Summary: Obscure: The Aftermath follows the story of a group of friends attending college who discover that a mysterious black flower, with addictive hallucinogenic effects, also has the terrifying ability to transform people into hideous monsters.
Excerpt: Game: Obscure: The Aftermath Genre: Survival Horror Platform: Wii, PS2, PC (reviewed on Wii) When the first Obscure game hit PS2 and Xbox consoles in 2005, it may not have been the best-reviewed title ever, but it developed enough of a cult following to make it hard to find and warrant a sequel. That sequel is the recently released Obscure: The Aftermath , which follows the survivors of the first game to college, where the nightmare is starting all over again.
Excerpt: One of the most undeservedly overlooked survival horror games of the last generation (if not the last decade) is the excellent, if ironically aptly titled
. That game (
which I reviewed here
) has gamers playing as one of four high school students, uncovering a mystery that just keeps getting deeper as the story progresses –
with teeth, if you will, or
Silent Hill: The High School Years
Conclusion: If you liked the first game in the series, you'll find plenty of crossover elements, but then again, if you played the original Obscure, you already have an idea of what to expect. There's nothing wrong with exploiting a proven formula, assuming it's done well. Unfortunately, In Obscure: The Aftermath, nothing is done very well.
Pros: Some cleverly designed puzzles, Nice soundtrack.
Cons: The grating cast of characters is voiced by a similarly grating troupe of actors, Not a single chill or scare to be found, Awful camera and targeting scheme can lead to plenty of unavoidable deaths.
Excerpt: In Obscure: The Aftermath, young college students take on demonic monsters while their friends and fraternity fellows get ripped into bloody shreds. Most reasonable people would react with shock or fear, yet this horror adventure game's characters are more interested in clinging to outdated stereotypes. Corey Wilde, for example, isn't concerned about the giant ogres bursting with bulbous tumors that have infiltrated Fallcreek University.
Pros: Some cleverly designed puzzles, Nice soundtrack
Cons: The grating cast of characters is voiced by a similarly grating troupe of actors, Not a single chill or scare to be found, Awful camera and targeting scheme can lead to plenty of unavoidable deaths