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Hellboy has a long history of entertaining comic book readers, lovers of animated toys, and even lovers of action and adventure movies. Hellboy the video game has been awaited by Hellboy fanatics hoping this game will provide them with the Hellboy fix they desire and have they calling for more. Created by Mike Mignola, the creator of the comic book series, Hellboy and directed by Guillermo Del Toro, expectations have been high for this game from the start.
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The only good thing about this game is the option for split screen two player action through the full six chapters of the game.
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The title wasn't really any fun, became boring very quickly. The chapters lacked enough variety in the story and action to entertain me, and the depth in play just wasn't there, the same old defeat the enemy to open the next area.
Hellboy has very slow and none dynamic attacks, which doesn't exactly make for a visual and visceral feast we were expecting.
The boss fights at the end of each chapter weren't significantly more difficult than the rest of the battles and the battle mechanics involved often lead to inconsistent results.
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How are the game graphics?
Hellboy has a fixed camera with only one point of view, giving you a fixed perspective that makes you miss secret areas and spots at times, and it doesn't change until the next level.
The presentation is very poor, looks like it was made for the PS2 or Xbox; it has a bland, dull look and feel to it that gives the environments the boring open look, with a basic green carpet.
There were occasional frame rate issues that cropped up with the game, and as always this is an obvious entertainment killer.
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Sounds of the game
Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, and Doug Jones do reprise their movie roles with reasonable good character voice acting for the game, but many of the lines and phrases are repeated far too often; they must pay them by the word of something.
The music had a pretty good soundtrack, but the mood of the music was always a slow one, even during the action and battle scenes, which is a missed opportunity to add some entertainment value to the game.
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The story line
The game starts by putting you right in the story, Hellboy is on the trail of a witch he wants to put on the side lines, when he stumbles upon a Nazi plot for world domination. He decides he must hurry to defeat the crazed Herman Von Klempt before he can carry out his plans and the six chapters tell the story of his battle to defeat the Nazis.
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How does Hellboy play?
Hellboy is a slow brawler that allows you to wade through hordes of enemies using his supernatural powers and the environment for added power and strategic moments. It does have an explosive battle system with a grappling mechanism that lets you experience the thrill of unleashing Hellboy's Right Hand of Destruction on his enemies, but that's about it.
The co-op does allow for two players to play on a split screen, and this is the much more enjoyable part of the game, since the six chapters when played as a single player offer very little in the way of entertainment value.
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The bottom line
Most fanatics were hoping to see the fusion of action, atmosphere, and humor in Hellboy the video game we have gotten use to from the other forms of Hellboy entertainment we have viewed over the last few years, but unfortunately the entertainment value is virtually non-existent in this title. The only entertainment value is in the battle system and this becomes boring really quick, anybody for a little button mashing?