Hellboy: The Science of Evil
Hellboy: The Science of Evil is a video game based on the comic book character of the same name. It was released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable on June 24, 2008 in North America, followed by an August 15 release in Europe and August 28 release in Australia.
All versions follow the same story line, however the PSP version of the game differs from the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. There are 4 playable characters: Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman and Lobster Johnson (voiced by Bruce Campbell). Herman von Klempt, a Nazi head-in-a-jar, is the game's main villain, along with several of his 'kriegaffen'. The game has online and off line multiplayer co-op for up to 2 players.
The game was created under the creative direction of both the comic book's creator, Mike Mignola, and the film's director, Guillermo del Toro. Ron Perlman, Selma Blair and Doug Jones reprise their roles from the film as Hellboy, Liz and Abe respectively, providing full voice-overs.
Players control Hellboy in a third-person perspective as they progress through a series of levels broken up into six chapters. Levels consist of separate stages and routes occupied by multiple groups of enemies that differ between chapters. In most cases, all enemies in the current area must be defeated in order to move to the next phase of the chapter, with ghostly barriers of smoke blocking paths while foes remain present. To combat opponents, Hellboy uses his stone "right hand of doom" for most hand to hand combat situations, with heavy and quick attacks that can be mixed together for varied combinations of attack. Foes can eventually be stunned, as indicated with a grey flash where Hellboy can grapple a perform additional attacks such as slams and head butts, along with cinematic finishing moves when near death. Such finishing moves are required when involved in boss fights. As Hellboy defeats enemies, he receives energy that is stored also within his health meter. Energy is used to execute certain grapple moves and to activate "Hellmode", where Hellboy’s right hand of doom becomes engulfed in flames causing further damage in combat.
- US June 24, 2008
- EU July 28, 2008
- JP N/A