(www.deadtorights.com). Rater M for Mature by ESRB. Fast and furious, brutal and ruthless. If this sounds like your cup of tea, stop drinking and start playing. Dead to Rights: Retribution is a story based on Jack Slate, the vice cop goes on a personal crusade to save the City from corruptions and violence. The streets of Grant City are dark and gloomily, filled with unpleasant characters who will shoot you as soon as they look at you. As a third-person shooting/fighting game, you will run, fight, and shoot your way out. And with Jack’s greatest companion, the dog-wolf Shadow, they are trying to bring justice back by any means necessary.

(www.deadtorights.com). Rater M for Mature by ESRB. Fast and furious, brutal and ruthless. If this sounds like your cup of tea, stop drinking and start playing. Dead to Rights: Retribution is a story based on Jack Slate, the vice cop goes on a personal crusade to save the City from corruptions and violence. The streets of Grant City are dark and gloomily, filled with unpleasant characters who will shoot you as soon as they look at you. As a third-person shooting/fighting game, you will run, fight, and shoot your way out. And with Jack’s greatest companion, the dog-wolf Shadow, they are trying to bring justice back by any means necessary.

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Presentation:
Dead to Rights: Retribution features two playable characters. Jack takes out villains with guns and bare hands while Shadow uses stealth and nasty attacks. The first two chapters include an extended tutorial that will equip you well for the hand-to-hand combats, gunplay, and working with Shadow. There is also a substantial array of attacks, starting with light and heavy strikes to form strong punishing combos and create satisfying impacts. Besides, each of the 10 chapters has distinct stealth section, which you take control of Shadow. You crawl under the gate to fetch a key, protect Jack while he is wounded, or pee on the generator to shut off an electric fan, and kill enemies at times. And Jack on the other hand, is more focused on scoring headshots, snapping necks, or blowing things up. However, the story does not offer any surprises to make you think.

Graphics:
Dead to Rights: Retribution is not a visual stunner, as the environments and details get lost in the dark and the characters themselves lack graphical touches. Regardless of who you are playing as, tough streets in Grant City do feel a little rough. Characters animations are fluid but during the heat of combat, sometimes they do not connect correctly and create some sort of distorted interactions. Despite of the visual and animation flaws, the game packs up a good amount of brutal and fun into reasonably long campaigns, providing plentiful entertaining moments for those who really want to get their hands dirty. Brutal finishing moves and instances of slo-mo do give you a sense of guilty-pleasure satisfaction.

Sounds:
The sound effects are well layered and detailed. Gunshots and explosions are convincing. Good voice acting also helped the plot to live up to its ambition. A consistent sense of energy and dedication to the narrative also keep things moving along nicely. The soundtrack varies during different sections of the game, which adds much intensity and excitement to the brutal killing experience as well.

Gameplay:
Featuring brutal disarms/takedowns and hand-to-hand combat, here is where Dead to Rights: Retribution shines. You can wear an enemy down with counters and combos until you trigger a takedown mode like lethal backbreaker or weapon aided execution style finishers. You can grab an enemy and use him as a human shield or toss him to another enemy. Or if you prefer, you can disarm an opponent and shoot his faceoff with his own gun. Gunplay is effective and there is a good array of guns to use at different stages of the game. Blind-fire around corners or go hand-to-hand and kill enemies several ways at once with the most robust brawling act might be pretty fun. Headshots will be rewarded with a splash of blood and a moment of slow motion. You do not carry a ton of ammos so shooting the heads is extra rewarding. Focus Mode can be activated to boost your attack power and slowdown time, making it a great tool for getting yourself out of a jam or putting an exclamation point at a kill. Mounting guns and hostage situation spice things up as well.

You can also use Shadow to take a different approach in such a fast-paced brutality. Crouching while moving, you can see the enemies’ silhouettes and their heartbeats, which allow you to position yourself for a silent kill. You can also bark to ambush the enemies as well. If you do get spotted, sprint and attack is the way to go. In this Jack and Shadow duo, both of them can be extremely vicious.

Hand-to-hand combats provide enjoyable ways to beat down your enemies. However, combats can be hindered by animations oddities, which make you feel like something is a little off. Awkward punches and miss grabs are stumble reminders of the game’s limitations. The lack of grenades indicators makes it tough for you to know where to run. Finding a proper cover is also sometimes a pain as not all objects are tagged consistently. Maybe if the game offers a “logon” system to your enemies, some issues could be solved.

Longevity:
There are also some impressive moments here and there and a consistent energy that keeps things move smoothly throughout the game. Enemies also get tougher to beat in later stages, which create even more fun and challenges to play. Scoring breaks down at the end of each level may also give award hunters another incentive to play again. Though adding some addition game modes could extend the entire gameplay experience.

Conclusion:
Close-quarters combat in Dead to Rights: Retribution is definitely enjoyable, diverse and satisfying. The core action is ruthless and over the top, takedown animations can also begin to feel repetitive after a while, though they never really lose their brutal appeal.  And at the end of the day, Dead to Rights: Retribution reminds you that not all games need to aspire to be “art.” Perhaps there is still plenty of room in the gaming industry for an action game that only exists as an excuse to blow stuff up. It might even come to a personal preference that mere entertainment is what you want. Regardless, Dead to Rights: Retribution does provide you with a decent dose of mindless entertainment.

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