Conclusion: You'll be hard pressed to find a game with as much action as this one has to offer. Ive played through twice, in some cases three times and I still find this game to be fun. I wouldnt recommend paying more than $20 on it because it definately does not do anything groundbreaking but it is an awesome way to spend an afternoon.
Excerpt: Dead to Rights: Retribution is a hard-hitting, explosive experience that has hints of noir films like Sin City and Max Payne rolled up into it and more than a dash of similarities to popular comic book superhero Batman and his Gotham City. It seems to have been inspired by these age-old favourites and yet still manages to make itself a name among this mould, creating a brutal and relentless journey that will draw you into the atmospheric gritty crime world of Jack Slate...
Excerpt: Hype is a little like hope. It’s like when you’re a kid and you’re hoping that the toy you’ve been harping on for all year, lives up to the hype. Dead to Rights: Retribution is a little like that and we’ve seen some great hype over the last few months, especially with some the awesome trailers released by Bandai Namco . The question is… does it live up to the hype or is it just another slam bam thank you mam third person action game.
Excerpt: When you're a cop in the gang-infested metropolis of Grant City, you need to know a thing or two about violence. And when you start to unravel a conspiracy that exponentially increases the number of people that want to kill you, you'd better be ready to get your hands bloody. Enter Jack Slate, a burly, bullet-resistant cop who has no problem punching, kicking, and shooting his way through legions of bad guys in the name of justice.
Pros: Great array of hand-to-hand combat maneuvers, Brutal takedowns from man and beast, Good momentum punctuated by some nice story moments
Cons: Animation issues lead to clipping and missed hits, Visuals are murky, character models seem inconsistent
Excerpt: It may not be the deepest or most original action experience out there, but it's hard to deny the cheap thrills, over-the-top attitude, and mind-numbingly brutal mayhem present in Volatile's latest.
Pros: Big explosions, powerful guns, and an over-the-top attitude make for a worthwhile action experience.
Summary: All in all the game offers nothing we haven’t seen before. What the game does do, it does in a way that is neither innovative, nor inherently bad, it’s all just kind of there. While the game has it’s charm, after beating it, I didn’t get the sudden urge to start up a new game the way I do with some other titles. We are left with a game that is just kind of there, and in this day and age, just being there is no longer enough.
Summary: All in all, this game has been a blast to play. While it’s not perfect, it does offer some great story telling and the animations for Shadow are fantastic. It looks like they used motion capture for his animation. Jack is fun to play and for the most part, its a really enjoyable game to play. With about 10-12 hours for total gameplay and some replay factors trying to get gold medals, the game pretty much keeps you entertained until the end.
Pros: Playing as Shadow is awesome, story is overall pretty nice, and the shooting works well.
Cons: The dialogue, checkpoint system is not the best, some weird glitches pop up every now and then.
Excerpt: Crime in Grant City has increased exponentially, and with most of the police force being bought out by gang lords, there are very few cops willing to take matters into their own hands. Jack Slate is more than willing to clean the streets of Grant City for good, using any means necessary to get the job done. Jack’s motives take a turn though when someone close to him dies during a mission.