If you love the style of the late, great artist H.R. Giger, whose work has been seen in movies like the Alien franchise and Species, Scorn is a game you’ll likely be interested in seeing more of.
The game has been in development for quite a while now, and previously attempted a Kickstarter effort which unfortunately was not able to meet its goal. But instead of giving up, the team at Ebb Software is pressing forward. They’ve launched a brand new crowdfunding campaign, and you can read more about it and check out their latest gameplay trailer below.
What we’ve got here is a tough little nut to crack, at least from my viewpoint. Behind the curtain time; sometimes it’s hard to review things that come across my proverbial desk. Some books you read, and it’s easy to say “This is good” or “This is bad.” Not so much with this one. There’s some serious subject matter going on here and a very unique art style, which brings up some good points and some bad points. I’ll get to that in a minute.
First a bit of recap: Scorn comes to us from Septagon Studios, and tells the tale of Michael, a guy who’s had a rough time of it his entire life. His mother is killed at a young age, he becomes a bit of an outcast until he meets his best friend. Unfortunately, his friend is killed in issue 1 by a wanna-be gangster by the name of Torres, which sends Michael into a spiral of violence and murder. He has given himself over to revenge and his quest continues in this issue as Michael takes a step closer to Torres while finding out some info about his almost girlfriend. There’s violence, there’s sex, and there’s murder.
Sorrow. Vengeance. Anger. Loneliness. Rage. The dark side of humanity’s frail emotional system is easy to turn to and even easier to lose oneself in. For Michael, these are the emotions that have plagued his life. His mother was murdered coming home from the hospital the day Michael was born. Dreams of her death have plagued Michael every night. Recently, Michael’s only friend, Glenn, was murdered outside their apartment when he tried to stop a local gang from stealing his car. The gang’s leader, Torre, put a bullet in Glenn’s head, and now all Michael can think about is doing what the law has failed to do — serve as judge, jury, and executioner. Michael’s obsession has cost him his job, his home, and most of his possessions. Now all that he has are the weapons needed to do the job. And tonight, on the rooftop his old high school, he is ready to collect.