'Scourge: Outbreak'

This image shows a scene from the video game "Scourge: Outbreak."

Taking significant inspiration from some of the most popular 1st and 3rd person shooters of the past few years, “Scourge: Outbreak” mashes together borrowed design style and gameplay into an utter disaster of a 3rd person shooter.

Even if the shooter genre wasn’t perpetually oversaturated, the awkwardly unreliable controls for simple movement and taking cover mixed with characters that look like rejected models from a flashier “Gears” title make the game a chore to play.

With enemies that vacillate between fodder with moronic AI and unreasonably durable bullet sponges, terrible action sequence pacing, apathetic voice acting and just really very awful weapons, it turns out “Scourge: Outbreak” is aptly named.

3 bargain bin Gears out of 10.

“Scourge: Outbreak” has been rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for its use of blood, strong language and violence. Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up.

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