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Scourge: Outbreak Review

  • First Released
  • Reviewed:
  • X360

Scourge: Outbreak is all kinds of awful.

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You know you're playing a truly awful game when, after just one mission, you're wondering what on earth possessed you to buy the thing in the first place. Maybe it was the lure of a story-driven four-player co-op campaign? Or the promise of classic capture-the-flag and deathmatch multiplayer? Or perhaps there was simply a vast hole in your life that only a generic third-person shooter could fill? Regardless, if by the time you reach the second mission you're praying for your Xbox to spontaneously combust, just so you're absolutely sure that the game never graces your television again, chances are you've picked up a lemon. And boy is Scourge: Outbreak a big, fat, awful lemon.

That much is clear upon seeing the opening CGI sequence, a cliched gore-fest that might as well have been crafted in the mid-'90s, such is the clumsiness of its animation. Then the characters start talking, and oh you wish they would stop; each of their lines is delivered with the conviction of an apathetic brick. But given the dialogue and story the voice actors had to work with, it's hardly surprising. Scourge: Outbreak's story ploughs the very depths of hackneyed sci-fi, dredges up some drivel, and coats it in a thick layer of macho tedium.

It tells the tale of Echo Squad, a group of meat-headed mercenaries hired by a generic megacorporation to rescue a doctor trapped inside a research facility. Or maybe it's a scientist trapped in a prison? Frankly, the story is so poorly structured and so mind-numbingly uninteresting, it's hard to muster the enthusiasm to follow it. What is noticeable, though, is how many games Scourge: Outbreak has ripped off in its quest to seemingly be the most homogeneous third-person shooter out there, as if the developers tried to paint a masterpiece by mashing together the world's greatest artistic works and ended up with one big, smeary brown mess.

The characters, for example, look like someone tried to cram the muscle-bound dudes of Gears of War into the svelte lines of a Crysis nanosuit, and then chucked a few Adam Jensen-style cyborg details in for good measure. Even a couple of Crysis-style suit abilities have been added, albeit ones that are largely useless. The suit, known as an Ambrosia suit (yes, really), lets you create a temporary shield or create a shock wave for killing multiple enemies. The problem is that neither the shield nor the shock wave offers any real advantage over simply hunkering down behind some cover and letting rip a few rounds. The shield doesn't last long enough, and the shock wave is pitifully underpowered. The fact that you have to recharge the suit after mere seconds of use from randomly placed Ambrosia containers makes it all the more tedious to use.

Not that firing weapons is that much more entertaining. The selection on offer mirrors what you'd find in Gears of War, but is styled like the futuristic fare from the Mass Effect series. There's a standard rifle, an enemy rifle, a shotgun, a sniper rifle, and a few wild cards like a Gatling gun. The trouble is, not one of them is at all satisfying to use. The spray from each weapon is so imprecise, particularly the shotgun, that even at close range you're lucky to land one bullet, let alone enough to take down an enemy. Plus, the paltry weapon sounds and complete lack of heft and power to each shot make matters worse.

Then there are the enemies, who are powered by an AI so terrible that they leap headfirst into shotgun fire without a care in the world. Or they run around like headless chickens desperately trying to find cover, but fail miserably and duck in and out of it like overactive jack-in-the-boxes. As if that weren't enough to contend with, many enemies are ludicrously overpowered so that even after several point-blank hits with a shotgun, they're still left standing. And there are times when your weapon fails to reload in the middle of a heated firefight, or it reloads but is then stuck firing repeatedly until you swap it out for another.

At this point you're probably hoping for something, anything, that might make this game enjoyable. Instead, you're saddled with missions that are little more than point-A-to-point-B affairs with a bit of dodgy dialogue thrown in along the way. You shoot some guys, open a door, shoot more guys, and then watch a cutscene. Repeat for six hours, and you're done. There's four-player co-op available if you must inflict Scourge: Outbreak on your friends, but don't expect any co-op-specific features: it's the exact same campaign that makes you want to smash a controller into your face after five minutes. Oh, and there's competitive multiplayer too, but suffice it to say that shooting real players does not make the weaponry any less awful, or the suit powers any more useful.

Frankly, it's a mystery this game exists at all. The thing about shooters is that, well, there are a lot of them. And in a genre as saturated as the shooter category, you either have to create something unique or need some deep pockets to create that AAA Hollywood experience. Not only is Scourge: Outbreak neither unique nor slickly produced, but it's fundamentally flawed in all the key areas that a great shooter needs to excel. It somehow even manages to make the Unreal engine look a pop-in-fest full of awful repetitive textures and jaggies worthy of the original PlayStation. There's no place in the world for a lemon of this magnitude.

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The Good
N/A
The Bad
Poorly told, cliched sci-fi story
The most generic of meat-headed, macho characters
Clumsy controls and inaccurate weapons
Numerous bugs
Abysmal visuals
2
Terrible
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Aeonia92
Aeonia92

Got the game today morning from steam for 8 dollars...Have already finished it.While it wasn't a premium game, i did enjoy it. Gameplay was pretty decent, graphics were crappy even on Ultra,storyline was weird(esp. the flashbacks??),MultiPlayer..ehh..no wont touch it.

Not to many bugs..in fact..i didn't find any huge bugs like some other overrated games..cough..(goat sim..)...On the bright side, the game was well optimized for low end hardware on PC.steady 55-60fps.


I'd rate it a 5.9/10..If you look at the end credits, you'll see that the game was made by less that 50 people..so am guessing it wasn't a mega budget game.


If anything this is an average game with its fair share of bugs..literally..lots of crawling bugs(pun intended)


dog_tag666
dog_tag666

Frankly I like it. Decent story, decent gameplay, decent graphics. Not great or mind blowing, but still I like it. I like the mystery around each character and the ability evolution system. But Scourge has TOO MANY BUGS. Literally. When these nasty alien bugs came out it's like Alamo or Little Big Horn - they keep on coming until you have no mo ammo and just die heroically. The creators really need to limit the number or the strength of these things. But I like that game.

zellar1
zellar1

Hold up there cowboy!! If this was a premium game I could understand the review. This is a budget title. I paid less then $10 bucks for the PC version on steam. Everything you said about the game applies to a $49-$60 game. .But for people who can't afford COD or AC or even BatmanI this is a good game!! Again for $10.

Warsilver
Warsilver

This is it, this is the year, I can feel it.... bring back Gamespot's end-of-year Dubious Honors!

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

Mark, I rarely watch the game reviews, I prefer to read. Having read this one and deciding to watch it to see how hilarious it would be, I was disappointed to find it was a word for word rehash of the written version. Is that the standard? If so, that is boring. Am I reading a transcript of the video, or is the video a recital of the review? Mark, your accent makes you sound so smart, put it to good use!

DarkToolBelT
DarkToolBelT

Congrats Mark Walton, you have just described most of all shooters 1st and 3rd person since doom came out on pc.

 I suggest you actually play the game level the skills and find out how long, powerful and good the abilities are even on nightmare mode, instead of playing the same generic crap that angry birds offers you on mobile gaming. Sure its got a couple of issues which will get addressed with a small patch JUST like any game that comes out these days.
 Generic well you can say gears 2,3 and judgment are all generic of gears 1, mass effect 2 and 3 are generic of mass effect 1 and so on. You do realize this game is a budget arcade game and one of the better filled ones from a small developer, ah yes you already knew this and wrote this review based upon what presents the publisher/developer gave you like the big time retail developers/publishers do to sweeten you up, from the biased mission one part of the review they more then likely didnt give you any presents apart from the free game and you was on the iphone playing some generic crap mobile game while waiting for the beginning intro to stop.
Like i said, this is one of the better xbox live arcade games you can buy for 800 points and that is not sale price either, yea sure its using a prebuilt game engine same type of engine tech as gears of war but it does do a good job in most  with the a.i, the animations are good bearing in mind they aint motioned captured from professional people or actors same goes with the voices, why you ask? simple, they are a small developer compared to activision, epic, ea (shovelware).

My opinion of this game is;
small fixes needed like any arcade/retail game but they dont break the game experience,
a lengthy sp/co-op experience,
dlc is planned and so is the next chapter of the story

voice chat in game breaks when in loading screen nothing major alot of games has this.

my verdict: go and get it and have a blast with mates in co-op or online, a good BUDGET ARCADE game for 800 points  7.5/10

NOTE: This beats the living hell out of aliens:cm co-op and that cost much more to make and years more time. :)

(as writer has obsession with mobile games i suggest he leave console gaming reviews to people who have an open mind on arcade games on CONSOLES)

dman123_1
dman123_1

good thing MS lets you play a trial of the game. I have to say, comparing it to other shooters that I have played in my lifetime, this is pretty bad

McGuirex3
McGuirex3

For now, just three words: NOT THAT BAD!!! I.e. as bad as he suggest!

mike9090-us
mike9090-us

Great game and graphics I like the Gun action on this game from what I see. Cant wait to get this game for my xbox 360

Thompson3990
Thompson3990

It's as if Mass Effect and Gears of War had a child, and that child had 'Down Syndrome'. BOOOO!!!

Pilgrim117
Pilgrim117

After the Last of Us now this, the review is bad, the game is awesome. I haven't played it yet but it seems really good.

phbz
phbz

This and Motorbike seem to be the best exclusives both consoles got at this summer. ;D

0pie
0pie

Just an indie game from a indie developer. 

If it were an Epic Games game, 2/10, ok...  from an indie developer, 6.5/10 fits better

Good choice for 800 MS Points, not the best I've ever seen, but not as bad as I read in this destructive review... It's just a funny game, if you're looking for a Gears of War game for that price you're simply gullible

Gegglington
Gegglington

i were my cream rice suit and custard cap mostly on weekends

djames12345
djames12345

Hes the Angry video game nerrrrrrrd the angry atari sega nerrrrrrrd

antpm
antpm

Gamespot, please review more substandard games like these.  

Esparragus
Esparragus

I think something must be wrong here. 2 out of 10 when user score is 7.5? I checked Metacritic and user score is 8.1. I checked Xbox Live Marketplace and in USA it has 3 stars out of over 200 votes.

It's pretty evident that this review was written with hate and just to make people actually look at it for how rude and harsh it is. Tragnarion's moral must be on the floor because of this and because of the numbers that I gave before you can see it's pretty unfair.

I bought the game and it's ok. Not the best game ever, but for 800 MS Points it's a pretty decent game to play with friends and the multiplayer is fun. 


I will never understand how something like this happened.

blackrivergod
blackrivergod

Wait I'm confused, I should def buy this? Rogue Warrior is my favourite game btw.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Still not worse than Motorbike. But not by much though....

291403171981
291403171981

Que raro... está dicho que hay un serio problema con el sistema que utilizan para hacer las evaluaciones. Este juego no tiene ni el equipo ni el presupuesto de los que son auspiciados por el monopolio de EA y estudios como MICROSOFT o SONY. Es hora de ver un trabajo más pulido y mejor diversificado en cuanto a las reseñas y críticas. Lo ideal es tener una grilla más prolija según el presupuesto y el costo del producto. Además esta dicho que el juego sólo busca un público general que tenga la pretención de pasar un rato entretenido con un juego de tercera persona de acción. No creo que sea usado para salvar a la humanidad o cosa parecida. Realmente ser sarcastico y pedante con el trabajo de las personas no es algo muy inteligente que digamos. Creo que se está volviendo una costumbre insultar el trabajo de personas que dan lo mejor de sí para entretenernos y hacer de nuestra vida algo no tan monotono e insipido. Es fácil sentarse a jugar, sería mejor que, si alguién va a hacer una crítica tan destructiva, por lo menos que sepa lo que es generar un juego de estas características con éxito.

driimit
driimit

Man, that's a funny funny review... Saying it just after reading the review, don't know what's there lurking in the video review!!

Stressthesky
Stressthesky

I'm pretty sure this is just a reskinned version of The Scourge Project: Episode 1 & 2. Game isn't half bad actually, I've played a lot worse.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

I wish a few more, atrociously drossy films would be released just so there would be more Kermodian Rants on the friday film review show. Then again, I suppose their rarity adds to the magic.

Hello to Jason Issacs!

Citizen_King
Citizen_King

You know what's worse than Scourge: Outbreak? 

World of Tanks

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

Ambrosia Suit huh?

Devon knows how they make it so creamy!

Loved the review Mark, shame about the game though... I fancied it just because it was in a 3rd person perspective, rather than the awful headache generating FPS genre. Now I think I will pass.

Please tell me though, are the Ambrosia containers actually cans of custard?

So basically it is a "Big Rig Game?" (that was for you @CruiserCaptain )

Schlagl
Schlagl

Are you folks playing the same game I just played? I didn't think the trial was that bad. And geez, it's only 800 points. Certainly doesn't seem worthy of 2/10 even just going off the trial. 

adders99
adders99

next free game on xbox live?

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

I played 10 minutes of this and then really, really wanted to play Fuse...it may be generic too, but it at least felt good to shoot stuff in.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

@DarkToolBelT You guys who keep accusing GameSpot reviewers of being paid by the game makers to give a certain score really need to cut it out. Where is your proof? If you don't like a GS review, check out Metacritic. Are you telling me all of the reviewers used to get a meta score are all being paid to give a certain review? There is just no way. 


I am not saying game reviewers are above corruption. I am still upset with GameSpot for firing Jeff Gerstmann for giving an honest review of Kane & Lynch. It definitely affected Gamespot's reputation, but this bribery nonsense is just that: nonsense, pure and utter.

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

@Terransheep There was a 1.5 just the other day for "Motorbike" which is a funnier review, frankly.  And as far as I know the all-time winner is still "Big Rigs Over the Road Racing" with the only GS 1.0 of which I am aware.  Search them out and read up.  Its a blast.


Oh, and Street Sweeping Simulator is pretty hilarious too.  Cheers.

xHallelujah
xHallelujah

@Pilgrim117 I love it when people discredit a review without having played it yet.


PLease enlighten us on how you know that a "game is awesome' without having played it yet. If you could teach us this trick I'm sure we could all save some money that could've been spent on crappy games.

Ghost_Thumbs said it best: Moron.

astryc
astryc

@0pie lower production values are associated with indie games, not lower standards of gameplay.

blackrivergod
blackrivergod

Check the 8.0 user score for Motorbike. People usually react on occasions like this by giving an over inflated score as a protest or to simply take the piss. I gave Motorbike 10 because it looked like the worst game I have ever seen on PS3. The Metacritic score was based on only 15 votes and one was 9 (seriously?) and one was 0. Don't take user scores seriously all of the time, look at imdb.

advocacy
advocacy

@291403171981 Translation: the next CEO for the merger of EA, Microsoft, and Sony will be Julio Iglesias.

Kefke_Wren
Kefke_Wren

@SolanOcard Love the part where you defend GameSpot of not taking bribes, while simultaneously admitting that they have a history of firing people that do not accept bribes.

In all seriousness, though, flawed as the game may be, you would have to be playing it on a dying console hooked up to a damaged T.V. to think it was as bad as a 2.0 rating implies. Not only that, but Mark's comments about weapon handling and ability show that he barely even played the game at all before deciding on a rating. Otherwise, he might have noticed that skills level up and improve. Even if he wasn't "bought" on this review, it looks pretty likely that he didn't care enough to give a proper playthrough, and just phoned it in on raw first impressions.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

@jimrhurst @Terransheep Go to "all Reviews" and sort by review score. Click it a second time to order the results from lowest to hightest... you know... just like in excel!  The first 20 results have no score at all, but then you start seeing this poorly scored games. There are a lot of games with less that 2.0, but yes, "Big Rigs..." is the lowest with 1.0. Wasn't there a street sweeper simulator? I wonder if that is on the list...

0pie
0pie

@astryc @0pie And I agree, but I only say that is not as bad game as people say. It isn't a masterpiece, sure, but it isn't unplayable too... I think reviews like this are not respectful nor objective, but that's my opinion ;)

Esparragus
Esparragus

@blackrivergod I Actually tried this game. I wouldn't give it a 10. 6 fits better. I normally don't check what other people say since I like to create my own opinion, but this was too much. One thing is say that you don't like something, I can understand that. Another thing is do this review.

noah364
noah364

I respect your opinion, but I think that a review should be made solely on the quality of game, without judging it by its origins. If an 8.0 quality game was made by one guy, sure that's impressive, but it doesn't mean that the score should get a boost.

Also, you can get a Gears of War game for that price. Not new, of course. GameStop had copies of GOW 1 for something like three bucks.

GamesOfEdan
GamesOfEdan

@Esparragus @blackrivergod Gee, 2/10 seems pretty harsh. Sure a 1/10 probably means something like a completely broken game, bug riddled, unplayable etc. etc. A 2/10 is barely better than that & from the video review the gameplay looked fair imo. I'll have to check out what a 10/10, 5/10 & 1/10  shooter review looks like to get a better feeling of where this one sits.

291403171981
291403171981

@KorhalKk @291403171981 Que bueno :D! Te propongo algo, cuando hables conmigo en Gamespot podés hablarme en portugués. Yo no hablo portugués pero, ya que vos hacés el esfuerzo por entender mi español, a mi me gustaría devolverte el favor y entenderte en tu idioma :D . Saludos ;)

Scourge: Outbreak More Info

  • First Released
    • Macintosh
    • PC
    • + 2 more
    • PlayStation 3
    • Xbox 360
    Scourge: Outbreak is a futuristic third-person shooter from Tragnarion Studios.
    4.7
    Average User RatingOut of 43 User Ratings
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    Developed by:
    Tragnarion Studios
    Published by:
    TransGaming Inc., UFO Interactive
    Genres:
    Action, Third-Person, Shooter, 3D, Team-Based
    Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
    Mature
    All Platforms
    Blood, Strong Language, Violence