In Yu-Gi-Oh God Cards posses almost "un-godly" power, but are The God Cards stronger than Number Cards and are they and will they always be the most powerful cards in Yu-Gi-Oh.
In terms of the anime, the God Cards have been made weaker due to new mechanics added to the game. At the end of the original series, Yugi was able to defeat all 3 at once. I should also point out that Exodia under the rules of the anime, if assembled will win even if the opponent has 2 of Obolisk and Slifer, one of Ra and has infinite hand in play. Also, Exodia Necross is about as strong as a god card as well.
Also in the anime, at the times where a good guy had the God Cards and could use them to defeat an arch enemy, the God Cards had always been stolen. In the Orichalcos Arc, they were stolen and only come back at the very end while Yami Bakura's "Shadow Game" was not what we was expecting as the final fight between him and Atem
However, in terms of the real life game, the first versions of the cards are illegal and can not be played. Legal versions have been released however are still banned from all sanctioned tournaments. One can duel with the legal god cards, however, most players will have strict conditions and I very much doubt that even if a player allowed to have all 3, they won't be allowed Horakhty.
That being said they can be stopped, none of them can be special summoned so you can aim to stop the tributes.
- Slither's attack depends on the number of cards in a users hand, which means it can be 0 if the hand is empty, so you just need a monster with at least 2001 ATK to kill it.
- Obolisk can destroy all monsters but requires tributes of a set ATK and DEF of 4k, which means it can be killed by monsters like Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon.
- Ra's power comes from the user's life points so it can be destroyed if the user is low on them or a direct attack on the user if they use Ra's full power will win.
Also each of the God Cards have been defeated in the anime despite strategies being implemented to make them all powerful. The means to defeat them was created with pre-GX, 5Ds and Zexal cards in mind so they can probably be defeated much more easily now. If the God Cards were to make an appearance within an anime again and becomes all powerful, they will be used a tributes for new stronger versions (kinda like Horakhty). However, given predictable plot they can still be defeated, and by understanding a character's strategy these can be done in real life.
In Yu-Gi-Oh or Dual Monsters in general, there is no such thing as a card always being powerful. Each card is strong but has it's weaknesses and can be defeated with a proper strategy. Anything that is "all powerful" in the anime will never be used in sanctioned tournaments, and most players will disallow opponents to use them as well, especially if one is playing with a tournament rule deck.
Aren't you overestimating the God Cards at this point? The Egyptian Gods were created before concepts of Synchro, Contact Fusion, or XYZ were even thought of. There's a Number card that can declare that you win the duel after three turns. http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Number_88:_Gimmick_Puppet_of_Leo I mean doesn't the Seal of Orichalcos basically make the gods pointless? I don't know much about Zexal, but I do know that if you know they're going to be trying for the summoning of an Eygptian god, you should make all efforts to destroy their field and block their monster zones, so they cannot tribute. Dark hole, card destruction, an Ojama deck can work nicely.
This question is just silly like the previous person there is no comparison between the God Cards being stronger than the other types of cards that came out later on, each card has it's strengths and weaknesses...
In fact there is a God card that is like Exodia as well...
This card states
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by Tributing 3 monsters whose original names are "Slifer the Sky Dragon", "Obelisk the Tormentor", and "The Winged Dragon of Ra", and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. This card's Special Summon cannot be negated. The player that Special Summons this card wins the Duel.
As far as being stronger / less powerful than XYZ / Synchro....
Yes and No.
Of course they are more powerful than the weaker cards in those types, but the power of the god cards / abilities are usually actually not that good.
In current Meta nobody even uses the God Cards.
I will have to disagree with the statement that the Egyptian God cards are the most powerful. If you had Obelisk the Tormentor and I had Number C39: Utopia Ray and I had 1000 or less life points, I could use all three overlaying units to bring Utopia Ray's attack points up to 4000 and at the same time direct the attack at Obelisk, which, with the special effect of Utopia Ray, will reduce Obelisk's attack points down to 1000, thus Obelisk would be done for. Look up Number C39: Utopia Ray and you will see why Utopia Ray's special effect raises its own attack while at the same time reduces the attack points of the monster it attacks.