Buy. Save. Inform. Inspire. WalletPop.
Add to: My AOL, MyYahoo, Google, Bloglines
Joystiq presents

Metareview: Scurge: Hive



When it comes to Nintendo's bounty hunters, it's all about the ladies. But the long-awaited, oft-delayed Scurge: Hive is no Metroid knockoff, despite similarites in heroines (and in weapons of choice). In Scurge: Hive, you take on the role of Jenosa Arma as she investigates a distress signal from a lab. Unfortunately for the intrepid Jenosa, the lab and everything around it is infected with the Scurge, a dangerous alien plague that spreads parasitically, infecting a host and taking it over. Before she can escape, she is infected and must go through a rigorous decontamination process while battling the alien menace and a wide array of monsters. But Jenosa is up to the task, difficult as it may sound. When you're a bounty huntress, that's just all in a day's work.

Overall, the game has seen solid reviews praising the pacing and story, but decrying the repetitive aspect of gameplay. No matter how interesting the story, in the end, it does come down to: kill enemies, get to sickbay. But then again, what game can't be boiled down to the sum of its parts?

Interestingly, the DS version has seen more negative criticism than the GBA -- the touch screen is barely used (it serves as a map screen) and the graphics seem to have suffered in the transition to the updated system (it was originally designed as a GBA title).

GameZone - 80%: One part action, one part RPG. One part Metroid, one part Zelda, one part reminiscent of the PSone era. Technically this is a GBA title, and unfortunately does not take advantage of everything the DS has to offer. But that doesn't prevent the game from blasting through. Scurge: Hive dives into the world of isometric action/RPGs, delivering an experience of intelligent puzzles, thrilling action, and monumental entertainment.

IGN - 70%: Scurge is one of the nicest looking games I've ever seen on the GBA. The Nintendo DS version however doesn't just suffer from having GBA graphics, but they actually seem to be worse. A lot of the neat mist effects, and the enemy animations are either gone or not near as polished as the GBA version. Don't get me wrong, Scurge is still a nice looking game on either handheld. Jenosa looks great, and is beautifully animated. Even her absurdly long ponytail looks great on either system. Scurge is a wonderful game to look at, but the DS version should have at least been on par with the GBA.

1UP - 70%: Even with these problems, though, Scurge: Hive is an entertaining adventure that boasts impressive production values, especially given its origins in a tiny development house. Its greatest failing is that it stands uneasily on the line between arcade-action and console-adventure. If you don't mind something that mashes two genres together without necessarily perfecting either, though, it's like having a lost chunk of 1993 in your pocket.

Related Headlines

Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)

PickleHead1

11-07-2006 @ 11:15AM

PickleHead said...

Should I get the GBA or DS version?

Reply

2 stars vote downvote upReport
Joe Cam2

11-07-2006 @ 1:04PM

Joe Cam said...

I wish I could FIND this game somewhere to buy...
I'm dying to pick it up since my friend did the music for the game. If you play this and enjoy the music, also check out Shantae for Game Boy Color and Legend of Kay on the PS2. More games that my friend composed the music for. Great games too!

Reply

2 stars vote downvote upReport
reviewsThe DS Life'07 Blowout!
Features
DS Daily (288)
DS Fanboy Lite (14)
DS Fanboy poll (33)
Friday video (42)
Game Night (115)
Metareview (35)
Show and Tell (35)
The DS Life (27)
What are you playing? (63)
Bits
Accessories (71)
Downloads (48)
Fan stuff (1208)
Features (219)
GBA (103)
Hacks (69)
Homebrew (138)
How-tos (63)
Imports (479)
Interviews (107)
Meta (65)
News (2223)
Nintendo Wi-Fi (165)
Reviews (151)
Sales (93)
Screens (429)
Video (408)
Rumors (101)

RESOURCES

RSS NEWSFEEDS

Powered by Blogsmith

Featured Galleries

Tamagotchi Corner Shop 3
Flower, Sun, and Rain
StarLite
Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Sim City 2 DS
Lunar Knights
Puzzle Quest
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
Bleach: The Blade of Fate

 

Most Commented On (14 days)

Recent Comments

Weblogs, Inc. Network

  • Autos
    • Autoblog
    • AutoblogGreen
    • Autoblog Spanish
    • Autoblog Chinese
    • Autoblog Simplified Chinese
  • Technology
    • Download Squad
    • Engadget
    • Engadget HD
    • Engadget Mobile
    • Engadget Chinese
    • Engadget Simplified Chinese
    • Engadget Japanese
    • Engadget Spanish
    • TUAW (Apple)
  • Lifestyle
    • AisleDash
    • DIY Life
    • Gadling
    • Green Daily
    • Luxist
    • ParentDish
    • Slashfood
    • Styledash
    • That's Fit
  • Gaming
    • Joystiq
    • DS Fanboy
    • Massively
    • Nintendo Wii Fanboy
    • PS3 Fanboy
    • PSP Fanboy
    • Second Life Insider
    • WoW Insider
    • Xbox 360 Fanboy
  • Entertainment
    • Cinematical
    • TV Squad
  • Finance
    • BloggingBuyouts
    • BloggingStocks
    • WalletPop
  • Also on AOL
    • African-American Culture
    • Autos
    • Games
    • Maps
    • Money
    • Movies
    • Music
    • News
    • Sports
    • Switched
    • Television
    • Travel

Other Weblogs Inc. Network blogs you might be interested in:

PS3 Fanboy
  • Double dose of Motorstorm tracks drive onto the EU PSN this Thursday
  • Exciting charts indicate PS3 possibly overtaking 360
  • UTIII mod cooker finally released to the wild
  • Texas professor offers Metal Gear Solid and Philosophy course
  • First user-released UTIII mod - the Action Cam
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
WOW Insider
  • Level 1 cow raid downs 70 mage
  • Stretching yourself too thin?
  • A literally talentless player
  • More Alterac Valley changes on the horizon
  • Watch out for Ritual of Refreshment ninjas
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
PSP Fanboy
  • Video: how to Skype
  • Blu-ray disc offers PSP owners portable movies
  • Original PSP doesn't have enough RAM for Skype
  • PSP games to look for in 2008
  • PSP moves 1.4 million units over holiday season
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Joystiq
  • Making of the Joystiq award: let there be cake
  • Today's Guitar Hero-as-a-prop video: Bill Gates Keynote
  • The Joystiq Weekend: January 5 - 7, 2008
  • Trade group: Game industry growth to slow in '08
  • Rez HD: extra controllers double as trance vibrators (seriously)
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Engadget Mobile
  • Hands-on with Alltel's LG Rumor, say hello to the "Scoop"
  • Silicon Image VastLane Mobile 5-pin HDMI standard
  • Hands-on with LG's vanilla flip, the AX565
  • LG shows a KS20 clone with WiMAX
  • Nokia 3555 coming to T-Mobile too, sez FCC
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Autoblog Green
  • Detroit 2008: Cadillac Provoq E-Flex fuel cell concept
  • Autonomous vehicles could debut with automatic valets
  • Denso expands hybrid parts plant by 25 percent
  • VW confirms they applied to Thailand's eco-car program
  • Green Zones offers window badges for cars entering environmental zones in Germany
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Engadget
  • Forget about the mouse, use your hands with the ZCam from 3DV
  • Video: Slacker Portable closes in on release
  • Silicon Image VastLane Mobile 5-pin HDMI standard
  • Microsoft unleashes the Origami Experience 2.0
  • Nav N Go iGO8 3D navigation software on PSP, elsewhere
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
  • Make your iPhone listen to your radio -- and tell you what's playing
  • Inquisitor raises some questions
  • Andrea Jung joins Apple board
  • The Ghost of Macworld Past
  • Mac Automation: image tweaking plug-in for Finder
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Autoblog
  • Detroit '08 Preview: 2009 Hyundai Genesis shakes things up
  • CES 2008: Cadillac Provoq Fuel Cell Concept revealed!
  • AutoblogGreen for 01.08.08
  • VIDEO: CES 2008: Graham Rahal does donuts in the parking lot
  • MINE'S GT-R exhaust makes 501 hp at the flywheel
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Gadling
  • Are you Yelping yet?
  • Season Premiere of No Reservations tonight
  • Greyhound bus line expands its priority boarding system
  • Lightning strikes twice on Irish flights
  • Skybus $20 promotion ended on the 5th and someone I know snagged a ticket
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Engadget HD
  • Silicon Image VastLane Mobile 5-pin HDMI standard
  • DirecTV's PC tuner is real!
  • Portable Copy makes us wonder why we still have UMD
  • Paramount following Warner out the HD DVD door?
  • Creative Xdock HD upconverts iPod content to 720p / 1080i
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Download Squad
  • Keybr - The joy of typing
  • Three reasons IT departments are shrinking
  • Pandora forced to pull the final plug on UK service
  • Palm says goodbye to IBM Java virtual machine
  • CorePlayer mobile media player updates include YouTube, iPhone
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines