Metascore
44

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 31
  2. Negative: 22 out of 31
  1. As far as licensed games go, it isn't too offensive, but it could have been so much more.
  2. 42
    Science of Evil merely borders on decent.
  3. Not terrible, just utterly mediocre and, crushingly dull throughout. [Oct 2008, p.92]
  4. Diehard fans might forgive, but everyone else should just forget. [Aug 2008, p.75]
  5. 40
    That lackluster combat is a lot to get past in order to enjoy the tiny morsels of classic Hellboy wit, and the lingering bugs that cause Hellboy to snag and hang on bits of the environment don't help either.
  6. 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.
  7. Fork out 40 quid for Hellboy? Hell no! [Sept 2008, p.90]
  8. By no stretch of imagination is Hellboy: The Science of Evil a good example of the third-person action genre, the bland level designs, uninspired combat and an overall dated feel contribute to yet another poor comic-book adaptation. Nevertheless, Krome have captured Hellboy's character well and perhaps the game's limited scope will find some appeal to a younger audience - it worked for Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.
  9. I’d like to say there’s a good game at the core massively rushed. But there’s not. Its only ambition is to be a God of War incest baby.
  10. It’s no surprise that a movie-licensed game has turned out rubbish, again. There is no excuse for gameplay this dated. Avoid, unless you’re feeling very nostalgic.
  11. 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]
  12. 40
    Hellboy may look better than ever clutching his Samaritan revolver, but Aussie developer Krome Studios’ riff on Mike Mignola’s comic series about a crime-sleuthing demon with a wrecking ball for a right hook feels like a couple of strung-together demo levels instead of a cohesive videogame.
  13. 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]
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Hellboy: Science of Evil isn't any good, the graphics are below par, the story is practically non existent and the less said about how boring the game is the better.
  17. The combat in Hellboy gets repetitive before the first level ends and never presents a challenge. This is a boring, bland game.
  18. Science Of Evil sits comfortably among the worst games we’ve played this generation. It’s so mind-numbing and monotonous that if you’re not careful, you can almost zone out entirely white playing it and not take in how amazingly poor it is in every single respect– you’ll come to several minutes later to find you’re still tapping the X button (Square on PS3, unless you love jumping), still winning and the top and bottom corners of your telly will have melted to make it look a bit like a sad face. Okay, so the last one didn’t actually happen to us, but at least it would have made things vaguely interesting.
  19. The combat system is very basic and rather repetitive. The cut-scenes and story don't make a great deal of sense. The puzzle and adventure parts of the game aren't very well designed or thought through.
  20. A game that lacks anything even remotely compelling, a short, repetitive, bland, dull mess of a game, the only redeeming feature of which is that Perlman's Hellboy is effortlessly likeable.
  21. Hellboy critically hits himself with his large hand, in one of the worst videogames of the lasts months. An interesting visuals can be taken down by a poor storyline, with the help of a poor and repetitive combat system. Even if you are a total fan of Hellboy, it´s better to stay away from this title if you want to continue loving the character. Big deception for the new title of the big boy.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. MarcelPerret-gentil
    Jul 6, 2008
    2
    This is brutally boring, and in Co-Op mode I couldn't see what my character was doing most of the time. The fixed camera zooms out soThis is brutally boring, and in Co-Op mode I couldn't see what my character was doing most of the time. The fixed camera zooms out so much I'm straining to see what my little character is doing or where he is. Also, all you push is X over and over and the occasional Y button. This game is one of the worst games I have played in a long long time. What a disappointment. Full Review »