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Chris (Magnalon) has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!

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Twitter - @DtoidChris

I'm in my 20s, I'm married, and I've been playing games since I was 4. I still remember buying my own NES system at Sears and going home and playing Mario/Duck Hunt. Fast forward to the present, my wife and I now own a PS3, 360, Wii, and Wii U.

As far as contemporary systems go, I also own an iPhone 4 (which I game on very heavily - check out HookChamp), a 3DS XL, the Kinect, the PS Move, a PSP-2000, and a Playstation Vita. If I had to choose a system I had the "best times" with, it would be a two way tie between the Sega Dreamcast and Sony Playstation 2. My favorite game series is Mega Man Classic, but I own every Metal Gear, Devil May Cry, Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Wario, Tony Hawk, main series Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil game ever released in the US (and a lot more), so it's a close call!

There are too many good games out to count now, but I'm always itching to play my backlog of old PS2 action titles. I'll play anything and everything action-adventure, so if you have a game in mind, drop me a line! I have strong opinions regarding the financial decisions of many publishers, but at the end of the day, I'm willing to give anything a chance; especially if it comes recommended by a community member.

Oh; and in 2012 I started contributing to Destructoid.

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Here is my story, from my humble beginnings as a c-blogger.

Here's an in-depth 10 things about me post that will enlighten you further.

Here's another in-depth 10 things about me post, when the community brought it back.

I was also interviewed.

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Carter's Quests (previously Magnalon's Quest):

2011 - Zelda
2012 - Resident Evil
2012 - Tony Hawk
2012 - Kingdom Hearts
2012 - Wario
2013 - Mega Man Classic
2013 - Devil May Cry
2013 - Mega Man X
2013 - God of War
2013 - Metroid

Future - Pokémon
Future - Splinter Cell
Future - Mega Man Spinoffs
Future - Elder Scrolls
Future - Mario
Future - Platinum Games
Future - Kirby
Future - Clover
Future - Castlevania
Future - Metal Gear
Future - Tenchu
Future - Ninja Gaiden
Future - Onimusha
Future - Ape Escape
Future - Disgaea
Future - Twisted Metal
Future - Deception
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Street Fighter x Tekken

Babel Rising

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Guild Wars 2

Realms of Ancient War

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC

Dance Central 3

New Little King's Story

Skylanders Giants

Dokuro

Punch Quest

Orgarhythm

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC #2

Razer Kraken Pro Headset

Need for Speed: Most Wanted mobile

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation

WWE '13

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition

Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC #3

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD DLC

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (iOS)

Skylanders: Battlegrounds

Black Knight Sword

Crimson Shroud

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC #4

Anarchy Reigns

Joe Danger Touch

Might & Magic Clash of Heroes (iOS)

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Skulls of the Shogun

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

Puddle (Wii U)

Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Revolution

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PC)

Omerta: City of Gangsters

Dungeonland

Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad

PlayStation All-Stars DLC

Bentley's Hack Pack

Urban Trial Freestyle

Assassin's Creed III: King Washington DLC: The Infamy

Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus

Dollar Dash

DmC: Devil May Cry: Vergil's Downfall

Kersploosh!

ATV Wild Ride 3D

Darkstalkers Resurrection

Assassin's Creed III: King Washington DLC: The Infamy

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

Ms. Splosion Man (iOS)

BattleBlock Theater

Toki Tori 2

Slayin' (iOS)

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Metal Gear Rising Revengeance: Jetstream

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Injustice: Gods Among Us (iOS)

Fish Out of Water

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LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins

Assassin's Creed III: King Washington DLC: The Redemption

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

Witch and Hero

Haunted Hollow

Way of the Dogg

Jack Lumber

Star Command

Color Commando

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance: Blade Wolf DLC

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Dust 514

Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

Best Park In the Universe - Regular Show

Men's Room Mayhem

Rising Storm

Mighty Switch Force! 2

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BUGS vs. Tanks!

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Card Hunter

Elgato Game Capture HD

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix

Angry Birds Star Wars II

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Skylanders: Swap Force

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Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director's Cut (Wii U)

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Rayman Fiesta Run

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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Crimson Dragon

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Assassin's Creed IV (Xbox One and PS4)

Fighter Within

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Skylanders: Swap Force (Xbox One and PS4)

Tiny Brains

Mad Katz Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick

Assassin's Creed: Pirates

Peggle 2

Doki Doki Universe

Samurai Gunn

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

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The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode One

Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry

Republique

Fightback

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World of Warplanes

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Batman: Arkham Origins: Initiation

Dr. Luigi

Valdis Story: Abyssal City

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Joe Danger Infinity

Castle Doombad

Dark Souls: Design Works

Muramasa Rebirth DLC #1

Assassin's Creed Liberation HD

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Fable Anniversary

The Wolf Among Us: Smoke and Mirrors

Dead Rising 3: Operation Broken Eagle

Jazzpunk

One Piece: Romance Dawn

Dead Rising 3: Fallen Angel

AeternoBlade

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Strider

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles

Thief

Steel Diver: Sub Wars

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Rambo: The Video Game

Dead Rising 3: Chaos Rising

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Basement Crawl

Pac-Man Museum

South Park: The Stick of Truth

The Walking Dead: A House Divided

Fractured Soul

Dark Souls II

Titanfall

Yoshi's New Island

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Dead Rising 3: The Last Agent

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The Witch and the Hundred Knight

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Ranked

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Volgarr the Viking

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OlliOlli

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Promoted (before I was staff):

Playing with Others: Phantasy Star Offline

Magnalon's quest to beat every Zelda in 2011

Tips for Securing Your Xbox Live Account

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My top 20 games (in no particular order):

Resident Evil 5
Fallout: New Vegas
Dragon Age: Origins
Dark Souls
Demon's Souls
Skies of Arcadia
Lunar 1 and 2
World of Warcraft: All Expansions
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tenchu 2
Devil May Cry 3
Phantasy Star Online
Ape Escape 1
Rockman and Forte (Megaman and Bass)
God Hand
Jet Set Radio Future
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Donkey Kong Country
Final Fantasy Tactics

Bonus:

Dark Souls II
Deception IV: Blood Ties
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Strider (2014)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy
The Wolf Among Us
Bravely Default
NES Remix
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Mario 3D World
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Dead Rising 3
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Guacamelee
Pokemon X & Y
Super Mario 3D World
Grand Theft Auto V
Dragon's Crown
Gravity Rush
Dragon's Dogma
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Pandora's Tower
Persona 4 Golden
Pokémon Silver
Tomb Raider (2013)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Brave Fencer Musashi
Shenmue II
Dark Cloud
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Ikaruga
Asura's Wrath
Halo 4
Mutant Mudds
Far Cry 3
Assassin's Creed III
Retro City Rampage
Guild Wars 2
Bayonetta
Binding of Isaac
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
Fez
Zone of the Enders 2
Xenoblade Chronicles
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Batman: Arkham City
Skylanders Giants
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Diablo
Diablo II
Diablo III
Amplitude
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Tomb Raider II
Metal Gear Solid 4
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Bastion
Zombies At My Neighbors
Super Bomberman 2
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Spelunky
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Assassin's Creed II
Onimusha 3
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox)
Power Stone 2
No More Heroes 2
Ultima Online
Aladdin SNES
Super Punch-Out!!
Demon's Crest
Disgaea
Secret of Mana
Sparkster
Borderlands 2
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy X
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario 64
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario 3D Land
Mega Man 8
Okami
The Lost Vikings
Actraiser
Bujingai: The Forsaken City
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Odin Sphere
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Call of Duty: World at War
Chrono Trigger
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Jeanne d'Arc
Half Minute Hero
Kirby Super Star
Super Meat Boy
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
L.A. Noire
VVVVVV
Outland (XBLA/PSN)
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Mighty Flip Champs
Child of Eden
Kirby's Dream Course
Shadows of the Damned
Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR)
Rayman: Origins

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If I told you that the team responsible for Resident Evil 4, including Mr. Resident Evil himself, Shinja Mikami worked on God Hand, I’m sure you’d be shocked. Despite it’s impressive pedigree, God Hand has gotten a poor rap in the critical community. It’s average reviews have vastly been cited due to it’s “extreme difficulty”, which I think is a very unfair criticism considering it was created with a specific gamer in mind. To clue you in on how much of a niche game God Hand really is, Producer Atsushi Inaba frankly stated that “God Hand is aimed at hardcore gamers”. Does it have problems? Of course it does, it just doesn’t detract so much from the game that it ceases to be fun; in fact, God Hand is a blast.

(Expecting an article on why IGN sucks? Nope; it's a review)

If you’re looking for a cohesive story, don’t bother. God Hand makes about as much sense as most hardcore niche anime shows. You play Gene, a man who has just had his hand severed and coincidentally (or at least it seems like a coincidence) had it replaced with the strongest weapon in the world: the God Hand. Enter an evil organization that wants to steal it from you, and you have a plot (or lack of plot, however you want to look at it). Shinja Mikami’s aim here isn’t to “wow” you with a spectacular story, however, it’s to make you laugh, and shock you into disbelief. While you may feel that you have no motivation in your quest for glory, the oddball characters, dialogue, and rivalries will keep you wanting more.

At it’s core, God Hand is a brawler, make no mistake. The fighting system is extremely intricate, boasting over 100 moves and abilities from drunken fist to Eddie Gordo’s “break-dance fighting” capoeira style. You have your basic moves based off realistic fighting styles, and you have your “extreme moves”, where most of the game’s uniqueness lies. When you use an extreme move, a roluette wheel will pop up and allow you to choose your move in a short period of time.

The thrilling aspect of the roulette mechanic is that it slows down time to a crawl to allow you to use your move, but enemies can still knock you out of it! Regular grabs and attacks can also be “out there”. To name a few examples, enemies can be punched into the sky (disappearing with a glint) and female enemies can be spanked across the room. On occasion there will be various QTE sequences, but they fit perfectly into the game, and aren’t bothersome in any way. All of them are woven into normal moves, and never during cutscenes; for instance the stomp attack is utilized when repeatedly pressing circle when an enemy is on the ground.



Knee to the face!


One of the most unique features in God Hand is the “scaled difficulty bar”. Right there in front of you on your HUD, this bar taunts you repeatedly. The more punches you land, and the less damage you take, the higher this bar goes up, thus up-scaling the difficulty in the process. Once it maxes out, “DIE” appears on the bar and you essentially are screwed unless you’re really good at evading. The best part about this scaling difficulty is that you get rewarded with more points depending on how high the bar was during each level.

The first few stages you’ll get used to it, but in a matter of time you’ll keep it hovering just below “DIE”, and reap the benefits. God Hand also has a devil trigger-like mechanic, where you accrue energy in your “god bar” in order to rip the protective bracelet off of your god hand and unleash it’s power. You become invincible for a short amount of time, and do more damage; knowing when to use this power is key in terms of your survival.

Despite it’s very fun gameplay, God Hand will still have many “controller throwing moments”. Sometimes you’ll have little to no health, no powerups or pickups in sight, and you barely kill the last enemy in an area. Well guess what? That enemy happened to have a demon living inside of him that’s over twice as powerful as the enemy you defeated! This happens a handful of times throughout the game, and tests your patience. Get used to the dodge technique really early on if you want to have enough health for one of these surprises. There are also a few boss fights where the enemy will inflict a rather large amount of damage. It feels a bit cheap, but if you master the dodge system, it’s possible to not take any damage.
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Gene, meet Elvis


The soundtrack is just as odballish as the game. Comprised of various 70s, 80s, and orchestral tunes (with some amazing “wipeout” sounding surfer songs thrown in), you’ll never know what to expect. In-game, the voice acting is superb; Gene hilariously comments while fighting, and everything from a normal punch to a grand slam swing fits the game. When it comes to cut-scene voice acting you’re getting a mixed bag. Sometimes the dialogue will be appropriately cheesy, but sometimes it will just feel outright strange. Don’t be alarmed though, that’s what God Hand sets out to do: shock you! If you are offended by homosexual African-American circus twins, you need not apply. I warned you!

In God Hand, the locales you visit will range from sci-fi to western to fantasy. You start off in an “Old West” ghost town, and eventually make it to a giant zaibatsu-esque Demon Tower. God Hand encourages a small amount of exploration, but this part ends up being a bit shallow. You can find many powerups like health, or item cards, but you may find exploring to be a bit tiresome due to the drab look of a few of the areas.

Visually, God Hand is a bit average for a PS2 game, which is surprising since it came near the end of it’s life-cycle. To make up for it, the vast majority of the character models are extremely interesting, and you’re bound to find at least 10 enemies or characters that you really like. In-between levels, you can also choose to visit the local Casino, where you can pass the time playing poker, blackjack, chihuahua racing, slots, and cage fighting. With the money you earn you can buy new moves, so while it benefits you to do these activities, they’re not required.

Reviewers often forget what the main purpose of playing games is: for fun. If reviews were based on fun factor alone, God Hand would be in the top 5 of all time list. Unfortunately, it has it’s problems, which could have been fixed with a bit more development time, but if you’re a hardcore gamer, as Mikami intended, you will love this game; no questions asked.

Presentation - 6.5
Graphically God Hand is not polished, and some of the locales are drab looking and empty. The character models are either hit or miss, but the obvious parodies are done very well.

Gameplay - 9.0
While the camera is a bit frustrating at first, you’ll easily learn to adapt to your surroundings and accomodate it. There is so much depth to the gameplay that you could beat the game twice and still not grasp all of it’s concepts.

Sound - 8.5
Even though some music feels out of place, the voice acting is hilarious (and hilariously bad in the right places), and the in-game sound effects give you a complete rush.

Longevity - 7.5
God Hand’s fighting system is so deep, you’ll spend a long time earning all 100+ moves and abilities. If you want to break up the action, feel free to frequent the Casino and earn some new moves. Subsequent playthroughts don’t change, but the game lasts a long time due to it’s depth.

Overall - 8.0
God Hand feels rushed game and wasn’t received well by many critics; but don’t believe them. If you can get past it’s difficulty, God Hand is one of the most enjoyable and unique games of all time.
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