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Generally favorable reviews- based on 101 Ratings

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  • Summary: Joe is no ordinary man and Viewtiful Joe is no ordinary game. Capcom's new superhero action game mixes funky cartoon-style visuals with classic side-scrolling gameplay and introduces the world's quirkiest million dollar action hero. More than just any ordinary dude, Joe must transform into the ultimate superhero. It's up to you to activate the correct view mode like "slow" or "zoom in" in order to clobber your enemies with beautiful style. You can also speed up or slow down your visual effects for even more "viewtiful" moves. Viewtiful Joe mixes an innovative viewpoint with an amazing stunt-filled action movie universe. Expand
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  1. Positive: 51 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. As great as the visual package is, the audio package delivers just as well. The voice acting does wonders with the well-written and witty script and the sound effects all feel just perfect.
  2. 100
    Viewtiful Joe is immediate, extremely challenging, and grows progressively deeper as you advance. It is frantic, exhilarating, and addictive. In short, it is a classic and everything a game should be.
  3. Brilliantly innovative and packed with action. VJ may seem bizarre at first glance, but if you give it a chance, you will be amazed and delighted. The graphics are wild, the action is varied and fun and the game even has a sense of humor. [Nov 2003, p.149]
  4. 92
    The GameCube may still not be the biggest and baddest console on the block, but someone at Nintendo must have been a very good boy to deserve this.
  5. It's a timeless piece of quality gaming that, with the exception of its visual element, would probably work on any format, past or present.
  6. If there’s anything wrong with Viewtiful Joe, then there is one thing. Viewtiful Joe can be very, very hard. It’s unforgiving at the best of times and makes no qualms about it.
  7. 55
    The weak control scheme, combined with parts of the game that are completely counter-intuitive, hamper the game tremendously to the point where a serious gamer will, at best, pick this up for a rental. I think Capcom became so blinded by the concept that they forgot that the execution is just as important, if not moreso, than the design.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 61
  2. Negative: 4 out of 61
  1. iguanaman
    Oct 19, 2007
    10
    An intensly beautiful and innovative experience and a perfect example that console sidescrollers are far from dead.
  2. JoeyDeA.
    Oct 10, 2003
    10
    Down right addicting and original! The combos would make Neo jealous!
  3. MikkoL.
    Nov 10, 2003
    10
    Incredibly stylish, astoundingly fun, superbly viewtiful. VJ is most likely the Game of the Year for me. Not buying this shining pearl is a damn big mistake. Expand
  4. JoeD.
    Dec 15, 2003
    10
    In an age obsessed with photo realistic graphics, Its great to see a developper take a chance and come up with such a brilliant title. Gorgeous visuals, challenging and intuitive gameplay, and combos that would make Neo piss his pants. For god's sake, you can slow down time and bunch bullets back at whoever's trying to cap you. Buy Vjoe, you won't regret it. Expand
  5. DragonKnightofFinalFantasy
    Feb 15, 2004
    9
    My 2nd favorite cube ever! Only topped by Wind Waker.The graphics are the greatest the VFX moves are sweet it's fun totally. It is sometimes too tough/easy.Nuff' said. Collapse
  6. J.G.
    Nov 6, 2003
    9
    This game will rock you!!! It's one of those games that are rare to its genre and all of Joe's powers...
  7. MicMath
    Dec 12, 2003
    0
    My brother thinks it's so cool, but I like yoshi and mario better! Mario for President!

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