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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 Run, but bullets are faster
Codename: Outbreak Windows ... to this one.  Each red blob is a corpse that never knew what hit him.
Codename: Outbreak Windows Each mission also starts with a lengthy game engine cutscene.
Codename: Outbreak Windows Someone shooting at us - we'll kill him for this

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Alternate Titles

  • "Venom. Codename: Outbreak" -- Russian and GOG title
  • "Venom" -- Working title

User Reviews

WHERE arethey shooting from? Atomic Punch! (194) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Codename: Access violation at address 0815:4711 in module "vital.dll". phlux (4340) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Imperium Gier Apr 11, 2002 9 out of 10 90
PC Action Oct 12, 2001 80 out of 100 80 Nov 22, 2001 79 out of 100 79
ESC Magazine Feb 26, 2002 7 out of 10 70
games xtreme Oct 31, 2001 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Nov 06, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Gameguru Mania Nov 22, 2001 70 out of 100 70 Oct 23, 2001 13 out of 20 65
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 2002 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 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 (4340) added Codename: Outbreak (Windows) on Dec 16, 2001