Codename: Outbreak (Windows)

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In the early 21st century, a meteor storm hits a valley somewhere in the United States of America. Scientists and marines are sent to investigate the occurrence however they all disappear under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, a special team is sent by the authorities, only to discover the shocking truth: the meteor storm contained an alien parasite life form, which has taken control of the scientists as human hosts, turning them into murderous monsters. The soldiers must get to the source of the infestation and put an end to it.

Codename: Outbreak is a first-person 3D shooter in which players control a team of two soldiers. Recruits can be chosen among several that are available. The single-player campaign mode is composed of 14 missions. In each mission, the player controls one of the soldiers directly and gives orders to the other. Cooperative multiplayer for up to sixteen players is also available for 13 missions.

In contrast to most other games of this type, player characters carry only one weapon, which can be switched to different modes corresponding to standard FPS firearms: machine gun, sniper rifle, rocket launcher, etc., each with different types of ammo. A few missions call for a stealth approach, which is possible to achieve through the use of a silent laser gun mode. Items (e.g. medical kits) can be picked up and stored in the inventory.


Codename: Outbreak Windows Patience and tactical thinking are key.  Getting caught in the open by an enemy patrol usually leads to a quick death.
Codename: Outbreak Windows Night vision gear is incredibly useful.  Compare this sniper scope view of an enemy camp...
Codename: Outbreak Windows ... to this one.  Each red blob is a corpse that never knew what hit him.
Codename: Outbreak Windows Higher strength characters can carry more gear in their inventory.

Alternate Titles

  • "Venom. Codename: Outbreak" -- Russian title
  • "Venom" -- Developing Name

User Reviews

WHERE arethey shooting from? Atomic Punch! (151) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Codename: Access violation at address 0815:4711 in module "vital.dll". phlux (4142) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gry OnLine Apr 12, 2002 80 out of 100 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2001 79 out of 100 79
GameSpy Jan 14, 2002 75 out of 100 75
GameSpot UK Sep 11, 2001 7.4 out of 10 74
GameZone Dec 26, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Gameguru Mania Nov 22, 2001 70 out of 100 70
Deaf Gamers 2001 6.4 out of 10 64
GameSpot Nov 29, 2001 5.4 out of 10 54 Apr 22, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Game Revolution Jan 01, 2002 D+ 33


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The available character faces are modeled after GSC Gameworld's staff. The main character in the intro has the face of lead artist Andrew Prokhorov.


After the completion of Codename: Outbreak, the development team split up: some of them left the company to form Deep Shadows - a new developer, working on the RPG shooter Boiling Point: Road to Hell, while those who stayed at GSC developed S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, another shooter with RPG elements.

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phlux (4142) added Codename: Outbreak (Windows) on Dec 16, 2001