The gaming world witnessed some interesting arrivals on Xbox this week, amongst them was Hellboy: Web of Wyrd, a roguelike action brawler. However, despite the excitement surrounding its release, the game has received mixed reviews, which could potentially hinder widespread adoration from players.
Critics have been airing their thoughts on the game across various platforms. For instance, on Metacritic, the game currently holds an average score of 61 for the PC version, while for the PS5, it stands marginally lower at 55. So far, no score is available for the Xbox version. It is worth mentioning that these averages stem from a blend of reviews ranging from the positive to outright disappointing.
Speaking of the pricing, the game is now available for purchase on the Xbox Store, costing £20.99 or $24.99. As for what the game offers, Hellboy: Web of Wyrd is a roguelike action brawler, concocted in collaboration with Dark Horse Comics and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. The game follows Hellboy as he takes on an investigation into the bizarre disappearance of a B.P.R.D. agent, which lands him into the mysterious depths of the Wyrd.
Several critiques have floated regarding the game. CGMagOnline, rating the game as 8/10, praised the game's ability to use the roguelike genre in a manner that remains faithful to the comics, whilst delivering an entertaining gaming experience for fans. On the other hand, GameSpot, marking the game 7/10, considers the creation of Web of Wyrd as a significant achievement for Hellboy, a character that they believe has been overlooked, starving for good games.
However, not all reviews shared this enthusiasm. IGN, for example, awarded the game a paltry 6/10, noting that despite its ease of gameplay, it fails to offer a substantial challenge to gamers. The gameplay was lamented as being too shallow, and its roguelike runs as being far from fulfilling.
Sharing this sentiment, Push Square also rated the game 6/10, while appreciating the creators’ adherence to Mignola’s work. They stated that the game does not quite hit the target as a brawler or a roguelike. Game Rant, scoring the game even lower at 5/10, declared that the game had missed out on the depth from its source material.
From a more critical perspective, PCGamesN handed Web of Wyrd a 4/10, arguing that the solid art direction, impressive voice performances, and enjoyable combat could not compensate for the messiness that pervaded the game during its roguelike phases.
Nestled in the midst of the article is a video of the game’s trailer.
In this intriguing scenario, the loyal Hellboy fans and Xbox gamers are left with a rich, but conflicting range of views to ponder upon. While some have hailed the game as an inventive rendition of the comic series, others have been critical, expressing sentiments of missed opportunities and failed potential. The question now remains to be seen how this mix of reviews will affect overall game sales and players' views. Regardless, Hellboy: Web of Wyrd has undeniably stirred up the Xbox gaming world, for better or worse.
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