Dead to Rights II

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Dead to Rights II
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Man's best friend. Criminal's worst nightmare.
Protagonist: Jack Slate
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
Platforms: PlayStation 2
Microsoft Windows
Release Date: NA: April 12, 2005
EU: October 28, 2005

Microsoft Windows
NA: August 15, 2005
EU: 2005

Developer: Widescreen Games
Namco (PC)
Publisher: Namco
Electronic Arts (EU; PC)
Made in: United States
Franchise: Dead to Rights
Previous Game: Dead to Rights (Release)
Dead to Rights: Reckoning (Canon)
Next Game: Dead to Rights (Canon)
Dead to Rights: Reckoning (Release)

Dead to Rights II is a neo-noir third-person action video game, developed by Widescreen Games, published by Namco, and released in 2005. Serving as a prequel to Dead to Rights, it tells the story of Jack Slate and Shadow before the events of the original game.


A reputable judge uncovers a citywide crime syndicate, and is kidnapped. The judge was a friend of Jack's father, so the cop is obligated to send a few hundred men to their graves in order to make things right. Before long, all hell breaks loose, so Jack and his K-9 cohort Shadow must take on a powerful mob in the fight of their lives to break the city’s spiral of betrayal and corruption

Good Qualities

  1. Good gunplay that has you switch between cover and Max Payne action shooter play style.
  2. The gameplay is an improvement from the first as it's a lot more challenging and has the player have to think more strategically when in a firefight.
  3. Decent voice acting especially Steve Blum as Jack.
  4. A large variety of weapons to use.
  5. Good bullet time that can't be exploited like in the first game as you have to kill people to build up bullet time.
  6. Shadow is just as helpful as before since he can be used to grab health items.
  7. Good graphics that had nicely detailed environments for its time.
  8. Decent soundtrack.
  9. You can unlock weapons depending on what difficulty you beat the game or Instant Action.
  10. There's Instant Action which is where the player has to survive for 20 minutes against waves of enemies.

Bad Qualities

  1. Just like the first game, the only thing you do is shoot people and chase a guy to a boss fight.
  2. The boss fights are pretty easy since much like the first game, you just run around and shoot them.
  3. The beat-em up levels feel like an afterthought since the game will abruptly switch to exclusively beat-em up in certain stages.
  4. On that note, the beat-em up mechanics are really basic since all you do is punch, kick, and hit enemies with weapons.
  5. Paper thin plot that doesn't have any real stakes. It's just Jack looking for some crime lord without any real suspense or anything remotely interesting happening and feels more like a B-action movie plot.
  6. The cutscenes have awkward animation.
  7. One dimensional characters with Jack being the worst offender since the game tries too hard to make him seem like a badass.
  8. There isn't a proper tutorial to teach the mechanics as you have to watch them through an option in the menu. On that note, there is no tutorial for the beat-em up mechanics period.
  9. The game is only 4 hours long.


The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions received "mixed" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.