''Odium'' (also known as ''Gorky 17'') is a Polish [[TurnBasedTactics tactical strategy]] game with some minor adventure and SurvivalHorror elements, released in 1999.

Gorky 17 was a secret Russian town where enigmatic experiments were taking place until the town was carpet bombed to the ground. Now it is one year later, in the unimaginably distant 2009, when mysterious things start happening in a town somewhere in Poland. The first expedition sent out disappears. Three men are sent in the second expedition - [[TheCaptain Cole Sullivan]], Jarek Ovitz and Thiery Trantigne. Their mission: to find out what happened. And [[strike:boldly go where no man has gone before]] survive.

Two sequels, ''Gorky Zero: Beyond Honor'' and ''Gorky 2: Aurora Watching'' were released in the Eastern European market. The sequels share a common plot, but are fairly unrelated to the original ''Gorky 17'', being ''Franchise/MetalGear''-style third person stealth shooters focusing on the activities of covert ops specialist Cole Sullivan as he investigates zombie-producing shenanigans being carried out by a rogue scientist and a renegade colonel. ''Gorky 2'' was released as ''Soldier Elite'' for the English-language market, but Cole's name was changed to White Fox.

Now available on GOG and {{Steam}}.

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!!This game provides examples of:

* AIBreaker: The AI will not use an attack if that attack would harm another enemy or itself, even if it means not attacking at all. Most enemies have a backup melee attack to account for this weakness, but some don't. If you corner them, they're harmless.
* AnAxeToGrind: The best melee weapon, and found fairly early on. It can chop for as much damage as a rifle.
* ArtificialBrilliance: The AI is fairly simplistic but still relatively intelligent. While melee enemies can be lured into suicidal charges, any enemy with a ranged attack will only get as close as is necessary to use it. This makes the humans with rifles especially dangerous, as they have a diagonal attack and far superior range to the monsters.
* ArtificialStupidity: Melee enemies, or those which have an attack measured only one square ahead, will charge you to get in range. This allows you to position your fighters in a 'U' formation (numbers permitting) and lure the attacker into range for a powerful first strike.
* BatterUp: Another melee weapon. There's only one, but it's as good as a crowbar.
* BayonetYa: The standard melee weapon, though more like a knife in practice.
* BilingualBonus: When you encounter Slavsky hidden in a shed on the museum's roof, he screams that he's going to blow up the place... in Polish. While in fact it barely sounds like the actual language, its speakers should nevertheless understand what's going down.
* BraggingRightsReward: The Energy Blaster. You find it literally three battles before the ending, and the first battle has only monsters that are immune to it.
* BulletholeDoor: Featured in the boss Puppet's introductory cinematic. The street appears empty at first, and then the guy [[MoreDakka miniguns]] his way out of a wall.
* ButNotTooForeign: For a game that takes place entirely in a Polish town, we sure don't encounter that many Poles along the way: just two of them (Owicz excluded), one of which is optional. On the other hand we meet dozens of Russians and Americans. Partly justified in that the town's crawling with mutants and thus is of special interest to both Russia and the US-led NATO.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Thiery Trantigne has the annoying tendency to declare how they're all going to die when facing even the scrawniest bunch of enemies.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The AI knows your loadout and acts accordingly. This is especially obvious when you have a character with the deadly ion rifle. Watch your foes file just out of range to avoid being cut down.
* ContractualBossImmunity: About half of the bosses are immune to stun attacks like the tranquilizer. However, that means the other half -- ''including the the final boss'' -- are not. This renders the final battle a ridiculously one-sided curbstomp.
* CrateExpectations: Small crates with useful stuff inside.
* CrowbarCombatant: One step up from the bayonet, and the only other melee weapon with multiple copies.
* CunningLinguist: Owicz plays the part of the team's interpreter (although seeing as they don't meet that many Poles along the way...) as he's capable of communicating in his native Polish, English, Russian, and, [[AllThereInTheManual according to the manual]] (he never actually shows it in the game), German. Justified in that all of the three foreign languages are commonly taught in Poland.
* DefendCommand: There's a Guard option which halves incoming damage for that turn. Useful if you're trying to lure in foes with a ranged attack.
* DenialOfDiagonalAttack: All melee attacks and some ranged weapons can inexplicably be used to attack only along the vertical and horizontal axis.
* DualBoss: The Incubuses.
* ExplodingBarrels: They deal 40 damage to anyone next to or at the immediate diagonal of them when they explode.
* ExpositionBreak: Only at the end of the game do you receive an explanation about what's been going on, and it takes a while to listen to all of it.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Medusa]], though it's optional if you avoid the trigger. If you don't, you'll find a replacement party member (assuming he doesn't blow himself up).
* FightWoosh
* FourIsDeath: Joan [=McFadden=] could be considered the "canonical" fourth party member, since like the three main characters she's a NATO operative that was part of the second squad sent in to investigate the incident. [[spoiler: she dies a fairly drawn-out PlotlineDeath about 2/3rds of the way through the game.]]
* FrenchJerk: Thiery Trantigne is a prime example. At some point far into the game he refuses to go after a surrounded Owicz because he's scared shitless of the mutants blocking their path... half of which they have already fought. Although, to be perfectly accurate, when it comes to fighting hideous beasts, Owicz is no Braveheart either.
* FrickinLaserBeams: The Ion Rifle, found after the museum segment. It fires a laser beam in front of and behind the shooter, doing up to 100 damage depending on how much use you've gotten out of it (this is three times greater than any weapon in the game save the TooAwesomeToUse ones). To compensate, a fair number of enemies are immune to energy damage, which is how it's categorized, and it takes four turns to cool down.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Happens any time that combat events happen outside of combat.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Everyone who joins you throughout the game.
* HarmlessFreezing: Being frozen paralyzes you and makes you [[DamageIncreasingDebuff vulnerable to damage]] for a few turns, but has no aftereffects.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: Why teams of NATO soldiers start trying to kill you once you enter the secret lab.]]
* HyperactiveMetabolism: The "Food" item, which gives 20 health.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: The eventual explanation for exactly what the Hell's going on. Apparently the Russians' experiments in teleporting living things eventually brought back a virus that started spreading and mutating everything in the city.
* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: A tiny bush or a knee-high pipe cannot be walked over and can block your shots. (You cannot even shoot across gaps!) The enemies' shots too, thankfully.
* InvisibleMonsters: Encountered near the end of the game, {{foreshadowed}} throughout. You can only find them by looking for squares on the grid that you should be able to move to but cannot. You cannot see where they move when it's their turn, unless you get attacked. Sounds like a tough nut to crack? Well, that might be the case... until you realize they all have like 30 HP.
* ItemAmplifier: Joan [=McFadden=] heals 15% more damage when she uses healing items on someone.
* JustAStupidAccent: Oh boy, do we get a ''lot'' of that... Basically every Polish character tries to come up with a unique way to sound at least kind of Polish. The result? Owicz sounds like a drunken idiot and Slavsky talks like a generic Russian (which is about the same as listening to French pronounced with a Spanish accent).
* LostForever: The crates that are on the battlefield during combat. They disappear after you kill all the enemies, so you'd better open them before that.
* TheMedic: Joan [=McFadden=], who [[ItemAmplifier gets a 15% bonus to using healing items]].
* ManOnFire: You've got flamethrowers, you've got molotov cocktails, and when all else fails you can just lob some vodka at someone, followed by a lit match.
* MolotovCocktail: Less of a blast than a grenade, but the fire damage outstrips what a grenade can do easily.
* MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers: Medusa and Slavsky.
* NoSell: All the more exotic forms of damage (fire, energy, electrical, stun, etc.) can be blocked by certain enemies. The InvisibleMonsters are notable for being outright immune to everything but the basic damage types.
* NoticeThis: All pickups on the map blink.
* OptionalPartyMember: Slavsky. You can get him, but you have to pay by losing Medusa and wasting a [[GiveMeYourInventoryItem stun grenade]], the only other benefit being a box with some minor loot. All things considered, hardly worth the trade.
* ThePlace: ''Gorky 17'', the European title. It's the Russian town from the backstory, though it's not visited in game.
* PlotlineDeath: [[spoiler: Joan. Ironically, you might have a poison antidote on you when she gets attacked, but it won't save her. This also could be applied to General Lamarre.]]
* ProtectionMission: Pops up five times. Protecting the console in the museum is arguably the worst of them.
* RedshirtReporter: Anne Hutchens, who joins you as a team member (and is useless). Her only benefit is an abnormally high critical rate, which isn't really helpful since she doesn't last long enough to get much use out of it and you can easily buff your own characters to that point by the time you've reached her.
* ResourcesManagementGameplay: You only have so much ammo, so many health packs, etc. This makes choosing when to shoot something as opposed to using melee fairly important.
* RPGElements: Your characters gain experience during combat (after every single successful attack) and level up also during combat. They have stats governing their health, their likelihood of counterattacking, their likelihood of making a critical hit, and how many hits they can take before becoming [[UnstoppableRage Enraged]].
* SceneryGorn
* SchizophrenicDifficulty: Depending on how good you are at finding equipment caches and how good you are at conserving supplies, some parts of the game could be very, very easy or very, very hard compared to the parts that came before.
* SendInTheSearchTeam
* SetAMookToKillAMook: {{Averted}}. Enemies will not attack if their attack would harm an ally (or themselves). This can be exploited for tactic value. There's an exception with the Incubus spheres, which are time-delay so the mooks may walk into them.
* ShockAndAwe:
** The gorilla-like enemies electrocute whoever they attack, though it's not particularly damaging.
** Medusa's primary attack is an electrical discharge generate between his horns with a T-shaped area of effect.
** The Lightning item strikes down anything in its range with lightning, assuming they don't have an electrical immunity.
* ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon: A pistol can only fire a square or two further than a thrown knife. A rifle only fires a square or two farther than a pistol. No weapon fires further than eight steps away.
* SkippableBoss:
** The Stinger on the museum roof doesn't need to be approached.
** Likewise for the Puppet, which is tucked away in an alley which the player might not even realize can be entered.
** The Incubuses can be avoided by not triggering the active teleporter in the final level.
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: All the guest party members will run off with whatever you've equipped them with. This makes it a good idea to learn when this will happen and loot them accordingly.
* SpritePolygonMix: Flat backgrounds, polygon characters and monsters.
* StationaryBoss: Puppet and Messiah.
* SteamVentObstacle: You activate a steam vent to remove some slime off a walkway. The steam then becomes an obstacle itself, to be deactivated by a different switch.
* TalkativeLoon: [[spoiler:Medusa, once he goes insane and right before he attacks you]].
* TimeLimitBoss: The battle for the red keycard places you in a situation where you have to defeat several enemies before a time bomb in the center goes off. It's doable, but you have to throw caution to the wind.
* TokenNonHuman: Medusa.
* TooAwesomeToUse:
** Guns can fall into this, as there's limited ammo to go around. They usually get saved for those encounters where you can't tranq and melee something to death, by which point you probably have a lot more ammo than you need.
** The napalm and rocket launchers have even less ammo, though they have area of effect to compensate.
** Missile, Lightning Strike, Energy Beam. All of them are similar, in that they deal tons of damage in a big radius, and can only be used once. Doubly so for the latter two, as there are several enemies immune to their effects by the time you get them. There are certain points, however, where it's obvious you are intended to use it to get out of a tough situation. Missile, for example, comes in real handy at the end of the first section, when you're accosted by a group of six enemies and just lost our fourth party member. If you aim it right, four can be killed in one shot.
* TotalPartyKill: One encounter takes place in front of a overturned truck full of explosive materials. One missed bullet and '''*BOOM*'''.
* TranslationConvention: When the team encounters a little girl who is seemingly in shock Owicz offers to talk to her as (obviously) he is the only one capable of speaking the girl's native language. It works fine in the English version; however, in the Polish dubbing Owicz pretty much repeats to the girl what McFadden tried to tell her seconds before, which can lead to some confusion.
* UniqueEnemy: Hornet and Harvester. Generic in every respect, except that they only show up in one battle each.
* UnstableEquilibrium: You REALLY need to find those weapon caches.
* {{Unwinnable}}: Since encounters are non-random and ammo is fairly scarce, if you're too wasteful at the beginning you can find yourself in a situation where you don't have enough ammo to defeat a mandatory encounter later on.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler: Joan [=McFadden=], a NATO medic with decent combat skills, dies a PlotlineDeath about 2/3rds of the way through the game. She's eventually replaced by Anna Hutchins, a reporter with no useful combat skills at all, who survives until the final dungeon (where she and the second optional party member remain outside, their fates unknown since the ending doesn't mention them).]]
* TheVirus: The origin of all the monsters. Most of them were once human, though some seem to have once been animals.
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: Every single character. If anyone at all dies, you lose.
* WeaksauceWeakness: In the mid-to-late game, any enemy that can be tranquilized is this. It's very easy to surround a target with dudes who stun it and then beat it to death. [[spoiler: It works on the final boss, too.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: You never figure out who those robbers from the docks were, or who left those [=BT213=] notes behind, or what happened to any of the surviving party members post-game.
* WithThisHerring: You lead a team of three NATO officers sent to investigate a secret in a Polish town harbouring a former Russian secret base, in which another NATO team disappeared. Each squadmember starts the game with a couple of medical supplies, a pistol, an assault rifle, and a knife. And only enough ammunition to fill ''exactly one magazine'' of both weapons.
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