All Hell has broken loose, and you’re up to your ass in it! Military scientists have been conducting diabolical genetic experiments that have created bloodthirsty, mutated monsters. You are the only hope to prevent the mutagen from leaking out – if you can get through the grotesque monsters, solve the deadly puzzles and avoid all incoming fire. Kick-Ass Arsenal Energy Rifle, napalm bombs and the death sabers just a few ways to lay waste!
The protagonist of the game, Nick Vrenna, has been unjustly incarcerated in a prison where the staff are performing unethical medical experiments upon the inmates. A prison riot occurs and an experiment goes horribly wrong. The people inside the prison – except for Nick, who seems to be immune – get infected with a substance called Abuse that transforms them into monsters. With the water supply in danger of being infected, Nick arms himself and fights through the horde to prevent this, and then escapes from the prison complex.
Abuse resembles a side-scrolling platform game. The game is notable for its (at the time) unusual control scheme: The keyboard is used to move Nick, while the mouse is used for aiming the weapons. The basic gameplay consists of fighting various enemies (mostly the various forms of mutants, who prefer to attack in huge swarms) and solving some simple puzzles, usually involving switches.
Networked play, through IPX/SPX, is also supported. The game originally had support for TCP/IP play, but this was not present in the retail version.
To improve the performance of Abuse’s graphics engine, the code only allows objects within a certain radius of the visible game window to be active during play. This means that free-roaming enemies and always-on mechanical devices outside the radius cannot attack the player, nor will projectiles fired from weapons that ostensibly have an “infinite range” continue their journey much beyond the edge of the screen.
You are Nick Vrenna. It is the year 2009. You have been falsely incarcerated inside a high security underground prison where illegal genetic experiments are taking place. Alan Blake, the head research scientist, has isolated the specific gene which causes violence and aggression in humans. This genetic sequence, called ‘Abuse’, is highly infectious, causing horrific transformations and grotesque side-effects. You are the only person to show immunity to it.
And from here you are plunged into the control centre, with you being the only hope to stop this disaster from escaping out into the rest of the world. And what an adventure you have on the way.
This game has a very ‘Alien’ feel. Even the enemies look as if they have been taken out of the film. And it is in the darkest control centre that you have to battle these dark, cold, obsessive beasts.
It looks great, it sounds great (it will make you jump) and above all it plays great. Using a combination of keys to move the character and mouse to aim your weapon this game plays better than any platform game not released by Nintendo. Fantastic.
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