Scars Above is a challenging sci-fi third-person action adventure shooter combining the rewarding feel of overcoming difficulty with a compelling and intricate story, set in a mysterious alien world to explore.
**Disclosure: I received a free review copy for this game. This does not affect my opinion in any way**
Scars Above doesn’t waste any time throwing you into battle, as after a short intro, I was stranded on a mysterious alien planet with nothing but my wits and a knife. I had a very challenging time playing on PC as the game was very laggy – which definitely ruined my otherwise enjoyable experience.
Somewhere between Returnal, Dead Space and Alien, this game offers a little bit all everything, though falls a little short with repetitive combat, predictable enemies and not enough resources.
The storytelling did feel unique in deliverance now and then, and at times it felt like I was playing through a movie, when it wasn’t lagging. The dull scenery added to the hopeless feeling that things were only going to get worse for our girl Kate, our fearless astronaut-come-soldier.
Combat was intense and challenging, even on the easiest difficulty setting. Was a little better once I got the hang of the weapons.
The weapons themselves are fairly straight forward, with different mods you find by exploration. You gain ability points by collecting insight cubes that are hidden in each area. The game doesn’t offer a map, which feels a little weird at first – but after a short time I didn’t feel it was necessary as each area isn’t that big and exploration is key for finding insight cubes, ammo and other skill-related items.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to complete the story as yet due to the lag, however for the few hours I have played, there’s nothing really special about the game, and even though I enjoyed playing, it’s still a fun game – the game doesn’t bring anything new to an already well-captured alien universe.
- Unplayable (for me) due to lag on PC
- Predictable enemies
- Boring combat
I did enjoy the few hours of play, however, with boring, repetitive combat and predictable story telling – there are no surprises or anything that really makes the game stand out for me.
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Game & Developer Information
Developer Website: Mad Head Games
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