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Gamer 2.0 (Nov 14, 2006)
Scurge: Hive is an impressively intense handheld game that may garner too many Metroid comparisons for its own good. While the similarities are there, and the majority of Metroid fans will enjoy Scurge for many of the same reasons, Scurge: Hive deviates in intelligent and interesting ways. The game isn't perfect: small design flaws are scattered throughout, but the moodiness of the game's atmosphere, the intensity of the pacing, the original infection mechanic and the overall quality of the gameplay combine into what may be the best game of 2006 you haven't heard of.
GamerDad (Nov 15, 2006)
The world won't be going topsy-turvy with Jenosca fever any time soon, but those who enjoy fun sci-fi action games will be very pleased whether they get the DS or GBA version, which are basically the same with the exception of the map on the second DS screen. The fast-paced, simple yet challenging action feels retro and modern all at once, and delivers hours of fun wrapped up in a nice unfolding story.
Scurge: Hive is one of the best-looking and -sounding Gameboy Advance (and even DS) games to date. It has a unique atmosphere of its own, even if it does draw a lot from Metroid. While the game is fun, it tends to wear on players as they are continuously changing weapons and returning to decontamination platforms. However, for a ten-hour game that feels so much longer, the GBA version is definitely worth the $19.99 price tag. For those who are willing to overlook Scurge’s few flaws, the $29.99 DS version has distinct advantages in the form of the map display and music upgrade, even if the graphics are slightly worse.
AceGamez (Dec 07, 2006)
Still, it's hard to complain much about a game that's as well made as Scurge: Hive. Interestingly enough, if you sit through the end credits you'll get the hint that a sequel may be in the works - I really hope so, particularly since this is such a great introduction to another cool female character that's made a swift entry into the current crop of gaming greats. And as a repeated plea to skeptics, don't pass this up just because it 'looks like Metroid' - pick it up because it's as intriguing, and in some ways more so, than Nintendo's excellent franchise.
IGN (Oct 27, 2006)
Scurge: Hive is a fantastic game, there's no question about it. But which one should gamers buy? Both games are great, but the GBA version really stands out. The graphics are stronger, and the price is cheaper. If players really want that map on the bottom screen, then by all means, go for the DS version. Even with the less polished graphics, Scurge: Hive is an excellent buy.
GameSpot (Dec 01, 2006)
All told, Scurge: Hive is the sort of action adventure that should appeal to anyone who's into the Metroid style of sci-fi dungeon-crawling. Replay value over the long term may be questionable, but the initial ride offers a satisfying blend of action, exploration, and puzzles. Furthermore, the stylish graphics and delicious music give the game the kind of artful presentation that only a handful of games produced for portable systems have ever achieved.
DS-x2 (Sep 17, 2007)
Overall Scurge: Hive is a great little action adventure. Its excellent execution should mean that it will appeal to a much wider audience than we would initially expect. Although you are unlikely to revisit the game once you have completed all the levels, it will certainly provide great value for money as you explore and puzzle your way through the well designed levels. All this is wrapped up in a bundle of great graphics and sound to be one of the great games at the later end of the GBA’s life.
N-Zone (Jan 14, 2007)
Das Spielgeschehen wird in isometrischer Perspektive dargestellt, was die Handhabung merklich erschwert. Grafik und Sound entsprechen mittlerem GBA-Niveau. Spielerisch bietet Scurge Hive weitestgehend unspektakulÀre, lineare Action-Kost. Interessenten wird empfohlen, vor dem Kauf einen Blick auf Metroid Fusion zu werfen. Der Titel ist nicht nur technisch besser, sondern hat auch spielerisch deutlich mehr auf dem Kasten.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 16, 2006)
Ne cachant pas ses rĂ©fĂ©rences Ă  Metroid, Scurge Hive est un jeu surprenant qui n'atteint malheureusement pas ses ambitions Ă  cause d'un gameplay maladroit et d'une construction trop redondante. Les bonnes idĂ©es sont pourtant lĂ , de mĂȘme que l'immersion, mais on ne prend pas vraiment plaisir Ă  exterminer une vermine qui n'en finit pas de revenir Ă  la charge de maniĂšre bĂȘte et mĂ©chante. A voir quand mĂȘme en attendant le retour de Samus.
Due to a relatively low-profile release, you'll probably find Scurge on the bargain (or at least used) shelves before long. Overall, however, the game is an entertaining effort that should appeal to fans of the original Metroid. Jenosa Arma may not be the new Samus Aran, but she definitely proves that the yellow-armored one isn't the only space-age bounty hunter that knows how to party.
N-Philes (Feb 13, 2007)
It's great. It would have been perfect if it weren't for the constant switching between shots, and if its story weren't so damn boring, but the gameplay and presentation more than make up for it. It was released as a budget title, so if anything in here sounds appealing to you then by all means, give it a try. You might be surprised.
GameSpy (Nov 03, 2006)
It's refreshing to see an original portable game, but Scurge: Hive has some serious problems; mainly, the obnoxious time limit and frustrating enemy fights. In spite of its issues, though, Scurge is still worth checking out. It's a pretty enjoyable game with solid level design and good ideas, but with some adjustments here and there, it could be a really great game. Hopefully we'll see a sequel or continuation of the series where some of the failings of this title get addressed.

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