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Abomination: The Nemesis Project
Developer(s) Hothouse Creations
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Platform(s) PC (Windows)
Release date(s) 1999
Genre(s) Action
Real-time tactics
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: M (Mature 17+)
Media CD-ROM
System requirements Windows 95+, 166 MHz CPU, 32MB RAM, 2MB video card, 500MB hard disk space
Input methods Mouse, keyboard

Abomination: The Nemesis Project (also known as just Abomination) is a real-time tactics/action computer game released in 1999. In the game, the player leads a team of eight genetically altered, supersoldiers (marines) to defeat an infestation of a global genetic plague which slowly turns into a superorganism.

Prior to release, Abomination was often referred to as the closest strategy fans would ever come to another X-COM. However, response to the game ranged from lukewarm to negative, with the game's A.I. being the most primary of grievances.

Plot

Abomination takes place in 1999 after the United States has been almost wiped out by a deadly plague. According to the game's manual, the disease started on the east coast, and communication with the west coast ceased within 72 hours. The last few groups of survivors stop broadcasting after six days, and the overwhelming majority of the country's population has been wiped out.

Most of the remaining survivors have pledged allegiance to the Cult, a hazily defined religion that is eventually revealed to date hundreds of years back into history and possibly originating in Tibet. The cult predicts the coming of the "Brood" and elder gods in a Lovecraftian fashion.

The game takes place in a large, unnamed, coastal city (probably New York), which remains mostly undamaged but plagued by odd biological matter, ranging from tentacles growing out of the sidewalk to huge, three-story towers of tissue. The player controls a team of "super-soldiers" known as the Nemesis Project with artificially and surgically enhanced capabilities, providing pseudoscientific abilities and, presumably, immune systems capable of protecting them from the plague. Surviving military or police personnel are also recruited into the player's roster, who have no superpowers but do possess specialized weapon training.

Themes

Abomination combines a variety of stylistic themes in its tone and execution, the most prominent of which is the Lovecraftian cult, in turn, the Brood they represent. The Brood mind closely mirrors the elder gods of the Lovecraft mythos, as well as the extremely otherworldly creatures that make up the Brood. The city's gradual corruption and alienation also mirrors some Lovecraft works, such as The Colour Out of Space.

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