Dead to Rights: Retribution GAC Pack DLC Hands-On

A new mission and Jack Slate's version of Horde mode make up Retribution's first downloadable content pack.

Released in late April, Dead to Rights: Retribution was a reimagining of 2002's original Dead to Rights for the Xbox and PlayStation 2. Retribution didn't exactly bowl over critics, but that hasn't stopped Namco and developer Volatile Games from working on downloadable content for the game. Last week, Namco reps came by to give us a look at the upcoming GAC Pack DLC, which will be available for download on June 1 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. There are two main elements to the GAC Pack, a side adventure known as "Assault on the 87th Precinct" and a new arcade kill-'em-all mode known as Riot mode. The DLC will also include alternate costumes for Retribution's main character, Jack Slate, and his canine companion, Shadow.

Slate and Shadow do not appear in the Assault on the 87th Precinct mission; instead, you'll play as GAC (Grant City Anti-Crime) soldiers who need to take control of the titular precinct. The mission occurs somewhere near the ninth chapter of the main Retribution plot, and you start off the mission playing as a GAC sniper known as Copperhead. As a helicopter circles the precinct, the roof of the building begins to swarm with Grant City police. Your first goal is to clear the roof of as many police as possible with your sniper rifle.

Once on the roof, Copperhead meets up with additional police resistance, and you can use melee attacks, your sniper rifle, or a pistol at your disposal to take them out. Because the GAC forces aren't looking to kill police, the goal is to use nonlethal means--though you can still kick people over the side of a roof (which is our favorite move when playing as Jack Slate). If you kill too many cops, however, you'll fail the mission.

Copperhead is just one of the GAC troops you'll play in this DLC pack.

After Copperhead takes out a couple of generators in the precinct and heads back up to the roof for extraction, he's cornered by a gaggle of police. Things don't look good for Copperhead, but at the last moment, he's joined by his cohort, known as Kodiak. Unlike the lithe and quick Copperhead, Kodiak is a bruiser and wears a set of power armor that boosts his strength, making him a pure melee fighter. Playing as Kodiak, you'll be able to defeat cops with straight-ahead melee attacks (though he does also have a handgun available). Your goal is to capture police captains throughout the precinct within a certain time limit. Once you've completed the Copperhead and Kodiak sub-missions, you'll get access to a near-indestructible tank trooper you can use to wreak havoc on the 87th precinct.

Elsewhere in the GAC Pack, there's Riot mode, which is essentially Retribution's version of Horde mode. With Shadow at your side, you'll play as Jack Slate as he tries to survive wave after wave of GAC troops. There are six rounds and a couple of bosses to punch, shoot, and neck-break your way through. Keeping your kills varied will fill up a retribution meter; once it's full, Jack's hands will catch on fire, which will make him faster and stronger when it comes to carving his way through GAC goons. The longer you keep up the variety, the longer you'll keep your retribution meter filled. At the end of a Riot mode session, you'll earn awards for performing multiple hand-to-hand kills, killing multiple enemies at the same time, electrocuting enemies, and the like.

The Assault on 87th Precinct seems ideal for people who loved Retribution's storyline and are looking for more of the same. Those of you who, like us, didn't finish the game, might enjoy Riot mode for its pick-up-and-play ease and its outrageous violence. Regardless of your preference, Namco is pricing the GAC Pack aggressively--$5 when it's released on June 1.

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17 comments
Jock9
Jock9

thug_angel123 I bought the game too, that makes 11 doesn't it. Its a good game, and a DLC like this really tickles my fancy as its original and cheap.

Ryozo
Ryozo

I am obliged to point out that while Gears of War really put it on the map in terms of recent history, 'horde mode' is a concept as old as video gaming itself; Space Invaders, Missile Command, and Asteroids would like to say hi...

logans_run_82
logans_run_82

ok, ever sense Nazi ZOmbies/ Horde Mode just about every game has been making their own little wave system. Sure, its not a bad system to put in a game at all but I'm getting a little bit sick of it.

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

People actually bought this? Huh.

Sir_Breadington
Sir_Breadington

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Ryozo
Ryozo

US$5 sounds like a good deal for what this package is offering. Showing us the events leading to the situation Jack encountered at the 87th in chapter 9, but from the GACs' point of view, is a nice touch, and Riot Control seems a natural addition.

thug_angel123
thug_angel123

so they're even making dlc for a game that only 10 people bought ?

Foolio1
Foolio1

$5 isn't too bad. I think I may use some of my spare MS points to download this. Stupid MS pricing always leaves points left over, but I suppose that was the idea.

jadefury27
jadefury27

wow i don't know what's more amazing: the fact that the games release flew so far under the radar that i didn't know it came out, or the very affordable pricing on the dlc.

heatfury
heatfury

"Those of you who, like us, didn't finish the game, might enjoy Riot mode". im sorry what? you guys wrote a review for a game that you did not even complete, when the game is only 6 hours long? is that what i am to understand from what you just posted in this dlc preview.

gumpygumpface
gumpygumpface

I'm sorry but this is an absolute joke, the game wasn't even released a month ago so this was clearly ready when the game came out, included it in the game and stop ripping us gamers off. Propper DLC like the Shivering Ilses or General knox that actualy expand a game in a large way is ok but this drip feeding of content is nothing more than a rip off, either included in the game or make it like a propper exspansion pack.

ViralShag
ViralShag

Will probably have to start paying for patches as they consider it as an improvement to the game. Probably should not have said that. Might have just set the agenda for the next profitible screw over brainstorm meeting.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

Sick of DLC for every game made now days.

Darnasian
Darnasian

Looks pretty good! I think I will buy it! Looks more worth while than other DLC!!!

AkAunknown
AkAunknown

I'll pick this DLC up. I enjoyed the Arcade action of this brutal game. Think 50 cent Blood on the Sand but 1000 times better as far as slow motion action, and brutal takedowns go. And The One liners are also better and more hilarious!

Blood_Diamond
Blood_Diamond

hmmm i haven't played it yet... but this DLC has made me want too lol