• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2002
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: A cop framed for murder and facing execution, makes a daring escape and seeks revenge on those who killed his father and set him up. What he discovers sends him on a downward spiral into a labyrinth of corruption, betrayal and crime. Meet Jack Slate. [Namco]
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Game Informer
    93
    This is possibly the most versatile gunslinger in video games. [Jan 2003, p.91]
  2. This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    80
    Completely playable and enjoyable - and exactly what I was hoping the Xbox version would have been.
  4. Many key flaws in the gameplay remain, despite some incredibly stylish and cool mechanics.
  5. 70
    When Dead to Rights is good, it’s damn good…pity that parts of it are such buzzkills.
  6. There are some great touches, like how you can throw a gas canister over a crowd, shoot it and let hot fuel rain over the heads of multiple enemies, but they’re simply not held together.
  7. Play Magazine
    50
    Dead to Rights is no "Max Payne." It tries to be when it's not being a mediocre melange of mini-games or a reheated crime story, but for the most part it's just generic. [Jan 2003, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. AssKisser
    Jan 4, 2003
    10
    It rocks totally!!!!!
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jan 8, 2003
    10
    Great fighting moves and good action.
  3. BrianH.
    Dec 22, 2002
    9
    This game is amazing, the only problem is the camera, but the human shields along with your K-9 partner and a large amount of disarm moves This game is amazing, the only problem is the camera, but the human shields along with your K-9 partner and a large amount of disarm moves makes this game amazing. The mini-games are tedious sometimes but add to the story. The action-noir thriller story adds to the atmosphere of the game and just 5 minutes of this game is better than playing any other shooter. This game does Max Payne one better. Expand
  4. n/an/a
    Mar 17, 2003
    9
    excellent cross between max payne and syphon filter 1. story was like a good book...sucks at first then half way through you cant put it down.excellent cross between max payne and syphon filter 1. story was like a good book...sucks at first then half way through you cant put it down. a few small repetative parts, yes, but they were hard to notice with the blend of minigames, clever bosses, situation conflict, ect. i was a slight bit dissapointed with the hand to hand combat, they didnt have enough moves it is, just punch, kick, grab, dodge, disarm. still overall this is my favorite ps2 game. Expand
  5. PygmyPirate
    Jan 3, 2003
    8
    This game is very repetitive, the visuals are a little choppy, and the story line: Oh, my God is this a Jean Claud Van Dam Short film or This game is very repetitive, the visuals are a little choppy, and the story line: Oh, my God is this a Jean Claud Van Dam Short film or what? But the balistic gun shooting darting around isn't all that bad. The feature kind of suck because you don't use them to much. Hidding behind walls: sucks because enemies run right up to you and go trigger happy. The dodge or matrix feature (triangle button) usually has me floating into a wall or at an angle were I can't shoot the retartds. Shadow (the dog) comes in handy when you need an insta-kill on an enemy and he will return to you with his victims weapon. The Martial arts or hand to hand is gay! A group of lonley prisoners wanting to kick your @ss and you can't even kick them while they are on the ground. The R1 targeting system is much like the GTA target system, which is nice. The human sheild and disarm techinque is actually the best part o the game... Damn, know I think I should have bought Hitman 2 instead. Expand
  6. Sep 17, 2018
    7
    "Dead to Rights" is a great guilty pleasure. If it was a film, it would be a straight-to-video 'B' movie. While the game's main inspiration is"Dead to Rights" is a great guilty pleasure. If it was a film, it would be a straight-to-video 'B' movie. While the game's main inspiration is "Max Payne", it does feature more than just third-person shooting. The protagonist Jack Slate manages to do it all. He can brawl, disarm enemies, extinguish fires, dual wield firearms and more. Even Jack's loyal dog Shadow gets in on the action. DTR is goofy to the extreme, but it's a lot of fun. I would rate it with a 7.3 out of 10. Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2018
    6
    I think back in the day I would have given this a 7 rating maybe 7.5, but here we are in late 2018 and this game doesn't hold up that great.I think back in the day I would have given this a 7 rating maybe 7.5, but here we are in late 2018 and this game doesn't hold up that great. Gameplay is very simplistic, gunpoint targeting is automatic, you are a bullet sponge, cover is sticky and pointless and the game is riddled with tons of mini games. The good point is this game is still enjoyable as outdated as it is the game does keep a steady flow of action and there are many gameplay gimmicks if you are not hardcore you may embrace their fun factor. The game reminds me of a rudimentary "Stranglehold" and that's not a bad thing. I appreciated there were no major software bugs but overall I'd have to say this is a title for its time it plays out arcade like due to its older nature and as someone stated already the current view is B movie or goofy, but still enjoyable none the less. If you are looking for a fairly easy shooter that eases you along with some minor mini games this is worth a try, it's a decent budget title now and is one of those titles that is quick and easy to finish without cramping any brain cells. Expand

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#78 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
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