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The Incredible Hulk (Xbox 360)

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Published by: Sega / Genre: Action & Adventure / Release Date: 2008

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      12.06.2009 14:47
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      Worth buying if you can get it cheap.

      The 2nd Hulk movie, titled The Incredible Hulk is one of my favourite super-hero films. It had none of the psychological nonsense of the first one, and was just a plain, old fashioned action movie with a big green bloke.

      As usual with this kind of thing, they made a game of the movie. I am normally wary about tie-ins, as they are normally a bit crappy, and according to reviews I read at the time, this one was no different.

      A year or so later, I saw a copy very cheap on Ebay, and decided to buy it. I'm very glad I did.

      I think people who played it were looking for too deep a game. Hulk is all about breaking things, pure and simple, and this game plays up to this in grand style.

      It is based on Manhatten Island in New York. It is very accurate geographicly, with all the major landmarks and central park right in the middle.

      You have to do a series of missions to progress the story. These normally entail finding an Army or Bad guy base, and smashing it. Others involve finding bombs and throwing them in the sea, destroying transmitters and other fun bits.

      The storyline is followed to a point, but they have added more sub-plots involving alien terrorist organizations and giant robots.

      The graphics are quite good. Not up to the standard of some high-end games, but effective for the kind of game it is. They tend to flicker a bit now and again, and the buildings sometimes disappear, depending on where you are stood, but these are only minor issues

      The control system is very easy, mainly entailing move, jump, punch, pick up and climb, with a few combinations inbetween. You find yourself just bounding round the city, throwing taxi's round with ease!

      There is a character improvement system, where you get more skills as you go further in the game, such as bigger jumps, healing powers and the mighty thunderclap.

      Another feature is that you can smash buildings till they collapse to the ground, including massive skyscrapers. There has been criticism from many people that this is emulating 9/11 too much (the buildings collapse down on themselves WTC style), and although I can see there point, it is still quite fun to do!

      Fights on the top of the skyscrapers are fun, and I particularly like grabbing a baddie, jumping as high as possible off the tower, and at the highest point, throwing them with all hulks might!

      I went into this game not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. The storyline is basic, but there is enough to do to keep you entertained. There are mini-games to play and secrets to find that also add value to the game.

      If you want something deep, try GTA4 or a RPG. If you want a bit of knock-around fun, Pick it up cheap and have a blast!

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      27.02.2009 02:42

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      This gem has many, many, many flaws, but it's still a gem.

      When my uncle got this for me for christmas, I looked at it and thought, "Great, another retarded movie tie-in game", plus, I just got Rock Band, and was too preoccupied. 2 months later, i decided to try it.

      I was fairly surprised. The missions were fun, the explosion were cool, and exploring New York was a blast. Then my game froze for the first time. And with that that flaw, I started finding new ones, such as the repetative missions, no Banner missions, and uninterested voice acting.

      But don't get me wrong, this is one of the best games Sega's pumped out in a few years, the feat system was genius, the waypoint map system was useful, and the secret characters were awesome, but by the time you get halfway through the game, your Xbox has frozen so many times you should have finished the game and gotten 1000 gamerscore already.

      This game would be a gem if, and only if, they redid the voice acting and the graphics, solved the freezing problem, and added Banner missions and/or the ability to change by running too long. I give this game a 3 stars.

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      10.09.2008 13:18
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      its ok for the hardcore hulk fan

      If there's one adjective that shouldn't be attached to this game, it's the one they actually did attach to it. Most of the fun you have in The Incredible Hulk will be directly related to how much you allow yourself to psychologically become the Hulk as you play, be that leaping away from the attacking army while shouting "HULK JUST WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE!" at your TV, or levelling every building in the city to punish the puny humans that attacked you. The skeleton of a good game is there, it's up to you to put some real meat on the bones. Placed in a fairly decent facsimile of New York and guided by Rick Jones, your mission is to survive long enough to bring down the mad-scientist clique, the Enclave. Or, y'know, don't.

      After all, the missions are almost always dull retreads of the same game mechanic. You jump or run to various markers on the map, punching everything there, lather, rinse, and repeat until braindead. Occasionally, you'll find yourself doing an escort mission, which steers the game into new and frustrating territory as you try and get a measure of precision out of controls designed to let you leap tall buildings and punch tanks. Hitting a soldier or hopping a short distance requires you to perform Herculean acts of prevision that'll reduce you to a weeping shell after a few attempts. In the opening mission (which was so poor I almost gave up on it) you are confined indoors, and need but to brush past anything that's not nailed down to send it careening unexpectedly down the room. Hulk is an unintentional whirlwind of destruction, more clumsy than a teenager with balance problems, and most of the time it looks and feels ridiculous.

      The free mode is actually a much more satisfying way of playing the game - aside from the sheer fun that can be had in running, jumping and hitting stuff when it's not attached to a mission objective, there are numerous "feats" that unlock upgrades to the Hulk's abilities, such as "climb to the top of New York's 5 highest buildings" or "throw 5 enemies off a building." Fulfilling these objectives is actually substantially more fun than following the rails of each mission. Rewards for completing feats or collecting comic covers also come in the form of new characters to play as, the kind of easter eggs that comic nerds will love (and I should know.)

      The city itself is rendered in nice detail, with numerous landmarks from both the real world and the Marvel universe included - and better yet, made destructible, with bonuses for levelling each one. The claim that you can "destroy" any building is slightly over-hyped - what it actually means is that buildings have a health value and you can knock them down - in many cases, with "realistic" damage - but they're not fully rendered internally, you can't really get past destroying the outer walls. The mechanism for buildings that are actually collapsing is laughable, too, as the entire object rapidly shoots into the ground, revealing a "destroyed" framework of rubble and girders beneath it. One of the game's many obvious shortcuts.

      The plot, such that it is, barely makes any sense. It largely involves being attacked by the army or helping Rick Jones defeat "the Enclave." In practise this means he's shouting mission objectives at the Hulk through a radio earpiece as if he were a rational, intelligent being that could understand them. The story is as paper-thin as the gameplay - most of the times you don't even get a cut-scene, and when you do you wish you hadn't. Your missions usually get explained over a static screen as Ed Norton's disinterested voice drawls over the top of it threatening to put you to sleep. In fact, why not just go to sleep? When you wake up and activate the mission, you'll just have to run towards a map-marker and punch it. Why waste valuable snooze-time waiting to hear the explanation behind it?

      As previously described, the engine is laughably unbalanced, and on occasion reveals itself as being nothing more than genuinely broken, crammed with the kind of physics bugs and confusing responses that typify a rush-release movie license. Jump in any body of water and witness the game completely freak out as the mechanic to get you back on dry land kicks in. Every part of the game feels slightly incomplete. It's largely passable, but lots of issues betray the hastily tied-up threads of the game - like the fact that climbing the higher buildings leaves you staring down at a grey void where the city should be as the draw distance fails on you.

      At least one major element of the Hulk's character is flat-out missing. Where, I might ask, is the mechanic that allows you to change back into Bruce Banner? It's a startling omission that could easily have been worked into the game and provided a modicum of extra dimension - after all, how hard would it have been to make the player need to change back into Banner to travel on the subway, rather than, say, leave them with the image of the Hulk riding a train? It would've made things substantially more fun, but alas, Brucie himself is restricted to cut-scene appearances only.

      Despite all this, it is a slightly above-average example of a movie tie-in game. Saying that, however, is nothing if not the very embodiment of the phrase "damned with faint praise." The more you play the game the more you realise that there's nothing to it. There's a few afternoons fun to be had, but the rot of repetitious gameplay will soon set in, and it'll work its way to the bottom of your pile soon enough.

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        22.08.2008 02:55

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        The incredible hulk game is based on the film of the same name, this game is for the Xbox 360 console.

        The incredible hulk is a free roaming game where you can run around the virtual New York City, what is fun is you can cause as much mayhem as you want, climbing buildings, smashing down the street lights, smashing just about everything, and that's about it.

        There are story mission for you to take part in the story itself is rather disjointed and hard to understand. If you want a good story you are better off going to the cinema and watching the film.

        The graphics in this game are rather good until you climb up a building you will be greeted by a fog which obscures your view, this is disappointing, I haven't seen such bad field of view for ages.

        You can buy this game for around 15 to 20 pounds which is OK.

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        15.08.2008 11:42
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        A game only for the most devoted of Hulk fans.

        'Don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry'. As a kid I became a huge fan of the Hulk, after hearing that immortal line, so I waited in anticipation for this game and my chance to 'get angry'. How disappointed I was.
        In the latest instalment of the Hulk franchise again you'll take control of Hulk in a free-roaming New York City, As Hulk you can leap great heights and distances, use your massive power to destroy things, and just generally cause mayhem.
        Camera problems crop up instantly in the first level and just get worse as you play. The free roam camera is poor and slow, and the street level one just doesn't work well.


        Jumping around is the best way to get from place to place, mainly because it's faster and the camera isn't so easily obstructed when you're jumping. Leaping across skyscrapers will always appeal but if this is what your buying the game for I strongly suggest you buy Crackdown instead.



        As in the majority of sandbox games, missions are activated by finding different markers around the city. The games story bears little resemblance to the current movie even though many of the movie's main characters star.


        As you progress you'll unlock new moves, these extras require you to use your stored Rage energy (filled by smashing things up). Early on about the best your gonna get is a health boost but they do get progressively better as the game goes on.

        Unlike many games where to level up your character you have to find things in TIH they are gained through game play. Generally this means pulling of 'achievement' like feats, some which are impossible until your in the right situation.


        The city's defence force starts as nothing more than some soldiers with guns, but eventually ends up as a full blown army with tanks and guns. The combat system is poor, with targeting particularly bad with you often having to be very close to strike your enemy, very frustrating.



        There are other problems too. The enemy AI is poor at times (armoured vehicles just drive straight into the water, computer enemies stand waiting next to water to be pushed in etc),and the method of avoiding the highest threat level is terrible, you have to get the subway, to reduces your threat level to zero, as if anyone would miss a 8ft 500lb green man!
        As far as movie games go, The Incredible Hulk isn't terrible, but it's not good. If you want a sandbox game buy GTA:IV, Crackdown or Saints Row, don't bother with this, and if your looking for a Hulk game, buy the previous Xbox one..

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          25.07.2008 18:16
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          it's fun, but the freezing means you'll complete each level a billion times before completeing...

          I rented this game from LOVEFiLM, and i'm very fortunate I did.
          It's a good game, the graphics are crystal clear and are really realistic in full HD.
          Don't get me wrong, this is one of SEGA's best games out in the last few years, with all their games having something wrong with them, a long with their latest edition, The Incredible Hulk. When you climb buildings, the floor, cars and people turn into a grey mist, when you known down and destroy buildings, everyone seems to look the same, and when a car explodes, they tend to look the same as well... The worst point, the point that made me send this game back after a mere 100 gamerpoints, was the amount it froze, and this wasn't just my copy, it was everyone's copies. I'd just completed a few missions, collected some of the items scattered around the map, and kaboom, it would start to lag, the framerate would slow down drastically, and all of a sudden come to a stop and freeze.. WITHOUT saving. Meaning all that time went to waste and I had to do it all the again. The first few times it froze I was generous, and re-played the levels, but when it started doing it over and over, even when I pause the game, go downstairs to get a drink, come back up to find out the game had frozen...again.
          The gameplay is good, and it is fun. You play as The Hulk, obviously, and climb through the city completeing various tasks and missions, but it does start to repeat itself a little too much for my liking.
          If you like Spiderman 3, like me, then you'll like this too, but take my word, and do not buy it, or even rent it, until a patch that fixes the freezing and framerate problems is released!

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            03.07.2008 19:29
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            A game that runs out of ideas far too quickly

            Loosely based upon the film in the cinema, this game features an open world design with plenty of building to smash and cars to throw. The game begins in Brazil were you must fight your way out of a factory surrounded by enemies, after which you are then let loose in the middle of Manhattan. The free roaming in this game is very enjoyable you can scale buildings or just create chaos on the streets while completing various objectives. The in game Map will show you all Key and side missions that must be completed. The key missions are split up into chapters meaning if you get bored completing the single player you can just play around in the city if you want. Unfortunately the loading screens are far too long and they real ruin the cities sense of continuity. Also because new missions are unlocked in waves you can go from having plenty of missions to having just one before the next wave of mission are unlocked.

            There are hidden items around the city that improves the longevity of the game. But to find these items you must navigate around a huge island, fast travel is possible using the subway system. But each subway must be found on foot before they can be used! This is time consuming and pointless.

            Tearing down famous buildings like Trump tower or Madison square gardens earns you special collectable tokens, agility tests of scaling the highest buildings or items to boost your health or rage are cunningly hidden all around the city.
            There are also old combat book covers to collect but they don't appear in place until you've completed the mission in that area this makes you go over old ground again.
            The hulk does feature some really fun challenges called feats which when completed unlock new attacks, improved movability and secret costumes. These challenges include destroying buildings with cars and climbing the highest skyscraper.
            There is a lot to do in the city but because of the Hulks slow pacing it can become laborious running around.

            The combat in the hulk is pretty basic but just about everything can be smashed and used as a weapon or a shield. You can swing a lamppost like a baseball bat and hit citizens into orbit, what more could you want.

            The missions don't offer much in the way of variety they involve either destroying army bases or jumping around the city disarming bombs. There are some brilliant boss fights in the hulk massive destruction always ensues.

            The biggest failing in this game is the graphics even though the hulk and the city looks perfectly fine from the ground once you climb a building, the environment all becomes an ugly faded grey. There are even places in the city where hulk will sink into the ground!!!

            It is fun running around an open city destroying anything you want with your bare hands but with this games slow pacing, repetitive missions and uninspiring graphics I can't recommend this game. It kept me interested for about an hour; no where near enough time to justify the price tag. I advise you to stay away from this game; there are much better ones out there.

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            The fury-fuelled game will feature key moments from the film, as well as additional plotlines and characters from The Incredible Hulk universe. Crash through New York City, battle gigantic enemies amidst soaring skyscrapers and leave your mark on the fully destructible environments.