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
  1. A game that won't bore you after an hour of gameplay and will literally leave you speechless at times.
  2. The body count is rivaled only by novel game-play features and production values that make blood spurts akin to snowflakes-no two are the same.
  3. The run-and-gun portions of Dead to Rights come together so perfectly that you become enraptured by your ability to take down hordes of bad guys in classic Jon Woo style. It's these intense, visceral, wicked gunfights that make you forget reality and draw you completely into Slate's fantasy world of fast and furious gun-slinging action. Sadly, the beat 'em up sections of the game mar what otherwise would have been a perfect title.
  4. 90
    Despite the less-then-mediocre camera movement and control, Dead To Rights is a fun romp through a Hong Kong-like movie with all the thrilling elements and action sequences that would make John Woo proud.
  5. With so many ways to kill your enemies, you will never get bored of the same sort of stuff every gunfight.
  6. This game is about variety to the Nth degree. You can fight a hundred different ways and still never be wrong.
  7. 85
    Had the fighting engine been better, this one would easily trounce "Max Payne" as king of the bullet-time games. But the fighting is too plain, too poor, and there's far too much of it.
  8. The escalated difficulty of mixing all these together (now instead of one or two game types, you have half a dozen) and inconsistency in pacing the sequences ironically makes the holistic package less accessible.
  9. Beyond the disarms and shot dodging, it's not worth much more than a rental.
  10. 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.
  11. 40
    Between the dull punchfests, the insanely accurate enemies, and the extra difficulty created by forcing the player to rely on autotargeting, completing Dead to Rights quickly becomes an act of will.
  12. Someone had a good idea and great reference material, but the end product is repetitive and lackluster.
  13. This story-based, action-adventure title is probably the most gratifying Xbox-only game this summer, even though it does have some flaws.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Uneven graphics, hollow gameplay contrivances, and a wholesale lack of compelling drama mar the enormous effort which was clearly put into the game. [Fall 2002, p.104]
  17. Never before have I seen an action title with such deadly depth. [Sept 2002, p.86]
  18. The challenge comes from learning how to avoid the enemies, not figuring out what to do...it provides a quick paced progressive story with a very nice game. [Sept 2002, p.89]
  19. 85
    But taking it for what it is -- a fast-paced, story-based action game with plenty of enemies and violent ways of eliminating them -- Dead to Rights is a highly enjoyable adult diversion for Xbox owners.
  20. An unapologetic action game in the same vein as Max Payne, but with a dog sidekick and hand-to-hand combat.
  21. 82
    Even with its visual shortcomings and ambition that keeps the game from being as tight as it could have been, Dead to Rights is a riot, packed full of non-stop action that will have you and the buddies playing hours through the night.
  22. Finally, I should just add that this game features sexy looking strippers in tight thongs! And you get to play one! I mean, what more can you ask for really?
  23. There's no denying that this brave attempt at combining styles has resulted in a good solid title that's entertaining and fun to play.
  24. I think DTR should also get some credit for its control scheme, which is very intuitive.
  25. The lock-on targeting system can be a royal pain as well, since it almost always targets the enemy that is closest to you. This leads to an abundance of problems that occur during the game's most difficult scenarios.
  26. Could have been great, but has to settle for being good because of the annoying camera issues and the graphics shortcomings.
  27. No one said being the hero was going to be easy. Overlooking its problems and getting past that learning curve certainly won't be, but if you manage to, you'll find that Dead to Rights is an intense and challenging game.
  28. Namco threw in everything except the kitchen sink in terms of gameplay, and DTR suffers for it.
  29. 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]
  30. 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.
  31. This game is jam packed with a range of fighting moves, weapons and a particularly vicious but faithful attack dog that our Max could only wish for.
  32. A great game for action lovers, even though it lags at points. It doesn't quite compare to the total immersion of "GTA3," but when you're more kicking ass than Charles Bronson and looking better than John Shaft while doing it, who cares?
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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]
  36. An intelligent action title that injects some strategy into the usually mindless action genre. Although the graphics are unremarkable, and the difficulty can be unfair, the gameplay has a lot to offer.
  37. 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]
  38. 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]
  39. Even though the graphics are weak, the gunplay is nice and the various mini-games help break up most levels.
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 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 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 »