Volatile Games and Namco have released the next chapter in the Dead to Rights saga. Dead to Rights: Retribution is a single-player action genre shooter based on the main character, Jack Slate hitting the dirty streets of Grant City. This game was released on April 2010 for both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.
As the main character, Jack Slate, you embark on a person vendetta against the criminals of Grant city to put an end to crime and corruption. You will not be alone in you r adventure of brutality, no in Dead to Rights: Retribution you have a trusted side kick, a dog named Shadow.
Dead to Rights: Retribution is a very brutal and graphic game with explosive gun play and some devastating close range hand to hand combat. The viciousness is kicked up a notch however, when you unleash or play as Shadow.
Game play is fun if you enjoy this type of game, that is senseless brutality behind very little storyline. You are unleashed on Grant City to beat, shoot and murder your way to the end. During the course of the game you meet a few challenges but mainly it is kill, kill and kill some more. I have to admit, some of the action is cool and the game moves along quite well.
Controls are very basic and simple. Dead to Rights: Retribution does employ focus mode, which slows down time and gives you an added advantage over the baddies. Gun play and hand to hand combat controls is a breeze and the game will prompt you to hit a certain key on your controller to put out your finishing move.
As the stages go on the challenge increases as the Artificial Intelligence (AI) increases in skill and abilities. You can play as Shadow as well and some areas require the use of Shadow to draw out enemies or to stealth in and take out enemies.
The graphics engine for Dead to Rights: Retribution is okay, nothing over the top but at the same time stands on its own merit. The scenery is a tad dark and obscure at times and the animation can be repetitive or in some cases miss. The overall look and feel however is quite good for the objectives.
Replay value comes in low unless you are excited about beating end of level scores the next time out. From start to finish this is about a fifteen to twenty hour adventure. Coming in at a retail price of $59.99, you might be better of renting the game instead. Dead to Rights: Retribution is rated “M” or mature and by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board).
Dead to Rights: Retribution is ideal for the gamer who is into action, mayhem, and not looking for a high degree of difficulty. This is really just a run through Grant City imposing as much brutality as you can before you hit the eject button for something a bit more involving.