Hulk GameCube
Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    Best of all, the game's environments are destructible, so if it exists, Hulk can smash it. [July 2003, p.34]
  2. It is unique in that the game is sometimes more like the James Bond games when Banner is on screen, sometimes cerebral when Banner needs to solve a puzzle, sometimes like a shooting game when the Hulk is rampaging, and sometimes like a fighting game when you really need to master the Hulk’s moves in order to defeat the worst of your enemies.
  3. Simply smashing! The style has a Gamma-irradiated glow, the plotline is true to the comic series and the game play isn't overly cerebral. [Aug 2003, p.143]
  4. We would love to see an open-world game with less linearity and an even richer story. But for now, this action brawler delivers loads of mindless mayhem. [13 June 2003, p.104]
  5. The addictive gameplay keeps you coming back and the visual style is unique and easy on the eyes.
  6. 80
    Hurt by the tedious and boring Banner missions and a smacked around by a troubled and immovable camera, Hulk suffers in areas that should have been tightened before release. Those problems aside, Hulk is still an "incredible" source of enjoyment.
  7. A fun smash-everything experience with slick controls and fast, furious gameplay, and it will leave action fans satisfied. However, due to its short lifespan and repetitive nature, it is really a game more suited for rental than purchase.
  8. Finally, in what is perhaps the best ‘extra’ I’ve yet seen, a special cheat code can unlock the gray hulk, which in true gray hulk style, cracks wise at every opportunity, laying his opponents down with his special brand of verbal abuse.
  9. The Hulkster follows commands easily, the camera gives you an excellent view of the action and you don't need to mash 20 buttons for every combat move you make.
  10. What it lacks in fancy music and top-notch graphics it makes up for by allowing you to slip on the green skin of The Hulk and crush everything in sight. While it won’t be the kind of game you will play for many days straight, it is a fun distraction.
  11. One thing I didn't expect from such a mainstream game was intense boss battles, but they're in here too. The first few are easy enough, but they're in here too. The first few are easy enough, but the last couple are a real bitch. [July 2003, p.70]
  12. Purists of the comic should take heart, because the infamous sonic clap and ground smashing jump are included, along with a number of other moves that take advantage of his fury. In fact, attacking builds up a rage meter, which allows you to boost your damage or unleash a super-powerful attack towards your enemies.
  13. As I kept playing it got boring, but worse, it got cheap.
  14. Good, clean clobberin’ fun. It’s got its problems, mostly with the Banner sections, but it’s fun. And sometimes that's all I want.
  15. What I would have liked to have seen is the player having the ability to change into the Hulk after things got hairy, more free roaming areas, more moves for the Hulk as he progressed through the game and more solid development in the Banner levels.
  16. 70
    Hulk provides thoroughly enjoyable action interrupted by moments of painfully simplistic stealth gameplay.
  17. For all that The Hulk misses on, like the repetitive level designs and the clumsy stealth action sequences, the game gets enough of it right to tip the scales in its favor.
  18. 69
    Too simple for its own good, yet somehow likable in the end. While the beat 'em up action is undoubtedly repetitive, it was just solid enough to keep me playing for another level.
  19. Marvel Comics fans will be very happy playing as The Hulk, but most gamers will find it uninspiring.
  20. Given the subject matter we can’t knock the developer for this but the relative limitations set by the cast of characters makes this the perfect microcosm for The Hulk: bludgeoning, loud, unthinking and very occasionally, as soft as muck.
  21. The levels in which you play the Hulk's sulky alter ego, Dr. Bruce Banner, suck: He only gets to slink around, avoiding guards and solving simple puzzles meant to evoke computer hacking. Me no like! Arrrrrgh!
  22. The novelty of the Hulk scenes wears off eventually if you're not a huge fan of the comic books, and the Banner sections are disappointing. Still, it doesn't anger us as much as some movie tie-in mediocrities.
  23. You'll pray [the Banner] stages end quickly. But, of course, once they do come to a close, you find yourself back at square one - bored to death by The Hulk's repetitive nature. [July 2003, p.109]
  24. While I'd usually applaud this type of game design this one is simply too repetitive to truly recommend.
  25. It’s disappointing to see it visibly tail off the way it does when it started out so promisingly.
  26. The bad enemy AI, poor enemy variety and extreme linearity makes it hard to want to play any of the levels more than once. In the case of the Banner levels, you won't want to play them at all.

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