Hellboy: The Science of Evil Review
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Hellboy: The Science of Evil box art
System: X360, PS3, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Krome Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Konami 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 24, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

You see, in order to attack your foes successfully, you will have to beat them up sufficiently with your two standard attack buttons, grapple them with the right shoulder button, and then finish them off using the third face button. Of course, there are no on-screen cues to help you execute this long attack chain (which becomes very necessary in boss battles), so you'll end up just frantically pressing all the buttons on the right side of your controller and hoping for the best.

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Even though the story is bad, the level designs are abysmal, and the battle system is a little iffy, none of these represent the worst aspect of Hellboy: Science of Evil. No, the worst thing about this game has to be the almost completely stationary camera. Sure, you might be able to sneak a brief glance left or right, but for the most part you can never really look at your surroundings. And when you are surrounded by enemies from all sides, this can be a problem. Sometimes you will completely lose sight of where you are and the camera will forget to follow you into a dangerous area, or worse, the camera will rotate 180 degrees on its own and invert your actions, creating complete battle chaos and disorientation.

For all its bad points however, there is one part of Hellboy: Science of Evil I truly enjoyed: Ron Pearlman. Even though the script wasn't exactly inspired, Ron Pearlman's delivery brought it from the brink of total mediocrity and somehow made it good. Even if the line was just "Oh Crap!" (and it often is), Ron Pearlman's delivery was pitch perfect.

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All in all, Hellboy: Science of Evil is a pretty intolerable game. Perhaps I am most upset because I feel personally let down as a fan of the series. But I can't see anyone getting any substantial pleasure out of this title, be they fan or not. But since the majority of people who are looking to pick this one up are fans, I would advise those people to stay away from this title, as it is an extreme let-down. Oh, and as a side note, Hellboy can be killed in this game by lava. Does anyone stick to canon anymore? Hellboy is from Hell, and is therefore unscathed by fire, lava, or anything else hot. Just thought I'd mention that.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.4
Graphics
Graphics look very stoic, as characters rarely display emotion. But the real problem here is the camera, which makes certain parts of the game unplayable.
3.0
Control
General battle controls work well, but grappling moves are far too tedious and difficult to execute.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Probably the best part of this game. Ron Pearlman is still sharp as ever as Hellboy.
2.1
Play Value
The story mode isn't terribly lengthy, and there is really nothing to be gained from online co-op.
2.7
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Original storyline set in the Hellboy universe, filled with classic characters from the comic book.
  • Stunning next-gen graphics with dynamic lighting effects bring Hellboy to life like never before.
  • Explosive battle system with contextual grappling commands lets players experience Hellboy's supernatural might. Charge up your attacks for big hits or use Hellboy's agility to unleash a flurry of quick strikes.
  • Use strategy to take down hordes of enemies - toss a straggler into the crowd or take out the leader to thin the ranks of an angry mob.
  • Fully destructible environments - bring down the house on top of your enemies or use the wreckage as weapons.
  • Play as series favorites Abe Sapein and Liz Sherman in cooperative multiplayer modes.
  • Full voice over by Ron Perlman, the same actor who portrayed Hellboy in the 2004 feature film.


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