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ObsCure

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
72
3.7
Windows
76
3.7
Xbox
68
3.7

User Reviews

Survival Horror High School PlayStation 2 Terrence Bosky (5236)
Fear of the dark PlayStation 2 NeoJ (428)
Surviving high school was never as horrific as this. PlayStation 2 Melvin Raeynes (26)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 2 13 3.7
Windows 18 3.7
Xbox 12 3.7
Combined MobyScore 43 3.7


The Press Says

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100
WindowsAdventure Classic Gaming
The gameplay is well crafted, the story is well written, and the production is well executed. All in all, ObsCure has much potential to become the next Resident Evil.
91
WindowsJust Adventure
Everyone who has been in high school carries some fond memories from those years. The friends, the fun, the first “serious” encounters with the opposite sex, the teachers giving you a hard time, the rebellions against those horrible parents who “can never understand”! Yes you did have some good times during your high school years - unless you were unfortunate enough to attend Leafmore High!
90
PlayStation 2Video Game Generation
While not quite perfect, Obscure holds its own against the best of the genre, most of which are the very games it seems to be aping: Resident Evil 0-2, Silent Hill 1-2, Parasite Eve, Fatal Frame 1-2, Eternal Darkness. That alone should say enough about the game, but several things stand out: respectable graphics (not quite RE level, but what is?), extremely well defined characterization, excellent creepy atmosphere, plenty of cheap jump-out-of-your-seat surprise "scares" and an all-too underrepresented high school setting. What more can you ask for? Obscure is hands down one of the best, and deserves a lot more promotion than it (apparently hasn't) gotten.
85
XboxGamesmania
Die Geschichte mit dem verrückten Direktor und dubiosen Experimente könnten glatt von meiner ehemaligen Schule herrühren. Nein, im Ernst: Obscure mischt Elemente aus Teenager-Horror-Streifen mit einigen sinnvollen Innovationen im Action-Adventure-Genre - mit Erfolg! Der Zweispieler-Modus, der grandiose Soundtrack und nicht zuletzt die schmucken Lichteffekte machen aus dem Game eine echte Alternative zu Silent Hill 3 - oder verkürzen zumindest die Wartezeit. Obscure wird zu keiner Sekunde langweilig und motiviert durch abwechslungsreiches Leveldesign und intelligente Rätsel. Abenteurerherz, was willst du mehr? Einfach ein Hit!
85
PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Die Geschichte mit dem verrückten Direktor und dubiosen Experimente könnten glatt von meiner ehemaligen Schule herrühren. Nein, im Ernst: Obscure mischt Elemente aus Teenager-Horror-Streifen mit einigen sinnvollen Innovationen im Action-Adventure-Genre - mit Erfolg! Der Zweispieler-Modus, der grandiose Soundtrack und nicht zuletzt die schmucken Lichteffekte machen aus dem Game eine echte Alternative zu Silent Hill 3 - oder verkürzen zumindest die Wartezeit. Obscure wird zu keiner Sekunde langweilig und motiviert durch abwechslungsreiches Leveldesign und intelligente Rätsel. Abenteurerherz, was willst du mehr? Einfach ein Hit!
85
WindowsGamesmania
Die Geschichte mit dem verrückten Direktor und dubiosen Experimente könnten glatt von meiner ehemaligen Schule herrühren. Nein, im Ernst: Obscure mischt Elemente aus Teenager-Horror-Streifen mit einigen sinnvollen Innovationen im Action-Adventure-Genre - mit Erfolg! Der Zweispieler-Modus, der grandiose Soundtrack und nicht zuletzt die schmucken Lichteffekte machen aus dem Game eine echte Alternative zu Silent Hill 3 - oder verkürzen zumindest die Wartezeit. Obscure wird zu keiner Sekunde langweilig und motiviert durch abwechslungsreiches Leveldesign und intelligente Rätsel. Abenteurerherz, was willst du mehr? Einfach ein Hit!
85
WindowsStrategy Informer
Overall, the game is certainly a steal at a mere twenty bucks. If you’re a fan of survival horror games, this is one unique game that you’ll surely enjoy to play through—despite its rather short length. If you have a friend that shares your passion, then there’s no reason to not pick this one up.
85
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
The survival horror genre has been over-hyped and overwrought for so long now that you can often walk into a game store and see a new title you've never heard of before, despite a rabid scouring of your favorite gaming websites or magazines. Such is the case with Obscure, which got little fanfare with its recent release. Its gameplay offers little to invigorate the genre, but that doesn't mean it's not worth your time.
84
WindowsGame Chronicles
Survival horror games have been around for about a decade and yet no one had decided to use the teen horror movie setting as the basis for one, not until Obscure that is. Basically take teen characters from TV shows like Dawson's Creek and put them in a high school setting, add a scary storyline, mix in some messed up evil things and you’ve got yourself a teen survival horror game.
81
WindowsGénération 4
C'est beau, le travail sonore est grandiose, le scénario est sympa. Pourquoi se priver ?
81
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
So mag ich das: logische Rätsel, faire Kämpfe und sympathische Charaktere als Bestandteil eines Action-Adventures. Obscure erzählt eine filmreife Geschichte und baut dabei vorbildlich Spannung auf. Angesichts dieser Vorzüge verzeihe ich, dass es keine freie Speicherfunktion gibt, die Steuerung ab und zu hakelt und die festen Kameraperspektiven nicht immer die ideale Übersicht bieten. Nur schade, dass Obscure auch bei gemächlichem Spieltempo bereits nach acht Stunden vorbei ist - ich hätte gerne mehr davon!
80
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Qu'on ne vienne pas me dire qu'Obscure est certes un bon jeu mais que sa durée de vie lui nuit totalement ! Oui, le titre se termine rapidement mais pas plus prestement qu'un Resident Evil. Maintenant si le joueur suit constamment une voie ferrée, je pense sincèrement que nous avons affaire à un jeu pop-corn, qui se déguste comme un épisode d'une série américaine et qu'il faudra voir en lui non pas une expérience traumatisante mais un moyen de passer du bon temps à l'image de ce que nous proposent les pères spirituels du jeu, le plaisir immédiat prenant le pas sur une exploration longue et sinueuse, le traitement psychologique se faisant griller par le côté actionner et tee-movie du soft. Si vous avez ceci en tête, le jeu d'Hydravision ne vous décevra pas.
80
XboxJeuxvideo.com
Qu'on ne vienne pas me dire qu'Obscure est certes un bon jeu mais que sa durée de vie lui nuit totalement ! Oui, le titre se termine rapidement mais pas plus prestement qu'un Resident Evil. Maintenant si le joueur sera constamment sur des rails, je pense sincèrement que nous avons affaire à un jeu pop-corn, qui se déguste comme un épisode d'une série américaine et qu'il faudra voir en lui non pas une expérience traumatisante mais un moyen de passer du bon temps à l'image de ce que nous proposent les pères spirituels du jeu, le plaisir immédiat prenant le pas sur une exploration longue et sinueuse, le traitement psychologique se faisant griller par le côté actionner et tee-movie du soft. Si vous avez ceci en tête, le jeu d'Hydravision ne vous décevra pas.
80
WindowsPlayback
"Obskurek", jak nieudolnie nazwę spolszczył jeden z moich znajomych jest grą wartą poświęcenia jej czasu. Ciekawy temat, dobrze zrobiony, gwarantuje niezłą zabawę. Mając na uwadze ciekawe pomysły Autorów dotyczące realizacji rozgrywki jest to na pewno ciekawy wkład w rozwój tego gatunku. Jednym słowem - z czystym sumieniem Drodzy Gracze polecam Wam ten tytuł!
80
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Obscure atteint de très belle manière son objectif et parvient à immerger le jouer dans son univers. Non pas que le jeu fasse vraiment peur à l'image d'un Silent Hill, c'est une ambiance plus proche d'un Resident Evil qui se dégage, si bien qu'on sursaute souvent lorsqu'un monstre apparaît bien évidemment, au moment où on s'y attend le moins ! Certes, le jeu se termine rapidement mais contrairement à ses concurrents, la durée de vie n'est pas artificiellement gonflée par des allers-retours fastidieux. Et comme on le dit toujours, mieux vaut un jeu court et intense qu'un titre long et lassant.
80
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Aimez-vous les THM ? Oui ? Non ? Vous ne savez pas ce que c’est ? Pourtant, ils connaissent outre atlantique un franc succès qui se répercute parfois jusqu’à chez nous, en Europe. Il s’agit des Teen Horror Movies (les films d’horreur pour adolescents), où sont mis en scènes des personnages jeunes, beaux, des archétypes de ce que nous avons l’habitude de voir dans les cours des écoles et dans les sitcoms branchés. Mais pour une fois, ces Brenda et Brandon du pauvre seront confrontés à l’horreur absolue, à un tueur en série maniaque et impuissant ou encore à un complot mondial fomenté par les extra-terrestres et le Vatican. Bref, si vous avez vu Scream, Souviens-toi l’été dernier, Final Cut et autres Faculty, surtout celui-là, d’ailleurs, vous savez sans doute de quoi on parle.
79
WindowsPC Action
Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, wann ich das letzte Mal ein Adventure kooperativ gespielt habe. Wahrscheinlich noch nie. So bringt Microids frischen Wind ins Genre, schludert aber im Detail: Nach den ersten Monsterkontakten, wissen Sie, wie die Geschichte weitergeht. Außerdem birgt die genretypisch fixierte Kamera unnötige Frustmomente. Das Spiel unterhält aber mit seiner düsteren Atmosphäre. Wer auf Rätselstunden mit Gänsehaut-Faktor steht, darf zugreifen. Im Ausland heisst Obscure übrigens Mortifilia.
78
Xbox4Players.de
Das Team von Hydrovision setzt zwar mit seinem Highschool-Szenario auf bekannte Klischees und kann eher Survival-Horror light als ein wirklich beängstigendes Schockergefühl entfachen, aber dafür spielt sich die Monsterjagd sehr komfortabel: Egal ob Karte, Itemsuche, Laufwege oder Charakterwechsel – Frust ist Fehlanzeige. Die Kämpfe laufen flüssig, die Rätsel sind abwechslungsreich, die Erfolgskurve angenehm. Auch die Grafik stimmt und kann mit ihren Verdunklungseffekten ein kleines Highlight setzen. Und dass man das düstere Abenteuer auch bei freier Figurenwahl bequem zu zweit erleben kann, ist nicht nur innovativ, sondern prädestiniert Obscure zum idealen Partnerspiel. Allerdings fordern der Allround-Service und die strenge Linearität ihren Preis: Viele Knobeleien sind zu leicht, erzählerisch wird wenig Anspruchsvolles geboten, manche Monsterbegegnungen wirken etwas plump und mehr als ein halbes Dutzend Stunden werdet ihr nicht durch die Flure geistern.
78
PlayStation 24Players.de
Das Team von Hydrovision setzt zwar mit seinem Highschool-Szenario auf bekannte Klischees und kann eher Survival-Horror light als ein wirklich beängstigendes Schockergefühl entfachen, aber dafür spielt sich die Monsterjagd sehr komfortabel: Egal ob Karte, Itemsuche, Laufwege oder Charakterwechsel – Frust ist Fehlanzeige. Die Kämpfe laufen flüssig, die Rätsel sind abwechslungsreich, die Erfolgskurve angenehm. Auch die Grafik stimmt und kann mit ihren Verdunklungseffekten ein kleines Highlight setzen. Und dass man das düstere Abenteuer auch bei freier Figurenwahl bequem zu zweit erleben kann, ist nicht nur innovativ, sondern prädestiniert Obscure zum idealen Partnerspiel. Allerdings fordern der Allround-Service und die strenge Linearität ihren Preis: Viele Knobeleien sind zu leicht, erzählerisch wird wenig Anspruchsvolles geboten, manche Monsterbegegnungen wirken etwas plump und mehr als ein halbes Dutzend Stunden werdet ihr nicht durch die Flure geistern.
78
WindowsShooterplanet
Wer Horror liebt kommt an Obscure: Learn about Fear nicht vorbei. Auch wenn die Steuerung sehr konsolenbezogen wirkt, man kommt schnell zurecht und wird von der packenden Story und Atmosphäre völlig ins Spiel gezogen. Der Koop-Modus mit zwei Spielern macht mächtig viel Spaß. Richtig genial wäre eine LAN-Unterstützung gewesen, in der fünf Spieler gleichzeitig durch die Leafmore-Highschool hätten gehen können. Doch wer weiß, dies ist vielleicht ein Feature für Obscure 2, sollte es denn irgendwann kommen. Bis dahin habt Ihr mit diesem Spiel jede Menge Spaß, garantiert.
78
WindowsGamePlasma
Obscure is a game that is just that - obscure. A rather hidden title that came to consoles and the PC, it is reminiscent of the older Resident Evil series with its third person perspective of survival horror. Luckily they improve on that formula by allowing a moving camera that will change position at certain points. While this is prone to horrible camera angles that can put you at a disadvantage during a fight, it is few and far between.
78
PlayStation 2GamePlasma
Obscure is probably one of the most entertaining mystery-like games I've ever played. It has everything you could ever want, multiple characters with different backgrounds, great sound distinction, and much more. I would recommend this game for anyone who likes a great theatrical thriller.
76
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Robert Rodriguez eiferte 1998 mit The Faculty dem Teenie-Horrorstreifen Scream nach. Der nicht ganz ernst gemeinte Film um die Invasion durstiger Aliens stand nun offensichtlich Pate für Obscure: Das Action-Adventure weist mit seiner mysteriösen Mordserie an einer Highschool nicht nur deutliche Handlungsparallelen auf und beginnt mit einem dreist kopierten Intro - zu allem Überfluss sieht einer der fünf Hauptdarsteller noch Teenie-Schwarm Josh Hartnett zum Verwechseln ähnlich. Von den fünf Helden steuern Sie immer nur zwei über das Schulgelände - der Rest steht auf Abruf bereit. Die Charakterwahl ist wichtig, da jeder der Pennäler über eine Spezialfähigkeit verfügt.
76
XboxIGN
If you had told me that a game starring characters named Stan, Kenny, and Mr. Garrison was supposed to be one of the most innovative horror games of 2005, I probably would have thought you were joking. But after playing through Dreamcatcher Interactive's tag-team terror known as Obscure, I'm definitely more inclined to believe it. You see, the players mentioned above aren't digital versions of the raunchy children from Comedy Central's popular South Park series, but rather, essential figures in a spooky supernatural thriller that boasts more interesting ideas than most others in the genre do.
76
PlayStation 2IGN
I did a double take when I found out that Obscure is launching at a suggested retail price of less than twenty bucks nationwide. For what you get in the package, it's a great deal and far beyond the quality of your typical low-budget title. But even if money weren't an issue, Obscure is still dissimilar enough from other horror favorites like Resident Evil and Silent Hill to warrant a pick-up by diehard genre fans. And besides, the co-op mode is almost worth the price of admission alone, while the hidden bonuses you'll receive for beating the game add even more to its overall value. Just don't expect anything too enthralling when it comes to plot advancement or puzzle solving.
75
XboxExtreme Gamer
Obscure is an interesting game with a bunch of neat features, most notably the co-op story mode. 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're a fan of teen horror movies, suspenseful horror games.
74
WindowsPGNx Media
Rookie developer Hydravision delivers a good if shallow survival horror game. It is clear that the guys at Hydravision are fans of Capcom’s Resident Evil series as the similarities in gameplay are fairly evident. While this is one of the game’s best points (after all, the Resident Evil series is well liked), it simply cannot compare after Capcom totally modernized the genre with Resident Evil 4.
71
PlayStation 2Jolt (UK)
Obscure is the produce of Hydravision, a French development house previously responsible for, umm, well nothing that we know of. The French certainly love their survival horror games (well, the developers of Alone in the Dark did, tenuous link fans), and that’s exactly what Obscure is. Although far from startlingly original, Obscure does have a few original ideas which may pique the interest.
70
XboxX-Power
Obscure brengt niks nieuws onder de zon en haalt overduidelijk de mosterd bij de reeds bestaande games in dit genre. Gelukkig "steelt" het deze elementen op een degelijke wijze en wordt het daardoor toch nog een genietbaar en entertainvol spel. Het is wat aan de korte kant, maar ook dat is vrij traditioneel voor dit type games. Het speelt vlotjes, alleen het oubollige camerastandpunt werkt soms op je zenuwen en is zeker aan vernieuwing toe. Grafisch scoort Obscure gemiddeld tot matig, het geluid is best te pruimen. Voor de beginnende survival/horror gamer is dit een prima springplank naar de iets meer "uitdagende" gruwelgame, want het leek me iets te gemakkelijk en breinbrekende puzzels waren niet echt op het appél. Kortom een dertien in een dozijn spel en ideaal om eens een weekendje te huren.
70
WindowsJoystick (French)
Obscure est un bon petit jeu hésitant entre aventure vieille école et survival horror. Quelques bonnes trouvailles de gameplay, une durée de vie tout à fait honorable, un design correct, une bande-son pro. Dommage que l'ensemble manque un peu de vrais frissons, mais l'aventure est malgré tout au rendez-vous.
70
XboxEurogamer.net (UK)
Teenage kids. Who needs 'em? Always whingeing about being misunderstood, hormonally unbalanced, and incapable of deciding on a vaguely flattering hairstyle. No wonder Slipknot are doing such a roaring trade, and no wonder movie makers delight in finding new and interesting ways to cull them in an endless succession of teen horror movies; they make such willing fodder. Even though the genre became a parody of itself and then eventually went all ironic on us, it still has the capacity to be a winning horror formula. Witnessing a bunch of curious, pesky kids full of bravado gradually losing their cool as they get picked off by some unseen evil is always strangely satisfying. Mwahahahaha. Quite why no one thought to apply the exact same formula to a horror videogame before now is a curious thing.
70
XboxThunderbolt Games
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! Even worse than being locked in, the school has been taken over by random monsters! Inside this angst-filled drama, this team of students must work together and overcome their fears should they hope to survive the survival horror.
70
WindowsGamerDad
In conclusion, though the game does indeed have blood, violence and minor foul language, it contains nothing that a modern horror film doesn't, and any teenager that can comfortably watch (or enjoy) today's horror films will have no problem with the subject matter or graphic nature of Obscure.
70
WindowsWorth Playing
Drawing the inevitable comparisons to Resident Evil, Obscure is one of those survival horror games that keep cropping up all over the place, but it does a few things different from the normal style of those games. For one thing, it does not draw inspiration from the works of George Romero or H.P. Lovecraft. Instead, it pulls its genre from the good old American classic style of movies where a bunch of mid-twenties actors pretending to be teenagers get out there and get killed for your personal amusement. Scream and The Faculty are where this movie is sucking ideas from, and it pretty much works.
70
PlayStation 2Game Critics
The main problem is that there is nothing new to see. After a certain point, Obscure shows that there are two sides to maintaining interest in a successful horror game: the lack of early action must be balanced in other areas, and when the action starts it must not dull too soon. Obscure falls short because it makes no attempt to vary the use of the team mechanism, and it adds no new monsters. But hopefully Obscure's legacy will be a game that ties its horror sensibillties with the varied action of something like Resident Evil 4. Now that could be exactly what horror fans want.
70
PlayStation 2GamerDad
Something very strange is happening at Leafmore High. Following a string of mysterious disappearances and unexplained events, five students decide to spend the night at their school to face whomever, or rather, whatever, is responsible.
69
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
So, should you play Obscure? If you're a big survival horror fan who's looking for a new game that plays like an old game, then yes. However, even genre fans may be annoyed by the slow pace, "2 hip 4 u dawg" dialogue, and overall feeling of survival horror déjà vu. It's definitely worth a rental (you can beat it fairly quickly), but even at its budget price tag, only avid collectors of everything survival horror may want to own this one.
67
XboxGameZone
Does that line (about Jamie Lee Curtis) even make sense to you considering I'm writing a review about a teenage horror game that takes place in an old creepy school? Well if it doesn't then let me explain. Much of my misspent youth was done watching cheesy teenage slasher flicks from the late 70's and early 80's. In fact as I played Obscure, I was instantly reminded of several horror flicks starring Ms. Curtis. Movies like Prom Night and Halloween II.
67
WindowsGameZone
The survival-horror gaming genre (in my opinion) really started with the Resident Evil series. Being scared to death while playing a game was completely new to me and I became hooked right away. Since the first Resident Evil game there have been countless clones released. Some good, some not so good and others that are just Ok. Obscure falls into the latter category by offering a modern twist to the survival horror genre: the teen horror flick. Think of Obscure as the ultimate culmination of the movies Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and the Resident Evil series.
65
PlayStation 2games xtreme
Basically there were things about this game that I loved and things I hated. The idea behind Obscure is a good one and provides a good foundation on which the game can be developed. If the few faults that Obscure has can be rectified then the developers could be on to a winner in the future.
64
XboxGameSpot
While the Resident Evil series might have overstayed its welcome, you can give Capcom credit for finally realizing that enough was enough. The developer ditched the franchise's tired survival horror conventions, said good-bye to Raccoon City, and wound up with one of the best games so far this year in Resident Evil 4. This groundbreaking release set a new standard in action horror, mirroring the accomplishment registered by its classic predecessor nine years ago. Some people, however, aren't getting the hint that gaming has moved on.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
While the Resident Evil series might have overstayed its welcome, you can give Capcom credit for finally realizing that enough was enough. The developer ditched the franchise's tired survival horror conventions, said good-bye to Raccoon City, and wound up with one of the best games so far this year in Resident Evil 4. This groundbreaking release set a new standard in action horror, mirroring the accomplishment registered by its classic predecessor nine years ago. Some people, however, aren't getting the hint that gaming has moved on. Judging by Obscure, a survival horror throwback best described as Resident Evil in a high school, French developer Hydravision is stuck in 1996. While this textbook copy of the Capcom classic is a competent regurgitation of the genre's clichés, your patience will be tested by déjà vu from the moment the first monster bursts out of the walls.
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PlayStation 2Digital Entertainment News (den)
Obscure’s concept is a simple one: adopt the formula and setting of a teen horror movie – you know, like URBAN LEGEND, SCREAM or A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – and deliver it as a game play experience in a videogame format. Nice concept, especially with the resurgent interest in the genre at the theatre box office with recent hits like THE RING 2, WHEN DARKNESS FALLS and BOOGEYMAN. But can a movie formula work as a videogame? That’s the question.
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WindowsGameSpot
While the Resident Evil series might have overstayed its welcome, you can give Capcom credit for finally realizing that enough was enough. The developer ditched the franchise's tired survival-horror conventions, said goodbye to Raccoon City, and wound up with one of the best games so far this year in Resident Evil 4. This groundbreaking release set a new standard in action-horror, mirroring the accomplishment registered by its classic predecessor nine years ago. Some people, however, aren't getting the hint that gaming has moved on. Judging by Obscure, a survival-horror throwback best described as Resident Evil in a high school, French developer Hydravision is stuck in 1996. While this textbook copy of the Capcom classic is a competent regurgitation of the genre's clichés, your patience will be tested by déjà vu from the moment that the first monster bursts out of the walls.
60
XboxGame Informer Magazine
While there are some ideas that I really enjoy in Obscure (the enemy design is interesting and switching characters works well), there’s just too much wrong here to make the experience something special.
60
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
While there are some ideas that I really enjoy in Obscure (the enemy design is interesting and switching characters works well), there’s just too much wrong here to make the experience something special.
60
WindowsG4 TV: X-Play
With the routine combat and puzzles, the primary entertainment in Obscure is generally identical to what you'll get out of any teen B-movie. It's presented well enough that there's always just one more reason to see what's in the next room or cutscene. But letting yourself be passively strung along is no substitute for real gut-wrenching involvement. You just might start to think that watching Scream seems like a pretty good idea, after all.
60
XboxGameSpy
Let's preface this review by stating that Obscure is a French-made survival horror outing, which was originally released last year in Europe, garnered a reasonably favorable reception, and has now finally appeared on US store shelves along with PR bursts beckoning gamers in with the promise of a Sum 41 music track to introduce the game. That's half a star knocked off right there; simply shoehorning "Still Waiting" to tempt the Hot Topic crowd into checking the game out is a complete waste of time and money. Fortunately, we're adding half a star as the game's priced at $29.99; too high to be seen as "bargain basement," but low enough to stop jaded reviewers from comparing it to the incredible advancements in the genre over the last year. Simply put, this isn't anywhere near as entertaining as any of the Resident Evils or Silent Hills, but it's no Blue Stinger, either.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
Once you've overcome these shortfalls, and settled down into the familiar gameplay "locked door, find key to locked door" routine, and tried not to yell rude words at your television as the second character you're controlling blocks your path, you'll begin to notice the impressive (and dare we say, innovative) qualities this game possesses. Like the in-game music; it's ethereal wailing that sounds as if it came from a Medal of Honor sound engineer's side project, but it's still spooky and perfectly sets the tone.
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XboxGame Freaks 365
As a high school junior, I was very interested to see how a high school survival-horror game would play out, and I was very disappointed by Obscure. If you've never gotten around to play classic horror games, don't start here. Though Obscure isn't horrible, it's a bad excuse of a game, being a compilation of all the basics.
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Xbox1UP
Following on the heels of Resident Evil 4's release, Hydravision needed something to set Obscure apart from the other games in the genre. I had high hopes for Obscure once I found out that it featured music by Sum 41 and was set in a different type of setting, a high school. However, even Sum 41 couldn't save Obscure, and it seems that the team spent more time developing their website which advertises the game than actually creating a unique game for fans of the genre to enjoy.
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Windows1UP
Following on the heels of Resident Evil 4's release, Hydravision needed something to set Obscure apart from the other games in the genre. I had high hopes for Obscure once I found out that it featured music by Sum 41 and was set in a different type of setting, a high school. However, even Sum 41 couldn't save Obscure, and it seems that the team spent more time developing their website which advertises the game than actually creating a unique game for fans of the genre to enjoy.
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PlayStation 21UP
Although Hydravision tried hard to create a distinctive, unique game in a heavily contested genre, they fell short. Aside from the dynamic object interaction and music, the graphics and gameplay made me feel like I was back in high school, playing Resident Evil 2 after doing my homework. But that was then, and this is now, and Obscure just doesn't make the grade.
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WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
If you can ignore its flaws, Obscure offers some genuinely scary moments. Its plot and inventory puzzles aren’t complicated, but they do meld together well. If its camera views and playable characters had more panache, then this ghoul school would be a cool school.
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XboxFactornews
Une idée de base qui avait de quoi séduire mais un résultat en demi-teinte, dont l’ambiance est carabinée par des défauts un peu trop présents pour qu’on passe outre. Alors certes, cet Obscure reste sympathique à jouer et n’a rien de catastrophique, mais il lui en aurait fallu un peu plus pour sortir de l’ombre…