Playstation 2

The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

 Distributed by: Vivendi Universal Games

Reviewed by Ismael Manzano

   

The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is the latest in a long string of comic book driven games.  The story follows Bruce Banner’s attempts to stabilize the disease that causes him to transform into the Hulk, while at the same time, trying to protect himself from the military that wants him captured or dead. 

     In the game, you are Bruce Banner, scientist, turned monster after a life-altering experiment gone awry.  But there’s something deeper lurking inside, a Devil Hulk—as the game describes it—and it’s gaining control.  With the help of his friend, Samson and the sanctuary provided by a remote Church location, Bruce—and the Hulk—try to collect the technology necessary to create a machine that would help him reign in the Hulk before its too late. 

     Already the story begins to lose me here, because while the Hulk is being hunted by everyone with a powerful machinegun or a drop of mutated blood, Bruce and Samson actually think it’s a good idea to invoke the Hulk, and send it off to find the machinery needed. 

     But the action more than makes up for it.  With stunning moves, combos and abilities, the game allows you to run, jump, climb, toss, smash, smash, smash, smash, and—did I say—smash in a variety of ways—including aerially.  You can pummel a truck into a shield, surf across the streets on a car, make steel fists out of a car, take a tree or a pole and use it like a javelin, use a tank as a projectile, and even smash certain buildings into the ground.

     Scenery interaction is taken to a whole new level in this game.  Almost anything can be destroyed, thrown or used as a weapon or a shield of some kind. 

     The graphics are great, in the vein of the Spiderman games, with strikingly similar locations and designs.  But as far as a story, the game fell short.  Having never been a big fan of the villains or the plot of the early Hulk comic books, I found playing this game—with its rehashing of some of those old plots—uninteresting and sometimes laughable.  More often than not I just skipped through the videos; I don’t think I missed much. 

     The fights are excellent, the destruction is just plain fun, and the moves hold true to the style of the Hulk (example, Sonic Slap, Ground Smash, etc).  Fun mini-games much like the ones in the Spiderman series, cap off the game and give you plenty of opportunities to earn a little extra points to buy extra moves with.  

     Overall, I enjoyed the game on some level, but I think it would have been better if the creators had left out the tired and weak storyline and left it as a smash-em-up game, along the lines of War of the Monsters.  It think it would have upped the replay value if it had, because I, personally, don’t care much to sit through the videos a second time around.  So pick up the game if you want, and I’m sure you’ll have a good time, but don’t expect a multifaceted experience.  

 


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