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Video Game: SCP - Containment Breach

"As far as Foundation adapted works, it's one of the biggest and most comprehensive yet."
Dr. Gears, About the game.

SCP - Containment Breach (found here) is an independently developed Survival Horror game based on the SCP Foundation wiki. You take on the role of a D-Class personnel, designated D-9341, who is assigned to an experiment with SCP-173. You're directed into the chamber with two other D-Class personnel, all standard procedure...

... And then everything goes straight to Hell. The doors malfunction, the lights go out, and suddenly you're smack in the middle of a full-scale containment breach. While you might consider yourself fortunate that SCP-173 didn't murder you on the spot, that's not the end of it. It can travel through the site's ventilation system, meaning that it can pop out at any moment in any room.

Armed with whatever you can find along the way, you have to make your way through the facility, dodging SCP-173 and whatever other horrors have been released while trying to find a way out of this nightmare.

Many of the tropes which apply to individual SCPs naturally apply here, too.

Tropes:

  • A God Am I: Entering chim, god, godmode, immortality or invincibility into SCP-294 will grant the player God Mode at the expense of blurring their vision for 15 or 100 seconds.
  • All There in the Manual: While the game does provide documents explaining the nature of the SCPs you come across, getting those generally requires entering the cells in the first place. Having read the wiki and knowing what the designations refer to helps immensely in avoiding walking into rooms with murderous occupants. Which pretty much describes all of them
  • Amplifier Artifact: SCP-914 when set on Fine or Very Fine, though this can backfire depending on the object.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: One of the "cheery" Channel 3 radio messages go over the "Deadly Seven", covering serveral dangerous substances you could consume, including spiders.
    Message: When dining at the facility cafeteria, always remember to check your ration for the deadly seven. Strychnine, Arsenic Trioxide, Nitrobenzene, Mercury, Epichlorohydrin, Acetone Thiosemicarbazone, and spiders. Stay healthy! Stay vigilant.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: While SCP-173 is the first and most recurring enemy, SCP-106 can also emerge from the ground or ceiling at any moment. SCP-079 is also a recurring enemy, as it will attempt to hinder the player's process through various ways and is also revealed to be the secondary cause of the containment breach.
  • Bad Ass Normal: Despite you being a helpless Class-D with no special abilities, you can still contain SCP-106, turn off the Alpha Warheads, and succesfully dodge gunfire from both MTF units and apaches.
  • Bigger Bad: The cause of the containment breach. It's revealed to be a combination of two undercover Chaos Insurgency agents named Agent Skinner and Dr. Maynard. Dr. Maynard had given SCP-079 access to the site's major systems while Agent Skinner released SCP-106 as a distraction.
  • Born Lucky: One ending has you possibly classified as an SCP for this reason.
  • Brown Note: Viewing SCP-895's CCTV monitor for too long will kill you, and your gaze is actively drawn to it when you're in the same room (it also doesn't help that SCP-079 can broadcast its feed on any CCTV monitor throughout the facility). SCP-1025 will give you whatever medical condition you read about if you're dumb enough to read it. Similarly, you'll go completely insane if you go near SCP-012, ultimately bleeding out in front of it while trying to complete it. It doesn't help you're drawn towards it. Thankfully, it can be avoided, utilizing SCP-714.
  • Criminals: Admittedly, Class-D personnel are collected worldwide from serveral prisons, usually being people stuck in death row, so our "hero" may not be as heroic as we thought.
  • Deadly Doctor/Plague Doctor/Plague Master/Touch of Death: SCP-049.
  • Deadly Gas: Decontamination gas is sprayed in certain areas as a means of slowing down SCPs. Unless you're wearing a gas mask, it causes you to cough and blink rapidly. Standing too long in it will eventually cause you to die due to suffocation.
  • Disc One Nuke: It is extremely common to find SCP-914 within the first half hour of the game. Using it effectively can grant you unlimited sprint, the ability to see when SCPs are nearby, and an otherwise unobtainable keycard of the highest level.
  • Don't Look at Me!: SCP-096 will instantly attack and kill anyone who sees its face.
  • Downer Ending: Of the four endings, D-9341 dies in two of them, is kidnapped by Chaos Insurgency agents in one, or is captured by the Foundation and possibly classified as an SCP in the fourth.
  • Dream Walker: SCP-990 occasionally appears in the loading screens, giving you vague warnings.
  • Driven to Suicide: SCP-012 will make you kill yourself trying to finish it if you remain in its presence for too long. As long as you don't walk into the room, it's fine.
  • Easter Egg: There are a number of joke SCPs or SCPs that don't really impact the game that you can find and interact with. They don't really affect the gameplay experience that much and mainly serve as a Continuity Nod.
  • Eldritch Location: SCP-106's Pocket Dimension. It is composed of endless hallways and diverging paths and the entire layout can randomly change when the player character blinks. There are also bottomless pits and floating stone structures lain about. All of this is directly controlled by SCP-106 himself.
  • Enemy Detecting Radar: Putting the S-Nav through SCP-914 on the 'Very Fine' setting allows it to track SCPs within a certain distance, but only to the extent of "it's about this close to you" without giving a bearing.
  • Enemy Mine: You can end up making a deal with SCP-079 so that he can open Gate B for you. Granted, exiting through Gate B always results in your death, although it's not clear whether or not SCP-079 knew this at the time.
  • Featureless Protagonist: We know literally nothing about D-9341 except that he's male.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: A few are known to exist.
    • On occasion the game can crash with the message "Memory Access Violation" (meaning that an error occurred when the game was trying to load a certain sound/mesh/texture). The situations where this happens varies with computer, but it's often due to a coding mistake.
    • Also on occasion, reloading a save when you die causes you to fall through the floor of the map. To get back, you have to restart the game and then reload the save. Update logs say that the bug has been fixed, but it still happens.
    • Similar to the "fall through the floor" glitch above, there is another more random glitch in which the character will fall though the floor of an elevator once activated. This is prevalent in the updates in which the game louds during elevator activation.
    • Another more severe glitch is one where the elevator buttons don't seem to loud at all, preventing activation and thus, further progress in the game in most cases. Sometimes, reloading saves does not fix this glitch in a current save and requires the game to be restarted from the beginning. This is especially a frightening glitch to stumble upon if you are able to get into the maintenance tunnels, run into SCP-173 or SCP-109, and then run into a button-less elevator.
  • Guide Dang It: Absolutely nothing is explained to you in the game. The only way you can learn about how to get certain endings or how to effectively dodge SCPs is by looking it up on the wiki.
  • Have a Nice Death: Every time you die, the end screen shows a death message which are usually excerpts or quotes from personnel cleaning up the facility. There's a unique message for just about every possible way you can die, talk about attention to detail.
  • He Knows Too Much: Inverted, as this is the reason the Chaos Insurgency agents don't kill D-9341, although they still kidnap him.
  • Hope Spot:
    • If you don't contain SCP-106 before heading to Gate A, then the personnel stationed there will be focused on 106 rather then the player. The player can take this opportunity to escape through one of the service tunnels....only to be stopped by the Chaos Insurgency, who warp the player away believing that D-9341 knows too much to be killed.
    • While in SCP-106's pocket dimension, there's a chance that you will warp into a room which resembles a hallway from the site. This is merely a fake, leaving this hall sends you back into the dimension's main rooms.
  • Interface Screw: Putting yourself through SCP-914 on the '1:1' setting will invert your controls.
  • Jump Scare: Countless:
    • Invoked with SCP-372, which can only be seen in your peripheral vision. 372 is harmless, but its entire purpose is to occasionally fly across the screen to freak the player out. 372 can be avoided entirely by simply not entering its containment chamber.
    • The game plays a loud Scare Chord whenever SCP-173 suddenly appears close to you.
    • Occasionally SCP-106's face will flash in front of you while you're in the Pocket Dimension.
    • SCP-895's monitor will display shock images if you stare at it too long. And thanks to SCP-079, it can randomly happen on any of the CCTV's throughout the facility.
  • Leitmotif: When SCP-106 is chasing the player this plays.
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: During the intro sequence the lights begin to flicker, allowing SCP-173 to kill two D-Class personnel (but not you) along with a guard before going into the ventilation system.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Due to SCP-173 having a glitchy pathfinding system it can occasionally snap the player's neck from out of nowhere. As of recent versions this has been happening more frequently.
    • Previously played straight with room generation, too. It was entirely possible to go for over an hour without finding a single keycard... or you could find all of the essential items within ten minutes and then encounter SCP-914 just a stone's throw away from the starting point. Newer versions have mostly corrected this.
    • Due to the Mobile Task Force having an incredibly buggy AI, they can often get stuck in doors making it impossible to get around them without the use of console commands.
  • Malevolent Architecture: The Heavy Containment zone is dedicated to SCPs which are both dangerous and difficult to contain. This sure seems like the most optimal place to store a warhead, doesn't it?
  • Multiple Endings: There are currently four, which depend on your choices made in the game and which exit you choose, though all of them end with D-9341 either not making it out alive or getting kidnapped. More may be added later but currently your choices are:
  • Neck Snap: SCP-173's trademark.
  • Nuke 'em: The fallback plan if SCP-682 escapes. You can shut this off if you find the warhead control room.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: SCP-173 is said to be using the ventilation system to travel around the facility, when in reality it's just pre-set to spawn in certain rooms. SCP-106 takes this further, being able to appear out of nowhere and being incorporeal.
  • One Size Fits All: SCP-714 fits itself to the wearer's finger.
  • Perpetual Motion Machine: Running the radio and S-Nav device through SCP-914 can take away the need to power them with batteries.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: SCP-682 is this trope incarnate.
  • Plague Zombie: SCP-008 will eventually turn the player into one if they get exposed to it, causing a Non Standard Game Over. You can cure it with SCP-500.
    • Played very straight with SCP-049-2, the Plague Doctor's zombies.
  • Press X to Die: The game offers a lot of opportunities for the player to kill himself with minimal effort. Knowing about the SCP's you encounter before approaching them can help a lot, at which point dying in most of these ways is your own fault.
  • Randomly Generated Levels: The game is separated into 3 zones, with each one having specific rooms spawn in them.
  • Red Shirt: Your character is one.
  • Royalty-Free Soundtrack: At least half of the game's soundtrack is composed by Kevin McLeod.
  • Scenic Tour Level: As of 0.5 there's an extended intro sequence with guards hustling you over to 173's cell. During this tour section, the tunnel and catwalk bridge are fully-lit, with no gas shooting into your eyeballs (which is nice).
  • Schmuck Bait: SCP cells are often blocked by little more than a keycard. As long as you have that, there's nothing stopping you from walking in and getting yourself killed by whatever horror it contains. This is especially true of SCP-049, which is inactive until you get close enough to its cell.
  • Shout-Out: The map seeds are usually random letters and numbers, but you might occasionally get something like "rustledjim" ("Rustled jimmies").
  • Sprint Meter: There's a meter for sprinting and one for blinking, so you can't just stare at SCP-173 forever.
  • Take That: If you order Half Life 3 in SCP-294, you get... nothing whatsoever.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: SCP-173 can often clip through walls, leading to many points where it can kill you from out of nowhere. The bug has been said to have been fixed in 4 different versions of the game, but it still exists in the current version as of now.
  • The Many Deaths of You: A lot.
    • Getting struck by a Tesla gate.
    • Putting yourself through 914 on Rough, Coarse, Fine or Very Fine.
    • Falling into the void in the Pocket Dimension.
    • Looking at SCP-096 then being ripped to shreds.
    • Walking up to SCP-008's canister.
    • Going into SCP-012, 035, or 895's chambers.
    • Reading SCP-1025.
    • Beginning SCP-106's recall protocol without de-activating the ELO-IID magnetics.
    • Getting "cured" by SCP-049.
    • Getting your neck snapped by SCP-173.
    • Smoking a joint courtesy of SCP-914.
    • Touching a strange battery.
    • Ordering an explosive or any other drink that can kill you from SCP-294.
    • Getting shot by an MTF unit.
    • Getting eaten by SCP-939.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can trap SCP-106 in his cage, thus eliminating one of the big threats that will harass you throughout the game. The only downside? To do it you have to break a man's femur in order to lure 106 into the cage and trap him. Not only do you injure the man to make him scream, but by locking him in with 106, you definitely sentenced him to a horribly painful demise.
  • Voice Changeling: SCP-939, appropriately named Of Many Voices. In game, it speaks in the voices of various Foundation personnell in order to draw the player closer to it's location. It's actually a spiky carnivorous monster that'll attack you and try to devour you. The voices are bait.
  • White Mask of Doom: SCP-035. Except, it's a part of his body.
  • You Are Already Dead: Once you look upon SCP-096's face, you are pretty much done for at that point. He will stay in place and scream in agony, giving you enough time to meagerly run away, only to have him charge at your current location, thrusting opening any doors (no matter if they are locked or not) in its way before attacking you at charging speed.
  • You Wake Up in a Room: The game starts in your cell, from which you are removed for an experiment with SCP-173. There's also a document explaining your purpose at the facility.

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