Dead to Rights finds Retribution in 2009

Namco Bandai's noir cop drama debuts on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 later this year.

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Fable II may be the most popular game to have a trusty canine companion, but it was hardly the first. In 2002, Namco released the first installment in its gritty crime noir shooter Dead to Rights, teaming up a grizzled cop with a K-9 counterpart to take on the mean streets of Grant City. Namco's Max Payne-esque shooter returned, dog and all, for a second multiplatform installment in 2005, titled Dead to Rights II, and has also seen iterations of uneven quality on the Game Boy Advance and PSP.

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Today, Namco Bandai announced the next installment in the series, Dead to Rights: Retribution. And even though Namco Bandai is billing it as a "ground-up reinvention" of the franchise for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Jack Slate and his pooch Shadow will once again be prowling Grant City's corrupted streets.

Dead to Rights: Retribution will attempt to distinguish itself by hybridizing the third-person shooter and beat-'em-up genres. At range, players will be able to put Slate's marksman prowess to the test, using cover, blind fire, and human shields to down his foes. Up close, players will have access to branching hand-to-hand combos, counterattacks, and disarming techniques. Players will also be able to take control of Shadow in certain situations throughout the course of the game.

Dead to Rights: Retribution is expected to arrive later this year.

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