I figured that the Dead to Rights franchise was DOA. The last console game was released back in 2005, which is a lifetime in the video game world. When this new installment was announced it went straight on my wishlist. While it's a great game, it's a shame it seems to have been overlooked.
As before you play the role of hardcore cop Jack Slate, investigating the death of his dad (hang on, isn't that the plot of the first game?) along with faithful dog Shadow (a nice little reference to Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi). Through 10 action-packed chapters you'll explore every corner of the noir-ish, decaying Grant City from the highest of skyscrapers to the dingiest of back alleys. In the snow, in the cold, in the dark...this game is nothing if not atmospheric. It immerses you in the noir, backed up by Slate's gravelly narration.
A before, the gameplay is a mix of run-and-gun, hand-to-hand combat and slight puzzle-solving. There are some great ways to kill bad guys but my favorite is chucking them off high buildings and watching them disappear into then night sky. Watching bodies scatter in slow motion after a perfectly-timed explosion is also a lot of fun.
The DLC available from the PlayStation Network is great too and provides even more action, but I just wish there could have been more it, even if it was something as small as new costumes for Jack and Shadow, one new outfit just ain't enough.
I'd love to see the Dead to Rights series continue. It's gotten off to a great start on the next-gen consoles. This game is well worth your time, money and effort, and is a huge step up from the original from 2002.
Graphics A Sound A Gameplay B+ Lasting Appeal A-
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