Dead to Rights Xbox

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
Buy On
  1. Beyond the disarms and shot dodging, it's not worth much more than a rental.
  2. Namco threw in everything except the kitchen sink in terms of gameplay, and DTR suffers for it.
  3. 70
    It's worthwhile to trudge through the occasional dull punch-fight and inane spat of dialogue to get to the next wicked little gunfight.
  4. One of the few tough-as-nails games with the power to keep drawing you back to it, long after you've screamed enough words at the television screen to make a sailor blush.
  5. You can tell this is a PS2 port, which doesn't make it a bad game, but it doesn't let it shine as it could have.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    DTR is weighted down with too many bad minigames, most of which seem designed with the sole intent of inducing repetitive-stress injuries. [6 Sept 2002, p.89]
  7. Despite throwing in a canine companion, button-tapping mini-games and retweaking difficulty levels and so on between NTSC and PAL, Dead to Rights is fundamentally underwhelming to look at, repetitive to play and riddled with more flaws than bullet holes, and this'll stick like rigour mortis after your fiftieth fistfight.
  8. Strictly a single player event and with no additional modes outside that of the repeating chapters or limited mini games there is no reason to return.
  9. Play Magazine
    60
    An outrageous display of frenetic excess, pulled off with enough grimy flair to plunge us into its pestilent world, Dead to Rights is a satisfying jolt of adult gaming. [Aug 2002, p.64]
  10. Someone had a good idea and great reference material, but the end product is repetitive and lackluster.
  11. GameNow
    58
    Each level starts out as fun, but with the gameplay so frustrating and immensely difficult throughout, what starts out as entertaining often becomes mere work in no time. [Sept 2002, p.42]
  12. Even though the graphics are weak, the gunplay is nice and the various mini-games help break up most levels.
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    55
    But where DTR falls flat is in the execution. Why learn the subtleties of the fighting controls when the most effective attack is "punch, punch, punch"? [Sept 2002, p.156]
  14. It is a mere sheep in wolves clothing that uses only the most socially timid and comfortable clich├ęs like cigarettes-for-trade and prison escape maps to paint a PG-rated teen-friendly novelty amusement park interpretation of prison life.

Awards & Rankings

#32 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Sungus
    May 28, 2004
    6
    Bought this game based on the Maxim review in its mag. I'll never take their reviews at face value again. The game play is OK, but it Bought this game based on the Maxim review in its mag. I'll never take their reviews at face value again. The game play is OK, but it gets tedious, the enemies never effin stop coming and they are damn good shots. This game is insanely difficult, but I guess it is supposed to be worth it. Not worth the time for me, I just stopped playing it after a while. Full Review »
  2. Navid
    Mar 29, 2003
    7
    It is a very good game but the levels are unnecessary hard which won't let it be a 10!
  3. Theimminent26
    Mar 6, 2003
    9
    I borrowed this game and my friends xbox and seriously enjoyed it. I played Max Payne and couldn't really get into it, I applaud them I borrowed this game and my friends xbox and seriously enjoyed it. I played Max Payne and couldn't really get into it, I applaud them for making a real mature game in all but I enjoy this game way more. THe Diving effect is sweet, There is a great selection of weapons, and the action is just non-stop almost. Besides the Cheesy plot , un-realistic cutscenes, mediocre minigames, and repetitive fight scenes I was amazed. I amlost bought an xbox until someone told me It's on the other systems and better. to bad, I guess. Apartment26 is key....listen .....just listen..... Full Review »