Scurge: Hive review

  • Cool retro style sci-fi art design
  • Awesome atmospheric music
  • Plenty of earnable special weapons
  • Steep learning curve on controls
  • Rehash of Metroid Fusion
  • No, seriously, it's just like Metroid

Scurge: Hive may be derivative at first glance, but once you penetrate its familiar shell, you'll find a fresh take on a classic genre. Granted, Scurge is essentially Metroid Fusion in an isometric (better known as three-quarter) view, but the simple fact is that Metroid Fusion is still an excellent game, so it follows that Scurge is as well.

It's not as though it's a complete copy, either. Sure, you play as a girl, she is a bounty hunter, she makes a frequent habit of taking elevators around space stations and she becomes infected with a strange virus that will eventually take over all of her motor functions, but... well, there is no "but," that's pretty much the plot of Metroid Fusion. Oh well, the core of our argument remains the same: Scurge is fun, and that's all there is to it.

The isometric view can be a challenge to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, it actually provides more freedom than you'd expect. This freedom is accentuated by your femme fatale's ability to jump and use a sweet grappling hook - and you all know what suckers we are for grappling hooks.

If you're tired of training your brain and want a little alien-infested action, go ahead and pick up Scurge: Hive, because you won't be disappointed by its frenetic blend of creep blasting and puzzle solving.

More Info

Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Shooter
Published by: SouthPeak Interactive
Developed by: Orbital Media
ESRB Rating:
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1 comment

  • Hunter2458 - September 25, 2008 6:08 p.m.

    I guess I'l pick this up at work now, Albertsons sells this...I thought it was pure bloatware, but an 8/10? I'll try that.

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