Hellboy: The Science of Evil PlayStation 3


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 13 out of 23
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  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. Even as the story and gameplay falter, it's hard to argue with the joy of smashing open walls and hunting down demonic threats. [July 2008, p.84]
  3. 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.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Completely average. [Nov 2008, p.102]
  5. 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.
  6. All in all, Hellboy: Science of Evil is a pretty intolerable game.
  7. A monotonous button-masher, the splashes of other gameplay styles aren’t well executed and we can only recommend this to the true Hellboy fan.
  8. Its gameplay consists of bland beat-em-up action and imprecise gun control. The in-game visuals vary between good (up close) and bad (zoomed out) and the co-op options are limited and confusing.
  9. And I never thought another game could make "DMC"'s plot actually look less confusing. All attitude and little substance, Hellboy has his charms, but I can't recommend you do more than rent it.
  10. The dull, repetitive gameplay is what hurts it the most, leaving some merely average visuals to pick up the pieces.
  11. As far as licensed games go, it isn't too offensive, but it could have been so much more.
  12. Games Master UK
    A one-trick pony, and that trick's been done better elsewhere. Giddy up and get outa here. [Oct 2008, p.78]
  13. 42
    Science of Evil is ultimately a God of War rip-off, but that's not the problem. Rather, very basic game-design flaws keep it from moving ahead of the licensed-game pack. Interesting characters, excellent animation and art direction, and all of the Ron Perlman in the world can't save this one from mediocrity.
  14. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Getting to the little bit of original story just isn't worth the hours of tedious combat, frustrating level design, and finger-numbing R2-spamming. [July 2008, p.83]
  15. 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.
  16. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Frustrating. [Sept 2008, p.104]
  17. PSM3 Magazine UK
    This lacks imagination, with infernally basic playability. Avoid. [Oct 2008, p.76]
  18. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    Despite not being a movie conversion, The Science of Evil suffers from the problems that usually affect this unlucky genre. It has a good co-op element, but the repetitive gameplay, the poor graphics, and a problematic camera are only a few examples from a journey to hell that not even the fans would like to take. [Sept 2008]
  19. 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.
  20. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    That its online component is limited to a linear and moderately laggy co-op mode - and therefore feels even more ponderous than the single-player game - does little to spirit this comic book tie-in from gaming purgatory. [July 2008, p.80]
  21. It is difficult to recommend Helboy Science of Evil to anyone. The common players will find serious difficulties in digesting such a non sense button smasher, whereas hardcore Hack and Slash users know that there are dozens of proposals superior in quality. The absence of argument and charisma in the characters will dislike even to the fans of Mignola´s work.
  22. 35
    If you're the biggest Hellboy fan in the world, do not spend $60 on this game; if you're Ron Perlman, do not play the free copy I hope they sent you; and if you're Hellboy, seek vengeance on the people who did this to you.
  23. The combat in Hellboy gets repetitive before the first level ends and never presents a challenge. This is a boring, bland game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 23, 2014
    Loved it! Nothing more to say! I had a lot of fun running around as Hellboy and beating up baddies. Gameplay is not fast but hellboy is a big,Loved it! Nothing more to say! I had a lot of fun running around as Hellboy and beating up baddies. Gameplay is not fast but hellboy is a big, slow dude so that suits. Graphics look alright but the best thing for me was that Ron Perlman voiced Hellboy! Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    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 shouldI 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. Full Review »