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Review: Scars Above is a deeply frustrating sci-fi shooter that can’t shake Returnal’s shadow

A disappointment that’s technically poor, turgidly stiff and endlessly evocative of Housemarque’s game

Game director
Ivan Zorkic
Key Credits
Sebastian Weilhammer (Technical director), Jovan Pucarević (Game designer)
2 / 5
Review: Scars Above is a deeply frustrating sci-fi shooter that can’t shake Returnal’s shadow

There are some foundational bright spots in Scars Above, such as some interesting puzzle-solving and a story that, while somewhat predictable, was well told, but it isn’t enough to justify the criminally stiff movement, huge technical issues and the ugly, lifeless animations. At the end of the day, even the best parts of Scars Above have been done far better, almost two years ago.

  • Interesting initial storytelling
  • Gory, creative enemy design
  • Stiff movement
  • Ugly animations
  • Technical mess on PS5
  • It will make you wish you were playing Returnal
2 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 5
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