Dead Man's Hand PC

  • Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Mar 18, 2004
Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
Buy On
  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. PC Gamer
    75
    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. Where a game like "Serious Sam" or "Will Rock" is just a repetitive mindless shooter, Dead Man’s Hand tries new things and tries to break the mold, and proves that even at a low price tag; a company can make an entertaining game that doesn’t regress.
  5. The game becomes quite boring and repetitive quickly.
  6. Dead Man's Hand isn't a bad use of your $20, and for what it's worth, this PC version of the game is substantially better than the previously released Xbox version.
  7. Sadly, after a promising start the game falls into the pattern of a rather unremarkable shooter, with a hurried storyline, bland weaponry, and undeveloped characters that just happen to be placed in a Wild West setting.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The concept and play consistently deal a royal flush, just ignore the choppy visuals, which can irritate like a pesky infection picked up at Miss Kitty’s Cat House.
  12. Computer Games Magazine
    60
    Though it's repetitive and drags toward the end, it has surprisingly good atmosphere and presentation for your $20. [Aug 2004, p.61]
  13. Its main problem lies in offering nothing that you haven't seen a thousand times before and falls short in just about every department.
  14. A mildly diverting shooting gallery, a mediocre FPS, and a slap in the face to those of us who have been waiting for seven years for a decent western-themed shooter.
  15. Computer Gaming World
    40
    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]
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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! Full Review »