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SCUM – a new survival game is coming to an internetz near you. Oh.. Emm.. Geeeeeee.

What is SCUM? Well, the developer says:

The world’s unquenchable need for entertainment has turned towards bloodlust as entertainment behemoth TEC1 is set to premiere season two of its television sensation SCUM. This new season moves the contest from the rugged, enclosed indoor arenas to the lush forests, rolling fields, and rugged terrains of TEC1’’s own private SCUM Island. Both fan favorites and new prisoners will clash in a ruthless war of survival while battling for the support of viewers, producers, and corporate sponsors for fame, gifts, and a chance of life after death.

I’ve been watching a few people play it. MrGrimmz, Shroud, and DrDisrespect are probably the most popular people on Twitch playing it (Shroud had 80k people watching him). The game is a bit glitchy and teleporty at the moment, but they all seem to think it has promise.

The level of character management is at new depths of specificity. If you eat bad food, you umm.. get the runs and have to deal with it.. It is not uncommon to see people taking a leak or vomiting. It is both disturbing and cool at the same time.

You can start events (like a 5 on 5 Battle) while in game, and it logs you out of the session and then returns you afterwards. There are zombies and giant mechs wandering around to make life a misery as well as other players. According to the great and mighty master of gunplay, Shroud, the gunplay isn’t great, recoil is hard to manage and so on, but everyone seems to be having fun and there are a lot of LOL moments.

It seems like a cross between a whole lot of games: Battle Royal, Escape from Tarkov, DayZ, Arma, etc, with a lot of the best bits of each used and a few original ideas. If you want to be fully immersed right down to the excretion of bodily fluids, this is the game for you, and you can find it here, on Steam

-Geoff Gummer


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