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  • Summary: Meet Jack Slate, a cop framed for murder and facing execution. Slate escapes from Iron Point Maximum-Security Penitentiary to bring down the criminals that framed. In Dead to Rights, you play the role of Slate, as he fights through the hard streets and corrupt enemies of Grant City. There are plenty of ways go about bringing the conspirators to justice--Jack can perform disarm moves, shoot different weapons, pick locks, fight hand-to-hand, and play minigames such as arm wrestling, bench press, and dancing. In this gritty, crime-noir inspired epic, you're always on the run. Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. 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.
  2. This game is about variety to the Nth degree. You can fight a hundred different ways and still never be wrong.
  3. A game that won't bore you after an hour of gameplay and will literally leave you speechless at times.
  4. 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.
  5. Beyond the disarms and shot dodging, it's not worth much more than a rental.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. TarikT.
    Sep 15, 2002
    One of the best games i have ever played. If anyone thought this was a take off of max payne they are wrong, this game was in development before max payne. The whole game is action. If you are one of those realistic shooter gamers this game is not for you. And if you are a sissy this game is not for you. IT is Increadibly HARD. I'm suprised i beat it. You can unlock 18 disarm moves which are extremely bad-ass. Take people as human shields, go into bullet time. This game has probobly more action than any other action movie ever. Sometimes it feels like you are playing a movie. This is a MUST BUY for a none sissy gamer. Expand
  2. Mr.T
    Oct 6, 2002
    Tech tv doesnt know what they r talkin about. this game is awesome.i actually beat it.
  3. JackSlate
    Dec 29, 2002
    amazing thats all i could say.
  4. Theimminent26
    Mar 6, 2003
    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..... Expand
  5. JohnC.
    Aug 18, 2002
    This game is by far the best action game i have played on the xbox. The minigames provide a nice diversion. Although some of the minigames can be difficult its a pretty enjoyable experience. The action is fast, frentic, and fun. The different moves that Jack can execute are amazing. This is one game I'll be playing for awhile on my xbox. Expand
  6. Navid
    Mar 29, 2003
    It is a very good game but the levels are unnecessary hard which won't let it be a 10!
  7. JohnD.
    Aug 10, 2002
    A bunch of mini games scrapped together... the Official Xbox Magazine gives the most unreliable reviews...they just want you to go out and buy Xbox games. DEFINITE RENTAL. Collapse

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