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Although, at a first glance, Abuse might seem like just another typical action shooter, this is not quite true. Sure, it looks like an ordinary action game and the story is not very innovative, but what makes this game special is the character control. I'm quite sure that this is the first PC game which incorporates both mouse and keyboard movement at the same time.
By using the keyboard you will be able to move your character around the map, while independently aiming your gun using the mouse. The result is very interesting and will take time to get used to, but it's so smooth you'll just love it. It will also make the game much more challenging, as you will have to concentrate on two things. Once you master this movement technique, you'll be able to perform maneuvers that you thought would never be possible.
As for the storyline, well, don't expect anything extraordinary. It's simple, not very imaginative, but keeps the game rolling. You are a prisoner spending your life in a prison in which various experiments are performed on inmates. Naturally, as usually happens, one of these tests gets out of control, and a devastating plague named ABUSE breaks loose (the rhyme wasn't intentional). Everyone gets infected, but for some strange reason you are immune to it. You find a discarded battle suit and head off to escape the prison and save the day.
This won't be easy, though. Even on the easiest difficulty setting, Abuse is still very hard. If you don't have a lot of patience and nerves of steel, this game is definitely not for you. As you start your escape, you will first have to fight some sort of mechanized prison defense systems, but as you progress you will start encountering various mutants that won't be easy to kill. There will be various upgrades and weapons to aid you in your escape. The gameplay is very simple - just run around, push switches and kill everything that moves. Should be simple enough...
Graphics. Well, they are very nicely made, but can get dull after a long playing session. The level settings mostly consist of darkness, steel and rusty corridors and caves. Nothing too spectacular or breathtaking, but nice enough to keep you fairly interested in progressing to the next level. The explosions, weapon fire, teleporting and other special effects are all done nicely and properly, so there are no objections to that.
The sounds are very scary and suit the game's overall atmosphere. The mutant screams will pass through your bones while the background machine hums will keep you alert at all times. One touch I like very much is that you can hear when the mutants jump out of their cocoons before you actually see them. This adds a lot to the atmosphere, since you will often find yourself standing in the middle of a room waiting to see from which direction the creatures will attack.
Well, you should know pretty much all the basics by now. If you like what you have read so far, I recommend you download and try it out, and if not, save yourself some time and visit some other genre section! A mark of 4 for bringing something new to the genre, while falling back in some other categories.