THE INCREDIBLE HULK (Wii Version) (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Review Date: Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Incredible Hulk for the Wii is an action based, third person smash fest. As the Incredible Hulk you will tear through different levels accomplishing mini missions to acquire more powerful moves and abilities to take down your enemies with anything and everything around you. The destruction is phenomenal. Cars, mail boxes, robots, lamp posts, Hummers, entire buildings, Enclave goons and even street pedestrians are fair game. A choice for the gamer arrives after the first level. The gamer can choose to either be a rampaging Hulk tearing through the city looking for trouble or to take the path of the hero and play out the missions trying to stop all those that are destroying Manhattan. So which will it be; hero or monster?

 

Screenshot of Sega's upcoming Incredible Hulk game(2008).

Picking the hero route is of course your chance to play out the story of the game. Like Grand Theft Auto there are various missions to find and accomplish. Now how can a rampaging Hulk find a mission? As Bruce Banner (voiced by Edward Norton) you have made contact with Samuel Sterns (voiced by Tim Blake Nelson) and in doing so you meet Rick Jones. Rick Jones (voiced by Jeffery Parker) was a long time friend and ally of the Incredible Hulk and Bruce Banner in the comics. He was the young man that caused Bruce Banner to get exposed to the gamma radiation bomb. In the game, he is a proactive college student that is fighting an underground battle to bring down the Enclave which are, simply put, a group of mad scientists. Outside of the occasional big baddie (KyKlops being your first) the Enclave and its Legionaries will prepare you how to fight and use your abilities. When Abomination, Bi-Beast and Ironclad show up you will be ready.
 

Screenshot of the Hulk and his incredible fists in Sega's upcoming Incredible Hulk game(2008).

If you decide to go on your own and be the rampaging Hulk the game is a maze of feats that will enable you to gain access to more abilities. The Hulk thunder clap is a fun one to use on the occasional pedestrian. The more damage you inflict on the city, whether during a mission or just out rampaging, the military will try and stop you. Heavily armed and ready to do battle, they arrive in a few moments. As the Hulk’s powers grow stronger, knocking over the occasional building becomes a great calling card to bring out the United States Army and unleash your inner fury.
 

The graphics for the game itself are good but the renditions of Edward Norton and Tim Roth leave little to be desired. Strangely enough General “Thunderbolt” Ross (voiced by William Hurt) is the only one that bares a striking resemblance to his human counterpart.

 

Screenshot of Sega's upcoming Incredible Hulk game(2008).

There is never a time when you play as Bruce Banner. You will never have to get angry to be the Hulk. The only thing that may make you angry is that this is not a game for Wii. It really doesn’t involve the Wii remotes the way a game like Wii Sport does or even the way Sega’s Iron Man did. If anything it makes the game difficult because you have two different remotes to deal with. After a while, it gets easier but there are only a few moments where waving your remote actually matters. The game should really be played on the PS3 or the Xbox 360.

 

The missions are great and offer at least one look at a possible deleted scene that was in the trailer of the Incredible Hulk movie but wasn’t in the film. The Incredible Hulk game offers a tour de force of destruction that is intoxicating. You will find yourself destroying Manhattan just to see if you can do it. The missions are fun but this game really comes down to “Hulk Smash”!

 

Check out the Official Incredible Hulk Video Game site for more details.



Mania Grade: B+
Game: The Incredible Hulk
Platform: Nintendo Wii
Genre: Third Person
Players: 1
Online: None
Developer: SEGA
Publisher: SEGA
Suggested Retail: $49.99
Graphics: B-
Sound: B+
Gameplay: A
Replay: A
Fun Factor: A