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  • Summary: Hellboy provides players with fresh adventures featuring the acclaimed comic book's unmistakable fusion of action, atmosphere and humor. On the trail of a crazed witch, Hellboy uncovers a Nazi plot for world domination and must rush to defeat the crazed Hermann Von Klempt before he can exert his evil will upon a hapless world. As a visceral brawler, the game lets players unleash Hellboy's superhuman abilities as they smash their way through hordes of enemies with contextual use of the environment for added destructive power and strategy. An original storyline set in the Hellboy universe, filled with classic characters from the comic book. Explosive battle system with contextual grappling commands lets players experience Hellboy's supernatural might as he unleashes the Right Hand of Doom on his enemies. Use strategy to take down hordes of enemies - toss a straggler into the crowd or manipulate the environment to create more manageable groups of enemies. Play as series favorites Abe Sapein and Liz Sherman in cooperative multiplayer modes. [Konami] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 13 out of 23
  1. 80
    It's a solid and enjoyable title with enough action and plot to keep you interested over the long haul. [July 2008, p.77]
  2. Hellboy is not only for fans of the spawn of hell. Although it can become quite monotonous, the gamer himself can get active by learning new combos. For people who run riot for the multiplayer Hellboy can offer a second player, namely the characters Liz Sherman or Abe Sapien.
  3. The focus on a comic book landscape instead of a celluloid one doesn’t save Ron Perlman’s work from being murdered by the simplest of mistakes.
  4. As far as licensed games go, it isn't too offensive, but it could have been so much more.
  5. The graphics are fair, but like the fighting, they grow redundant too quickly, and the story couldn't get the game noticed even if it were drunk, topless, and the only woman in a bar full of sailors.
  6. 40
    Even Hellboy fans will not find much fun in this title thanks to the dreadfully uninspired game design. If you really must play it, at least wait until it's circulating the bargain bin.
  7. The combat in Hellboy gets repetitive before the first level ends and never presents a challenge. This is a boring, bland game.

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  1. Oct 31, 2011
    7
    I don't feel Hellboy derserved the low ratings it received. Hellboy is a Teen rated Hack and Slash game based on comic book hero. What should we expect? Being a hack and slash game I think the first thing one should expect is this is going to be a game based on one to three buttons with very little challenge. The next thing, being both hack and slash in design and Teen rated one should guess that this is going to be a short game and probably pretty easy to complete. The other thing we should think about is that this game was intended as a cross marketed product for Hellboy fans, not so much a videop game for every Tom, Dick and Harry. It was intended as an introductory video game product Hellboy fans who casually may decide to pick up another Hellboy product. When you factor all this is then Hellboy did a fantastic job. It should not be evaluated as a Call of Duty replacement for everyone out there gaming. It just isn't what this game is about. I both enjoyed and dreaded this game at the same time. It was way too simple for me but technically it was pretty solid and was virtually flawless in matching its design. I would like to say that the Hellboy character shines though in this game and I like this best. The other thing i liked was that this game resembled Gauntlet Legends and Medievil, both which were top notch games in their day.. For this reason I'm not going to bash this game I'm going to stick up for it. I'm not going to recommend it but it is a great game for the right crowd so just make sure you as the player are suitable to the game before you try it. Its an easy hack and slash that is done quite well. Critic ratings below 50 suggest this game is terribly broken but it is not. It just isn't complex and was not given fair judgment for what it really is, an introductory game. Expand