of the game either. All of a sudden you're stripped of all your gun weapons and forced into hand to hand combat. While the mild change is appreciated, it makes no sense to just suddenly have no weapons when you move into the next room. On the plus side, this does feel old school - just shooting 100s of mindless minions. I could probably play it through to the end if I was bored - there's some entertainment value here. Expand