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Dead to Rights: Retribution Review
23 September 2010
Excerpt: I like biting off men's genitalia as much as the next guy, but after a while it tends to get a bit old. Once you've chomped and chewed your eleventh set of meat-and-two-veg, it simply ceases to be that big of a deal. If variety is the spice of life, then Dead to Rights Retribution has enough seasonings to fill a sizeable wooden shelf; unfortunately, they're all minor variations on the same herb: freeze-dried leaf of ultraviolence.
Conclusion: And it isn't as if I'm above a healthy dose of blood, gore and basic action. The aforementioned Yakuza remains one of my favourite series, I adore Gears, and I enjoyed playing through the likes of WET and Stranglehold. But at their very worst, those titles at least provide a backdrop and a sliver of context to compliment their average mechanics, whereas Dead to Rights simply coats the environment in red and its characters in force-fed grime and loathability.
Summary: Dead to Rights: Retribution doesn't try to reinvent the wheel; instead it's perfectly fine wallowing in the franchise's past successes. With disappointing visuals, a lame story and an endlessly dreary backdrop, there's very little to like about this fourth Dead to Rights game. If Namco doesn't reboot this franchise soon Jack and his dog Shadow may become completely irrelevant. Perhaps we're already too late! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Conclusion: If you played through and enjoyed the original campaign, this is a worthwhile pick up, but be advised it's a brief ride unless you keep playing Riot Control. If we see further DLC for this game, I just hope it's a more significant addition to the campaign.
Excerpt: In an era of reboots, reimagining, and remakes, it wasn't at all a surprise when it was announced that Namco Bandai Games was dipping into their back catalog and pulling up Dead to Rights. While the original wasn't met with critical acclaim, it found a fair amount of success regardless, garnering a loyal enough following to justify a sequel and two versions for handheld platformers.
Excerpt: I guess I need to always remind myself that no matter how far into a generation we get mediocrity will continue to live on. What am I getting at? Well, as you can already guess, I'm calling Dead to Rights Retribution a mediocre game, and that's simply the truth. When the first game came out years ago, it was received fairly well and it signaled the start of a new and potentially important franchise for Namco.
Summary: Returning to Grant City, a boom town gone bust that is falling to the worst excesses of crime, greed and corruption; Dead to Rights: Retribution follows vice cop Jack Slate as he fights to expose shadowy figures that will stop at nothing to exert their deadly influence over the crumbling metropolis.