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  • Summary: You assume the role of El Tejon, a master gunslinger on a mission of vengeance. As the story unfolds, you will pursue members of "The Nine," a gang of ruthless outlaws who betrayed you and left you for dead. For the first time ever, you can experience the best elements of the Western genre,You assume the role of El Tejon, a master gunslinger on a mission of vengeance. As the story unfolds, you will pursue members of "The Nine," a gang of ruthless outlaws who betrayed you and left you for dead. For the first time ever, you can experience the best elements of the Western genre, brought straight from the silver screen to your PC. Gunslinging, bar brawls, horseback action sequences, train chases and epic showdowns are just part of the Old West feel in this bona fide "period piece" adventure. [Atari] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. The Wild West theme lends itself well to the FPS treatment, and the primitive weaponry brings an almost liberating freedom to the gameplay.
  2. If you’re a fan of the western era and you want a decent single-player experience, you can give DMH a try.
  3. A surprisingly engaging shooter that manages to turn what could have been another routine FPS into a rousing costume saga with a genuine feeling of epic sweep. [July 2004, p.64]
  4. 65
    It’s worth a look if you’re a fan of the western setting but keep in mind that it’s nothing special when juxta positioned with the kings of the genre.
  5. Dead Man's Hand by itself isn't a shockingly bad game but when you compare it to recent releases in the same genre it doesn't stack up. Dead Man's Hand really is only for the true die-hard western fan.
  6. 62
    The strength of the PC shooter market however means that the game should only really appeal to gamers whose systems aren't powerful enough to run more polished shooters.
  7. A long exercise in target practice, with lifeless enemies in dull levels. There's no saving during a mission, the graphics are weak, and there's no team-based action. What's worse, there's just no depth, artistry, or genuine thrills to be had. [Aug 2004, p.79]

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  1. JimmusM.
    Sep 10, 2004
    7
    While this game seems to "play on rails", there are numerous games out currently which do the same, like Call of Duty. I feel that Dead While this game seems to "play on rails", there are numerous games out currently which do the same, like Call of Duty. I feel that Dead Man's Hand is an excellent value, has decent graphics, and enough little extras like shooting objects for points, and the poker mini-game before each level to earn more ammunition. It's no Far Cry or Doom III, but it is a satisfying, dusty ride through the old West. Yeehaw! Expand