The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction Review for the XBox, Playstation 2 (PS2) and the Gamecube
We have all played our share of bad super-hero games. Well, I want to start of by letting you know that the Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is not one of those. In fact it is polished and incredibly fun. There will be a ton of comparisons to the Grand Theft Auto franchise, but it would be more accurate to compare Ultimate Destruction to the recent Spiderman games. In this free roaming action smash-em-up, you play as the Incredible Hulk, and your job is to destroy pretty much everything (hence the name Ultimate Destruction).
You are given free reign of various areas, these are not based upon any actual cities like Spiderman 2 or GTA: San Andreas, but the areas feel alive and real. Unfortunately the areas are a little more limited than what you get in GTA: San Andreas or Spiderman 2. But to make up for it, just about everything is completely destructible. In your battles with the Hulk-Busters, Police, and the Military you can literally level the city.
Before I go too much into how much I love this game, I want to let you know about what's holding it back from reaching the ultimate heights of excellence. Too start off I would have liked to see more super-villains, but instead your primary foes are the Hulk-Busters (for those not familiar with the story-arc from the 80's, their a task force that uses exo-skeletons so they can go toe to toe with big 'ol green but), the military, and the Police. Also the missions can get a little repetitive. You mostly have you standard destroy this, protect that missions. But when it came down to it, the world just did not feel big enough by the end of the game.
Now as I previously stated; I really enjoyed this game. This is the best Hulk game I've ever played. It takes the best parts from last years Hulk game, the Hulk, and just let loose. You start off with some basic moves, but you can upgrade them throughout the game. After a couple hours you are pretty much the unstoppable force you would expect the Incredible Hulk to be.
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is at its best when your just doing your own thing between missions. You feel like you are controlling the Hulk. You can jump over small buildings, and easily scale larger ones. You can swat helicopters out of the sky. And you can smash up various vehicles to make shields or metal gloves that give you the extra power to smash those puny tanks into scrap metal. To be honest, I never got tired of seeing how far I could throw the terrified civilians.
Speaking of the civilians, they act exactly as you would expect them to act when they see a giant green dude fall from the sky and smash a building to the ground; they run screaming in the opposite direction. You get a certain level of satisfaction being a one man wrecking ball, and bringing a city to its knees. The kind of satisfaction you just will not get from Spiderman 2 or any of the games in the GTA series.
Now the missions, as I already said, are mostly destroy this or protect that. But the boss battles have that epic feel to them. I'm not going to give too much away, but going toe to toe with a giant Hulk-Buster was absolutely invigorating. It was also one of those moments when there was not much of a city left when you finally dispatch of the monestrous mech.
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction gives you exactly what it promises. You get solid graphics, authentic in game sound-bites and voice-overs, and you get the unprecedented ability to see exactly how it feels to be green. This is one time that you do want to see Mr. Banner angry, and you will be doing yourself a favor to give this game a shot. And just remember the best part of this game as our big green friend the Hulk would say "HULK SMASH !!!".