Excerpt: It's always fun to root for the little guys...well, unless the opposition involves games like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, even the GameCube's Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. This is the case in Hydravision's Obscure, a rather under-the-radar survival-horror game that simply doesn't live up to anything that it blatantly mimes, and ends up being another $20 game destined for the bargain bin that it already sits in.
Excerpt: One might say that the name Obscure is quite appropriate for this game. Released under the name Mortifilia in Europe, this teen horror flick send-up has proven to be a bit difficult to locate if you don't have certain quality resources in acquiring videogames. Patterned after the Resident Evil model of survival horror games (pre- RE4 ), Obscure is set in a dilapidated school with, of course, a dark secret.
Pros: Co-op gameplay, Simple yet fun, Large areas with lots of details, $20 price point
Cons: Doesn't do anything spectacular for the genre, Monsters look "meh", Short and easy
Summary: Dreamcatcher's survival-horror title
Obscure takes players on a dark journey through the creepy halls of a haunted
high school. It's a fairly interesting game, with a feel and style similar to
the many teen slasher flicks from the past few years. Obscure plays similarly to
Resident Evil and lets you explore the school with one of five different
characters in teams or cooperatively.
Excerpt: It’s hard to make a decent survival horror when Konami, Capcom and Tecmo effectively dominate the three respective angles of survival horror that appeal most. You have Konami’s series Silent Hill, which is based in a nightmarish alternate reality. You have Capcom’s Resident Evil series that pits you against genetically depraved monsters and zombies who just won’t die and then you have Tecmo’s Fatal Frame series that uses Japanese horror themes and atmosphere to creep you...
Excerpt: If you thought your high school was a bad place to spend your days, at least you were never stuck overnight at Leafmore. You see, there�s something going on after hours and it doesn�t involve teachers getting freaky in the lounge. There�s an evil being unleashed upon the school and soon students become missing.
Excerpt: Obscure stars a group of high school students that will instantly remind you of the cast of horror movies like “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” There’s even a character that looks exactly like Josh Hartnett, star of “The Faculty”; another teen horror romp. After the disappearance a classmate, a ragtag group of friends decide to band together find him/save the day. After school, they all meet up in a classroom when they suddenly find themselves locked in!
Summary: If you are looking for a party rhythm game, this is it. The $170 price tag is worth it, because this is just pure fun. If you are more into playing this sort of game solo, however, you probably should go with one of the alternative rhythm games.
Conclusion: Lowdown Obscure is an interesting game with several neat features, most notably it's co-op story mode. Sure, the subject matter has been done before, but Obscure manages to keep it fresh enough for most gamers to enjoy. I would definitely look into Obscure if you are a fan of teen horror movies, or suspenseful horror games.
Conclusion: An enjoyable if unspectacular new entry to the Survival Horror genre. If you can play it with a friend and enjoy your SH games, then by all means pick it up at its reduced release price; if you will play it alone, then be warned; you will most likely not get your moneys worth out of the title.