Excerpt: Scurge Hive is a bargain bin Nintendo DS video game that I found while doing some retail research. It is a Metroid clone that accentuates the violence at the highest degree possible for an E10+ rated video game. These creatures start to take over ships, colonies, space stations; etc. Yeah the story has been played countless times before. Did I forget to mention the main character is a female?
Excerpt: Scurge: Hive’s premise is sure to evoke thoughts of Metroid. After all, you take on the role of a female bounty hunter tasked with clearing a base of an alien infestation. However, writing the game off as a simple Metroid knock-off would be a mistake as Scurge can be enjoyable in its own right. It’s not quite up to Metroid standards, but you can still have some fun with it.
Excerpt: After playing Southpeak's Juka and the Monophonic Menace, I was very interested to find out what they would be able to do on the DS. Luckily, at the same time that they sent me Juka, they also sent me a DS game called Scurge: Hive. Although this game might not be as creative as Juka proved to be, it did prove that Southpeak is just as capable on the DS as they are on the GBA.
Summary: Scurge: Hive is a solid action adventure with a slick presentation that should appeal to anyone who enjoys the Metroid style of play.
Pros: Nice old-school mix of combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving, Good variety of enemies and weapons, Zany boss battles, Great visual style and masterful music, Duplicates Metroid's style without coming across as overly derivative
Cons: Blasting cannon-fodder enemies and solving switch puzzles can sometimes feel monotonous, Backtracking is a nuisance early in the game, Aiming is sometimes difficult, Not much to do once you finish the game, except do it again faster
Excerpt: It’s tough being an intergalactic bounty hunter. Decent assignments are far and in between, with little in the way of tangible rewards. You have to combat legions of space pirates, blast through swarms of hostile alien beasts, and put yourself in danger more times than you should probably shake a stick at. But for Jenosa Arma, heroine of Scurge: Hive , her not-so glamorous profession has taken her far beyond the usual hardships and into the face of death itself.