Tom Orry writes:
''Bored of Devil May Cry 4, God of War 2 and Ninja Gaiden 2? Can't wait for SEGA's Bayonetta? Do you think Konami's Hellboy looks like a good stop-gap game to tide you over? Think again. It seems as though Hellboy: The science of evil has been in development for ages, but that hasn't prevented it from being an utterly generic, dull hack 'n' slash that fails to capitalise on even a tenth of what Hellboy as a character could bring to video games. Consider us very disappointed.
As alluded to in the opening paragraph, Science of Evil is essentially a Devil May Cry clone. You play as Hellboy, smacking around enemies using your big red fist, shooting them with your gun or bashing them with numerous melee weapons. You've got your standard weak and strong attack, air attacks and a rage move, as well as various grab attacks to finish off enemies in spectacular fashion. If the game had managed to take the Hellboy licence and make a game approaching the quality of DMC4 that would have been great. The result, though, is a game so devoid of originality and fun that it's a chore to play.''