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  • Summary: With great power comes great responsibility. Play as a drifter bestowed with supernatural-like abilities who must confront the fate and responsibilities inherent with this new found power. Hand-to-hand combat is at its best when gamers unleash the power of the God Hand to deliver righteous punishment onto worthy enemies. Centuries ago, the world was in imminent doom until a man defeated Angra and sealed away his godly powers into his own arms. People feared and revered this person who would become known as "God Hand". Legend has it that anyone who acquired such hands would possess immense power that could turn them into a deity or demon. Fast forward to a small town overrun with thugs wielding super-human strength. A gruff drifter named Jean finds his way to this troubled region and defends a woman surrounded by a brutal mob. Despite his valiant efforts, Gene is overpowered by these thugs and his right arm is severed before falling into unconsciousness. He later awakens to find his limb whole again and that he is now the possessor of the legendary God Hand. The burden of being hunted by demonic legions seeking the right hand of God soon begins. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. What really pushes God Hand over the top, though, is the presentation and how fun it is. In other brawlers, you’re restricted to punching guys in the face or kicking them in the stomach. God Hand finally lets you kick that stupid demon that’s been giving you trouble right between the legs.
  2. There are lots of clichés and stereotypes and the scrip makes fun of each one in turn, making for a light, fast story. But even with it's self-deprecating humor and over-the-top boss characters, the story takes a distant back seat to the action.
  3. Capcom shows us how it's done with this refreshing take on the beam 'em up genre. Awesome boss battles, simple but deep combat system and tough enemy AI makes this a clear choice.
  4. The sound is truly what sets it apart from the rest. From the crazy background sounds you get after some Techniques, to the insanely hilarious dialogue you get in cutscenes, the sound is what kept me going until the end. [JPN Import]
  5. Still, God Hand is a guilty pleasure in that it's so embarrassingly poor in its basic design, yet totally awesome in its combat. [Nov. 2006, p.118]
  6. 70
    It's more suited as a light snack and won't satisfy your hunger for a gourmet feat of beat-em-up goodness. [Nov 2006, p.93]
  7. 30
    God Hand quickly becomes a boring, annoying and frustrating game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Jun 17, 2012
    10
    Awesome game. I love it enough to edit the review score. DURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2011
    10
    This game is so much fun, its funny and awesome at the same time. I loved the fact that you are able to create combos and the roulette system is fun as f**k. One for the ages this game, often overlooked but always awesome Expand
  3. May 22, 2011
    10
    As far as brawlers go, this takes the cake, possibly forever. TOO over the top you say! It's a video game. There's no such thing as TOO over the top. You want to kick a demon in the groin, go ahead. Maybe you would like to barrel kick a group of thugs, no one's stopping you. This game sets the bar for brawlers. I am glad some game developers realize games are supposed to be fun. Pick this gem up before it's gone forever. Expand
  4. Nov 25, 2012
    10
    I can't believe the idiots at IGN think that God Hand is terrible. First off, the game is not terrible. And second, I think it really has a great elemental styles of comedy references from Chappelle's Show to an homage to Shinji Mikami's Devil May Cry. I played the game on the Playstation 2 Classics on PSN and I haven't stop playing for hours when every boss battle shows up. It was really an honor for Clover Studio (now Platinum Games, home of Bayonetta) to make an over-the-top fighting-like action game that wants you to test your fists and strength also break out some finishing nanuevers like the God Stomp and all those types. I thought Okami was better than God Hand, I was wrong. But they both share some great moments, though. I think Capcom did what they did and it's one of the best underrated games that doesn't suck. Expand
  5. Aug 24, 2013
    10
    i can't believe the critics opinion on this game it is one of the most underrated games of all time a true master piece it is funny gameplay smooth and addictive story not that good but the game play is just the bomb of this game it is one of my favorite games of all time Expand
  6. Oct 4, 2012
    10
    Best beat em up game ever made. The best game Capcom ever had and it wont get another one like this cause they let go of the best game devs that ever existed. The game is pure fun with solid soild gameplay. Expand
  7. Nov 7, 2013
    9
    It is a damn shame this game flopped (thank you ign).

    Positives

    1. It's difficult while being fair. Unlike games such as I Wanna Be The
    Guy or... other indie games, when you die in this game, it's on you, not shoddy programming.

    2. It's amazingly over-the-top. Like some weird mix of Fist of the North Star, Western movies, and Streets of Rage, the game knows how to make you say "What".

    3. It's funny in a medium where most attempts to be funny fall on their faces. It's not afraid to be politically incorrect, not afraid to sound goofy, and not afraid to offend.

    Negatives

    1. Though some would say the casino adds "color" and "flavor" to the game, I think it's just a waste of time.

    2. Uh... you can see through textures?

    I don't have much negative to say about God Hand. 9 out of 10. You should buy it as a reminder of when Capcom didn't suck.
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