Viewtiful Joe GameCube

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8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 121 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 intoJoe 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. 100
    The graphical style is truly innovative, something I haven't been able to say about a game in a long time - it truly looks like a manga come to life. [Oct 2003, p.47]
  2. If you can overlook the annoying aspect of having to start over and only being able to save at the beginning of a new episode or when you quit the game, you will experience an amazingly hard but also wonderfully fun game.
  3. 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.
  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. netjak
    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 64
  2. Negative: 4 out of 64
  1. iguanaman
    Oct 19, 2007
    10
    An intensly beautiful and innovative experience and a perfect example that console sidescrollers are far from dead.
  2. PaulY.
    Oct 2, 2003
    10
    I played the demo and this game will rock!
  3. WilliamH.
    Oct 8, 2003
    10
    It's about we see an evolution in the beat em up genre.
  4. CurtisH.
    Nov 22, 2003
    10
    Not since Jet Grind Radio has cel-shading melded so perfectly in this game's "movie world" environment. It's a comic book you can Not since Jet Grind Radio has cel-shading melded so perfectly in this game's "movie world" environment. It's a comic book you can play and a great action flick peppered with humor and innovation. Viewtiful Joe redefines the side-scroller genre and gives future games of its genre a very high bar to aim for. Run out and buy this game now. Show all your friends! This game, simply, kicks much ass. Expand
  5. AndrewC.
    Jan 10, 2007
    9
    As far as action games go, Viewtiful Joe is a really fresh, original, and freakin' challenging game. It combines old school 2D action As far as action games go, Viewtiful Joe is a really fresh, original, and freakin' challenging game. It combines old school 2D action with slick 3D graphics. Also, it has loads of innovative moves and puzzles, as well as creative stages and bosses. But its difficulty level should be noted. It's hard, but very, very rewarding. Remember that when it starts kicking your butt over, and over and over. (and over and over...) One of the best action games of this generation. Expand
  6. Dec 11, 2011
    8
    A great beat em up. This one is still fun to go back and play through every once in a while. The time effects (speed up, speed down, etc.) areA great beat em up. This one is still fun to go back and play through every once in a while. The time effects (speed up, speed down, etc.) are well implemented and provide a unique experience that you're not going to find in another game, as well as having stunning visual effects. Expand
  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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Awards & Rankings

#5 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#5 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003