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July 2 2006
Hellboy: The Science of Evil - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
22/8/2008AtariKonamiKrome Studios
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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In-game or mock-up? Still impressive.
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Attacking some enemies.

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What the hell!?
If you caught the recent Hellboy movie directed by Guillermo del Toro then you'd probably know that it was a no-holds-barred kick-ass action movie which was a perfect representation of the comic books. Today Konami announced that they are developing Hellboy games for the Playstation 3 and PSP. Based on the acclaimed comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, the game lets players unleash Hellboy's supernatural might as they smash, crush and demolish their way through more than 6 unique locations with fully destructible environments to thwart an evil supernatural plot.

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Nice town, boring in-game scene.
Created by comic book legend Mike Mignola, the game lets players step into the muscle bound frame of Hellboy, a hulking crimson-skinned warrior of supernatural creation. On the trail of a crazed witch, Hellboy uncovers a fiendish plot for world domination and must rush to defeat the crazed Hermann von Klempt before he can exert his evil will on a hapless world.

Hellboy offers players a visceral tactical brawling experience, letting them unleash the Right Hand of Doom on waves of enemies. Using a detailed context sensitive fighting system, players can choose to charge up Hellboy's strikes for added power or use his speed and agility to unleash a rapid fire combination of blows on opponents. They can also grapple with enemies, attacking them from close or even using them as weapons to keep other attackers at bay.

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Yet again another nice pose...
Boasting detailed and expansive environments with advanced lighting and texturing techniques, the levels in Hellboy are also highly destructible, adding another level of strategy to the game's bare knuckled action while bringing the character's untamed power to life. When confronted with a large group of enemies, players can choose to smash a wall to create smaller, more manageable groups and even pick up the rubble to use as a weapon for added impact.

Hellboy also lets players experience the game cooperatively with two players taking on the roles of characters from the Hellboy universe such as Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman.

Hellboy is obviously fairly early in development. Some of the static 'pose' screens look nice, but actual gameplay (such as running through the town, or battling the monsters) still look a bit rough and detail sparse. We're also not sure if Ron Pearlman, and the other actors from the movie will be working on this game, but with a second movie in development one could hope so. Krome Studios in Australia are working hard towards an August 22nd 2008 release.