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Dead to Rights: Retribution
2 September 2013
Summary: A few days ago, I was crushing beers at Shenanigans, a restaurant-cum-watering-hole in Sewanee, Tennessee, home of my alma mater , The University of the South. Specifically, I was talking with my friend Reed about videogames, and I mentioned that I was playing the new Dead to Rights -- less a sequel to the original, and more a reimagining, perhaps in the vein of Prince of Persia : the characters and the setting might be the same, but there shouldn’t be any expectation of...
Summary: F*** you, you c***s***ing son of a b****, now you’re really gonna eat b*lls, you motherf***ing pr**k! Eat my sh**, you f***ing sh**head d**k-licker! I’m gonna rip off your b*lls and sh** down your f***ing neck!
Pros: It’s an entertaining enough action game, if they’d shut off the soundtrack, remove all the gore, and dump the finishing animations. In other words, it, could’ve been, good if developed by a team with any taste or breeding whatsoever.
Cons: Oh, how can I ever thank Volatile Games for allowing me to play as the dog and rip everyone’s throat out?, Long and generally gory finishing move animations in fights., Mortal Kombat, for “gangsta“ film fans., You know, it’s hard to dig in to a good, intelligent discussion on literature, cinema and music without breaking into random, yet strangely non-stop and quite over the top swearing to a degree that would put shame to a sailor, dockworker, or the average yakuza. ...
Excerpt: Dead to Rights wasn’t a particularly well regarded series, which makes it a weird choice for the reimagining treatment. The story and universe were both generic and there was little real interest for people to see another take on it, which didn’t stop Namco going ahead and rebooting the series with what is only the third entry in the series, Dead to Rights: Retribution.
Summary: Parents need to know that Dead to Rights: Retribution is one bloody and violent game, making it not for kids. In fact, it's blood upon blood upon blood. Blood gushes, spatters, spews, flows, and pools almost constantly, pretty much from every part of the body that bleeds. Profanity flows almost as freely as the blood. Drugs and sex, while not as prominent, are also a factor.
Excerpt: There was a time when we were content with video game stories. Stories that were basic, empty, and sometimes upon reflection, rather callous. River City Ransom ? Bad Dudes ? Did anyone ever question whether the aliens in Space Invaders just wanted to talk? No, because we didn’t care. There were bad guys and you shot them. These days, with titles like Heavy Rain , developers want to make you cry.
Conclusion: Dead to Rights: Retribution can provide some good B-movie fun at first, but it soon gets overly repetitive and the niggling flaws soon begin to grate more and more as the game goes on. You may get some fun out of one run through, but after that you will swiftly move onto something else - it is a shame, but there are already games that do this kind of thing, just so much better.
Excerpt: I’ve always held a special place in my heart for the Dead to Rights series. When the first game launched on the original Xbox, PS2 and Gamecube back in 2002, I thought it was the perfect mix of cheesy Hong Kong B-movie plot, so bad it’s good dialogue and of course – over the top action.