Games based on comic books are a fairly familiar breed. After all, a lot of comic heroes are very similar hey all have some sort of super powers that they use to battle a variety of power-hungry madmen.
Scud: The Disposable Assassin is the latest comic book to make the jump into the video game world. So what makes this one stand out? Well, Scud is definitely not your typical comic hero.
The name for our hero g comes from the class of 9 robots that he is. He is a type of assassin droid that is purchased from a vending machine. Scud was originally purchased to exterminate a monster named Jeff. Jeff has mouths on her (yes, her) knees, mousetraps for hands, a plug for a head and a squid strapped to her belly. We weren t kidding when we said that Scud wasn't a typical hero.
Scud soon discovers that as a disposable assassin, as soon as he makes his kill, he self-destructs. Not wanting to die, Scud rips off Jeff's limbs so she can't attack him, and places her on life support. Now, in order to keep her alive, he becomes a freelance assassin to pay for the life support bills. Remember, if Jeff dies, so does Scud.
It is with this bizarre premise that Sega Soft has based its latest Saturn game on. Scud (the game) combines standard side-scrolling action with first-person perspective shooting. There are also several variations on the game to keep the experience fresh.
All of the game's graphics are computer rendered, which brings the normally two-dimensional characters to life in full 3-D. There are also 20 minutes of movie sequences that brings the characters to life and ties the levels together.
While graphics are important, and cinemas can't hurt, it's the gameplay that counts. This is where Scud really stands out. There are multiple ways to control the game, plus there are even a few hidden gameplay configurations that show up after you beat the game.
There is the typical "one-player using the controller" style of play, but Scud demands more than that. You see, in the comics, Scud's weapons of choice are a pair of guns. To simulate the comic, you can use the Stunner gun to play as well. There is even a special mode build into the game that allows one player to wield two guns against the enemy just like Scud!
As a special bonus, you can also earn the right to play as Scud's zipper-covered sidekick, Drywall. After you uncover Drywall, the first player can play as either character, or you can have a second player join in on the fun. With the second player, you can play even more variations on the action/shooting theme.
With all the innovative gameplay elements, you can easily forget that the game originated with a comic book. Fans of the Scud comic will have a lot to look forward to with this game. There are many elements from the comics that have found their way into the game.
Each level is based on a plot line from the comic, and they feature locations and characters that comic fans will immediately recognize.
The version of Scud: The Disposable Assassin that we have seen was very early, but it is showing a lot of promise. The excellent graphics, unique gameplay and characters and plot based on one of the best comics out there, combine to form what could very well be one of the best Saturn games to date.
Okay, we know that Scud is a big comic book star, and now he's a big video game star, but what's next? Well, according to Scud's daddy. Rob Schrab. there may be a Scud movie someday. Rob has been discussing the possibility of a Scud movie with Oliver Stones production company Illusion Entertainment. Although there is nothing definite in the near future, both Rob and the studio are exciting about the prospect of a motion picture. Rob would like the movie to be animated with either traditional cel animation or with computer animation as seen in Disney's Toy Story. With all the 3-D animation in the Scud game, a computer-generated movie would not be a big stretch. Either way. Scud fans can look forward to a bright future.
MANUFACTURER - Sega Soft
THEME - ACTION
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
Based on the popular comic book, SCUD starts you off with a nicely rendered cinema explaining the current story. SCUD is fairly original as far as light gun games go, since you can play without a light gun! The side-scroller version of SCUD is pretty weak, however, and really hurts the overall scoring. In order to enjoy SCUD, you will have to run out and buy at least one light gun, but I recommend two to maximize your fun. Once you're properly equipped, give the One-player/Two-gun Option a shot. I quickly found myself enjoying this mode, since reloading is handled easier, and there's nothing like blasting two sides of the screens at the same time! The graphics are pretty good, as expected, but you'll probably not care for the corny background music, which seems more like cartridge-quality. I would have liked to have seen a larger variety of enemies too, especially considering how long the levels are. While SCUD isn't about to replace games like Virtua Cop 2, it certainly can hold its own with the growing crop of light gun games this year. One interesting thing to note: While the Two-gun Option is cool, it actually allows you to fly through the game with ease, so if you're looking for a challenge, you'd better stick to one gun. Oh yeah, look closely for the sight gags in every corner...
Sometimes games inspired by a comic book are better left in the comic world-that's how I feel about SCUD. It's above average, but it's nothing to write home about. The graphics and control are decent, but the light-gun portions aren't all that fun [except when you go gung-ho with two guns). The concept was outstanding. but I'll stick with the comic.
A light gun game that's much longer and provides more replay value than its competition? What more could you ask for? SCUD also has unique features (the best being the One-play-er/Two-gun Mode, though it's too easy] and plenty of strange humor (this is one twisted game!). The levels got very long and repetitive, and that hurts the score a bit.
SCUD is the best reason to buy (or at least borrow) two light guns. The one-player, dual-gun game is way cool and often way intense (you try aiming two guns in two directions at once!). And the two-player, side-srolling/shooting game doesn't disappoint, either. A few levels get repetitive, though, and you're often assailed by frustrating automatic hits.
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode Multiplayer (Hotseat)
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