Selling over 250,000 copies within the first 24 hours in early access and over a million by the third week, SCUM is a game that was largely praised by the gaming industry. You get to experience 144 square kilometers of the island, 3 different environments, and a realistic day and night cycle, not to mention an ever-changing weather pattern that keeps things intriguing. It is a classic GTA-inspired gameplay with a niche touch to it.
Story: The game is set in Croatia where 64 players per server are trying to get off an island. The prisoner must survive and remove the implant which prevents them from leaving. You are a bad-ass, rebel prisoner improving your skills overtime to achieve your goal and keep surviving.
Play Style: You will earn fame points by acting in various events or just surviving in dangerous situations. These fame points can be used to respawn in case of death, or be traded in safe regions. You can fortify environments in order to develop personal safe areas and store your items. Before dropping into the island, you must make some decisions of how you are going to approach your surroundings. Many things will affect your health and four main attributes: strength, dexterity, constitution and intelligence. You learn to use tools and develop skills. The environment you are in will affect your welfare a lot so you need to take care of it. However, there are plenty of resources on the island to build what you need and hunt food. You must keep your focus and survive for the glory of battle against other prisoners.
Audience: The game is for fans of the classic GTA genre. It is not set up in the same environment and there are many features added to the game that makes it truly unique. If you are looking for a niche experience but still based on the same concepts, SCUM is for you.
Platforms: SCUM is available on Microsoft Windows.
Verdict: Maverick IGS particularly enjoyed the competitive aspect of the game and how realistic it has been made. You are rewarded by fans, riches, and followers for your efforts. As you develop technique and rank up while intricately taking care of your health, you are able to escape into the world of the island and stay engaged until you achieve your goal. We commend Gamepires and Croteam for their achievement.