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Dead to Rights: Retribution


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This game fell short of my expectations

posted by zombieorc (GRASS VALLEY, CA) May 1, 2010

Member since Mar 2008

9 out of 13 gamers (69%) found this review helpful

In Dead to Rights: Retribution, you take control of renegade cop Jake and his trusty dog Shadow to put an end to the corruption in Grant City.
The twisting plot of the dark crime noir story is probably the best part of this game. The look and feel of the game matches this dark theme as well building a good overall consistency.
The controls are responsive and the action is fast and at first very satisfying.
In some sections of the game you will get to take control of Jakes dog Shadow to perform two specific tasks. These sections are reminiscent of a stripped down version of the latest Batman game. However you don’t have very many options for taking down enemies. Basically you have a running attack, a stealth attack, and a regular attack that can transition into a “scrotallity”, which is biting enemies below the belt until they die.
The core game play consists of you playing as Jake. These parts of the game are very repetitive. From the start of the game, all of the combos are available and the only weapons you can use are guns and are either taken from enemies or found in crates spread around the levels.
The levels themselves are well rendered and polished, but they are also very linear and rarely have branching pathways.
In conclusion, this game fell short of my expectations for a Dead to Rights reboot. The game could have greatly benefited from more combos, unlockable combos, unlockable weapons and gear, customizable load outs at the beginning of levels, more open levels for varied strategies, more variety of enemies and missions, more attacks and maybe combos for Shadow.

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Beautiful Concept, Flawed Execution

posted by LatukiJoe (BROKEN ARROW, OK) Jul 21, 2010

Member since Jul 2010

5 out of 7 gamers (71%) found this review helpful

As a fan of the previous games, I really wanted to like Dead to Rights: Retribution. The opening bits were good enough to grab my attention. But it quickly became clear that the graphics were behind modern expectations. After playing such pretty games as the Uncharted titles or God of War III or any game in the Call of Duty experience, I expected a bit more and felt that the visuals come across as belonging on the PS2.

Graphics aren't my selling point, though. How the game plays is what determines the majority of my feelings about it... which is why I don't like this game much. The controls are clunky and as a player I often was frustrated as I tried to climb a tower or avoid an enemy and Jack would do the opposite or Shadow (the dog) would get in my way. The actual levels were very similar for me, repeating the same mundane tasks over and over while occasionally adding something new. I played this game on its hardest difficulty, which wasn't so much difficult as it was annoying. So much is out of the player's control.

I would not rent this game unless you really like third-person shooters with a clunky cover system and a side-kick dog that doesn't follow directions well at all. 3 out of 10.

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Swing and a Miss

posted by Juggalo23 (SANTA CLARA, CA) May 25, 2010

Member since Apr 2010

5 out of 7 gamers (71%) found this review helpful

Well all I can really say about this game is that it was better the the second one, and the second one was a broken mess this one came nowhere close to the first game in the series, If they really want a hit just port the orignal from the PS2 and update a few things and boom We have a hit. Real fans will not like this game one bit as did I but if you are new the the franchise and don't know any better you might like it. Playing as Shadow got really boring really fast the first three times i killed someone was cool but not cool enough to keep me playing, the story was stupid controls were very loose and a little broken, and trying to fight hand to hand while other enemies were shooting you was stupid.

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