Game Review: God Hand

Written by Viewtiful D

Some people just can’t catch a break. Take Gene, the plucky protagonist of this game. Beaten up in a fight, the thugs involved decide to slice off his arm. Left for dead and relatively ‘armless, you’d think that was it for our hero. But you’d be wrong! …

God Hand

Platform: Playstation 2

Released: In stores now

Rating: 7/10

Some people just cant catch a break. Take Gene, the plucky protagonist of this game. Beaten up in a fight, the thugs involved decide to slice off his arm. Left for dead and relatively ‘armless, you’d think that was it for our hero. But you’d be wrong! The fight took place because the thugs were hassling a girl, Olivia, who just so happened to be the caretaker of the legendary GOD HAND! Figuring Gene as the do-gooder type, she decides to give him the God Hand, an arm imbued with the power of god and the ability to lay the smack down upon anyone who gets in his way! However, this puts Gene, the usually laidback and to be frank, somewhat cowardly nobody at the top of the bad guys wanted list, specifically a group of demons who call themselves the four Devas.

Set in a wierd wild west style environment, God hands world is full of bars, sand and poisonous chihuahuas? Read on, dear reader, read on and all will become…well…slightly clearer. Made by the now sadly defunct Clover Studios, responsible for Viewtiful Joe among others, God Hand is a silly game. Taking from old skool beat em ups, the object of the game is to basically pummel your way from A to B, collecting cash and items along the way to boost your ability to pummel your way from A to B next time!

There is a level of strategy involved in the game however, your foes will not simply line up to get punched/kicked/slapped/upercutted/suplexed into submission. Blocking, ganging up on you, using weapons and even using hostages are things your enemies wont hesitate to do in order to send you packing, minus one God Hand. Luckily, you can do all these right back (minus taking hostages, but hey, you’re a good guy right?). Luckily again, you arent restricted to simply punching and kicking. Using the aforementioned cash, you can purchase new techniques and build up a combo which can literally send your enemies flying.

Two other factors to take into account are the roulette wheel attacks and God Hand mode. The roulette wheel attacks are unblockable attacks which are gained either by building up a meter buy attacking enemies or grabbing power ups. God Hand mode is again built up by either destroying enemies or collecting power ups (such as porn mags?!) and hitting a button to activate. Much like the devil trigger in capcoms devil may cry franchise, this sends Gene into overdrive, his attacks becoming much much faster and even more powerful.

Overall, God Hand isnt the most original game you’ll ever find. Even with casino mini games, random challenges and gladiator style battles, the bulk of the game is battling from start to end. However it is its completely ridiculous sense of humour, hilarious cutscenes and outrageous moves (punching the enemy into orbit Love Hina stlye and spanking to name but a few) which really set the game aside as just plain fun. You have to pay attention to what your enemies are doing but other than that its just good, honest to goodness fun with copious amounts of silly and a great soundtrack. Oh and poisonous chihuahuas.

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