Hellboy - hands-on

We smash up Nazis, monsters and just about everything else with the Right Hand of Doom

Aside from in-your-face pummeling, most of the baddies can also be picked up and hurled into the scenery - which, by the way, is almost completely destructible. If we didn't feel like decapitating them, we could toss the Bambini onto a sharp branch or through a wall, which was then reduced to bits of rubble that we could pick up and use as weapons. We were also able to pry window shutters off the houses in the village, or pick up huge stone blocks from shattered walls in the castle, both of which made for decent clubs.

Of course, Hellboy isn't confined to just smashing monsters up-close - he packs some mean heat, too. His default weapon is a pistol, which seems to target automatically and can kill most enemies in a couple of shots, and he had a few other guns up his sleeve - the shotgun did a particularly good job of taking down anything in our way.


After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.
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