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Dead to Rights (GBA)

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      03.05.2009 03:00
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      "Dead To Rights" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2004 by Zoo Digital Publishing. It is a third person shooter game based on a series of releases to other platforms. In the United States, the game received a rating of "T" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for teenage years and above due to its violent content.

      The players of this title control Jack Slate who is a police officer in fictional Grant City. He has been framed for murder of his father, and takes it upon himself to confront the villains who created this hoax and uncover the truth regarding what happened. The game is interesting in that the player has access to a police dog which serves as almost a ranged weapon for Jack; the dog will run up to an eliminate enemies without Jack needing to risk his health. For other situations Jack will make use of his pistol to confront villains. The controls can be very awkward in this title due to the numerous button functions and present a learning curve in mastering play. Fortunately, the player has access to pop-up tutorials in the early stages of the game to help learn what is required and when.

      The graphics are presented from a third person top view which focuses on the player's character. The images are of an acceptable quality but are not overly impressive. The characters are large which allow clear identification on screen but, in relation to gameplay, the enemy intelligence is poor and does not react quickly to Jack's presence. It is even possible to guide the on-screen crosshair to shoot from a distance. In between stages the player will be presented with a brief cut scene as Jack uncovers more information regarding the murder. These are particularly well done and provide a short yet pleasant visual experience. The soundtrack is also simple and does not feature any musical scores. Instead simple gunshot effects and groans of pain accompany the player throughout.

      Overall, Dead to Rights is an average at best title which could perhaps appeal to fans of other system releases. I would be hesitant about recommending it to prospective buyers.

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