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[int] Characters ................................ [cha] Controls .................................. [con] The HUD and Items ......................... [hud] Techniques and Effects .................... [tec] Difficulty ................................ [dif] Starting Tips ............................. [tip] Useful Combos ............................. [use] Walkthrough Stage 1 ................................. [st1] Stage 2 ................................. [st2] Stage 3 ................................. [st3] Stage 4 ................................. [st4] Stage 5 ................................. [st5] Stage 6 ................................. [st6] Stage 7 ................................. [st7] Stage 8 ................................. [st8] Final Stage ............................. [st9] Shop/Casino ............................... [sac] Extreme Fighting .......................... [fia] Extras/Trivia ............................. [ext] Miscellaneous ............................. [mis] ____________________________________ INTRODUCTION [int] "In the days before time, an angel filled with pride fell from the heavens to a life in exile as the Demon King Angra. "Filled with spite and hatred, Angra spearheaded an army of demons and specters to overthrow the world of mortal men. "However, a man appeared with the power of god sealed in his arms, and used this power to once again send Angra into exile. "The people, grateful that Angra's threat had subsided, bestowed upon the man the title of Godhand. "Legend states: 'Although the man is long since gone, a single clan continues to this day to defend the Godhands, and the power held within. "'Those who possess this power are capable of becoming either god or demon.'" It's somewhat hard to write and follow a walkthrough for a game where your main purpose is just to beat up everything in sight, but it's worth a try! I picked up this title on a whim and have been hooked ever since. So here's my tribute to the awesomeness that is God Hand. This walkthrough will try and cover all the basic stuff and provide strategy to get you through in one piece. When I say strategy, I mean strategy. I'm not going to blatantly say something like, "Use the Ball Buster roulette and then go in for a four-part combo with Overhead Blow, Long Straight 3, High Side Kick, and Drunken Fist." This game is too random for that. It's more like laying out how your enemy moves and then providing a loose battle plan based on said info. In no way are the strategies outlined herein definitive or "the best", nor do I attempt to claim that they are; I'm just sharing what worked for me. Use the table of contents above and the Find feature to get around this guide quickly. When searching for different sections of each stage, just keep hitting the "Find Next" button and you'll get to where you want to go eventually. ____________________________________ CHARACTERS [cha] GENE A 23-year old who lives by his fists, Gene apparently travels from town to town, earning whatever he can. He has a strong sense of justice and can't turn down a cry for help. Unfortunately, this gets him into trouble when he comes to the aid of Olivia only to get his right arm cut off by demons and replaced with one of the fabled Godhands. Though he complains a lot, he doesn't let his outspoken, macho nature get in the way of his need to help others. OLIVIA Olivia is 19 and one of the last members of her clan. Her duty is to protect the Godhands from those who would use them for evil purposes. When she is accosted by demons and saved by Gene, she entrusts one of them to him to save his life and seems to gain control of his life in the process. She shares Gene's need to help people and sends him all over the continent in order to put the terrorizing demons in their places. BELZE Belze is the leader of the Four Devas, a group of demons whose primary goal is to resurrect Angra and turn the world into a demonic paradise. Prim and proper in his cheap suit, Belze prefers not to get his hands dirty and uses the other members of the group to capture Gene to make sure the power of god does not interfere with Angra's return. AZEL, THE DEVILHAND The other survivor of Olivia's clan, Azel is a firm believer in survival of the strongest. He chooses to align himself with demons and is only accepted into the Four Devas because his left arm is the other Godhand. His relationship with Olivia is not a happy one despite their engagement, and Azel seems to see her solely as a means to get close to and test the other Godhand's power. ELVIS Elvis is a demon that knows the pleasures of life. He's never seen without a cigar and is always taking time out to snack on human flesh. Despite his love for pleasure, he knows how to fight when need be and is constantly trying to prove himself in front of Shannon. SHANNON Always one to hold a party, Shannon is akin to Elvis in her love for a good time. Her heart doesn't seem to be in the Four Devas, as she'd rather be out than sitting around a table holding meetings, and she has no real interest in Belze's ambitions. Her one desire right now is to catch Gene, not to help Belze but to gain a pet. ____________________________________ CONTROLS [con] LEFT ANALOG STICK Controls movement. Since the camera is fixed behind Gene, hitting up on the stick is the only way to move forward. Left and right will only turn him in place. Down will slowly move Gene backwards. Double tapping forward makes Gene sprint and hitting triangle, square, or X during a sprint will end in a different dash attack. When using the Stomp command on the field, tilting the left analog stick will result in different moves. RIGHT ANALOG STICK Controls dodging movements. Up is a simple ducking motion (not a crouch, unfortunately). Left and right are sidesteps, and down will make Gene perform a back flip. L1 Performs a 180 degree turn. This is extremely helpful when you need to get breathing room between you and a foe. L2 Taunt. Not only does it fill your tension gauge, but it makes enemies steaming mad and causes them to rush towards you. Used carefully, this can help you weed them out of a group one by one. R1 Opens the God Roulette. If you have roulette orbs, this will cause the game to go into slow motion and brings up a roulette wheel with different godly moves for you to choose from. Use the left analog stick or R1 to cycle through the choices and use circle or X to select a move or triangle to cancel the roulette. Enemies can still attack you when the roulette is open if they're close enough. R2 Unleash the Godhand! When your tension gauge is orange and Gene's right arm is glowing, you can use the Godhand to become invincible for a short period of time, move super fast, and cause extra damage to enemies. This power lasts the same amount of time no matter the size of the tension gauge and cannot be cancelled once activated. SQUARE, TRIANGLE, X All three of these buttons are your primary attack buttons, and you can fully customize them to your heart's content. The left analog stick can also be used in conjunction with these three buttons to perform extra moves. X is used to confirm menu selections, and triangle is cancel. There are also certain special moves you can perform with triangle regardless of your technique/button configuration: right analog stick up + triangle = Low Roundhouse Kick left analog stick up + triangle (when enemy is on ground) = Heel Drop (this can be charged up) triangle (when enemy is floating from Heel Drop) = Launch Kick left analog stick down + triangle (when enemy is juggled) = Laughing Dragon Punch left analog stick up + triangle (when enemy is juggled) = Mid-air Roundhouse Kick CIRCLE God Hand uses event reaction button commands, which let you perform special moves on your foes when the time is right. Circle is what you'll be using most of the time, and you'll love it. When an enemy is dizzied, it will let you perform special moves on them. Circle also lets you interact with the environment by picking up items (use X to throw). START Displays the menu. This is where you can set up your attacks and roulette moves and check your status. Hitting R1 and L1 will also let you partake in an Olivia slideshow, which is added onto after every stage. ____________________________________ THE HUD AND ITEMS [hud] All the important in-game stuff is on your HUD (heads up display). The upper right corner has your radar, which indicates enemies and items. Under that is your bank account. The lower left has your roulette orbs for your special moves, life gauge (the orange bar on top), tension gauge (the purple/orange bar under that), and your difficulty meter indicated by a level. Enemy drops and breakable items will replenish money, health, and pretty much any stats on your HUD: Coins and money bags replenish your bank account, and they are each worth a different amount from bronze to silver to gold in ascending order. Think of it as start-up money for your gambling career. Cards: Girl in Bikini = restores tension gauge Green Skull = restores one roulette orb Gold Skull = restores two roulette orbs Red Skull = restores three roulette orbs Gene's Outfit Emblem (Orange) = increases attack power briefly and makes moves unblockable Fruit: Cherries = restore 20% of health Orange = restores 30% of health Bananas = restore 50% of health Strawberry = restores 100% of health Since Gene does not have an inventory, you can't carry or store items. As a trade-off, all items on the field will not disappear once revealed. So if you happen to come across a strawberry when you're still at full health, save it until you really need it. It'll be right where you found it. Make absolutely sure you pick everything up before leaving an area; fruits and cards also give you money if the stats they refill are already full, and since you can't return to an area once you leave, they're no good just lying there. ____________________________________ TECHNIQUES AND EFFECTS [tec] JUGGLE A Juggle attack sends an enemy flying into the air; however, this might not work every time on heavier foes or bosses. Juggling sets them up for mid- air punches, kicks, or a sound stomping from Gene's foot when they hit the ground. It's possible for enemies to recover from a Juggle attack and instead fly away from you, steaming, but it's still a good way to get them to back off. LAUNCH Need to get an enemy out of your face? Launch attacks send them flying no matter how much health they have left. Like Juggle attacks, this might not work on everyone. However, most Launch attacks have the drawback of drawn- out animation. Only perform a Launch attack after, say, a Guard Breaker or when the enemy is dizzy or taunting. That way, they can't catch you mid- move. CHARGE These are usually also Juggle and Launch attacks. Hold down the button it's assigned to to make it stronger. These attacks are useful when an enemy is far away and running towards you. Time it juuust right, and they'll walk right into it. Use these with care though, as you're a sitting duck and they'll release automatically when they reach their limit. BREAK GUARD Always have a Guard Breaker on hand. (No pun intended.) When enemies brace themselves to guard against Gene, they'll stop him mid-attack should he hit them. This leaves him open to counterattack, but performing a Guard Breaker turns the tables on them and leaves them vulnerable. A Guard Breaker's power doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things; it's the action of smacking them out of stance that counts. HEAT UP There's only one Heat Up technique, the Yes Man Kablaam. This attack adds insult to injury and fills the tension gauge. However, it takes a while to actually connect and the taunt afterwards leaves Gene open. Use it like a Launch attack: after a Guard Breaker or when your foe is preoccupied. Perform a quick dodge afterwards to cut the taunt short if need be. There are also roulette moves with the Heat Up effect, like the God Charge. DIZZY The only Dizzy move is the Granny Smacker, which is quite humorous. It's slow and does little damage, but it renders an enemy susceptible to an action command attack with circle. Like the Yes Man Kablaam, perform a dodge right after it connects to avoid being an easy target when Gene performs the finishing animation. Roulette moves like the Chain Yanker and Ball Buster also render enemies instantly dizzy. An important note to make about a dizzied enemy is that they remain that way for a short period of time, making it a perfect opportunity to throw punches like the Yes Man Kablaam and finishing by hitting circle before they recuperate. (Thanks to Knoxx for sending in this info.) EVADE HIGH ATTACK These attacks do just what they say. Most enemies' attacks are in the mid to upper range so hitting below the belt is a good thing. They also work well on shorter foes. UNBLOCKABLE Somewhat self-explanatory, enemies cannot guard against these attacks. That doesn't mean they're incapable of being interrupted though. ____________________________________ DIFFICULTY [dif] The difficulty settings in God Hand are a little different. At the start, you can choose easy or normal, but the real difficulty factor is measured in levels. The current level is in the lower left corner of the HUD by the skull. Landing hits on an enemy, taunting, using a Guard Breaker at the right time, and generally doing a good job raise the level. Taking lots of damage lowers the level. There are four levels: 1, 2, 3, and Die. The higher the level, the tougher the enemies. Easy mode never goes any higher than level 2. Normal mode can go all the way to Die. Hard mode, which is unlocked by beating the game on normal, is nothing but level Die. The more enemies you defeat on higher difficulties, the bigger the cash bonus at the end of the stage. If you ever find yourself on a level of difficulty that you can't handle, there's a way out. Open the God Roulette and cycle through until you see the Grovel option. For one orb, Gene will get down on his knees and, well, grovel. This will automatically take you to the start of level one. ____________________________________ STARTING TIPS [tip] Dodge like crazy! Gene cannot block so it is vitally important for you to get familiar with the right analog stick to avoid getting your ass handed to you. Dodging is also a trick some players use to cancel certain techniques' long animations to make Gene recover and move faster. Don't button mash! Mashing square over and over is obviously a bad move. Gene will get into a combo, the enemy will guard, Gene will get thrown off, and then Gene will get counterattacked. Watch your foe. For example, some enemies do charge attacks; wait for them to unleash it and simply sidestep out of the way to counterattack them. Patience is your friend. Save your Godhand! Only use it when absolutely necessary: when you're outnumbered, when you've encountered a powerful demon, etc. This may be a no-brainer, but it is hard to resist using it when the meter is full. Do not fritter it away or you will be sorry the next time a demon pops out of that thug you just killed. Do not waste your roulette orbs! If you want to play around with your roulette moves, go to the training area. In battle, know what all of them do and which ones you want to use. The wheel is randomized each time you activate it; if you can't find your move in time, use triangle to cancel and try again, or Gene will pick a move himself. Run away! Some enemies have what I call the "stupid thug complex". If you run too far away from them, they'll give up on you and return to their original positions. Use this to your advantage! Also, be aware that only when an exit is blocked by a magical barrier or a lock do all the enemies have to be slain to move on. Sometimes running away really is the best option. Trust (or curse) your luck! Most of the drop items from enemies and breakable objects are random, so expect to get screwed over a lot. Demons will also appear randomly and when you need them the least. In other words, sometimes dying can't be helped. On that note, just keep at it! This game lets you customize your fighting style in a myriad of ways. If you keep dying in an area, chances are your technique needs some work or your attacks aren't causing enough damage to be effective. Experiment. You'll strike up something that works for you sooner or later. If not, check the God Hand message boards or YouTube to see strategies others have found. ____________________________________ USEFUL COMBOS [use] Here's a bit more explicit advice for those who want it. You will more than likely come across a combination of moves that works for you. It'll work so well that you'll want to use it over and over. This may seem cheap to some, but for others, it's the only real way to get the job done. Here's a list of such combos that either others have taught me or I stumbled upon by trial and error. YES MAN KABLAAM + SIDESTEP Wait for your enemy to be put off guard, either by them taunting or you using a Guard Breaker. Do one Kablaam, sidestep, do another Kablaam, sidestep again, rinse, repeat. The point of sidestepping is to cut Gene's taunt short, since it is so drawn out. This combo fills your tension gauge insanely fast, and since the Yes Man Kablaam is also a Guard Breaker, you can use it repeatedly even if your enemy braces against it. Don't use it too many times in a row though or they'll start a combo of their own and interrupt yours. DASH ATTACK + YES MAN KABLAAM + SIDESTEP The square dash attack is a personal favorite. It launches lighter foes and stuns larger ones 60% of the time. When it successfully stuns, instantly do a Yes Man Kablaam to start the trick listed above. If your target should happen to guard against your dash attack, do a Guard Breaker instead (if you have time), followed by a Kablaam and a sidestep. CHAIN YANKER + YES MAN KABLAAM + SIDESTEP This is basically the first strategy with the Chain Yanker roulette used to draw the enemy in close. This also dizzies them, meaning you can pull off several Yes Man Kablaams without worry of counterattack, so there's no need for dodging except to cut the animation short. HALF MOON KICK + STOMP Put the Half Moon Kick on a hot button, use it until your enemy falls on the ground and prompts the Stomp command, stomp them to fill your tension gauge, stop early and let them get up, Half Moon Kick again, rinse, repeat. The Half Moon Kick is a dual-type move, letting you evade an enemy's attack and coming up high to juggle them away. Even if they dodge the initial kick, the second one is bound to connect unless they happen to guard. The only problem with this is that the Stomp command leaves Gene extremely vulnerable, so it only works well when not swamped. RIGHT ROUNDHOUSE 3 + SIDESTEP (+ STOMP) Assign the Right Roundhouse 3 to a button like X or triangle, use it, and sidestep and kick back and forth. Most of the time, this knocks the enemy to the ground. The cool thing about the Right Roundhouse 3 is that it's an area kick: it hits enemies low to the ground as well as those behind or close to you. You can either continue kicking away or use stomps to fill your tension gauge like with the Half Moon Kick trick. JUGGLE + CHARGE Pick a Juggle attack and after you use it, if the enemy is knocked down or jumps away, start your Charge attack. Hopefully, by the time the enemy gets back up to you, your attack will be ready. This combo is less tried and true and will not work on the more nimble foes. I just know that the combination of the Half Moon Kick and Fist of God got me through some tough arena fights in style. ____________________________________ WALKTHROUGH This walkthrough was written while playing on the normal difficulty. Easy players can expect the same fights but lighter combat. Hard players better know what they're doing since all enemies move much faster and attacks cause insane damage. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 1-0, The Beginning [st1] Start off by taking care of the two guys right in front of you. Remember to dodge every now and then. A good formula to follow is three or four punches/ kicks followed by a Guard Breaker or a back flip to give yourself room before they can counterattack or gang up on you. Two at a time isn't much of a problem but feel free to do a 180 and run to make space. Afterwards, a fat thug will charge out of a door. Take him out. On the right side of the building with the crates is a thug with his back turned. He'll drop a wooden plank you can use. Go inside the door he was guarding to find some crates upstairs. (If you go in the bar first and then walk outside that door, Gene will automatically run far enough away so the thug will miss him.) In the open area next to the saloon, you'll see three guys ganging up on a villager. If you stay in this area long enough, a statue will pop out of the ground to the left. Punch it repeatedly to get a random item (usually a card or fruit) or it will go back underground. Now save that poor man, but DO NOT under any circumstances use God Roulette attacks around villagers. Gene won't auto-target them even though his punches can still hurt them, but roulette moves will most likely kill any and all villagers nearby in one hit. Villagers are stupid; they will run to safety right through the middle of your fights! After you clean up and take care of the two guys that pop out of the saloon, enter the drug store behind you to find the guy if you didn't kill him. Saving villagers keeps you from getting cash deductions at the ends of stages, and they'll always give you an item in return. Note the explosive red barrel near the saloon; you can use it on the three guys inside. A demon will rise from the corpse of the guy sitting alone. These demons are fierce opponents, being faster and stronger than normal foes. This brand of demon (purple) loves to fight with its fists. It'll do a combo that results in it lashing out with an extended arm, so back flip to safety. It also has a long range attack, shooting fire balls at you. Sidestep back and forth to avoid them. It will also try to teleport behind you, but Gene has a Counter reaction command for this. By far, the easiest way to deal with demons is to unleash the Godhand and clean up with combos afterwards. From now on, these demons will spawn randomly so always keep a full tension gauge because you never know when you'll encounter one. Some will even give up random techniques for killing them. When you try to climb the stairs, two more enemies will jump through the roof. Collect the spoils upstairs and head outside. The stable will open and three enemies appear. They won't stray far from the stable so it's fun to run out and do dash attacks right into them repeatedly. After clearing them out, check the right side of the other end of the stable for a ladder you can climb to the roof. Raid the crates and hop back down. The guy in front of the building by the stable has a pipe. Pick it up and go left to find a guy with a hammer. Throw the pipe at him and steal his hammer. Nice trade. Down the street is a fat guy sitting on a villager. Approach him and three more will appear behind you. Do a 180 to get some breathing room but watch for the villager as he runs away. That hammer you got should clear them out quickly, but there is a very good chance that the fat thug will turn into a demon. The villager will be in the green and white building. Break all the barrels and such and move on. From now on, after every stage you can save, continue, or enter the shop and casino. (See the Shop/Casino section after the walkthrough for more info.) After completing every major stage (i.e. - going from Stage 1 to 2), new techniques, roulette moves, and power ups will be available in the shop. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 1-1, My Right Arm The God Hand [st1] Use the barrels around the area on the three immediate enemies. You can also run out into the open area behind you to get your bearings; the thugs will only stay around the buildings. Try to go back in the hotel if you want to see Olivia's smartass face again. Behind the green building opposite, you'll find the Little Devil. For beating her challenge, you'll get a money reward based on your difficulty level. If you fail, you'll reappear in the stage with your health/tension meter and roulette orbs unaffected. If you win, you'll continue the stage with all your stats as they were when you beat the challenge. In this sense, sometimes the money isn't worth it if you barely make it out of a tough challenge. __________________________________ LITTLE DEVIL CHALLENGE 1 Annihilate all of the enemies before time runs out. Time: 2 minutes You start off with three normal thugs followed by a fat thug and two more thin guys and finally a bigger thug with a bat. You don't have much room to work with in the arena so they can easily gang up on you, and if you were low on health when you accepted the challenge, you might have a hard time. In this case, continue the stage to regain health/orbs/etc. and come back. Stick with your punch/kick combos with the occasional back flip/sidestep. Using the Godhand is a good idea when you're outnumbered, then you can handle stragglers easier. The last guy is dangerous with that bat but at least you can fight him one-on-one. Cross the bridge and take care of the two fat thugs. You can kick or dash attack them and all other enemies off the bridge. No drop items, obviously, but a nice quick kill. More will come down in a lift. Head up. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 1-2, A Poison Chihuahua!? [st1] Take care of the two guys in front of the pub. There's a plank near them if you want to use it. Inside the pub are two more. Thugs will come out of the building to the left of here and another is inside terrorizing a villager. Going down main street, you'll see a man get poisoned ... by a chihuahua. If you want to save him, chase down the little green guy for the serum. If not, just take your time with the rest of this stage. To catch him, beat up the thugs and the doors will open. Enter the green building on your right and go up the ladder. Jump down and return to where the villager is. Turn left and follow him around and inside the bar. Beat him down (two dash attacks with square are more than enough), and he'll drop the serum. At this point, you can ignore everyone and run back to the villager and give him the serum in return for the Dragon Kick roulette. You can either clean up all the new thugs or just move on. Venturing further through the big red doors where you chased the guy down, you'll get more thugs in a hot air balloon. The Little Devil is behind the red building to the right. __________________________________ LITTLE DEVIL CHALLENGE 2 Destroy the car before time runs out. Time: 1 minute What an ugly color. Punch and kick it out of its misery. Honestly, I don't know what else to say. You have to destroy all four sides of the car so move quickly. You can walk right by the fat thug to the next area. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 1-3, Secret Warehouse Carnival [st1] Oh boy. Make note of all the crates in the area. First, you'll have to beat three waves of thugs, two at a time. Hope that they give up some items and use them to charge your tension meter. Mr. Gold and Mr. Silver will pull some usual thug stunts: punching volleys and playing leap frog to vault into the air to dive bomb you. Simple back flips and sidesteps will get you out of the way. They also like to jump up in the air in a ball and come crashing down on you for some good damage, but this attack is easy to spot and avoid. Whenever they say "Whip it!", they will lunge at you, butt-first. Their strangest attack is when they meet up in the center of the warehouse after yelling, "Here I come!", make suggestive motions, spin at you, and lunge. You can interrupt this by throwing a crate at them, or you can just run until you hear them stop. Don't let them grab you or it will result in them tag-teaming: throwing you in the air and slamming you back down. Ouch. If you have it, use your Godhand. Since they like to gang up on you, this will most likely result in you hitting them both at the same time. Then you can run to the other side of the warehouse, taunt them, rinse, and repeat until it's full again. Dash attacks work well to break them up since they'll chase after you together too. Take a look at which one's health is lower, find him, and focus all your energy on him. Be careful: only throw a few punches and then dodge since they are quick, and one will attack from the side while you're hitting the other. If you've got room and orbs, splash damage roulettes will work nicely when they gang up on you. Once one of them is down, they can't pull off team moves, and it's as simple as punch/kick combos and dodges. Outside, collect the spoils but watch out as there will be at least one enemy hiding in the barrels. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 1-4, Sneak Into Elvis's Crib! [st1] Watch out for the enemies in this first hall and the room to the left since it is easy for them to gang up on you in the small space. If you need to fill your tension gauge, punch the statue of Elvis until it drops its book, then feel free to look. This will only work once though. The guy in the side room will drop a rosary. Clear out the hall and hope you get some healing items from those crates and vases before entering the room at the base of the stairs. In here are three glass cases to pilfer for cash and four waves of enemies. First, you get two normal thugs. Then three more. It is surprisingly easy to get caught in a corner thanks to the glass cases. I personally like doing repeated dash attacks with square to send them flying and keep them from surrounding Gene. Next is a flood of the little green guys. As you might have seen before, they like to throw bombs that you can kick around the room. They will also try to poke you in the ass, which is just embarrassing. Be ready to hit circle if you see one go behind you as this will result in a satisfying reaction attack. A few punches and kicks are enough to take them out; dash attacks annihilate them. Lastly, you get two of the taller thugs. Now might be a good time to unleash that Godhand. When they're dead, get the treasure (noting the odd busts) and the rosary and leave. If you need to refill your tension gauge, the Elvis statue will have gotten its book back. Upstairs, there's a room beside the door the two guys are guarding. Save the girls inside from the fat thug to get your third rosary and meet them downstairs for items. Use your three rosaries to unlock the door; you can beat up those two tall thugs or run right past them. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 1-5, Who's The Boss? Elvis! [st1] The first thing you should do is go behind Elvis's chair and get the chest there for the Yes Man Kablaam technique. Break the vases over Elvis's head, punch his chair, and hope for something good. As for attacks, he has a long range attack where he hurls fire at you. He can also hurl himself at you super fast (head down or fist out). He'll punch, kick, and head butt as well as jump into the air and land to do splash damage if you stand close to him long enough. He is surprisingly fast so you will need to keep on your toes. Lastly, he can blow smoke in your face to blind you. Watch your radar to keep your bearings and make room until it clears out. As for offense, his long range techniques were hurting the most so I found it was easier to keep close to him since his jumping splash damage technique is easily avoided with a back flip. Elvis's weight keeps him from being hugely affected by dash attacks and strong kicks, though they are good for throwing him off kilter. Using the Godhand is the best way to pile on any real damage since Elvis is quite fast. Luckily, the Yes Man Kablaam helps A LOT in this. Basically, the strategy to follow is punch/kick combos until Elvis guards. Use a Guard Breaker and, while he's recovering, use the Yes Man Kablaam followed instantly by a sidestep to increase the tension gauge. This is a widely popular move because it is an effective lifesaver, pure and simple. To make it even better, if the Kablaam connects, it will stun Elvis long enough to do another. And another. But usually not too many more than that. Elvis's speed allows him to recover and attack quickly. You can now enter the fighting ring in the casino complex to start earning money. More bouts will become available after each major stage. See the Extreme Fighting section for more info. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 2-1, Demons Playing With Fire [st2] There are thugs (including females now) scattered in this area, plus you've got guys throwing fire balls at you. You can easily take on all the baddies one by one by using taunts to get them to come to you. Listen for the sound of air whooshing and dodge to avoid a possible fire ball. As for the females, they like to jerk your chain. If you see them sit on the ground and start crying, stay away! They'll low kick you if you get near them. Someone in this group will drop a key. Continue up the path, watching for projectiles. Up the stairs to your right are some crates and a thug. Don't venture too far out into the wide open area. The enemies around here will approach you themselves in easy-to-handle groups of two. The second group is two females, and at least one will have a whip. Either take the whip lady out in close range or be ready to back flip when you see her raise her whip because it has a good reach and will knock Gene off his feet. The last guy you face looks like a normal, taller thug, but he has a mohawk that he can throw at you. Take him out normally but be ready to sidestep if he raises his hands to his head. He'll give up a key. Someone in this area will most likely turn into a new kind of demon (orange). These guys brandish a blade on one arm and specialize in lunging attacks. Keep your distance and sidestep to avoid damage, and then go in for the counterattack. However, they can also teleport and have no reaction commands for Gene, so get ready to run when one goes behind you. Go up the stairs ahead of you and take care of the bladed fat thug and his friend who were working the catapult. In the next area, watch for more fire balls. Go to the left to find an open area with six thugs (the more dangerous ones have a whip and a bat). They're nice and spread out so you can easily use taunts to draw them out for one-on- one fights like before. Use the barrels and crates to hit them and draw them out as well. Two of them will drop keys. Further in upstairs, you'll meet two citizens being terrorized. Pick up your new bat and use it to save them; just be careful you don't hit them. Go back downstairs and continue up the path, clearing three more enemies as you go while getting another key. Those ladies you saved will be hiding to the left near the writing on the wall. Loop around, smash the crates, and move on. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 2-2, Human Fireworks = PARTY! [st2] To save this poor guy, you'll need to beat up the thugs while making sure that the lit fuses don't reach the TNT. Stomp on the fuse to put it out. The thugs with torches will actually be more preoccupied with lighting the fuses than Gene so use that to your advantage, but the heavier thugs won't have torches and so will only attack you. You'll know the fuses are lit when the villager is screaming. A nice way to handle this is to throw punches and break their guards when they put 'em up to buy time. Or, since they're the skinny thugs, just dash attack them with square. You've also got two explosive barrels by the entrance to use. While they're recovering, go and stomp on a fuse. Gene's stomp animation does not grant him invincibility, so stomp once and then immediately sidestep or back flip. After all the torch-bearers and fatties are gone, a bladed fat thug will attack on his own. Watch for his long range lunges; he's actually pretty fast with those. Throw some of the leftover torches to easily take him out. You'll get the roulette move Daisy Cutter for saving the villager. Use the key fatty dropped to continue. At first, there are only crates in the next area. This must mean there's a boss or the Little Devil is nearby... Yes, to your right. Replenish your health if you can/need to before talking to her. __________________________________ LITTLE DEVIL CHALLENGE 3 Annihilate all of the enemies before time runs out. Time: 2 minutes This challenge is a real pain; I usually pass it up. You have two waves of enemies. First are two whip ladies and a bladed fat thug. They start far apart but will gang up on you before you know it. If you have your Godhand charged, use it and you'll most likely take out the two ladies because they'll be so close together. If not, throw a few punches and quickly dodge. Rinse and repeat until your meter is full. Afterwards, use the fat thug to charge up your meter again because after that you have to deal with a knife sniper, another whip lady, and a zebra thug (a taller guy in a tacky outfit that packs more of a punch than other enemies). The knife guy usually keeps his distance just because he can throw knives at you from clear across the arena. The zebra thug and the lady have no problem chasing after you. You'll want to take the sniper and the lady out first since they don't take much punishment to kill (dash attacks work well). Your best bet is charging your Godhand or using roulette moves, but this is difficult since time isn't on your side. Three thugs are guarding the door ahead. Two attack first and then a taller guy jumps in. Feel free to lead them back to the open area if you need more room to maneuver. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 2-3, Giant Enemy Crane [st2] You'll get a shot of knife snipers up ahead. You can jump up the ladder and use the barrel to knock one of them off, but it's easier just to punch their platforms out from under them and take care of them on the ground. Constantly dodge since they're nimble, and you'll most likely take them on one-on-one, meaning you're always under the knife (ha ha) of the one above. They always yell before they attack; use that to your advantage. One of them coughs up a key. The object in the next area is to destroy the crane. Problem is, thugs are going to be in your way for most of this first part and the crane will also home in on you if you stand under it. You can actually use the crane to damage the small fry; get the crane poised to attack and then run to get the thugs to stand where you were. Bam. You can also pull the lampposts out of the ground to use as bludgeons or projectiles. As for the crane, when an arm comes down to attack you, it will get stuck in the ground. Just punch and kick it. Rinse and repeat the baiting process until both are down. Just watch out that those thugs don't catch you completely off guard. They come in all varieties but are not indefinite, so you can take them out before turning on the crane if you want. Go up the only open stairs on the ground floor and loot the crates and barrels on the way around. Jump down and go into the area you opened by killing the crane. This door up here will lock. Smack the face of the lock until it turns red to open it. Beware of the spiked arms that will activate. They'll shake before they hit you, so back flip away and continue whaling on it. Or just throw a lamppost at it to take care of it in one hit. Kill the bladed thug inside; he can be a real pain. He's so light that a punch from Gene will make him reel backwards, making it difficult to land any more on him without moving closer, opening yourself up to an attack. If you have any lampposts or barrels left, use them. He'll follow you into the open area, but not far. This way, you can easily keep tabs on him. He'll give you a key. Use it in the crane area on the ground floor to move on. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 2-4, Beware The Arrow Bridge [st2] Take care of the two enemies. Before crossing the bridge, flip the switch in the alcove on the left side of this area. The floor will open up, revealing a villager in distress. Jump down to get the bad guys' attention, then jump up out of the depression to do battle since the lady won't run to safety. For finding her, you get the Chain Yanker roulette move. To cross the bridge safely, just walk in between two of the pillars shooting arrows. Not hard. Punch them out if you want. Ahead, you've got a mohawk thug and a guy with a bat. Be careful if you kill the bat guy first because mohawk will go and pick his bat up. They'll both drop keys. Two whip ladies lie ahead. Throw your new bat at one of them to instantly KO her. Use the remaining one to fill your tension gauge. Clean up the barrels and examine the poster to use your two keys. Poor Gene. :( ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 2-5, The Three Evil Stooges [st2] Payback time! The good news about facing these three is that you'll do it one at a time. As always, note your surroundings. Tons of crates around. Felix, the big guy, is first. He likes to steam and charge. All you have to do is sidestep and counterattack. You'll mostly see him swing his large arms around to attack and end in a lunge. Don't think getting distance between you two will keep him from landing hits. He can slam his arms down for a shockwave attack (watch for the dirt), and he'll charge. You should really only use the Godhand on him once. His attacks are so predictable that it's easy to take him down with basic combos. When he's about gone, use him to charge your tension gauge for Bruce. Bruce is basically a knife sniper and so is extremely annoying. He likes to throw that weapon of his like a boomerang. Duck right before it hits you and sidestep away or keep ducking until it comes back. He will also kick, use heel drop moves, and slide along the floor. Like Elvis, he can blind you. If you're in his face, he'll spit green liquid at you and coat the screen. Run around until it clears. Using the Godhand on him is tough because of his weight. Like the last major thug you fought, he's so light that he ends up reeling from one punch! A good way to keep landing hits is to punch and kick without entering a combo. Keep your thumb tilting up on the left analog stick, and you'll always stick close to him. If you've been saving your crates, they work really well to throw him off balance and open him up to some punishment. When he's through, it's Conchita's turn. Ugh, she has a whip. Really, all she'll do is kick you if you're close and break out the whip if you're far away. She does also have a lunge attack where she straightens her whip like a sword. Use the Godhand to give her a sound thrashing and dizzy her for a spanking. Keep good distance and wait for an opening after an attack to go in for a combo or two. Just be sure not to fall for her crying bit. If she turns blue-faced and sits down, wait for her to get back up. Taunting her while she cries is always fun. Be sure to utilize all your leftover crates. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 2-6, The Cliff Ahead [st2] See those circular patterns on the ground ahead? Simply punch the rocks so they sit on the patterns, one for each. (The rocks say, "It's hard." Uh, thanks?) Afterwards, three thugs appear. Watch out because fatty is fast when he lunges with those blades! Use taunts to draw them out one-by-one if you can. They have the stupid thug complex where they can't leave their designated posts. If they gang up on you, run back to where you started, and they'll retreat. Next, get the two guys by the rope ladder. Up here, thugs will come out of the shack one at a time. Kick them or dash attack them off the cliff to get them to back off. If you'd rather not put up with them trickling out at you, just take care of the first one and jump right up to the shack; they'll stop coming when you step through the door. Take care of the knife sniper upstairs and the two other thugs. Beat open the door and refill your health with that strawberry in the chest. Flip the switch and head outside. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 2-7, The Return Of Fat Elvis [st2] You'll have to deal with two knife snipers first. As soon as one is dead, Elvis will jump in. Use the first one you kill to charge your tension gauge. If you get the remaining sniper between you and Elvis, he'll most likely get in the way of one of the big guy's lunges and get sent flying. As terrible as it sounds, you can punch the gravestones apart for items, though there's nothing around that you can throw. Elvis's attacks haven't changed much. He'll start to turn a demonic color when you land lots of hits on him, and he can hurl fireballs at you now as well as blow them out his cigar in flaming smoke rings. Whenever you see him strike a pose and reach for his cigar, back off. Elvis is actually easy to deal with since you should have your Yes Man Kablaam moves down. Now that you have the Chain Yanker roulette move, use it to pull him in close and dizzy him, then whale on him with the Yes Man Kablaam to completely fill your tension gauge. Then unleash the Godhand. If you use up your orbs or have none, a dash attack with square works extremely well to stun Elvis long enough to get in more Kablaams. Just make sure you do your lunge attack before he does his! When not Kablaaming, try and stick close to Elvis since that limits his attacks to combos and his splash attack, but keep an eye on that radar if he starts jumping around. Afterwards, I would definitely get the new Zen Revival move in the shop if you've been having bad luck with keeping your health in check. The chihuahua races are open for business as well in the item store. They're good for some quick cash and a laugh. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 3-1, An Adult Playground [st3] Enemies are hiding to the left and right of the main path here. You can enter the building with the red doors to your left to find a villager being harassed by a clown and two other carnival freaks. The female has a spiked hat that she'll throw like a Frisbee. The villager will be hiding in the grass on the right side of the street when it's over. More enemies are spread out around the carousel area. You can pull that parasol out of the ground to use on them. Through the door, you'll most likely hear the sounds of enemies getting attacked. We'll get back to that. The two guys under the arch are a problem because one will turn into a new kind of demon (spiked). (Well, he might and he might not. In a replay game, the new demon didn't appear for me for a while yet, so just keep this info in the back of your head if this goes for you too.) These guys are mostly close-ranged attackers because they can project spikes from every corner of their body, but they can also curl up in a ball and hurl themselves at you in midair. Back flip to avoid the spikes and sidestep to clear the lunge. Like the purple ones, they have a Counter command when they teleport behind Gene. Now, as to the instant enemy KOs you heard: there are spiked boxes on the tracks in this area that spin and deal heavy damage to anything in their path. To be on the safe side, wait until they stop spinning and punch them apart. If you want to live dangerously, keep them intact and try to get the enemies scattered in the hedge maze to walk into them. The boxes give up items when destroyed so you might as well get rid of them either way. Take the far left path and waste the spike lady to find the Little Devil. __________________________________ LITTLE DEVIL CHALLENGE 4 Annihilate all of the enemies before time runs out. Time: 2 minutes You start with a clown and two ladies. Then you get a spiked hat lady and two others with whips. To finish, there's a robot thug. Charge your Godhand on the first round. If you have roulette orbs, use your strongest to take a huge chunk of the ladies' health. If not, punch n' dodge. Use the clown to build your tension gauge. Use your Godhand on the second round. Two whips at a time with a spiked projectile is a huge pain. They'll gang up on you so you should be able to take at least two of them out and finish the straggler. The robot guy is no big deal. He'll float up in the air and lunge, but that's about it as far as new attacks go. Break out the Godhand if you have it and are running low on time. Follow the middle path to get out. Once you kill the clown and whip lady, a tall thug will ambush you. He'll drop a key. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 3-2, The Masked Man's Riddle [st3] Your next opponent doesn't have much in the way of long range attacks. His specialty is grabbing you and performing wrestling moves or tossing you around like a rag doll. The first of these moves is when he swings his arm low to grab your ankle. Get ready to wiggle free when this happens. Gene will counterattack in his own special way and make him susceptible to a Gorilla Suplex. When he grabs your waist, he'll slam you down for minimal damage but prepare to perform a pile driver. The Avoid command will not always use the circle button so wait before you start mashing to get free or else you'll hurt. If you successfully avoid this attack, it will actually damage him instead. The rest of his attacks are short range punches and kicks, but he can spin around and home in on you. When his health is about halfway down, he'll take a time out to do a jig, calling in one of the little green guys with some bananas. Make sure you get to him before your opponent does or else he'll regain health. One hit will get rid of him. Steal the bananas for yourself and prepare to repeat this when he does his dance again. You have to get to that little guy first or this fight could drag on. Plus, those bananas are your only source of health. Piling on punches and Guard Breakers doesn't work too well in this fight since he can reach under you and avoid them. The Godhand's invincibility is really the only way you'll be safe from his underhanded wrestling moves. Use square dash attacks to stun him long enough to get in some Yes Man Kablaams, like in the last fight with Elvis, though you can't usually get in more than two before he regains composure. Kicks also seem to be more effective than plain punches. The bus stop sign can be pulled out of the ground, but it doesn't really do a whole lot of damage. Take his key and move on when he's had it. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 3-3, Shannon's Dance School [st3] A whole host of thugs and carnies will be ahead, beating up on some villagers and forcing them to dance. Dear Lord! Save them! You'll probably find a rocket launcher in the box nearby. Do not use it yet unless you want to explain to their families why daddy isn't coming home. Feel free to fire when they're safely in hiding because more enemies will pour in when that group is finished. Keep in mind that you can kick apart the red and white tents for items. The two villagers will be through the arch ahead of you, next to some boxes and an explosive barrel. You can either enter the gates the ladies came through or go up by where the zebra thug is; either way, you'll see boxes and a clown guarding a lever. Flip it to activate the lock back a ways and punch it open. Beat up the two thugs guarding the door and enter. The other one in this area is locked. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 3-4, The Not So Fun House [st3] Move ahead to meet the Mad Midget Five. These guys are annoying for a number of reasons. First, they like to gang up on you. Second, they're damn fast and can jump like fleas. Third, they are so short that a lot of Gene's punches will miss, even when using the Godhand. They can do fast punching volleys and high kicks. When they all line up in the center, they'll shoot lasers at you, but they can do this by themselves too. They also do this annoying move where they double up and roll at you like freakish contortionists. Needless to say, you're going to be doing a lot of dodging in this fight. Having attacks in your repertoire that hit low or are of the Evade High Attack variety (which, right now, is just the Reverse Sweep and Low Roundhouse Kick) would be good except that they don't do a whole lot of damage. These do work really well when they all decide to jump on you at once though. One sweep of the leg will get them to back off. The High Kick is also a good one to use because it is, oddly enough, an instant launch attack against these light foes. Most of their attacks will cause them to fall over so you'll see the Stomp command a lot. Do not use it! Gene's stomping animation leaves him extremely open. Instead, use their clumsiness to attack someone else or get breathing room. Use the barrels to throw them off guard or disrupt their attacks. Don't rely on the Godhand too much in this fight except for the invincibility. Since these buggers were constantly in my face, I found the most important thing was to run for the entire fight. Dashing around the arena means you'll stay one step ahead of all of their attacks. Do a dash attack when one happens in front of you and then start running again. The best time to attack is after they do their laser and rolling moves. Both are easy to spot since they jump to the middle of the arena. When you hear them say "Mad Midget Five!" after the lasers, go in for some hits since they're sitting ducks. Also, after they're done rolling around, wait for the weird sound to stop and then check your radar to find them and hit them while they're recuperating. Sometimes you'll get lucky with a punch when it brings your target up to mid-height range and lets you whale on him in midair. Pick out which one's health is lowest and focus on him. Then, continue attacking indiscriminately until you notice another one about to go. This strategy needs patience more than anything. They give up items when they pass out, which is always a good thing. If you can dizzy them, Gene's reaction command will deal lots of damage, incapacitate them for a period of time, and is oh so satisfying to watch. Continue to the pirate ship. Flip the lever to start a mini-game. Cannonballs will fly at you from four different cannons, labeled with the Playstation controller's face buttons. Right before the cannonball hits you, it will flash red. Hit the button corresponding to the cannon that fired it to get Gene to punch it back and crumple the mast. Beat up the thug and take his bat. On the ship, throw the crates to break them open rather than punching them since little bladed enemies are hiding in some. They'll jump and spin those blades of theirs but get them caught in the ground, leaving them open. Try juggling them near the side of the ship to knock them overboard. Get the key and 100 Fists roulette move from the chests and backtrack, watching for ambushes from above. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 3-5, Shannon's Dance School [st3] Pull out the parasol and launch it at one of the two knife snipers guarding the door to your right. Use them to charge your tension gauge. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 3-6, Puppy Kingdom [st3] Aw, wookit all da widdle puppies! They won't hurt you and you can't hurt them. So no puppy punting. Kick apart the tent and wait for a statue to come out of the ground and hope it gives you something good. Refill your gauges with all the breakable objects around. You'll also find a villager to the left of the big tent. You can't do anything to help him; he doesn't even react from a swift kick to the rear. Just pity him and move on, I guess. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 3-7, Shannon's Show [st3] First, note the obvious trap in the middle of the area. You'll want to go in there at least once to get all the goodies. Unless you don't want to. Then, by all means, don't. Wait until you're low on health since you can nab the strawberry, take care of the thugs that ambush you, and use the items scattered around on Shannon. The ambush is a zebra thug who will most likely turn into a demon and a whip lady with a spiked hat, and you can fight them without fear of attack from Shannon; she'll just watch. The chest holds the High Snap Kick. Shannon's got some pretty good long range attacks. She swings that wand of hers and sends deadly hearts your way. These can go high or mid range so you need to gauge when to duck and when to sidestep. If she sends a lone heart your way by blowing a kiss, run like hell while tracking it on your radar. (A special sound also accompanies this move.) This one homes in on you and will turn you into a chihuahua. I recommend letting this happen to you at least once because Gene as a chihuahua is pretty cool; he has a new set of actions for each attack button. Plus, he's just adorable. While you're a dog, Shannon will kick you around (which makes you wish the SPCA were here) but does minimal damage. As a human, if she grabs you, she'll pull a female favorite: a mach bitch slap. If she jumps at you, she'll slam you to the floor; wiggle out of it. She'll spin with that wand and send out a magical splash attack if you stand too close to her. I actually found it easiest to stay close to her since those hearts were annoying the hell out of me. If you can get in combos and pull off your Yes Man Kablaam technique, it will work as long as you only use it when Shannon is stunned. She can recover from a Guard Breaker surprisingly well in certain cases. Move in close to her and do a dash attack (triangle works); this stuns her and lets you get some combos in. Whenever you punch her and she's not phased, back flip away because this means she'll do a splash attack. When she's done, dash in again and repeat. If you can keep this up, you'll have limited her to close ranged attacks, which means no hearts. When low on health, smash the objects for possible goodies and wait for an opening to resume the dash attack/combo/back flip routine. She'll jump away from you occasionally which means you need to scramble to get to her before she waves that wand. As always, abuse the Godhand but save those orbs for Zen Revival if you have it in case you get screwed out of healing items. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 4-1, The Kilo-Crab [st4] The new rig enemies aren't anything special. Some of them have whips; I'd use the explosive barrels on them. You can also run right past everyone to the lift. That was a whole stage?! ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 4-2, Robots On Parade! [st4] Take care of the guy right next to you and use a taunt to draw in the two females. When the fembots are about dead, they'll start to let off sparks and attempt to get close to you. This means they're about to self-destruct, so run for it. When you kill one of the two guys (watch out for the one with the bat), three more will jump down. Don't let them funnel you in towards the thin walkway where you started. Stay in the open area and use dash attacks to break them up and combos to put them down. Unfortunately, you can't do anything for the villagers here. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 4-3, Kissing A Hot Chick [st4] Ignore the enemies at the end of this path and turn your attention to the walkway on the left. A woman will get chased by robots. Use the crates to one-hit KO each robot that comes out to get her. She'll flip the switch at the end and plant a wet one on Gene's cheek, filling the tension gauge. Clean up the crates from her walkway and then use the rest to finish the enemies guarding the exit. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 4-4, Seriously, We Want The God Hand [st4] The terrible threesome again. Like last time, there's lots of crates around. The orange and silver construction barriers can't be picked up, but they can be broken for items. Unlike last time, you'll have to fight them all at once. Bruce and Felix will come at you first, and Conchita will jump in shortly after. Actually, she'll jump in and out of the fight. Her marker on the radar will fade when she's in the rafters. Their attacks are exactly the same as last time; the only challenge here is dodging two or three huge foes at a time. I tend to leave Felix (the big guy) alone since he's the slowest and most predictable. Bruce will likely be in your face more. Felix's long range attacks can actually be used to your advantage. Get the other two in his path, and he'll send them flying with a charge or shockwave. Bring out all your toughest moves on Bruce and save the Godhand for when Conchita is on the field since that whip is damn annoying. While fighting one head-on, the others will most likely attack from the side. Always watch your radar and dodge after a combo. If you can't see everyone at once, listen for the sounds of their special attacks (e.g. - the sound of Bruce's boomerang whooshing through the air or Felix roaring) since that means you're gonna wanna sidestep soon. Whatever moves worked for you last time, simply repeat. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 4-5, You. Me. Pattycake. [st4] Beat the three robots and use the switch. On the upper level are hydraulic presses. Three of them guard switches that you must flip. Punch them apart. Flipping said switches will cause normal enemies to attack. You can lure them under the presses for an instant kill, Terminator style. The Little Devil lies through the door. __________________________________ LITTLE DEVIL CHALLENGE 4 Destroy the car before time runs out. Time: 2 minutes That ugly car again. However, there are enemies protecting it: a whip lady, a guy with a sledgehammer, and a huge wrestler. You should have enough time to take them and the car out. Always stay close to the car and let them come to you. That way, your punches will hit them and then Gene can auto-target the car when they back away. Sidestep your way around the vehicle, punching as you go. Use your Godhand or roulettes if you want. You can also try to get the car between you and the enemies; this works best with the wrestler. He'll try and attack Gene through the car and will fail miserably. Pick up the sledgehammer if you can to really do some damage. Jump down and back up to lure the fembots to a wider playing field. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 4-6, Iron Bridge Fashion Show [st4] Save that barrel and the rocket launcher you find in one of those crates and know that there is also another explosive barrel on the other side of the bridge. Flip the switches along the bridge to bring down enemies to fight. Use the open area behind you for the first three. You might want to use that rocket or the barrel on the next group. Wait until you're sure they're grouped together or Gene will only shoot/blow up whoever is at the head of the pack. Clean up the crowd that comes out next or just run past them to exit. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 4-7, Electric Deathmatch [st4] This next stage is a bit of a pain. It's basically a series of cage matches against some strange opponents. The first seems easy enough: four fembots. However, one will spawn a new demon (trident). He can swing that weapon of his for great range and damage. He can also shoot a laser in an arc on the floor that will leave a path of flame. Do not let him grab you or he'll just about tear Gene in half. He won't be phased by Gene's attacks so you have to throw a few punches and then immediately get out of the way. He'll drop that trident when's he dead. Two robot knife snipers will be next. Do a dash attack to stun them long enough to safely pick up the trident and then use it on 'em. The next match is in an electrified cage so steer clear of the bars! A female and male wrestler will attack. Try using dash attacks to get them to get fried by the cage; it does mucho damage. Sidestep rather than back flip to dodge incoming attacks since it's hard to tell how close you are to the bars. Up next is another wrestler, but this guy's a little strange. Like the trident demon, he can weather Gene's attacks better than most and will manage to punch you while you punch him. His punches are slow, but he can grab you for a nasty wrestling move and will most likely dizzy you or knock you clean to the floor with each hit. Throw a crate at him and then do a dash attack to send him into the cage. Fighting up close is dangerous, so the Godhand might be a good move here. He'll give you the Granny Smacker technique. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 4-8, Another God Hand [st4] You should be familiar with Azel's attacks: he will fight pretty might like Gene. He'll even use his own versions of your roulette moves. Kung Fu Tango, Shockwave, Divine Smash, and Head Slicer were the ones I saw him use, but I hear that he is also prone to using the Ball Buster if you're close. He is very vulnerable after performing one, so use that to your advantage. By far, the most fun attack of his is when he lunges at you with his arms open wide. Instantly start mashing circle because this brings you into a humorous pummel- off, and Gene will most likely win. He's an excellent dodger so the only way to pile on real damage is to use your Godhand or your roulette moves. Kicks seem to be more effective than punches, so if you want to use dash attacks to close the gap, use the triangle one. The Yes Man Kablaam strategy does not work here. Your best bet is smashing jars over his head or using dash attacks and going in for combos, hoping your punches will find his face. The good news is that the fight will end when Azel's health meter reaches the halfway point. Knoxx has e-mailed me with a juicy piece of info that might make this fight easier: "When fighting Azel in 4-8, he is VERY susceptible to the Hand Plant Kick, which will put him on the ground 9 times out of 10, which you can then get some easy stomps in." ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 4-9, The Fat Bazooka Trap [st4] Take out the knife sniper but don't go too far up the next ramp. There's a fat thug with a bazooka tied to his back. Use that explosive barrel to throw him off and then run up and beat him down. You could also get his attention and then wait for him to come down since he's got lady friends up the ramp. Once two of the females are gone, another bazooka thug will appear. He's alone though. Easy pickin'. Use him to charge your Godhand. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 4-10, The Fifth Deva? Dr. Ion [st4] You'll see Dr. Ion break apart and reform into several different attack forms throughout the fight. The first will put a ball-like appendage in place of his hand that detaches and homes in on you; run until it dissipates. Another will put a drill in place of his arm for several lunge attacks. The next will make that same arm a rocket launcher. They're not heat seekers so they're easy to dodge. His normal form will be when he lunges with his foot and does punching volleys and spinning electrical attacks. In any form, he can throw out his left arm and shoot electricity. Back flips and sidesteps are all you need to avoid each attack. Dr. Ion is not a tough opponent. Punch and kick combos will see you through just fine. You need to follow the old formula of punching and dodging immediately after since he'll weather your punches like the last few major foes. Because of this, he doesn't guard as much. His moves are predictable and as long as you can foresee them and dodge correctly, combos will work until you can unleash the Godhand. If you came in with at least two orbs, save them for Zen Revival since you have no items in this fight. There's lots of interesting moves in stock at the store. Finally, our repertoire is expanding. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 5-1, Oh no! Human Horseshoes [st5] You'll get 10,000 cash from Olivia right from the start. Use taunts to weed out the three thugs ahead and take your share of the wares at God Hand Fruits. Over the bridge, beat up the ring toss players to save the villager. Just do dash attacks to send them into the river or punch them close to the edge so they just fall over. Easy. The guy will suddenly remember that he knows how to swim and gives you the Home Run God roulette. Clean up the crates and move on. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 5-2, Dangerous Alleyways [st5] A new enemy awaits ahead: a guy that looks like he just came out of a martial arts movie. These guys don't have much in the way of defense, but they're good at punching and kicking volleys. Wait until they're done showing off to make your move. Turn to the right and enter the building with the orange door for crates but an ambush. Outside, the darker alleys in this area always have crates at the end. If you went up the stairs ahead of you from the start, you'd come across a wrestler and his entourage. There's nothing up here really except an explosive barrel so it might not be worth it to pick this fight. Your choice. Your destination is downstairs past the green-looking part of the street, guarded by three martial artists. Make sure to enter the building down here for more crates. Use them to draw the three guys out one by one. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 5-3, Long Walk. Short Pier. [st5] Save that barrel. Throw a crate to get the two females to come at you one at a time. Punch the bridge down and then go back to get that barrel to use on the dancing fools. Further down the walkway, you'll come to the docks. Fight the enemies here or run past them to the boat to make your escape. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 5-4, Rock Star Tour Boat [st5] Whoa, look at all those crates. If you want to make room to run for when you pick a fight later, feel free to break them apart but save the items inside for later. At the bow is a lever for a shooting mini-game which is pretty simple. The ship you're shooting at will ambush you if you don't sink it. Whenever it appears, fire as many cannon balls at it as you can each time it passes. If you happen to see a UFO, shoot it for bonus money. If you fail to sink the ship before the game ends, prepare to be boarded. Be sure to watch out for the captain of your vessel; he's got nowhere to hide. Use your Godhand wisely during each wave of the attack since there's bound to be a guy with a bat and a lady with a whip. After you finish off the ambush or immediately after you sank the enemy ship, Ravel and three groupies will drop down from above, and your captain will have thankfully found someplace to hide. Don't worry too much about the three thugs unless they're in your face because Ravel will heavily damage them with his electrical attacks. Whatever you do, DO NOT go up on the bow. They will corner you, and it will be damn near impossible to get out. Ravel's long range attacks are just straight-line electric blasts, sometimes in groups of one or three. If you get up close to him, he'll just try to bludgeon you with his guitar. The Yes Man Kablaam strategy will work well here. Fighting in close range is the best move since he's slow with that guitar. He has to strum to charge his electric moves, so you can hear his long range attacks coming. Use the crates in the area to throw him off balance while he's strumming an attack and move in close. This fight is only really tough if you get trapped in a corner of the ship, which is why it was a good idea to break all those crates beforehand. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 5-5, The Floating Bazaar [st5] Clean up on the ship and meet the captain on the dock for a strawberry. Two females wait behind the arch ahead. Kick 'em in the river. Turn right and use the crates to draw out the enemies upstairs. The Little Devil is guarding a key up here. __________________________________ LITTLE DEVIL CHALLENGE 5 Annihilate all of the enemies before time runs out. Time: 2 minutes and 30 seconds Finally! An easy challenge! Well, semi-easy. There's one round, and you start off completely surrounded. Your enemies are the martial artists and a new type of wrestler. What to do? Notice your arena is a rock surrounded by water. You got it. Dash attack their asses right off the edge. When you get the two bigger guys alone, it's as easy as punch/kick combos. Use your roulettes and the Godhand to give yourself breathing room if they swamp you (and they will). Three more guys will ambush you on the way downstairs. You can ignore them and use your new key or fight. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 5-6, Knife Sniper [st5] Go up and save the villager. You can complete this area one of two ways. The easy way is to just punch the lock open now. Yes, there are knife snipers up above, but they always yell before they attack and their knives show up on your radar. Punch the lock until either it or the snipers attack. Back flip away, run back up, and continue. The hard way is to go up to the right and make your way up to the snipers' level. When fighting the first three enemies, get them under the arch or back to where the villager is to be safe since the stairs are a bad place to fight. Use taunts to draw the enemies upstairs to you if you can. Run back downstairs if they crowd you. Break all the crates and punch the lock open now that the snipers are gone. Clear the gate and use the crates up the ladder to heal. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 5-7, Encore? [st5] Ravel's bringing in the rest of his band now. Meet Debussy, the drummer. Ravel's attacks haven't changed at all, and Debussy fights an awful lot like Felix. You'll hear him pound on his stomach to charge a long range attack. His close range moves are basically punches and kicks and hardcore drumming. Ravel will be in your face more because he runs after you. Debussy just sort of waddles. Use the old trick of getting distance between you and letting one of them harm the other with their long range attacks. This doesn't do great damage, but it works to throw them off guard. When they gang up on you, dash away and let them come to you. They hardly ever seem to throw musical blasts your way at the same time; someone will always move to be in your face. Throw some punches, rinse and repeat. Just watch that radar. You can use the potted plants scattered around for items and to break up their long range attacks. Ravel is probably easier to take out first since Debussy can take more punishment due to his size. Have fun watching his taunts. When they're done, they'll give up a key and you can move on. However, if you check Ravel before leaving, a third guitarist will fight you, who is basically a copy of his guitar partner. Step away if you get him on the ground because he'll pull a Marty McFly (à la Back to the Future) and start strumming like mad along the pavement for a splash attack that ends up sending out shockwaves. Keep close to him as much as possible. Note that you do not have to fight this guy, and he doesn't give up anything special when he dies. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 5-8, It's A Trap!! [st5] Go forward to, surprisingly enough, find a trap. You need to punch and kick that iron ball up the path while trying not to get shocked by the floor, which will beep rapidly and glow before it sends out a shock. There are safe spots along the path to catch your breath. Launch attacks don't work here because their animations are too drawn-out (even short ones like the Expert Sobat), and the ball just rolls right back. Dash attacks are the way to go. Use the clown that was hiding inside to fill your tension gauge and the surrounding crates to refill your stats. Must be a boss fight coming up. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 5-9, Elvis's Graced Land [st5] Time to fight Elvis again. He's got a new look and maybe one new move. Now he can snap at you with the mouth on his midsection and will chew on Gene if you don't wiggle out of it. He can still hurl fire and himself at you, and he'll still swing his arms around. He'll also slam his arms down, stomp, and do his jumping splash attack if you're close. The hardest attacks of his to dodge are his lunges. He's so wide that sidesteps won't get the job done; instead, turn and dash away. Watch for him to yell out and raise his arms like he's flexing; this means he's going to lunge. If he does the same but rather straightens out his arms, he's going to throw a huge fireball at you. This one you can sidestep away from. Elvis doesn't phase easily, even after a square dash attack, so pulling off some Kablaam moves is tough. It's actually safer to just do combo moves or taunt until the Godhand is ready. Throw some punches and then get the hell out of the way or Elvis will sideswipe you and laugh. You can't charge into the fray here or he'll get the upper hand. One of the safer strategies is doing a combo and dodging out of the way because if you stay close to him, Elvis will probably just do his jumping attack or slam down an arm or something. It takes him a while to recover from such a move. While he's picking himself up or taunting, go in with some punches. I've gotten confirmation from Knoxx that, if you're quick enough, it's possible to get in at least one Yes Man Kablaam after Elvis finished an attack. If you happen to come across any cards in the crates scattered around or have any roulette orbs, don't hesitate to use them. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 6-1, A Night On Bald Mountain [st6] Olivia will give you the La Bomba 2 roulette move. To deal with the enemies up ahead, dash attack them off the cliff. To your left, taunt the enemies harassing the villagers and lead them out to do the same. You'll have to juggle attack the lady in black and white over the edge since she knows when to guard. Get your spoils and jump down to a makeshift arena. The guy guarding the exit will just watch as you fight off the thugs unless you engage him. None of these guys are anything special at this point. The spectator has a mohawk and will pick up the wooden plank to use on you if you don't have it. Use him to charge your tension gauge because when he's gone, a samurai will emerge from a portal. This guy is tougher than your average demon. That sword of his gives him incredible reach and his lunges with it are deadly. Sometimes back flips aren't enough to get you away from his slashes because he's fast and that sword is way too long. Sidesteps are better since he mostly thrusts forward. Stay in his face so he'll be more preoccupied with guarding, or throw crates at him to knock him out of stance. After he damages you, he'll taunt with some cheesy line. Use that time to beat him some more. You'll get his sword for winning. Get the Stomping Fist move from the chest ahead. Attempt to enter the door to the left to get an ambush from behind. Run so you're not funneled in this small area. Use dash attacks to send the small fry over the edge and then use the explosive barrels and braziers on the bigger foes. Don't waste them all on the first wave because more will arrive when the numbers are low. The villager will let you in when they're gone. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 6-2, Visiting Tiger Joe [st6] To the left, pull the pipe out of the ground and throw it to instantly KO the guy hiding behind the wall to the left. Pick up his wooden plank and throw it to instantly KO the whip lady to the right. Why can't all fights be this easy? Use a barrel to hit the guy ahead with the sledgehammer to get him to come to you first. Then use his hammer on his friend or save it. Saving it for the upcoming warrior women or Tiger Joe is better. Down the ladder, take out the two axe-wielding warrior women. One of them will drop a key. Pull out the pole and free the villagers while you're at it. You will get an ambush of three lowly thugs from above. Get out of the cell and either throw the pole to possibly take two or more out or use them to charge your tension gauge if you need it. On the way back, you'll meet Tiger Joe, a seasoned fighter and not one to be taken lightly. He's really a big pain because he dodges like crazy. If you watch how he dodges though, you'll see he mostly bends backwards and low. If you have any techniques that are a chopping motion or a downward swipe, they should hit him even if he dodges. The Stomping Fist move you got earlier is an excellent example. You can also use the Godhand on him to take him down to about half his life gauge to make him more susceptible to dash attacks. Use your new key and move on. Dash attack the guy with the bat off the edge and jump up to meet two ladies. Jump back down and give them some of the same. Unfortunately, the knife thug up ahead isn't as dumb as the others. Try to lure him away from the door and then move on if you want. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 6-3, Revered By Demons [st6] You're gonna get attacked right off the bat. Some thugs in this area will drop torches; use them to light the three braziers in the demonic alcoves around the place. The braziers will actually go out after a while so wait to light them until you're done fighting. When all three are lit, a whole slew of baddies will barge through the open door. You can play Tag up and down the ladders to make sure they don't all corner you, use the barrels you hopefully saved, or just move on. The Little Devil is through the door, to your right. __________________________________ LITTLE DEVIL CHALLENGE 6 Annihilate all of the enemies before time runs out. Time: 2 minutes and 45 seconds This is another easy challenge if you do one thing: come into it with your tension gauge full. There's three rounds: a samurai, a warrior woman, and another samurai. Unleash your Godhand first thing and try to get the samurai up against the ropes. This way, he'll have nowhere to go and you can just whale on him with normal combos. Just remember to break his guard when he puts it up or you'll have given him an opening. Use the warrior woman to fill your tension gauge and rinse and repeat the strategy with the next samurai. Time shouldn't be a problem. If it is, pull off a roulette move if you can. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 6-4, Shannon's Pet [st6] Punch the lock open and carefully time your jumps across the moving platforms. At the doghouse, you'll get a glimpse of Shannon's pet chihuahua. Throw dog bones at it to get its attention and lead it over to the guy sleeping under the switch. Unfortunately, Gene can't turn dog bones into projectiles to damage the horde of fat thugs up ahead (one of which has a bazooka). They're actually all sleeping so you can walk right up and explode that barrel in their faces. Don't worry about the guy under the switch; he's comatose. They have the stupid thug complex, so it's actually a good idea to get their attention and then lead them out on the cliff path and take care of them little by little. Once they're done, it's the wrestler's turn. He's all close range palm attacks so sit back until you see an opening. Be prepared to wiggle the left analog stick if he grabs you. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 6-5, A Killer Hand!? [st6] Remember that line? Yeah, the Mad Midget Five are back. The only change between this fight and the last is a new group move they do where they create a bizarre totem pole and spin. The plus side to this attack is that when they finish, they all fall over and the one on bottom is dizzied, making him a prime candidate for a Stake Driver reaction command. They've also gained light sabers to use. Really, whatever worked for you the last time you fought these guys, do it again. You've got a wider array of Evade High Attack techniques available at the store if you want to try that strategy. (The Drunken Sweep is a good one.) I just did repeated dash attacks until I saw one about to die. I focused on him and then I started over again. If you run constantly, you'll always be one step ahead of them. They stumble after group attacks, so listen for the sounds of them rolling or spinning and then go in for the hurt. The last one drops a key for you. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 6-6, Whip It! [st6] Clean up on the upper level (you can't go back up once you jump down). Use that sledgehammer in the crate as you see fit. You'll also get a plank from one of the thugs. Down below, the first attack wave is a cinch. The next consists of a woman, a guy with a bat, and a bladed thug. Next is a warrior woman and a lady with a whip. Use the Godhand if they swamp you but always remember to replenish it. Afterwards, you'll get three rewards, one being the Forearm Smash 2. The next tunnel is supposed to be a trap but can be used to your advantage. Beat up the woman in the first alcove and wait. When a boulder passes, wait for another and run out and taunt the guy in the next alcove to get him to run towards you and right into the boulder. You could also run up to the next alcove and run back and forth between the two. Whatever you decide, make your way up the tunnel, watching for the two enemies hiding in the last alcove. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 6-7, Stop Before You Hurt Yourself [st6] This psychic midget is a pain, but not as bad as the Mad Midget Five. He's invulnerable while floating in the air, and he really only has two attacks, easily avoided. One is where he pulls rocks out of the ground and hurls them at you. Simply run and don't stop until the shadows under Gene dissipate. The other is when he summons an electrical tractor beam he'll use to pick you up and slam you into the ground. Again, just run for it. He'll also call in thugs to help him, but they're nothing special and can get hurt by the midget's attacks, so lure them under a boulder to show them what's what. They'll keep coming, however, so there's no point in focusing all your energy on them. Be careful with the crates: one of them has a pipe in it and another has a plank, and the thugs will pick them up to use on you if you leave them be. If you've got some time while the midget is floating and before he does an attack, go ahead and take out the thugs. They might give up items, and you can charge your tension gauge. After he does an attack, the midget will lower to the ground and run around like a nut. You've got to do your best to keep up with him and damage him, which is difficult due to his height. If you've any Evade High Attack moves from the last boss fight, break 'em out. Dash attacks also work to keep up with the midget and to put distance between you and his cronies. Juggle attacks that start low and finish high (e.g. - the Flying Triple) also work. With his speed and the short amount of time he spends on the ground, this fight will require patience! Listen for his attacks to stop and his rock to lower and go in for the kill. Go down the lift when you've won. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 6-8, Elvis's Wish [st6] Use the crates to draw out the warrior women one at a time. Take a brazier or break open the crate for a samurai sword. A samurai will appear shortly after. Throw the sword at him to leave him at death's door. Finish with combos. Go up the path to the left for two chests. Around the Elvis statue, punch the lighter to get it working, then flip the switch. Up the ladder, two guys wait and more will come from where you started. Fight on the ground floor since you have more room and can dash attack the small fry into oblivion. Use the big guys to charge your tension gauge! A lone whip lady guards the lever near Elvis' head. Flip it and you've got your exit. But first, it's time to fight Tiger Joe again. Put chop-like moves in your combo and get in his face. It's hard to charge the Godhand with him so you might not want to use it because Shannon is next. There's only two crates in the area so hope for something good! ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 6-9, Shannon Revealed [st6] Thankfully, Shannon fights a little differently than her old form; she's actually more like Elvis. You'll be targeting her lower half and that's the half that'll attack you for the most part. It can charge, stomp its feet, and swing its head. When it jumps in the air, it's going to land for splash damage and send out shockwaves at the same time. It does have a reaction command for Gene; when it lowers its head to one side, watch for the Avoid command and hit circle immediately or else it'll flip Gene in the air and Shannon will smack the hell out of him with her wand. Don't get combo-happy if you successfully avoided this because it'll whip its head around after you've done a couple combos to its backside. The upper half will send out magical attacks with its wand so either keep close or back flip/sidestep. Punches and kicks aren't going to phase her much so you've got to combo and then dodge. Actually, you won't even be able to do a full combo before you have to back flip away. The plus side is that Shannon's attacks are easily spotted; the head will swing low, it'll open its mouth, etc. Stick close because her size makes dodging her charge attacks difficult but well-timed back flips should save you from her swipes. Break the vases over her head to get breathing room as well as items. This fight is so much like the one with Elvis that you should be able to repeat what you did to him to pull through. The one important thing to remember in this fight is to always watch her lower head and keep a ready thumb by the circle button since avoiding that attack is obviously good for your health and leaves her open to slightly risk-free damage. I highly recommend checking out the item shop's wares after the fight. Look at that new roulette move, Shaolin Blast! You will also definitely want an Evade High Attack move that you are comfortable with; the Half Moon Kick is a really good one to pick up. In fact, it is highly recommended since it's part of a cheap technique you can spam for quick damage and tension gauge refills. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 7-1, The Tower Mirage [st7] First things first, run forward while avoiding the sand pits to the area with the torch dead ahead of you. You'll find three enemies guarding a chest. As always, dash attacks will annihilate the little guys. They'll burrow under the ground and try to pop up under you, but they can't do so when you're on stone. The big guy drops a scimitar for you to use. Back to the main desert, the "mirage" part of this stage deals with those obelisks scattered around. You need to punch apart the two that won't disappear when you approach them. There are enemies guarding each obelisk, including the little burrowers and bazooka fatties. Luckily, you've got a large area to fight in. Just be prepared to mash circle if you fall in a sand pit. You can also try to dash attack your enemies into the pits; they won't be able to get out as easily. Stand over them and laugh as they try! When you find and destroy the first obelisk, Dr. Ion will appear. He's got a new left hand, but he'll still follow the same pattern of breaking apart and reforming his right hand. The right hand attacks are all the same. His left hand will sometimes form into a claw, and he will lunge with it. Most of the time, that's all he'll do. If he grabs you, wiggle the left analog stick. This attack of his is actually his downfall because it's easy to get out of and he does it so often that you can see it coming. All you have to do is sidestep and you'll be in the perfect spot to counterattack him. You don't even need the Godhand when he sets himself up for damage so easily! You can usually pull off one combo before he attacks you. Sidestep, repeat. Find the second obelisk and destroy it to summon a UFO. All aboard! ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 7-2, The Flying Pyramid [st7] Note all of the pots in the area. You've got quite a lot of room to maneuver, and we'll make good use of it because you're going to get attacked in waves. The first is a warrior woman, a bazooka thug, and a skinny guy. The bazooka thug might damage his buddies with a shot or two, but it actually doesn't do them a whole lot of hurt. It's easy to separate the big guy from the two smaller ones since he's slow. You can actually just use your Godhand and then use the fat thug to replenish it afterwards. Next is a knife sniper, a guy with a sledgehammer, and another warrior woman. Dash attacks will send the knife guy flying but not do a whole lot of damage. However, they're the safest way to keep these guys in line. Note than when you run away from them, they chase you down single file. If you have a roulette orb or two, do a long range roulette right into them. Hopefully, this will leave the knife guy about dead. If not, just try to funnel him to the front and kill him first. Finish him and run to get the other two away from where he landed. Go back, pick up his scimitar, hurl it at one or both of them (preferably the guy with the sledgehammer), finish him, take his hammer, and then use it on the woman. The next batch is two warrior women, a mohawk guy, another knife sniper, and a normal guy. Because I like to stay a moving target, I do repeated dash attacks with square while focusing on the normal thug and the knife sniper. The former will fall in no time and the knife sniper, of course, drops a scimitar for you to use on everyone else. Do the trick before of running away and getting them to follow you, going for the scimitar, and hurling it at them as they run single file towards you. Pick off whoever's left with combos. Whatever you do, finish this round with a full tension gauge because a samurai is last. Clean up your vases, don't bother with that sword, and go into the light. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 7-3, Great Sensei's Revenge [st7] The first time I fought this guy, he absolutely murdered me. Of course, I didn't pay attention and rushed into the fight, which is suicide. He's really fast and that sword gives him ungodly reach and an insane number of hits in one combo. He can also make up to two duplicates of himself at once. You can interrupt this attack, but you have to be right there when he starts it and punch him before he finishes the move with his sword. You don't want duplicates running around. If you do happen to find yourself getting beaten up by multiple old men, get away and throw a jar at them. One hit from a jar will destroy any duplicates. This is where having an Evade High Attack move is imperative. The best move is the Half Moon Kick, with the Drunken Fall being a distant second. The Half Moon Kick is best because it is a dual-type move. The Evade High aspect lets you avoid his swings and the Juggle aspect leaves him extremely vulnerable. The Drunken Fall will sometimes launch him, other times stun him, but it's not too reliable. If you watch how the sensei swings his sword, it hardly ever goes lower than his midsection. See where I'm goin' with this? Get distance between you two and dash attack into him when he's not swinging; the X move is a low one but square always works too. This will throw him off long enough to get into his face and low attack away. There are a couple ways to go about actually attacking. If you start with an Evade High attack like the Twister moves, it will let you escape his first swing and let you go in with combos to stun him. It is easy to pound on him continuously like this since he stuns easily. However, he will jump away and get the drop on you while you're in a combo, and you don't want that. The second, and arguably easier, way is to use the Half Moon Kick. Put it on a hot button and spam it. Most of the time it will make him fall, open for a Stomp command. Stomp him to fill your tension gauge but let up and, while he's getting up, Half Moon Kick him again. This technique seems really cheap, and is, but it will be your best friend later on! Whenever your gauge is full, you know what to do. If he jumps away instead of falls, run up and keep Half Mooning him until he does. When you hear the sound of his special move, drop everything and punch him ASAP. If he finishes it, run away and grab a jar. This fight is EXTREMELY frustrating. Remember that back flipping from him is not recommended since he jabs forward with his sword. Sidestep instead. Do not try to attack from behind since he will jab his sword behind him. Save the jars for when he uses his special move. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 7-4, The Mirage Town [st7] The first rule of this town is to stay in one area at a time. There's lots of enemies hiding out here, and they will mercilessly gang up on you so you don't want to spawn more than you can handle. Go to your left to find some pots. Break a few and two thugs will appear behind you. A rocket launcher will be in one of these pots. Save it for when you are in dire need, which will be soon. Break all the pots and two more guys will appear. Luckily, one drops a scimitar. Head over to the right side of the entrance to town and you can find a villager being harassed in the stone building. Tons of enemies will spawn behind you as you enter. Now would be a good time to get out of there and head for that rocket launcher. Once these guys are dead, even more will spawn. These groups usually just consist of tall thugs, warrior women, and the little knife guys. Be sure to focus on the knife snipers first for their scimitars. Someone in this group drops a rosary, and your villager friend is hiding in plain sight in a corner with some fruit for you. Go down main street and punch open the lock to the left. Three enemies wait on the other side. Draw the knife guy out and use his scimitar to ... do I really need to say it at this point? The Little Devil is up the ladder further in. __________________________________ LITTLE DEVIL CHALLENGE 7 Destroy the car before time runs out. Time: 2 minutes You've got that ugly car again. Knife snipers and little green knife- wielders are going to defend it with their lives. Unfortunately, it seems they will respawn if you get rid of them so focus all your energy on the car. The good thing about these guys is that dash attacks stun them easily. Run up to the car and start throwing punches. They will likely surround you. Back flip twice and do a quick dash attack with square to send them hurtling into the car. This strategy may press you for time, and if they get the drop on you, they might dizzy you, wasting even more of your time. I had to use the Godhand twice to make sure I finished with almost 15 seconds left, if that gives you an idea. If you can pick up a scimitar, it'll help, but picking it up and making sure you can hang onto it can be tough when you've got knives flying at you. You can also try what worked last time you had to kill the car with guys surrounding you: punching and sidestepping constantly. Head out to the main street. On the right side is a stone building with a wooden door. Break it down to find two warrior women doing ... something. Lead them far outside and, hopefully, one will run back in while you engage the other. Take their rosary. Up the street and to your right is a lone thug who gives up the last rosary. Clean up the breakable objects around the exit. Stand around on the left side and a statue will pop out of the ground. Use your rosaries to exit. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 7-5, The Four Devas' Leader [st7] It's finally time to fight Belze, who is very ugly. He's got your basic lunges and slices. Stay in his face too long and he'll spit on you, coating your screen. He also has a charge: his arms will glow pink and he'll follow you around. He'll most likely run into a wall or tire after this, leaving him open. Whenever you get his life gauge down to half, he'll sprout wings and get a whole new set of attacks for when he's airborne. He'll shoot what looks like pink lasers at you and lunge a lot more. If you're in his face a lot, he'll stab at you with his little pink legs for lots of hits. If he grabs you, wiggle the left analog stick to turn the tables. The cool thing about Belze is that he actually tells you when he's going to attack: his eyes glow pink right before. Don't try to dash attack into him because it won't phase him and just puts you right in his clutches. Dodges must be well-timed. If you sidestep a lot, he'll know to follow your movements with a cross slash. Wait until he prepares an attack before you dodge or you might just end up back flipping into a leg full of fly. He also likes to jump away from you a lot. Use this distance to get a taunt in to fill your tension gauge. It's actually really easy to taunt him; if you don't make a move, he'll wait for you to, and you'll most likely stare each other down for the most part. When he's a fly, you've got to get ready to sidestep when he's away from you because this will make almost all his long range attacks miss. Damaging him works the same way though; just wait until he's on the ground because his airborne attacks are harder to judge and dodge than the ground ones. He doesn't seem to be really weak to anything in particular. I especially hate him since he destroyed my dash attack strategy that's gotten me this far. The very fact that Belze lets you know when he's going to attack is important: it means you need to base your offense around your quick feet. When his eyes glow, drop your combo and dodge! Some of his attacks are harder to avoid than others so you might just have to bite the bullet and kiss the floor. Maybe those jars will hold something good this time? ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 8-1, Death Shudder [st8] Resist that sparkly in front of you. It's only a plank. There's a samurai sword to the left. Use it to single out the tall martial artist since the little guys are no big deal. Lead him back to where you found the sword since there are guys hiding behind the pillars ahead as well. You can also use the crates back here to draw out the remaining enemies one by one. Focus on the martial artists first because when you defeat one of the wrestler-looking guys behind the pillars, more will come out of the nearby building. Stay mobile so as not to let them gang up on you. Don't be afraid to use the Godhand. Save your roulette orbs if at all possible. It is highly recommended that you finish this first round with three orbs and have Shaolin Blast or any other type of long range, multi-hitting roulette. The gate will open when everyone's taken care of. Climb the ladder and you'll see why you want those orbs. Use Shaolin Blast or any other roulettes of choice right when everyone is funneling towards you. That should take out a big chunk of the crowd or at least set them up for punishment. If you don't have any orbs, there are a ton of breakable objects around the place. Sprint around and break them all, hoping for some cards. If you don't have any decent long range roulettes, don't panic. This crowd is manageable if you stay mobile and make them run after you. Get distance, and wait for them to come to you. This is a good place to spam the Half Moon Kick. If you're completely swamped, use the Godhand, although the threat of a demon popping up is very great. Without using Shaolin Blast, I had the whole crowd down to Tiger Joe before he turned into a trident demon and killed me. If this happens to you and you manage to kill it, at least you get its trident to use on the rest. Before going through the next door, head to the left for a chest and then to the right for our last Little Devil meeting. __________________________________ LITTLE DEVIL CHALLENGE 8 Annihilate all of the enemies before time runs out. Time: 2 minutes and 30 seconds Your last challenge is a one-on-one fight with the casino bouncer. If you remember the huge wrestlers from stage 6, he fights just like them: all slow moves, mostly palm thrusts and a few kicks. The real challenge lies in the fact that the bouncer deals REALLY good damage with one blow, and he's got a lot of health. You should be able to dodge him well enough to stay on top. It is entirely possible to defeat him without a scratch using the Half Moon Kick/Stomp technique. If time becomes an issue, break out the Godhand or some roulettes. Lucas has also sent this in: "Essentially you 'Soul Calibur' him. Work your way up to level die, get him against a wall, and just spam Charge punch. Eventually he'll get angry and do a backflip riiiiight off the stage." Move on when ready. We're almost done. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 8-2, Tribulation: The Three Trials [st8] Hopefully, you got a lot of stat refills from the last stage because there's nothing between you and your next fight. Yeah, that stair climb was an entire stage. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 8-3, Give It Up For The Champ [st8] The masked gorilla wrestler is back, and he's got a few new moves. Most of them are thrusts so always sidestep, never back flip. If he raises an arm in the air, he's going to charge forward. If he turns his back to you, he's going to do a flip and land for splash damage, which is hard to avoid if you don't see it coming. He's still going to grab you and slam you down. Remember to wait for the Avoid command before you mash circle since it uses different buttons each time. His short range attack is a really long punching volley. As long as you are aware of his new moves, you can use the same strategy you did last time to beat this guy. Remember the Yes Man Kablaam? That will work here. Get distance between you two and dash attack into him to stun him and then go to town with your Kablaams. It's also wise to let him make his move first. Dash away and let him start an attack and then combo when he's done. His attacks leave him very open since he likes to pose after each one. Afterwards, break the three jars up the stairs and go to the next poor sap standing in your way. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 8-4, Japan's Elite Obese Ninja [st8] Bladed fatties. You know what that means: lunges galore. In fact, that's what they'll probably do right away. Their short range combos are merciless with their multiple swings. In your case, it's multiplied by three. You've beaten thugs like this before plenty of times, so the only real challenge here is fighting three in such a small space. Like all relatively slow baddies, it's easy to see their moves coming so you can dodge, but you might dodge one attack only to wind up in front of another. If you want to get the two minions out of the way, roulette moves are for you. Shaolin Blast will actually very nearly kill the big guy too. If you can't or don't want to take the easy way out, try to dash between them and separate them. They're susceptible to dash attack stuns. That means you can start Kablaaming and get your gauge full. This will leave you open, however. A safe, but long, route is to combo, dash away, combo, dash away, and continuously whittle away their health until your Godhand is ready. More jars wait up the stairs. You're gonna need 'em. ____________________________________________________________ STAGE 8-5, Afro Fist [st8] The afro pimp will start off by getting his lady friends to attack you. If you happen to launch one of them into his couch, he'll join the fray early. One is a carbon copy of Conchita and the other is the wrestling type. I highly recommend using the Godhand to take care of the whip lady first for all the obvious reasons; you don't want to have to worry about being whipped around the room when fighting afro man, who will jump in whenever one of the women is down. The main man's attacks are nothing special, nothing new. He's all punches, mostly. However, he can deal lots of damage with just one hit. Don't stand too long in front of him because he's got special moves that Gene can't wiggle out of, most of which make me glad I'm female. Keep your distance and let him come to you. The Half Moon Kick/Stomp spam is a good way to go. Otherwise, (aren't you sick of me saying this yet?) combo, dodge, or taunt until the Godhand is ready. By this stage in the game, you should be used to saving your roulette orbs but feel free to go all out here. The jars you'll get after this fight will more than likely refill your health and orbs, so if you've got some to spare, let loose. If there's anything left you want to do in the arena or casino complex, do it now. ____________________________________________________________ FINAL STAGE, The Last Crusade [st9] Azel will fight amazingly similar to the last time you saw him. He's still fast, still dodges like crazy, and still opens his arms to Gene in the hopes of a circle-mashing contest. In fact, the only real difference may be his roulette moves. I've seen him use Kung Fu Tango, Divine Smash, Head Slicer, Shockwave, and Shaolin Blast. You MUST drop what you're doing and run when you hear him start to use the last one. It homes in on you but will miss if you stay mobile. If you're adventurous, you can stay close, sidestep, and attack when he prepares and unleashes. Azel likes to spam his roulettes like the cheap bastard he is and only on very rare occasions can you hit him and interrupt them. Your best bet is keeping your distance and letting him come to you. The Half Moon Kick/Stomp combo works really well since it hits below the belt and will connect even if Azel dodges the initial kick. Beware that once he is knocked to the ground, he will get back up while sending out a small splash attack. Halfway through the fight, Azel will gain the ability to unleash his Godhand. If you use your Godhand at the same time, Azel will be able to dodge it. Not cool. However, staying in his face and punching is not a bad idea since he will waste his time dodging, and your tension gauge will fill. Just know that this does not mean he won't ever get a hit in. The screen will briefly flash red when he unleashes it and will do so again when he's done. A safe strategy is to run like hell and keep your eyes on your radar. Don't stop when you see the second red flash because he will always pull off a roulette move right after he exhausts his Godhand. If you're finding it hard to inflict damage, use any roulettes you have and hope the jars scattered around have fruit. If you'd rather play it safe, save your orbs for Zen Revival. Just keep trying to get hits in and your tension gauge will fill before you know it. Play this fight defensively and you'll come through. Azel gives us some presents for beating him up. One happens to be the final boss, the Demon King Angra himself. First off, all of your gauges and orbs will be fully replenished. Secondly, you will automatically get the 3-orb Double Shaolin roulette move whether you had Shaolin Blast or not. Thirdly, don't get too cocky. Yes, it does lots of damage, but Angra has two life bars so it's probably better to save it. Angra's long range attacks are so easy to dodge that it's laughable. He'll shoot energy from his eyes; wait for this to fully charge before sidestepping. When he says "You're so pathetic", he'll bring his arms down and shoot energy beams along the ground. Sidestep back and forth. When he leans forward, he's bringing his rear legs up to stab at the ground in front of him. Sidestep multiple times in one direction to safety. His only short range attacks are arm swipes and punches and another move where he tries to flick you away from his face. Whenever his eyes glow and he spreads his arms while roaring, he's going to send a demon to the field. He will not attack while it's on the field, and with your new Godhand, these demons will literally be finished in four to five hits. The best thing about this is that they always give up a useful item. One more thing to note is that Angra likes to move around the field's perimeter, so always watch your radar for his blinking dot. When you empty his first health bar, Angra will get a new attack where he breathes fire onto the stage. You'll know this is coming when he says "Death becomes you" and his face is glowing. Gene has a Counter reaction command for this, and it does good damage considering how much your regular punches inflict. The only other differences to note are that he will shoot energy from his eyes more rapidly and can send out more than one demon at a time and stabs his legs onto the stage after summoning them. This fight requires patience, as if the size of his health bar wasn't enough to tell you that. The close range moves are difficult to dodge due to Angra's size, but all you have to do is get in a few hits every now and then to fill your tension gauge and use your Godhands. After dodging an attack, dash up and start a combo. Back flip, repeat. If you're low on health or need some orbs/ cards, hang back and dodge Angra's long range attacks until he sends a demon your way. This can get boring after a while, but it's better than starting over from scratch. His attacks are almost always preceded by a taunt of some kind, and he repeats them so many times that you'll have his routine down pat. Like with Azel, don't rush to get into his face. Hang back and wait for your opening. When you're close to finishing Angra, you shouldn't need me to tell you to go all out. Nothing beats shaving off that last third of his health with a Double Shaolin roulette. For winning, you get the best credits sequence ever. After that's over, you will have unlocked a bunch of extras for your next playthrough, so save your game. They carry over into your reloaded save file. See the Extras section for all the details. Congratulations on your swan song, Clover. We'll miss you. ____________________________________ SHOP/CASINO [sac] In between stages, you'll get the option to save, continue, enter the shop, or enter the casino. The shop is where you go to buy new moves/God Roulette techniques and power ups. You can also sell moves you no longer use. The radio in front of the shop retells the legend of the Godhand, and the jukebox will play music from the game after you get discs for it, which look like cards that say "Godhand" on them. After Stage 2, the chihuahua races will be available. These are a funny way to make some money. To interpret the odds, remember that the lower the number, the greater the chance that dog will win. However, your payoff is the odds multiplied by the amount of money you bet, so if a dog with higher odds wins, you'll get a bigger cash reward. If you need cash badly, you can always pop in the casino for a quick gambling spell. You can play to boost your bank account or for prizes at the slots. It's always best to save before gambling, in case your luck isn't up to snuff. The first floor has blackjack and video poker, with different tables with different max bet levels. The second floor has a slot machine. The third floor is the High Rollers' room: with a bank account of over 100,000, you can play a souped-up slot machine. VIDEO POKER Classic. The machine pays up in regard to your hand after two deals. For those of us who are poker-illiterate (*raises hand*), here's a list of what each hand is, courtesy of the game manual. Royal Flush = 10, Jack, Queen, King, and an Ace of the same suit Straight Flush = 4 cards of the same suit with successive numbers Four of a Kind = 4 cards with the same number Full House = 3 of a kind and a pair Flush = 5 cards of the same suit Straight = 5 cards in succession Three of a Kind = 3 cards with the same number Two Pairs = 2 pairs of same-numbered cards The pay levels for each hand are on the poker screen. BLACKJACK The object here is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over. Face cards are worth 10, and aces can either equal 1 or 11. Use the Double Down option to double your bet for just one more card. SLOTS Slots are easy to play. Place a bet by hitting square; you can bet up to three times. The more bets, the more opportunities to get three in a row. Hit the right analog stick to pull the lever. Getting three of any symbol yields a prize; hit R1 to see what symbols give what. Be careful not to throw punches in the casino or else you'll have to face the bouncer in a cage match, and he's no pushover. He's got a ton of health and his moves will shave off a lot of yours. He's fairly slow though, so if you feel the need to fight, you can take him, but there's really no point because it's treated like a practice match: you get nothing for winning and all your stats return to normal no matter what. ____________________________________ EXTREME FIGHTING [fia] The fighting arena is in the same area as the casino and shop and is a nice way to stretch your fighting legs and earn some money. You can practice your techniques on a dummy, with unlimited roulette orbs and health, but the arena proper is where the action is. As you progress through the game, new fights become available. There are 51 bouts in all, and it goes without saying that the farther down the list you go, the harder they get. All fights are fought with prefigured life gauge percentages (not sizes), roulette orbs, and difficulty levels no matter what game mode you're on, but your techniques and special moves are the same. The general rule with these bouts is that if you can't beat the time limit or keep dying, just wait until you can get stronger moves to put in your combo and get power ups to increase your gauges. Some of these might be damn near impossible if you don't. Also, strategies are only listed here for the bouts that really need it. Where bosses are concerned, the info in the walkthrough still applies, and only changes from the in-game fight are noted. 1) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 1000 Enemies: 3 normal thugs 2) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 1000 Enemies: 2 fat thugs, 2 normal thugs (1 with a sledgehammer) 3) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 1000 Enemies: 2 little green guys, 1 tall thug 4) Level: 2, Time Limit: 1 minute, Reward: 1500 Enemies: 4 normal thugs, 1 fat thug 5) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 2000 Enemies: 1 tall thug, 1 fat thug 6) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 3000 Enemies: Mr. Gold, Mr. Silver Strategy: You're fighting in a smaller space than when you first encountered them, but the strategy is the same. 7) Level: 2, Time Limit: 50 seconds, Reward: 2000 Enemies: 1 normal thug, 1 bladed fat thug, 1 female wrestler Strategy: Run up and get the normal thug first. The female won't appear until fatty is gone. Your tension gauge should be ready by the time she shows up. 8) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 1500 Enemies: 3 whip ladies 9) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 1500 Enemies: 2 normal thugs, 1 thug with a mohawk Strategy: The enemies are no big deal, but there are bombs on the field that are only there to harm Gene. As far as I can tell, you can't kick enemies into them, so watch your step. 10) Level: 2, Time Limit: 1 minute and 25 seconds, Reward: 2000 Enemies: 8 whip ladies Strategy: They'll slowly trickle onto the stage but will end up swamping you before you know it. Dash attacks work well to harm them, but it might leave you pressed for time. I was able to finish with 3 seconds left, but I also had a powerful combo. Your Godhand will likely not charge in time to use it. Watch the radar so you know where the next enemy will drop in. 11) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 2000 Enemies: 1 knife sniper, 1 thug with a bat 12) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 3000 Enemies: Bruce, Conchita, and Felix Strategy: Summon one of each foes to the field by running into the symbols. You can make this hard or easy. One at a time is obviously easiest, but you can take on all three at once if you choose. 13) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 1500 Enemies: 1 whip lady, 1 spiked hat lady, 1 clown 14) Level: 3, Time Limit: 2 minutes and 45 seconds, Reward: 2500 Enemies: 8 clowns Strategy: This one might be easier when you get a really powerful combo. Just keep punching and don't let up. You shouldn't have to worry about your health, and you shouldn't get more than one or two clowns at a time. 15) Level: Die, Time Limit: 15 seconds, Reward: 2500 Enemies: 2 knife snipers, 1 whip lady Strategy: Yes, this one sucks. One hit kills you, but your opponents are at death's door as well. They all have long range attacks, so there's no safety in distance. Go for a powerhouse approach since you have little time. An attack like the God Uppercut that does 35 damage kills the knifers in one hit. After many attempts, I finally pulled this off with three words: Fist of God. It charges and thrusts Gene forward automatically. 16) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 4000 Enemies: 1 thug with a bat, 1 clown, 1 female thug Strategy: One punch will take care of each of your foes. However, they will all turn into demons. Don't fret though; it's easier than it sounds, especially at late stages of the game. 17) Level: 2, Time Limit: 2 minutes, Reward: 3500 Enemies: a variety of 50 thugs/carnies/wrestlers Strategy: Even though there are some tough looking thugs in this bunch, all enemies have pitiful defense. You've also got tons of weapons to use (including something new: a paper fan which does worthless damage). Picking up items takes time, but it also means one less for your enemies to use. Put your most powerful moves first in your combo and punch away. Since most of the enemies will rush up to Gene, tilt up on the left analog stick to move Gene along and he should auto-target the nearest foe. This may be hazardous to your health though. 18) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 4000 Enemies: the Masked Gorilla Wrestler 19) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 4500 Enemies: the Mad Midget Five Strategy: This might actually be harder than when you fought them before since they will not drop items when you knock them out. Refine your strategy so you take less damage and save your orbs for Zen Revival. 20) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 3500 Enemies: 3 bunny women Strategy: Ever wanted to beat up those women behind the blackjack tables? They're nothing special; they fight like regular female thugs. 21) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 2500 Enemies: 2 female rig workers with whips Strategy: Watch out for the bombs on the field. 22) Level: 2, Time Limit: 1 minute and 30 seconds, Reward: 2500 Enemies: a mix of 8 fembots and rig workers (1 with a whip) Strategy: Try and get them bunched together before you fire the rocket launcher. Time shouldn't be too much of an issue. 23) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 2000 Enemies: 2 robot thugs, 1 robot knife sniper 24) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 3500 Enemies: the "dizzy" wrestler Strategy: This is the guy that gave you the Granny Smacker technique, and this fight might actually be easier now that you don't have to worry about being electrocuted. Don't rush. 25) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 4000 Enemies: Dr. Ion Strategy: You only have one roulette orb so you can't heal yourself. If he shoots rockets at you, dash along the outside of the cage. Wait until he uses his drill or his regular hand to dodge his lunges and counterattack. 26) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 2500 Enemies: 1 whip lady, 2 tall thugs 27) Level: 2, Time Limit: 2 minutes, Reward: 3000 Enemies: the martial artists Strategy: Trigger the enemies by running into the symbols. Gauge how many you can handle at one time; the little guys can get really annoying in a large group. 28) Level: 2, Time Limit: 1 minute and 45 seconds, Reward: 3000 Enemies: 1 tall martial artist, 2 whip ladies 29) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 3500 Enemies: 1 huge wrestler Strategy: You have to beat this guy without taking a single hit. This is actually easy if you wait for an opening, spam the Half Moon Kick/Stomp combo, and use your Godhand when ready. 30) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 5000 Enemies: Ravel, Debussy, the unnamed third guitarist Strategy: Definitely save your orbs for Zen Revival. The third guy won't wait for you to finish one of the other two before he jumps in. Stay mobile because they will gang up on you in a flash. If you keep your distance, you will sucker at least one of them into doing long range attacks, and they will most likely injure one of the other band mates. 31) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 4000 Enemies: 1 mohawk thug, Tiger Joe 32) Level: 2, Time Limit: 1 minute, Reward: 3000 Enemies: 2 warrior women, 1 thug 33) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 10,000 Enemies: the bartender Strategy: If you took the time to talk to everyone in the casino complex, you'll remember this guy. He's behind the bar to the left of the bouncer, behind the blackjack tables. He's a master of the Drunken Fist style, so he'll use all of the same "Drunken" moves that Gene does and, oddly enough, a lunge like the robots'. Dodge like crazy; he's fast, and he has excellent stamina. 34) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 4000 Enemies: the Mad Midget Five Strategy: Whenever they do their group spinning attack, go in for a Stake Driver. Other than that, nothing much has changed. 35) Level: 3, Time Limit: 1 minute, Reward: 4000 Enemies: 2 little knife guys, 1 knife sniper, 1 bazooka thug Strategy: If you can get the two little guys in line with each other, one Divine Smash 2 will take them out. This should give you enough space to deal with the rest. Just watch for bombs. 36) Level: 3, Time Limit: 1 minute and 25 seconds, Reward: 3500 Enemies: 8 little knife guys 37) Level: 3, Time Limit: 50 seconds, Reward: 4000 Enemies: 1 knife sniper, 1 samurai Strategy: Focus on the samurai. An area kick like the Right Roundhouse 3 is great; it knocks the samurai off his feet, should hit the sniper too, and should fill your tension gauge in time to finish them off. If this doesn't work, try your most powerful one-orb roulette on the samurai (Kung Fu Tango) and then clean up afterwards. 38) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 5000 Enemies: Dr. Ion Strategy: Just like when you fought him in the desert. Much easier than the first time. 39) Level: 3, Time Limit: none, Reward: 15,000 Enemies: the sensei Strategy: Do NOT, under ANY circumstances, let him pull off his duplicating attack; he will make four duplicates at once. Stay in his face and spam the hell out of your Evade High Attack techniques. If he does create an army of clones, get away and try to dash attack into them to get rid of them. 40) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 20,000 Enemies: a mix of 30 martial artists, whip ladies, and knife snipers Strategy: This is more a test of endurance than anything since you start out with full stats. Fight defensively, using whatever has worked for you so far. The lesser enemies come in groups of three, and the taller martial artists come at you one at a time. 41) Level: 2, Time Limit: none, Reward: 10,000 Enemies: Afro Fist, the obese ninja, 1 tall thug Strategy: Definitely use dash attacks to go in between opposite ends of the arena. Dash attacks don't do a lot of damage, but that's not the point. The point is that the fat ninja is going to do lunge attacks fairly often, and these damage the other two. Throw punches and all that whenever you can, but save the ninja for last because he'll do his fair share. By himself, he should be manageable. 42) Level: Die, Time Limit: none, Reward: 10,000 Enemies: 1 purple demon, 1 orange demon, 1 spiked demon, 1 trident demon Strategy: All of these guys will move super fast. It's probably best to wait for them to come to you. Their long range attacks are avoidable, and two even have Counter commands for you. The Godhand is your friend, especially on that last one. 43) Level: Die, Time Limit: none, Reward: 10,000 Enemies: the Masked Gorilla Wrestler 44) Level: Die, Time Limit: none, Reward: 10,000 Enemies: Elvis from Stage 1-5 45) Level: Die, Time Limit: none, Reward: 11,000 Enemies: Elvis from Stage 2-7 46) Level: Die, Time Limit: none, Reward: 12,000 Enemies: Shannon from Stage 3-7 47) Level: Die, Time Limit: none, Reward: 13,000 Enemies: Elvis from Stage 5-7 48) Level: Die, Time Limit: none, Reward: 14,000 Enemies: Shannon from Stage 6-9 Strategy: The upper half will send out a lot more hearts than usual, and the lower half will prompt the Avoid command more often. A safe way to play is to get close, throw punches, back flip, throw a few more, back flip, Avoid. Side step back and forth to avoid the hearts instead of back flipping. 49) Level: Die, Time Limit: none, Reward: 15,000 Enemies: Belze 50) Level: Die, Time Limit: none, Reward: 50,000 Enemies: Azel from the Final Stage Strategy: Azel will be much harder on level Die because he gains speed. For instance, if you should happen to engage him in a pummel- off, he will most likely win, and you will most likely break your thumb trying to keep up with him. He still seems to be more vulnerable to kicks than punches. 51) Level: Die, Time Limit: none, Reward: 99,999 Enemies: the Godhand Strategy: Ever wanted to see the game from the enemies' points of view: on the ass end of an ass kicking? The Godhand actually fights very much like Azel. He will spam your roulette moves and techniques; his roulettes actually have a wider hit radius than yours. For example, Shockwave is three times wider and, of course, Double Shaolin is not something you want to be caught in. His speed is also remarkable. Beware of pummel-offs. Because he is so like Azel, you should only have to slightly modify your strategy from the last round. You have five orbs; save them for Enlightenment or Zen Revival unless you're adventurous. When he unleashes his Godhands, you can either run or keep punching. If you choose the latter, he will waste much of his time dodging your blows, and you can even get a hit in while filling your tension gauge. He may find a way under your combos and can use his speed to take advantage of any falter in your step, so nothing is fool-proof. ____________________________________ EXTRAS/TRIVIA [ext] EXTRAS After finishing the game once, you get the option of saving your game. Reloading this save file will put you back at the start with your original life/tension gauges, roulette orbs, and techniques. Nothing carries over. However, every single technique and roulette move is available to buy at the store, so if you save up your money, you can get killer moves very early in the game. There are also new techniques and roulettes to buy; these would be the ones with the word "god" in the name somewhere. The general store will have expanded on your second playthrough. You can change Gene's outfit and watch scenes on the television. The credits are available at first, but you can win E3 trailers by completing the fighting arena. The jukebox outside will now play music selections from the game with the disc you pick up in the store, and you can win another disc for it by playing the slots in the casino. If you beat the game on the normal difficulty, hard mode will be available. Beating hard mode will net you a jukebox disc and bragging rights. In the fighting arena, the first 50 bouts will be available from the start. You can also try completing the Kick Me challenge, a "hidden" test to see if you can complete the entire game without unleashing the Godhand or using any God Roulettes. The challenge actually starts as soon as Olivia puts the "Kick Me" sign on Gene at the start of Stage 1. The sign disappears when Gene's god powers are unleashed. As long as you finish the game with the sign on your back, you'll win a disc for the jukebox. Just try doing that on a hard mode game. TRIVIA There are several jokes based on Japanese speakers' problems with the letters "L" and "R". The first can only be seen in the Japanese version of the game. In Stage 1-2, the pub Gene starts in front of is called "Rord's Pub". In other versions of the game, it was renamed "Beating a Dead Horse Pub" for its stereotypical nature. However, in all versions of the game, the casino complex is called "Barely Regal". Puppy Pizza was originally called Chihuahua Curry; it was changed for the American release. One more change between the American and Japanese versions is in the God Roulette (called the God Reel in Japan). The Japanese version has a move where Gene takes damage from a heavenly pan to the head in return for a short spell of invincibility. In exchange for this, everyone else gets the Head Slicer, which has a chance of causing decapitation. This is the reason it was replaced, as overseas censors don't take kindly to heads flying off. Whenever you use the Grovel option, Gene gets on his knees after politely dusting them off and says, "Onegaishimasu." This translates into a formal version of the English "please". The samurai students also say that every time they step out of a portal ("Sensei, onegaishimasu"). The Fist of the North Star roulette is homage to an anime of the same name in which the main character was able to hit multiple pressure points on an enemy's body with lightning fast jabs, causing head explosion. It is considered one of the most violent anime ever and the first to have a story centered around a muscular hero who travels from place to place beating the crap out of people. Enemies will sometimes shout "You're not Alexander!", "I'm brutal and ruthless!", "My style is impetuous!", "My defenses are impregnable!", and "I'm Alexander the Great!" According to Wikipedia, these are quotes from a Mike Tyson press conference on Lennox Lewis. It goes without saying that almost every scene or reference to Elvis contains a reference to the singer Elvis Presley. (Ex: "Elvis's Graced Land", Belze saying "Elvis has left the building.") Stage 2-3 is called "Giant Enemy Crane". This is a reference to Sony's E3 conference in 2006 which featured a game with a Giant Enemy Crab. The spiked demons have a similar attacking style to the Iron Maidens of Resident Evil 4, shooting spikes from their bodies in every direction. Too bad Leon can't back flip away like Gene, but thank your lucky stars Gene can't get horribly impaled like poor Leon. Rocket Launchers are the only firearms Gene can pick up in God Hand. They are a staple in Capcom's Resident Evil series. The Mad Midget Five are modeled Viewtiful Joe style, but some also think they're related to the Handsome Men from Killer7 (produced by Shinji Mikami). They *do* promise to deal a "killer" hand, but the Handsome Men are nowhere near as annoying. They might also be a spoof of the Super Sentai series which featured super heroes in colored suits, the precursor to the Power Rangers. One series reportedly had super heroes based on playing cards. The music that plays whenever you play a minigame is a throwback to video game music during the 8-bit era. The second minigame you play in Stage 5-4 contains a reference to the classic Space Invaders because it has you shoot UFOs out of the air for bonus money. Stage 5-8, "It's A Trap!!", is a possible reference to General Akbar's line in Return of the Jedi. After Shannon's done fighting in Stage 3, she'll escape on a bus, bewildering Gene in the process. This is just like the end of the first Ayame Blackburn fight in Killer7, which takes place right outside of a carnival-like amusement park. The name of the track playing while fighting Azel is "Devil May Sly," an obvious take on Capcom's series Devil May Cry. The last time you fight Elvis, he imitates Joe in Viewtiful Joe whenever he gets his powers; the exact quote: "Say hello to Viewtiful Elvis, henshin!" The two musicians you fight (Ravel, the guitarist and Debussy, the drummer) are possibly named after composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. Being impressionists, their styles were unusual for their time but not as unusual as God Hand's musicians, to be sure. Ravel's attacks (both close and long range) are amazingly similar to Dante's in Devil May Cry 3 when he acquires Nevan. A guitar that shoots electricity just by strumming? No question. He even "holsters" his guitar and reaches behind him to grab it and swing just like Dante. Gene's extra karate outfit looks suspiciously like Ryu's from Street Fighter. The chihuahua races are also littered with in-jokes. I'll try and list as many as my fan-addled mind can conjure: Burrito Libre: play on the film Nacho Libre Fission Mailed: spoonerism of "Mission Failed" (classic Game Over screen) as well as a blatant reference to Metal Gear Solid 2 Lucky Clover: a nod to Clover Studios General Lee: Dukes of Hazzard Chuck's Beard: I dunno, but I always think Chuck Norris... 49 Cent: play on rapper 50 Cent's handle Viewtiful Pup: Viewtiful Joe (developed by Clover Studios) Amaterasu: Okami (also done by Clover) More Cowbell: line from the famous Saturday Night Live sketch 37 in a Row: watch Kevin Smith's "Clerks." Boom Headshot: this is a repeated quote from the FPS Doug video (found on YouTube) Mikami's Head: a reference to a quote from Shinji Mikami saying he'd rather cut off his head than port RE4 to the PS2 Mojo: Austin Powers, among other things Massive Damage: in Sony's PS3 E3 conference in 2006, players had to flip a giant enemy crab to inflict massive damage The rest of the names are: Dirty Sanchez, Sexy Maid, Jambalicious, El Pedro Loco, Chichi Hiuahua, Leg Humper, Macho Suave, Salty Dog, Whips & Chains, Flea Fast, Fanboy ____________________________________ MISCELLANEOUS [mis] Woo, that was fun. If there's anything off in this guide, feel free to e-mail me at SophiaLee04 at yahoo dot com. Just be sure to mention God Hand in the title. Fighting games are all about sharing strategy, so if you've got any input, I'd love to hear it. I'd also like to expand the trivia section more since I know there's a ton of refs I'm missing, and this game is littered with in-jokes. Credit is always given where credit is due! VERSION HISTORY 1.05 - 10/21/08: added a tip for Little Devil #8; I haven't tried it yet but I figured I would put it in so others might; I also added the most obvious trivia bit ever concerning Fist of the North Star (can't believe I missed that one) 1.04 - 02/18/08: got an e-mail about an error I made in the poker section regarding the different hands; I wasn't kidding when I said I was poker illiterate! 1.03 - 02/07/08: added a new host and did some proofreading 1.02 - 01/30/08: finished the arena section 1.01 - 12/30/07: I've gotten some strategy e-mailed in for some Azel and Elvis fights, as well as a dizzied enemy strategy; I have also added a Useful Combo section 0.90 - 10/18/07: walkthrough partly finished and submitted; I have yet to finish the fighting arena section because I wanted to upload this as soon as the main part was done; it took way too long because I had gotten all the way to Stage 8 when my memory card decided to be an ass and corrupt my file, so I had to start over ... and then school started 0.00 - 07/22/07: walkthrough started CREDIT/THANKS I need to thank the ASCII Art Generator (http://www.network-science.de/ ascii) for this guide's title. I did edit it though, so it's a joint effort. Many chants of "I'm not worthy" go to Kung Pao Fu (http://kungpaofu.com) for being an amazing God Hand website. For it was here that I learned to exploit the Yes Man Kablaam to its fullest. Thanks goes out to the God Hand entry on Wikipedia for trivia info and enemy names (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Hand). Gotta love the Wiki. Hardcore Gaming 101 also gets thanks for help with the Japanese/American version trivia and for hosting a well-written and enjoyable review (http://hg101.classicgaming.gamespy.com/godhand/godhand2.htm). I also need to say thanks to my sister Catie because much of this walkthrough was written on her laptop while playing God Hand on her HD TV. That was fun. Thanks to my mum and dad for helping me interpret betting odds for the chihuahua races. Kids, it never hurts to ask your folks for help with those tough gambling questions! Thanks to my friend Stephen for helping me figure out what Gene was saying while groveling. http://www.freedict.com/onldict/jap.html also gets credit for helping me spell it. Stephen also gets credit for noting the similarities between the Mad Midget Five and the Super Sentai series. Thanks to GameStop for actually carrying this game; believe it or not, it took me a while to find a copy. As always, thanks to my good friend Dar for flying through the game while I'm writing and pointing out a lot of the references and in-jokes I missed. Knoxx gets thanks for e-mailing in strategy for the first Azel fight, the last Elvis match, and a strategy regarding dizzied enemies. Chris gets a thanks for pointing out a trivia correction for me. Thanks to James for helping me find an error in the poker hands. Thanks to Lucas for sending in a technique for Little Devil Challenge 8. Lastly, thanks to all the sites that host this guide for doing what they do: helping me when I'm stuck in a game and letting me [try to] help others. HOSTS The following sites are listed as hosts for this guide, so you should only be able to find it on those links. GameFAQs, http://www.gamefaqs.com Neoseeker, http://www.neoseeker.com HonestGamers, http://www.honestgamers.com Super Cheats, http://www.supercheats.com GamesRadar, http://www.gamesradar.com pwnGuide, http://www.pwnguide.com LEGAL INFO This document was written for personal and private use. It represents not just my efforts, but those of the people that contributed information as well as a couple people I know personally that I bugged for help. In short, please respect our work by treating this guide with respect. This includes (but is not limited to) not reposting or altering it in any way. Copyright (©) 2007, 2008 Georgi Samaras</p>