God Hand is one of the strangest games to ever recieve a North American release on the PlayStation 2. Released in 2006, it’s a 3D beat-em-up that features a distinctly weird Capcom flair and feels eerily reminiscent in tone to the Dead Rising series.
There haven’t been many quality titles of this sort since the transition from two to three dimensions made the concept somewhat tricky to pull off, but developer Clover Studio—the people behind both Okami and Viewtiful Joe—knocked it out of the park. A critical success that is still fondly remembered more than ten years after the fact, this title definitely deserves a spot on the PlayStation 2 Classic.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s just no denying the charming oddity of this experience. The control scheme took a bit of getting used to, but the combat was so hefty and satisfying that it almost didn’t matter. One of the very few games to allow players to create their own combos, this bizarre little gem is a must-play for any brawling fans who may have missed out back in the day.