The Incredible Hulk
We Don't Expect the highest quality from a game labouring under the twin burdens of console port and movie cash-in, but so soon after the porting excellence of Devil May Cry 4, The Incredible Hulk brings everyone crashing back down to Earth. This is an unashamed rip-off, charging full whack for a thinly souped-up PlayStation 2 version of the game, where the higher-resolution mode only leaves the graphics looking more embarrassed and naked. This is an ancient-looking, repetitive and buggy turd.
The story, as with most licensed titles, loosely follows the plot of the film, shoe-horning an extra faction to justify the gamut of repetitive "find this, punch that" scenarios that makes up most of the game. You run around the city of New York, fighting against either the army or The Enclave - a totally generic, group of high-tech terrorists that have popped up in the comics every now and again.
This is an open-world game that might be serviceable if it wasn't so bland, featureless and ugly. You pull off moves with combinations of the middle and right mouse buttons, while also having to move the unwieldy camera. Using the mouse just doesn't feel right, so the Hulk is only really controllable with a 360 pad.
Graphically, it's atrocious. Textures fail to improve at higher resolutions, and the game's engine has a shocking draw-distance - the sudden appearance of trees and buildings is embarrassing. The game's bugs are pretty much the insult to an injury that's the game itself.
Cars explode at the slightest touch, and their AI leads to hilarious situations where they turn around to speed in the other direction on seeing you, only to lightly brush a wall and detonate. Civilians don't seem to notice the Hulk's activities. Enemies get stuck in the side of buildings, and you'll spend the end of some missions jumping about like a blue-arsed fly trying to locate the one remaining Enclave swine.
The Incredible Hulk has no place expecting to be bought and played. And the fact that it's been made under the decades-old 'shit game, doesn't matter' business model doesn't make it even slightly less enraging; in fact, that just makes it 10 times worse.
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Hulk smash. Hulk break stuff. That's what the Incredible Hulk does. Marvel's greenest, and possibly meanest, superhero, is perhaps the strongest creature in the galaxy--with the exception of Juggernaut and maybe The Thing. Anyway, he's pretty strong and he likes to "smash" stuff--you get the picture. And now, thanks to the good folks at Eidos, you get to play the game too.
There have been a couple of similar-looking games for the PlayStation before--Hulk looks remarkably like Interplay's Loaded--but so far nobody's done a 3D maze platform game with beat-'em-up elements, so at least it's a first. The version we played had only one level, so it's hard to say how this will look when complete.
The forced 3D perspective works well enough, and the addition of accurate light-sourcing adds a spectacular dimension. Marvel-esque metal guitar follows the action as Hulk leaps, punches and kicks his way around each level. Eidos promises a bunch of boss characters, all favorites from the comic book and plenty of cartoon violence. Mmm. Hulk smash.