Judge Dredd: Dredd VS Death Image

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  • Summary: Judge Dredd: Dredd Versus Death combines weapon management, fast-paced combat, and intense multiplayer action. Based on the comic book, the game puts you in the shoes of Judge Dredd, a no-holds-barred judge who is determined to clean up the streets of the futuristic Mega-City One. Armed with an all-purpose LawGiver that features six types of ammo, you can shoot to wound, shoot to kill, or make an arrest--all while keeping an eye on your Lawmeter. Shoot an unarmed citizen, and your Lawmeter will drop; apprehend numerous criminals, and it will rise. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. The adventure-addled gameplay is pure Dredd too, and the story--Dark Judges have risen - is very cool. [Apr 2004, p.64]
  2. Arrests are fun for about two levels, and then you notice the same few sayings keep repeating when you slap the cuffs on perps.
  3. As with the gameplay, the weapons of Dredd vs Death also manage to walk the fine line between licensed glory and gaming mediocrity.
  4. There's a very limited, repetitive number of enemy types (whose quickly depleted voiceovers get annoying), and the core combat is solid, but uninspired (circle-strafe, reload, repeat).
  5. It's a short, simplistic shooter that's not worth even its budget price.
  6. Your main objective is the bane of the modern FPS: follow a little blue arrow while shooting things, with the odd escort or protect responsibility thrown in to make you turn around occasionally. It's average justice dished out to the licence, but nothing more. [Christmas 2003, p.121]
  7. But for the crimes of middling graphics and dull-as-dirt game play, we sentence Dredd vs. Death to eternal burial in the discount bin at Costco. Court adjourned.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. JimmyS.
    May 26, 2004
    Brilliant and well made game that perfectly captures the comic. Its easy enough for me to play all the way through!
  2. Sep 19, 2012
    A great shooter with sharp graphics, cool environments, and fun gameplay but not a lot of polish. I have no prior history with the Judge Dredd comics or movies, and really just decided to pick this up on a whim. I had a lot of fun with it, yes it's flawed but manages to have enough charm and it's self aware humor to make me forgive it. The main problem with the game is that it's glitchy, mostly during the boss fights which will cause you to have to reload the checkpoint because either you or the boss got stuck in the environment. It's also pretty short. Outside of the campaign (which can be played with a friend) there is local multiplayer and a arcade mode which you can play to unlock cheat codes. If your looking for a shooter that does something new you might want to check this out. Expand
  3. DC
    Jan 19, 2004
    Shows its PS2 origins in the graphics but a fun and atmospheric shooter.
  4. RichardS.
    Mar 30, 2005
    Overall - disappointing. What could have been exceptional is undone by too many sloppy elements that fail to take advantage of the Xbox's capabilities. Problems: the gameplay is way too repetitive; the arrest sequence is dreadful - way too fast, you can't read the arrest details which waste's the point and ruins the armosphere; for a megacity with millions of people, it is incredibly empty, too many scenes have no-one in them - I wanted a realistic, over-run city, particularly the mall scenes; the characters who are in the game are ALL the same - the same fat guy, the same afro guy, the same knee pad guy, the same scrawler girl. It's appalling - no variety at all. Again, ruins the atmosphere. The rag doll AI is annoying. And why do so many games resort to horror elements? V annoying - Dredd comics rarely resort to horror. The lawenforcer gun is a great idea - the different settings etc - yet they NEVER all get used. The ricochet bullet is NEVER used throughout. The environment is also repetitive and not interactive - the posters and signs are the same throughout - BORING! The good - the cityscape backgrounds look exceptional. It's a poor man's Halo/Doom, but it's still entertaining and challenging enough to be worth a play. Expand
  5. BaronS.
    Jan 12, 2004
    Dredd versus Death is an enjoyable co-op experience but I can't help but feel it would lose a lot if played purely as a single player. The graphics aren't exactly amazing (and look a bit dated) but they do give a feeling of being in a massive Mega City and are fairly true to the designs in 2000AD. As I mentioned before, it's a good co-op game and has plenty to unlock in it, to give you more reason to keep playing. If you're a big nerd, like me, in terms of both 2000AD and videogames, it's a suitable match. Expand
  6. TheChampRocky
    Jun 16, 2005
    Yo Adrian! Help! I'm all beat up in this blocky mess. Yo Adrian! Hey Paulie! I can't get up in this drivel...