Excerpt: Scourge: Outbreak is a third person shooter where you basically shoot everything and anything that moves. The four main characters each have unique abilities and a back story that is revealed through flashbacks as the story progresses.
Pros: Nice bonuses when ranking up; low price
Cons: Unoriginal story; bad voice acting; enemies take too much damage before going down no matter where or how often you hit them
Conclusion: We've seen this type of third-person action game before, and done better at times. Scourge: Outbreak does bring the action it promises, but also brings some flaws with it that hurt that action. Still, it's tough to argue what you get with the price it's being sold for, which is at a very affordable 800 MSP. Give this one a shot, but don't expect perfection.
Excerpt: When the evil Nogari Corporation finds a potent new energy source in a meteorite’s innards, they use that “Ambrosia” to oppress the planet for profit. Luckily, the human race has a friend. Echo Squad’s four grunts aren’t exactly fans of big business, and each warrior wades into over-the-shoulder shooting galleries ensconced in a form-fitting suit designed to exploit the mysterious fuel.
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Pros: It’s short, Fun in a bad kind of way, Colourful
Cons: Completely generic and uninspired, Boring, unsatisfying gameplay, Terrible sound design, Stupid AI
Excerpt: Scourge: Outbreak is the newest shooter title to make its way over to Xbox LIVE Arcade via developer Tragnarion Games and publisher UFO Interactive. The game has been in development for quite a while, but many fans will recognize it for its narrative that features a clash of human and alien factions and a fully cooperative campaign for up to four players.
Summary: 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?
Cons: Poorly told, cliched sci-fi story, The most generic of meat-headed, macho characters, Clumsy controls and inaccurate weapons, Numerous bugs, Abysmal visuals
Conclusion: There’s no good reason to play Scourge: Outbreak. It functions (sort of), I’ll give ‘em that. But realistically, and even at a cheaper asking price, why would anyone ever want to play this game? Even the most middling third-person shooter is more desirable, and thankfully the last eight years has got your back pretty well covered in that regard.
Excerpt: We have all been lured into buying a game at some point – often by a mate – on the promise of a great four player co-op, or a multiplayer game that they’ve seen and been left bitterly disappointed when we’ve purchased that said game. We weren’t told to get this by a mate; we played this of our own free will.