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Parents' Guide to

Dead to Rights: Retribution

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Ultra-graphic violence plus moral ambiguity equals No Kids.

Game PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 2010
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it is awesome
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better than the orginal

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Unfortunately, Dead to Rights: Retribution doesn't feel that new or intriguing. You've been immersed in this kind of plot -- outsider gets back at his enemies -- many times before. Slate, who runs and guns through various environs, also uses his hands to kill and maim his opponents. Four letter words spew forth almost with the same amount of gusto as the blood that spatters. But the plot of outlaw-cop-as-anti-hero has become cliché.

There was also an opportunity missed in the game mechanics: It would have been nice to have the ability take complete control of the dog Shadow, from both a physical and mental standpoint. This Cujo of a feral canine (who sometimes attacks the groin) could have been the saving grace of the game. Instead, Shadow is only sometimes fun to use because you don't feel you have truly assumed the form of this crazed half-wolf. Though there are good points to the game, including the adrenaline rush of sneaking up on baddies, you might think about renting Dead to Rights: Retribution before making an investment in buying.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: April 27, 2010
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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