It's 1 year after events in the Hulk movie and Bruce Banner and his alter ego, The Hulk, are forced back into battle to foil arch foe, The Leader. 30 detailed levels, fully interactive environments and gamma-enhanced super villains like Flux, Rampage and Half Life make this a super-fun challenge...
When I heard that the PC version of The Hulk was twenty dollars cheaper that any of the versions available for the consoles (Xbox, Gamecube and PS2) I decided it was worth the risk even though I rarely buy computer games. As a result, I was pleasantly surprised. Based on some of the previews I read about the game, I knew that there were some concerns based on the use of cell-shading. Personally, I thought it looked great. I think the game producers were trying to find a nice balance from the look of the comics to that of the movie when they decided to go with cell-shading. I think they succeeded. The colors just seem to jump out at you. The controls are simple and easy to manage. As the Hulk, you can jump from one building to another, punch your enemies, grab them in a chokehold, or use your gamma powers. Based on what I've played so far, the gamma powers seem to come in two forms: the gamma slap which focuses a wave of energy at an enemy in front of you or the gamma crush which incapacitates all enemies around you in a seismic wave. As you destroy enemies, they will leave green orbs which you can absorb to increase your strength. The more havoc you create, the more higher your rage meter will increase. When it's filled, the Hulk will become almost indestructible, yet for only a short period of time. As Bruce Banner the jump button is substituted with a stealth move that allows you to tippy toe past armed guards or spotlights. There are also punch and grab buttons but they aren't nearly as effective as when you are the Hulk. The game is broken down into two levels-Bruce Banner and the Hulk. The Banner levels offer a nice variation to the Hulk levels but tend to get repetitious quickly. They basically involve sneaking past armed guards or spotlights to reach a destination. Why you can't transform into the Hulk during these levels seems like a blown opportunity. Instead you either start a level as Banner or the Hulk. Now the Hulk levels is where the fun begins. Everything in the surrounding environment is destructible. You can crack walls, collapse building posts, crush doors, and throw objects. During one level, I repeatedly threw soldiers at a door till it broke open. One can only imagine the amount of flexibility the game allows to create mayhem. The game also offers a variety of unlockables and cheats. Other than the film trailer and a quick behind the scenes making of the game promo that are initially available, you can try to unlock a documentary based on the special effects of the film, game modes, photographs from the movie, and various cheats such as playing as the Grey Hulk. I also read somewhere that the film will offer clues to unlock more easter eggs within the game. Other than the repetitious Banner levels, I was also disappointed with the install time of the game. I have a P4 2.4 gig system and it took nearly twenty minutes to install the entire game. The game comes with three disks and are housed in a double binded jewel case not unlike Enter the Matrix which was packaged in a flimsy cardboard sheath. Other than a few complaints, The Hulk more than takes advantage of it's movie license with it's variety of unlockables. I would highly recommend this game to any hardcore fan or casual PC gamer.
This is a great game for when you want to put your brain in neutral and start tearing up stuff(I love it!) but despite what some reveiwers are saying, you do need a controller of some kind. The keys are clunky and just don't work. mouse support would've helped that some. The guy that said the manual should've been one page and said HULK SMASH! is right on, that pretty much says it all. The controls can be figured out quickly. button 1 grab, button 2 special, button 3 smash, and so on. Holding any button brings on that radiation through HULK's green veins giving him more smashing power. Helicopters are annoying and the most annoying thing of all is you can't throw cars or anything else at them(even though you can throw cars and anything else period.) The sceen is very 2-D because you can only throw things up to a certain point and helicopters are usually just above that point. Bruce Banner can also fight(though not five or six trained soldiers at once) but usually gets his crev canned. The plot is linear becasue as Banner you absolutely can NOT turn into the HULK. If you do, you loose. Also as the Hulk you are given green arrows and told where to go, that is a no brainer and you should've been given more freedom to move around the city/other environments. A game "TELLING" you what to do is not really a game. I would've liked to hear the "thousand voices" when Bruce changed like in the Bill Bixby series, that was the coolest part of the show. It wasn't written in the comic though, but it would've been cool. Despite the lack of feedom(thus only four stars) this is fun and a tension tamer because you can just sit there and bash and smash hearing the bass rumble(with the right subwoofer) and be totally ruthless. What more could you want?
Ok. We all know that the Hulk is an unintelligent brute who smash things with the enthousiasm of a two year old toddler. I did not know that I had to go down to the level of intelligence of the Hulk to enjoy this game. Fortunately, that can be arranged 🙂 but for only short periods of time.The Banner sequences are completely useless. It is not on the level of Metal Gear or Thief or any sneak game that I know. At least, those sequences were short.I loved the way the programmers did the graphics. I read a lot of comic books and I think that the transition was very good. Most of the fun I had was to destroy the environment and use the debris to get rid of my enemies. Speaking of enemies, they are plenty and dumb. The expression "cannon fodder" should be modified to "Hulk fodder". They keep coming and coming like mindless clones (after all, that is what they are, no offense to the military).Don't get me wrong, I like this game but it needed more strategy and a better AI. Keep looking in the bargain bin. It should be there.