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Okay, so Science of Evil isn't going to reinvent the face of gaming or make you say "God of War what?" But really, who cares? It's a solid and enjoyable action title with enough action and plot to keep you interested over the long haul. Even if you don't like the comics or care about the upcoming movie, there are worse ways to spend a couple of hours. And who knows: you may even end up liking the big red guy enough to go check out his other adventures.
The Science of Evil deserves applause for getting what's cool about Hellboy. Alas, it just doesn't take him anywhere once it has him.
If you plan on playing this game in an evening, you're going to hate it. The gameplay repetition is best digested in week long breaks. It's not a bad game, per se, it just doesn't progress past its introductory excitement.
When all is said and done, Hellboy: The Science of Evil might have been a hit during the last generation of consoles. On the current consoles, though, it just falls short in nearly every regard. It's a sad thing when a large number of original Xbox games look and play better than one supposedly designed specifically for the 360. And while The Science of Evil might have a few perks to offer to fanboys, after a about an hour with the game, you'll realize that this is one title that should have stayed on the drawing board just a little bit longer.
Again my superhero friends fail me. While the game has a bit of charm, that is mostly my affection for the title character coming through and not the actual game itself. The gameplay is dull and repetitive, the graphics and audio mediocre at best and the achievements are a complete drag. I can say I enjoyed this game, but only as a Hellboy fan and certainly not a video game fan.
I realise that it's financially unrealistic to expect a property as offbeat and niche as Hellboy to really benefit from ambitious game design, but that doesn't stop me from wishing that someone would let Blizzard loose on the character, for instance. A reskinned Diablo with Hellboy characters might not be terribly original, but it worked for Marvel Ultimate Alliance and would certainly be more fun and appropriate than this forgettable offering.
That lackluster combat is a lot to get past in order to enjoy the tiny morsels of classic Hellboy wit, and the lingering bugs that cause Hellboy to snag and hang on bits of the environment don't help either. Even for serious fans of the character, Hellboy: The Science of Evil brings very little in the way of entertainment and nothing at all in terms of characterization or story.
Kennt ihr die schreckliche Langeweile, die aufkommt, wenn ihr seit Tagen krank im Bett liegt und ihr Flimmerkiste und Konsole nur deshalb nicht anstellt, damit die Kopfschmerzen nicht noch stärker werden? Falls ja, habt ihr einen guten Eindruck davon, wie viel Spannung bei Hellboy aufkommt. Es ist eine Schande, dass Konami dem saucoolen Comic-Held lediglich eine derart inspirationslose Dauerprügelei widmet. Die an euch vorbeiruckelnden Kulissen wirken austauschbar, die ewig gleichen Gegner verhalten sich stupider als eine Amöbe und sind viel zu einfach zu besiegen. Auch die belanglosen Zwischensequenzen, die in den Levels versteckten Artefakte und die simplen Bosskämpfe konnten mich nicht für das Trauerspiel begeistern. Vor Programmfehlern bleibt ihr in Hellboy zwar verschont, doch angesichts des öden Spielablaufs wirken sogar belanglose Lizenz-Beat'em'Ups wie Ben 10 unterhaltsamer als der gestutzte Höllenjunge. Finger weg von dieser Schlaftablette!
If you're the biggest Hellboy fan in the world, do not spend $60 on this game; if you're Ron Perlman, do not play the free copy I hope they sent you; and if you're Hellboy, seek vengeance on the people who did this to you.
Hellboy: The Science of Evil is an uninspired mess. With a franchise like this it’s sad to see it put to waste. But if you like pressing the X button a lot, then this is the game for you! The rest of us will avoid with ease as another tedious brawler slips out of thought.