Turmoil-filled path, tons of jumpscares, turned-based strategy coupled with immaculate and neatly finished graphics, Ebb Software’s game is surely made to attract many eyes. And with this, we would be honored to take you further down the lane for the Scorn review.
Scorn is a mixture of the protagonist running around for survival in a tightly knit enclosed space with a series of tactical fights delivered with a crisp and crunchy visual style. At the top of the screen is your map that you have to follow to keep track of the enemies and not get caught. You will also get to peek into several options menus detailing defenses, attacks, and different moves the protagonist can perform. The tactics you have plus the stealth will decide your fate in the game. Stringing different moves together such as a grapple movement or heavy strike can offer you the desired momentum to turn the biased fight around.
There’s more to Scorn than just running or knocking down the artifacts. It’s also a game of strategy where you need to hold and manage your position firmly while not letting the enemy know of your presence. For instance, you can walk across many walls to learn and anticipate your enemy’s next move. At the bottom, the game looks like Outlast or Resident Evil Village, but you will uncover the differences as you move past the initial few levels.
Each of the levels comes with a specific emotionally relevant storyline- in one revealed where you need to find a perfect hiding spot to get past your enemies. Using strategic mindset to outmaneuver and combat skills to fight the Alien-movie-like enemy are two important prospects of the game. The developers’ have made sure the game is too fun to play and becomes more immersive as you progress further in the game. The storyline boasts rich graphics and an immersive character arc that enhances the charm of Scorn tenfold.
Writer/director Ebb software studio has spent two years bringing the inspiring work of H.R Giger sculptures to the screen. It’s not a particularly faithful adaptation, but the result is a game of such unwavering vision it’s difficult to imagine it was ever made with any kind of audience in mind. It’s near-wordless for starters, with a plot that’s steadfast in its refusal to spell anything out. Why are unnamed space invaders picking up on the protagonist? Why did that guy just implode? Answers are nowhere to be found, which can make Scorn a frustratingly oblique experience.
But at the same time, it’s a beguiling and beautifully constructed piece of filmmaking. Ebb Software is quietly brilliant and perfectly casts the interstellar beings luring potential targets to their doom. As the body count climbs, the predator slowly starts to realize what it means to be powerful and their detached exterior starts to crack. It’s a testament to the game’s character performance that by the end it’s possible to care about a character we’ve seen commit such horrific acts. A strange alien planet may seem like a mundane setting for a horror-inducing game, but the developers capture a haunting beauty in everything from shopping centers to the misty highlands. Coupled with the astonishing game artwork, utterly alien soundtrack, the game has a hypnotic effect on the mind. Enchanting, upsetting, confusing, compelling – Scorn is an astoundingly powerful example of visual storytelling, albeit one that makes absolutely no concessions to its viewers. With any luck, it won’t be another ten years before the Aliens come popping back on screens.
By this stage, playing horror genre games is an old sombrero to us. Having our favorite character stomped and uppercut his way through it on Xbox, I wasn’t planning on taking another trip into this masked brawler. And yet you find yourself here, laying down Lucha libre justice once again. Here’s the million peso question, though – is there enough new content here to coax you back if you’ve already played it, or catch your eye if you weren’t bearhugged by the combo fest’s original concept? Well yes… and no. Developer Ebb Software has taken the very same delightful jumpscare platformer we are being given in these very pages and added a new boss, extra areas, and lots more – as well as rejigging the game’s flow to maintain balance.
This horror game includes two never or designed worlds before – the entropy of the aliens and the Volcano-like structure – along with a new boss. And while the extra big bad is just tacked-on content, the Canal section is a bonafide gem, mainly because it gives you a challenging area in which to test your new moves. The entire section is littered with invincible enemies that leap from the water below and sap your health – all while you’re duplexing skills and other assorted baddies. Luckily your improved dodge move (which always granted you a millisecond of invincibility) now damages foes, to help you cope with the extra intensity of the new enemy types.
Built with the sumptuous Ebb software Framework used to create the platforming joy of The Outlast, Gunk has crafted a visually captivating 3D take on war-torn Alien planet. With a striking art style reminiscent of the Alien movie series, the storyline cleverly follows the lives of very different people. The real standout cast member, however, is the protagonist, the pitiful character who gets entangled in the politics of war.
Serving as an ongoing single-player game you get a chance to access inaccessible areas and activate switches in puzzles. He’s brimming with personality; growling at the sight of machine gunners and lying coyly on his back when you give him a thoughtful pet amid the chaos. Rather than having reams of potentially cheesy dialogue, important information is instead conveyed via speech bubbles that show an image of what you need to progress, such as the face of a missing child or a bottle of wine you need to bribe a surly sergeant with. Since the game is essentially a series of environmental puzzles, it allows the emotive European settings and the conundrums themselves to drive the story. Overall, the Scorn provides a story-rich experience that is sure to captivate you till the end.
We hope this article featuring the Scorn review helped you evaluate for yourself the fun potential of the game.