There are few legitimately good 3D beat-’em-ups in the vein of classics like Double Dragon and Final Fight. But the team behind excellent games like Viewtiful Joe and Okami has delivered one in God Hand, a self-consciously silly, shamelessly repetitive, very challenging, fast-paced martial arts action game. God Hand isn’t ambitious by any stretch, since it consists almost exclusively of you, as a cocky young fighter named Gene, thrashing all sorts of different thugs and their ridiculous masters using various over-the-top moves. The game demands fast reflexes and some well-practiced button-mashing skills, and if all this sounds like fun to you, then you’ll probably love it.
In the grand tradition of other beat-’em-ups, there’s not a whole lot of backstory to God Hand–only the thinnest semblance of a plot to set you up so you can knock ‘em down. The title of the game refers to Gene’s right arm (not just his hand!), which apparently possesses stupendous power…though Gene’s other arm and both his legs are pretty tough, too. All sorts of other fighters, including a trio of scheming demons, want this power, and Gene’s got a score to settle with them anyway, so battle ensues. Along the way, he’ll confront everything from a fat, vulgar, cigar-chomping Hispanic-accented demon named Elvis to a gorilla pro wrestler to an embarrassing squad of pint-sized superheroes to a dominatrix who’s so evil, she kicks puppies. But, most of all, he’ll fight lots and lots of punks, thugs, hoods, and other surly-looking types–and not just men but some mean-spirited ladies, as well.
The game unfolds as a series of many brief levels, comprising over half a dozen different stages, each of which are sandwiched between brief, often-amusing cinematic cutscenes. Each stage has its own look, catchy music, and unique enemies, but the stages still are all roughly the same–the level design in God Hand is simply there to put you up against one roomful of enemies after another. There are no puzzles to solve, no bottomless pits to jump over, and barely any other obstacles to watch out for besides all the bad guys. Yet the game stretches on for a remarkably long time for being so simple and will probably take you at least a dozen hours to finish the first time through. While the game does feel padded out with many cookie-cutter enemy encounters, the action stays fun and interesting by providing you with an ever-growing variety of martial arts moves. There are well over a hundred different punches and kicks you can use against your foes, and as you discover more and more of them, you can freely map them to the face buttons on your controller and wind up with your own custom fighting style. You can also buy power-ups that raise your maximum health and boost your special abilities.
- Size after decompression: 2.5 GB
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