Video Game Review: Incredible Hulk

Hulk

Developer(s): Edge of Reality; Amaze Entertainment     

Publisher(s): Sega     

Platform(s): PC, Playstation 2/3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS     

Genre(s): Action, Sandbox    

Release Date: June 5, 2008

Rating: T-Teen

JD Shep’s Game Fly Rental Review Summer Extravaganza #3 was originally posted as a Facebook note on 06/13/2010. Slight changes were made to the content and format.

hulk game playQuick Synopsis:
The Incredible Hulk” is a 3rd person action open-world game; based on the second movie with the voice actors of those who stared in said movie. The story takes place at the same time as the movie does, but has nothing to do with it.

My personal stats:
I played the game on normal difficulty and unlocked 9 out of 50 achievements for 95 out of 1000 possible points. “But JD Shep you are normally such a B.A.M.F., why so few achievements?” Because I stopped playing the game!! Therefore this is a partial review. I may rent it again later on, and then add to this.

Pros:

Graphics:
1) The in game graphics within your immediate radius are not that bad.

Game Play:
2) You are the Hulk, one of the strongest in the Marvel Universe. Why wouldn’t you want to be him? I mean, when Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk all of his clothes get shredded except for his pants. The pants just stretch out. I need those pants for Thanksgiving Day!!

3) Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is destructible. How freakin’ cool is that? There are even achievements for destroying buildings!!

4) You have the ability to unlock different costumes/characters to play as. This kinda breaks up any monotony.

5) You can upgrade Hulk’s abilities and unlock new ones. One of them being a quick healing factor. That being said you never really have an excuse of dying.

6) There is a lot to do outside the main story line to keep you occupied.

Cons:

Graphics:
1) The destructiveness is off. If you are sprinting down the left lane of the 3 lane road, and there is a car in the right lane, it will be destroyed. If you jump, things get destroyed. It is the excessiveness that is a con.

2) The cut-scene graphics are not the best. The skyline graphics are horrible. It is a brown/gray outline of buildings. Nothing like the Spider-Man games’ New York skyline.

Game Play:
3) If you destroy too much, you threat level goes up, and then the Army comes after you. That is not bad in itself, it is when you do not intentionally mean to do it that sucks. Because to get rid of the Army you have to stop destroying things, or go through the Subway system. You cannot get rid of them by killing them. They just keep coming until it goes down.

4) Speaking of the subway system, you have to unlock it as you go. It is not all there waiting for you.

5) I mentioned earlier that you have a healing factor that you can immediately use. So the ‘fear’ of dying is removed. I know this is the Hulk and that is pretty much reality, but that removes a threat to the gamer.

6) This game becomes more boring and less challenging as I continued to play.

Conclusion:
On a 1 (worse) through 5 (best) scale, I say that “The Incredible Hulk” is a 2) Rent. If you have a 3 day weekend to kill, bust out the fan and point it towards your console, plop your butt down on the recliner and cause some major destruction. HULK SMASH!

Thanks for playin’

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