|p>System: X360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Edge of Reality||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sega||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 5, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Variety seems to be this green monster's greatest weakness. The gameplay found in The Incredible Hulk is about as shallow as the water in a leaking bathtub. Within the first thirty minutes of this game you will be introduced to everything that the gameplay consists of. Almost every mission in this title has you attacking foes/buildings, picking up and carrying objects, running from one destination to another, or some combination of the three. Initially, it is incredibly satisfying to fly through the air, grabbing onto buildings, and launching foes into space with a well-placed punch, but then you realize that, sadly, this is it. Aside from the few mini-games that attempt to inject diversity into the gameplay with timed races and destruct-a-thons, all you are left with are the repetitive missions and whatever random, unsolicited violence you wish to create.
With all these problematic issues in the game, it should come as no surprise that Hulk is also host to some pretty bad bugs as well. I had the game freeze on me several times during the course of my first four hours of total playtime. This frequently happened in the middle of missions that had multiple objectives, almost causing me to turn green with rage. Another interesting bug shows itself whenever the Hulk lands in a pool of water. At first he begins to kick and flail while hovering on the water's surface. Continuing his gyrations, he then leaps out of the water onto the ground, leaps a second time away from the water, pauses midair during the second jump, and then seemingly rewinds to his previous land-based location. While this may not frequently have any adverse effects, it looks completely ridiculous and pulls you further out of the experience.
Perhaps the only part of the game that comes close to meriting the "Incredible" in its title are its sound effects. The Hulk sounds exactly as you would expect the massive, rage-filled juggernaut to sound. Whether he is howling in anger, running directly through exploding rush hour traffic, or thunderously crash-landing from hundreds of feet in the air, the destructive symphony he creates is quite appealing. Twisting metal, explosions, and crumbling buildings provide the chorus that only further accentuates just how much damage you are inflicting on everything you happen to come into contact with.
To call The Incredible Hulk a bad game would be a bit too harsh. Instead, it is an aggravating, shallow, repetitive, buggy, and yet somehow moderately entertaining title. Hulk fans will most likely enjoy it for the sheer fact you can simply rampage through an open world with their favorite green tank. Unfortunately, this gets old almost as quickly as the incredibly monotonous missions and mini-games that make up the meat of this title's gameplay. If you want a fun Incredible Hulk game, save yourself some money and find a copy of Ultimate Destruction. It may not be as visually appealing, but it is much cheaper and will still deliver a fairly similar brand of Hulk-created chaos.
CCC Freelance Writer