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[PlayStation 5] Scorn Review

[PlayStation 5] Scorn Review
  • On October 13, 2023

First-person horror experience Scorn from Ebb Software and Kepler Interactive is waiting for you on PlayStation 5. Learn more in our Scorn review!


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First-person horror experience Scorn from Ebb Software and Kepler Interactive is waiting for you on PlayStation 5. As soon as you saw the trailer and screens for this Scorn, you were probably reminded of the work of the great H.R. Giger, who worked on film projects such as Alien and Species, as well as on album covers for artists such as Dazing, Carcass, and Celtic Frost. You might have seen the awesome mic stand that Korn’s Jonathan Davis commissioned. The team at Ebb Software was certainly inspired by Giger’s work, and it shows from the moment you boot up the game.

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This is a game that will not hold your hand. You wake up with no idea of where you are or what is going on and must find a way to carry onward in search of your purpose in this desolate, nightmare-fuel of a world. It’s an experience in which you’ll take on interconnected regions that have a maze-like nature to them. At times, Scorn presents an almost point and click adventure game logic to its puzzles, so be sure to keep your eyes open and pay attention to everything!


There will be many biomechanical fleshy contraptions for you to interact with during your time with Scorn. A few minutes into this new journey, you’ll place your left hand into a device that will graft a special key-type retractable spike to your left hand, which will be used for interacting with other devices so that you could, say, open a door, or operate a crane that needs to be used to move some fleshy pods around so that you can knock down the right one needed for another puzzle. You know, the usual.

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Since this is played from a first-person perspective, you’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you look around as needed with the right one. The game starts off as more of a puzzle experience, with the X button used for interacting. You’ll first have to sort out obtaining the aforementioned fleshy pod so that you can open the large door that will lead you to your first weapon. Once you have it, you’ll be able to aim by pressing the L2 button and firing by pressing the R2 button. Do know that your ammo is finite, so an FPS this is not going to be!


As for the trophies, Scorn has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. The list includes 2 Silver trophies and 10 Bronze trophies for you to work on. There are only a couple of missable trophies – or one if you want to get technical. One of the early puzzles in the game involves obtaining an additional arm. Because. Because reasons. There are two ways for you to obtain said arm, and they will each make one trophy pop. The good news is that these trophies can be obtained early in the game, so just focus on beating the game and then do a new run for the trophy that you didn’t get.

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Scorn is an indie first-person horror experience that has been inspired by the work of the legendary H.R. Giger. You’ll notice this right away as soon as you boot up the game. Its focus is more on the puzzle and adventure side of things than on the action, so as long as you know that is the mix you’re getting, you’ll enjoy your time with Scorn. It’s a gory experience, with fleshy biomechanical contraptions and gruesome visuals, so this is one that won’t be for everyone. Scorn is out on PlayStation 5 with a $39.99 asking price.

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This Scorn review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Kepler Interactive.

Review Overview

H.R. Giger inspired first-person perspective horror experience