on The Incredible Hulk character franchise from Marvel Enterprises,
play as the big green monster and cause ultimate destruction
to your surroundings. Pick up and use any object in your path
and use it as a weapon against your enemies.
You can jump anywhere, climb anything and smash everything.
Create your own Hulk-powered weapons from anything you can
rip out of the environment...
get in the right frame of mind for this game I sucked in my
gut, squeezed into a pair of trousers I haven't worn since
university, and asked a member of staff to hit me (actually
now I come to think of it... I'm a bit concerned I didn't
have to ask them twice). Then I relaxed my stomach muscles
(what's left of them) and waited to hear that oh-so-familiar
sound of ripping denim.
games based on movie characters usually don't measure up and
can make you mad that you've spent your money buying them
- mad enough to want to trash something. The
Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction will have manufacturers,
responsible for converting other licences characters to consoles,
green with envy. This is a game that not only stays faithful
to the comic book version of The Hulk, but is also damn addictive
are problems with the game. Firstly, the
special moves are too easy to acquire. This means that it's
a nightmare keeping a track of which moves you have and what
buttons you need to press to unleash them. Some of the cool
moves include picking up any car and breaking it in half,
and using it as a pair of steel gloves to increase your strength.
There is also the ability to use larger vehicles as shields.
game is also a little too repetitive. There's not a lot to
do but smash and grab things. And while this is incredibly
good fun, it soon gets a little tiresome. There is a great
sense of satisfaction finding out which items you can pick
up and hurl at the military, or innocent civilians if you
feel like it, but a little more variety and this would have
been a much better game.
the fact that you have free roam over your environment does
mean that you can spend a great deal of time wandering around
practising your moves, finding the mini-missions, and having
great fun picking up the civilians and throwing them around.
it also treats the gamer with a bit of intelligence. For example,
your first boss is a pig to beat. Running at him, beating
the life out of him... none of this seems to cause any serious
damage. And that's when it strikes you. You're going about
this all wrong. The key to his defeat is simple, yet it's
not what you'd normally expect from a mere console game. Hats
off to the developers for forcing the player to use their
brains as well as their fists.
is certainly one of the most faithful adaptations of a superhero
from comic book to console, as well as one of the most fun.
At the end of the day this is, quite literally, a smashing
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