More Reviews
REVIEWS The Walking Dead: Season Two Review
At this point, you’re not coming back for the zombies. Let’s get down to business.

Five Nights at Freddy's Review
So damn scary, I had to break every ten minutes just writing this review.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Preview
Sid Meier's Civilization is boldly going where... it has gone once before in Alpha Centauri. But that was more than 15 years ago. We should know more about the future now, right?
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Madden NFL 15
Release date: Out Now

Destiny
Release date: 09/09/14

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star
Release date: 09/23/14

FIFA 15
Release date: 09/23/14


LATEST FEATURES inFamous: First Light Battle Arena Hints, Strategies, Tips [Stream Over]
Watch as I build out our feature of useful tactics for players in Sucker Punch's wave-based and arcade-awesome arena mode.

The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP samsmith614 Since game design is a business, I decided to see what's really selling well for the PS4. I did this search a week ago, and at the time, out of the top 20 bestsellers on Amazon 10 had not even been released yet. By now some have been released. But others still have not. And yet others...

Scurge: Hive Review

Greg_Damiano By:
Greg_Damiano
01/22/07
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER SouthPeak 
DEVELOPER Orbital Media 
RELEASE DATE  
E10+ Contains Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Samus I amus.

A female bounty hunter takes a job on a mysterious planet, with only an energy-shooting suit of armor to fight off legions of monsters. Hooray, the DS got another Metroid game!

No way, this is Scurge: Hive, a three-quarter view isometric platformer. You play as Jenova Arma, a bounty hunter who uses weapons like her double jump, laser-whip and timed bombs to destroy...
 
...Okay, so it’s basically Metroid. Collect X keys to unlock the next door as you collect a dozen weapons and special items to shoot virus-monsters. Or space monsters, or something. I mean come on, the title screen is a Mother Brain-like slug in a giant jar, sooo we won’t be giving Scurge any points for originality. For a mediocre title, though, Scurge packs in a good deal of action with some thoughtful user comfort features.
 
click to enlargeThe big plot twist in Scurge is that your character Samus Jenova has diseases! (ew) An infection counter slowly ticks toward 100 percent, at which point Samus’ health bar starts to leak. You can reset your counter by saving at any of the decontamination rooms around the world, so the game always keeps you watching your infection and planning your next recharge.
 
Nearly every room in Scurge is a puzzle to navigate, some taking longer than others to solve. Each stage or “excerpt” ends with a large boss battle in multiple phases. Beyond the initial infection gimmick, the game grows into a decent action romp with regular pauses to solve the rooms. Thoughtful little touches keep you from getting lost: the map screen shows every save point and objective, while radar blips chime in when you’re in the same room as a key card or upgrade.
 
Experience points provide a false sense of character-building, but the focus is correctly placed on making quick choices in the heat of combat. I was pleasantly surprised by the item management: each enemy has an elemental weakness and it’s delightfully easy to switch to the right gun. Impress your friends with your DS and its powerful real-time weapon changing capabilities! This and the infection timer make the game an interesting series of choices. Do I press forward into the next room, or do I double back and reset my infection timer first?
 
The third-person perspective is really the only stylistic trait to separate Scurge from the Metroid games. The diagonal layout of the world is fresh but it feels awkward on the normal four-way d-pad, especially when landing jumps. A few rooms dunk you in water, where you can’t shoot, and surround you with enemies on every available platform ledge - not the greatest time I’ve had. At least the simple menu and inventory controls never interrupt the action for more than a second or two.
 
click to enlargeScurve: Hive is easily finished with just a few tough spots on the first try, or you can sink your voracious hardcore teeth into the unlockable Hard and Insane modes and a few minor goodies. The DS lets you manage maps and status menus on your touch screen, but don’t expect any new surprises if you’ve played the Game Boy Advance game. You shouldn’t even need your stylus to play this exact duplicate.
 
The game looks and sounds silly but it works just fine. The futuristic music pumps hard even if it is a little cheesy, and the visuals are clear but unimpressive. The first few blob-with-teeth enemies are lame until you realize that they splatter onto your screen when they die. Sprites are sharp and just large enough to show some style, and the color palette is a little dull but it varies between the levels.
 
Scientifically speaking, Jenova is an okay chick. I mean, at least she seems to find the plot as dry and contrived as you will. Her sarcasm sets the writing in a very tight direction, it’s predictable but very clear about what you’re supposed to do. Some cool personal notes littered around the world add a hint of character to the world as they tease the next item you’re about the find.
 
Since Samus has turned to first-person shooting and Mega Man is nowhere in sight, it looks like Jenova Arma might be a DS owner’s only hope for decent third-person shooter action. Scurge doesn’t stand out, but it’s comfortable if you need a bite-sized action game to pass the time.
C+ Revolution report card
  • Smooth, solid action
  • Big boss fights
  • Good gimmicks
  • Way too derivative
  • Weak bonuses
  • Bland look and plot

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Scurge: Hive


More On GameRevolution