The Incredible Hulk First Look

We take an exclusive first look at Sega's new Incredible Hulk game in action.

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With rumors swirling about creative differences on the set of the upcoming Incredible Hulk film, it's understandable that there are some questions as to how the video game based on the movie is going to turn out. The last Hulk game turned out to be pretty good in spite of the movie being less than stellar, and judging by our first look at the current-gen version of The Incredible Hulk, this game is poised to deliver what Hulk fans want regardless of how the movie turns out.

Just about everything you see can be destroyed or used as a weapon.

The Incredible Hulk begins with a brief cutscene showing Bruce Banner standing in the snow with a loaded pistol in his mouth. Just as a shot rings out the screen goes black, and when the picture comes back the Hulk, standing where Banner once stood, spits out the bullet. From there the game jumps ahead five years and shows a cutscene with Bruce being chased by some sort of special-ops unit through the streets of Brazil. Suddenly a helicopter appears, and Banner ducks into a building to get away. But it's too late; the helicopter fires a missile into the building, turning it into rubble.

From here the game is in your hands. You start by mashing the Y button, which performs one of the Hulk's "feats of strength," which in this case involves him digging out from a demolished concrete building. Once he has dusted himself off the Hulk sets off into a factory to exact revenge on the people chasing him. This area acts as a training level, and it's where you'll get acquainted with the Hulk's many moves--conveyor belts will be leveled, puny humans will be thrown, soldiers wearing mechanized suits will be cast aside, and doors will crumble under the weight of his mighty fists. The level ends after an encounter with the game's first boss, Emil Blonsky, who after suffering defeat at the hands of the Hulk discusses what happened with General Ross.

All the major characters in the game are voiced by the actors who portrayed them in the movie. That means you'll be hearing the likes of Tim Roth, William Hurt, Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, and Tim Blake Nelson--not a bad list of talent for a video game. Obviously the game will focus on the events of the movie, but to expand the game into an eight-plus hour experience the developer has worked with Marvel to integrate other characters, storylines, and themes from the Hulk and Marvel universes. You'll follow parts of the movie, but another major storyline takes place in New York City, where a terrorist group called The Enclave is using the city as a training facility.

After Brazil, we skipped ahead a bit to New York City. The developer has re-created 85 percent of Manhattan and the city is yours to explore. Times Square, Central Park--it's all here. A few neat touches that Marvel fans will appreciate were the Baxter Building (home of the Fantastic Four) and ads for Peter Parker's newspaper, the Daily Bugle, on the sides of buses. As in the real city, pedestrians roam the sidewalks and cabs clog the streets. What's more, they all react realistically to the Hulk's intimidating presence. People will run away screaming and cars will come to a screeching halt, throw it in reverse, or sometimes run into other cars at the sight of Banner's alter ego. Of course, there's more to the game than scaring people by walking around. You can pick people up, "help" them get where they're going by scooping up their cars and tossing them, rip up light poles, smash fire hydrants, and climb any building you choose.

Exploring the city and causing mayhem seems like it will be fun for quite some time, but you'll want to be careful because if you cause too much damage, the police, the military, and eventually Iron Man will be deployed to stop you. Once you've had your fill of destruction, it's time to move on to doing some good. Rick Jones, who's not in the movie but is in the game, acts as your guide. He'll give you information on what the bad guys are up to and tell you where in the city you need to go. Speaking of bad guys, there are plenty of them. In addition to the first fight with Blonsky, we saw the Hulk take on a giant robot (you'll encounter this fellow several times and each time he'll be more difficult), Bi-Beast in an encounter that started on a rooftop and ended in bustling Times Square, and even the U-foes, who are kind of like an evil version of the Fantastic Four. Vapor can turn into three different gasses, each of which harm the Hulk in a different way. X-Ray can shoot radiation, Ironclad's super strength gives the Hulk a taste of his own medicine, and Vector uses telekinesis to grab nearby objects and use them as a shield or fling them at the Hulk.

Fighting each U-foe individually would be tough, but Hulk had to take all of them out at the same time. It's a good thing he has so many ways to deal damage. Of course he can use his fists and simply pummel dudes, but he can also pound the ground to cause a concussion blast, pick up nearly everything in his environment and fling it as a projectile weapon, pull up concrete and use it as a shield, and even grab cars, rip them apart, and use them as steel-reinforced boxing gloves. He'll earn new moves by performing feats such as picking a fight, scoring 500 points (you get points for nearly everything you do), destroying 25 buildings, and more. Hulk can fill his rage meter by receiving damage, killing bad guys, smashing buildings, and generally wreaking havoc. Once this meter is full he can unleash ultrapowerful rage attacks, and you can even use this rage to level every single building in the game.

If you need a break from fighting evil you can always roam around and torment random citizens, and you can also play some of the numerous minigames sprinkled about the city. Bullseye places you on top of a building facing a huge target that's hung on another building. Your goal is to pick up light poles and try to get a bullseye by throwing them into the target. Another minigame called Whack-a-Mole has you pounding tank turrets. And in a nod to a classic Sega game, there's a Crazy Taxi minigame where you pick up vehicles and carry them to their destination.

The Hulk will encounter several old friends in the game.

The Incredible Hulk seems to be shaping up nicely, and it appears that the developer is keen to deliver the same fun gameplay of the last game while at the same time integrating a better story and more objectives. We weren't able to get our hands on the game so we can't speak to how the controls handle, and it looked as if the camera could be a bit troublesome, but for the most part the game looks promising. There's no firm release date yet, but look for The Incredible Hulk to hit stores sometime this June, right around time of the movie's release.

Discussion

146 comments
blueguykisame
blueguykisame

I got the game today, I give it a 8.5 AT BEST... btw, my wanted level was at the max of 4 for over 30 minutes, no ironman... I went on a rampage and destroyed about 6k items, no Ironman.... hmmm, oh-well... btw I got over 80k points nonstop [in a row; wihtout the point streak restarting] still no ironman lol.

LegendaryEpoch
LegendaryEpoch

Hey, it came out today! so where's the review? I wanna know if i should buy and SMASH EVERYTHING! or not destroy! or not have anything to do with it at all...

xwolfenstudx
xwolfenstudx

In the immortal words of Hulk, Tip114. "Why you want Hulk as puny Banner? Hulk just go through wall, much easier.."

Tips114
Tips114

Well I'm a little disappointed it doesn't look like you can change from Bruce Banner to the hulk which i think would be a cool trance formation and all so allowing one to do things a big hulk can't or at least fit in to . I'm just saying that it would be a cool feacher in the game instead of running around as the hulk all day , or like when it gets too hot for the hulk-like that would ever happen-when the army come he could escape and when he calmed down he would revert back to the puny banner, and thous be able to walk around for a wile.

peetowser
peetowser

I just hope they don't do desert levels like in the first game Ugh, those sucked...

orcsblade
orcsblade

doesn't look that good of a game

jknight5422
jknight5422

Those robots in this game look like Clockwork on City of Heroes. This game has that "Superman Returns" feel to it. As always, I think it's time to recommend passing on a movie tie-in game. Movies & video games should remain segregated for best possible quality from each.

aim49
aim49

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blueguykisame
blueguykisame

i rented(am renting) the ironman game. its okay, things such as the enormous amounts of people that are in the city (sarcasism) was dissapointing, though ironman's suit graphics were impressive, the city wasnt. the game is a game i suggest for only renting. However, this game looks like a definate BUY game, i mean the baxter building is finally mine to destroy, along with ironman (payback for that time he died on me in HIS video game -.-). CANT WAAIT!!! kick-ass games like this make me happy =)

cell_100
cell_100

hulk vs ironman equals kikass game + freeroaming n all tht jazz (i own the ironman one :P tis good) defo gettin this one

ravengeist
ravengeist

im ready for marvel ultimate alliance 2. these games always suck because the villains blow. spiderman and xmen have all the good villains.

Sacred-Snow
Sacred-Snow

The next gen versions look good, but a lot of these screen shots are wii or ps2.

GTARulez
GTARulez

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aim49
aim49

Are you blind ?It looks so damn ugly

aim49
aim49

Are you blind ?It looks so damn ugly

iamabonana120
iamabonana120

This game looks like it could be good, but im afriad that it will just be a crappy smash em' up

DastardlyD
DastardlyD

I wonder, can you kick Iron Man's a$$ once he's called upon, or is it pretty much game over when he appears? It would be cool to see Spider Man or the Fantastic 4 show up and take him out, but they may not have the strength to tackle such a powerful hero. I want to play this game, and I'll see the movie, if just for the action... like the last one.

killer_rabbit20
killer_rabbit20

The first movie sucked, i hope this new movie will be good, and i hope the game will be good to.

ahmedbilal1993
ahmedbilal1993

Solid game. Just hope it would be like ultimate destruction.

cocomacoco
cocomacoco

I liked Both Incredible Hulk Versions on PS2, and believe it or not, i liked the one they did like the movie with the big dogs and everything, i thought it was awesome, Ultimate Destruction was great too, but it got boring and a bit frustrating just at the end of it, was a blast most of the time!

ARSENALNO4
ARSENALNO4

the other games were terrible i think this will be the same

gamerkiduri
gamerkiduri

this game looks better than ironman because it has better features and other marvel characters

DecadesOfGaming
DecadesOfGaming

I'VE JUST BEEN READING SOME OF THE COMMENTS BELOW.. EXCLUSIVE THIS... EXCLUSIVE THAT... !!! PERSONALLY SPEAKING; I DON'T THINK MICROSOFT AND SONY REALLY GIVE A DAMN WHAT YOU OR I THINK... THEIR MAIN CONCERN IS MAKING MONEY.

H-A-V-O-K
H-A-V-O-K

The other Hulk Games werent all that impressive i doubt i'll have my fingers crossed for this one.

krishan2247
krishan2247

prob get this when its cheaper, but the whole Iron Man stopping you thing sounds pretty cool

krishan2247
krishan2247

prob get this when its cheaper, but the whole Iron Man stopping you thing sounds pretty cool

BontraXenderKyl
BontraXenderKyl

nice graphic but i don't think i'll put my money on this...

SurE_Sh0T
SurE_Sh0T

I hope that this game is as good as the first hulk game that came out a couple years ago. Oh and by the way to sokhi-jp, I think that bringing UT3 to the 360 is the most logical choice because UT3 is not a pc or a ps3 exclusive, so i think that it's okay to bring it to the 360. Bringing gears of war to the ps3 isn't that good of an idea, because even though it's not a 360 exclusive anymore, it's still a microsoft exclusive and also i think that it's too late to bring it to the ps3 now. If they were going to bring it to the ps3, they would'e done it a long time ago.

sokhi-jp
sokhi-jp

hey, i want to tell you that i'm really upset that unreal tornament 3 is going to go to the 360,and if they are going to do that so they must put gears of war in the ps3, pleace help me to make that change.

smghottie
smghottie

Hulk is the mannn, and I guarantee he destroyss ironman

--Sinister--
--Sinister--

Woah, cause enough damage and Iron Man will be deployed to stop you? Now thats pretty sweet! I was expecting a cameo or a quick 5-second appearance when I heard Iron Man would be touched on in the Hulk game. Having him out that often is a pretty big nod for Iron Man, I wonder how Hulk will be intergrated in the Iron Man game? Futhermore, I wonder if it'll be a quick thing or something thatll be fairly regular?

joshsta7
joshsta7

Awesome! Free-Roaming! The Incredible Hulk on PS2 was awesome!

PhoenixVenom
PhoenixVenom

Im not excited about this game one bit. Hulk games dont seem to be my thing. They are all the same all you do is jump around and throw cars doesnt seem like much fun to me but if u like that botton mashing thing thats all you. Looks like its gunna be a stinker and disapoint

methius73
methius73

Ultimate Destruction rocked, but here's hoping they tapped into the consoles next gen capabilities to push this to the limits and deliver a true comic book inspired game.

lumeiwan
lumeiwan

Why do i get the feeling that i'm going to get dissapointed.It looks like that stupid superman game.

jesus_markii
jesus_markii

looks like transformers but somehow worse?

GriffinLord602
GriffinLord602

Hmmmm, I don't know what too think :/... I think its one of those things thats either gonna do well, or gonna do really rubbish lol. Or it could just do well because of all those Marvel fans, and they wanna play it cause they simply like the Marvel Universe :L.

saadxxx
saadxxx

it doesn t look good:x

wheelzthatkeelz
wheelzthatkeelz

revelations is right... Those walls look identically destroyed. That is so lame!! They better fix that or the game will look so cheap. Otherwise it sounds like its going to be cool.

revelations
revelations

Looks like some repeat textures in the back of the first screen. Gotta love when building walls destroy identically in every video game. Luckily there's no civilians living in the city so no one got hurt. ;)

skitz8
skitz8

the graphics of this game are better than the first new hulk movie that came out!

ldonyo
ldonyo

It sounds cool, but it also sounds extremely short.

DarthMallrat
DarthMallrat

Sounds awesome. As long as it's as good as Ultimate Destruction or better I'm happy.