"Hellboy: The Science of Evil"
Reviewed for: Xbox 360 and Playstation 3
Also available for: PSP
From: Krome Studios/Konami
ESRB Rating: Teen (blood and gore,
mild language, violence)
By Billy O'Keefe
Sometimes, even games not licensed after a movie can suffer from the dreaded summertime bug known as movie tie-in disease.
Witness, for instance, "Hellboy: The Science of Evil." Though not based on the current "Hellboy" movie and buoyed by a storyline written expressly for the game, "Evil" bears all the scars and warts of a game that was rushed to market for reasons other than because it was polished and ready.
At its core, "Evil" plays like a "God of War" knockoff, mixing in third-person hand-to-hand combat with the rare environmental puzzle and boss fight. Everything from the semi-fixed-camera perspective to the button-masher-friendly controls should look immediately familiar to any fans of "War." Given the physical similarities between Hellboy and Kratos, it's hard to fault Krome Studios for aping the formula as much as it does.