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I recommend this title for those seeking a fairly solid single player adventure with the bonus of drop in/out option over Ad-Hoc. If you’re still not sure on whether or not to pick this title up, then I would hold off until it drops to the $20 dollar mark. But for fans of the original ObsCure then, I definitely recommend picking up this title.
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Obscure is a solid gameplay experience and combines the necessary elements of survival horror with some impressive game assets. Thanks to this portable translation, players can immerse themselves in the world.
The game's biggest flaw is that the gameplay, despite the multi-character approach, feels dated. You won't be doing much of anything new in Obscure, you'll just have multiple characters to help solve the puzzles and kill the monsters you've seen in so many other survival horror games. Still, the teen slasher-flick concept works well enough, and the option to play through the entire campaign cooperatively is an especially nice feature on the PSP. But again, the voice acting will be hit or miss for most gamers. You'll either eat up the cheesiness like a big tub of movie theater popcorn slathered in butter substitute, or you'll cringe every time one of your beer-loving, hormone-raging characters opens their yapper.
Aber grafisch ist der Titel für PSP-Verhältnisse absolut topp, die Soundkulisse trotz haarsträubender Dialoge nach wie vor ein echtes Highlight. Schockmomente machen sich hingegen eher rar, Story und Charaktere wirken reichlich plump und das Spieldesign spürbar angestaubt. Auch der Umfang ist nicht allzu üppig, die Verteilung der Speicherpunkte nicht immer glücklich. Dafür punktet der Titel dank individueller Charakterfähigkeiten und gut eingeflochtener Rätseleinlagen auch heute noch mit einem abwechslungsreichen Spielablauf. Selbst der unterhaltsame Koop-Modus, bei dem jederzeit ein zweiter Mitspieler ins laufende Abenteuer einsteigen kann, ist auf der PSP mit von der Partie. Und das ist auch gut so, denn die Intelligenz der KI-Partner ist alles andere als überzeugend. Solisten werden ihre dämlichen Begleiter regelmäßig verfluchen, zu zweit wird man hingegen gut unterhalten - vor allem, wenn man auf trashigen College- und klassischen Resident Evil-Horror steht.
Perhaps the worst thing I can say about Obscure: The Aftermath is that it's entirely average. The game has plenty of flaws, but not enough to break the game or render it a waste of time. Similarly, the presentation takes impressive strives with the sound and visuals, but is just as quick to take steps back with its awkward contrivances and nonsense narrative. Switching characters is an engaging spin on the survival/horror genre, but it's ultimately gimmicky and serves as a means to an end, rather than a fully fleshed out idea. Still, you don't see too many titles like this on PSP, and Obscure isn’t a bad way to lose a dozen hours.
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So if you're itching for a decent survival horror game on the go and can deal with the "teen slasher film" feel and storyline, OTA is a pretty good choice. The series may not be as well known as Resident Evil or Silent Hill, but it still provides a healthy amount of scares and plays at least as well as the earlier entries in those series. Likewise, the fact that the game gives you the option of playing co-op is also an incredible feat, especially on the PSP where that feature is commonly underused. In the end, OTA may not blow your socks off, but it is definitely worth a play-through for fans of the genre.
The fact that Hydravision took the time to improve on a few things before porting it to the PSP is good. If you have a friend to play with, your gameplay experience will be even better...and funnier. Just don’t expect an AAA quality game...but it does the job.
Still, the game is worth checking out in my opinion, in part because there's not a lot of decent survival horror titles in the pipeline that aren't from the two major juggernauts in the genre. It's not a great game, and it has some issues, but it gets enough right about the genre that fans shouldn't pass it over. That said the price seems a bit much to ask considering the exact same game on the PS2 is cheaper at the moment, so you might want to wait for a price drop. That said, the content makes the transition without a hitch, so if you're just looking to try the game out again, or missed out on the first time, there's nothing wrong with checking out the PSP version of the game.
Obscure: The Aftermath is a fun survival horror game that is marred by dumb AI and a lame story. But even with its problems, I still had a great time looking at the amazing visuals and laughing at the cheesy dialogue. It's not going to win any awards, but Obscure: The Aftermath managed to exceed my admittedly low expectations!
If you are a young teenager, have gotten the approval of your parents to buy mature games, have yet to play a survival horror title, and PSP is your only gaming system, Obscure: The Aftermath is definitely for you. However, for many this game is extremely outdated and provides nothing new to the genre.
Obscure: The Aftermath is het equivalent van de films die rechtstreeks op dvd uitgebracht worden: simpel vermaak om de tijd mee te doden, maar het spel grijpt je nergens bij de keel. Buiten de geweldige soundtrack steekt de game nergens boven de middelmaat uit. Bijna elk onderdeel van de gameplay werkt naar behoren, maar had over het algemeen genomen beter uitgewerkt kunnen worden. Als foute horrorgame is dit spel redelijk goed, als goede horrorgame goed fout.
When Obscure: The Aftermath was first released, it didn't occupy the same landscape that the PSP version now finds itself in. When you consider this competitive environment and couple it with the awful voice acting and embarrassing plotline, even the eerie environments and haunting soundtrack can't help Aftermath keep itself afloat. This is still a fun game to mess around with, especially if you and a friend get a kick out of survival-horror titles, but it's easier to recommend other co-op greats over this one.
Obscure: The Aftermath is a cheap thriller. It has a few stand-out features, but it still does nothing exceptionally. The soundtrack, which is now available for perusal straight from the main menu, is sweeping and grand, but the game feels like it was cobbled together from spare pieces. The opening references the reality of "urban legends," and this game feels a lot like the horror film named "Urban Legend." It's quick, anything but cerebral and based more on the joy of killing off college kids than any honest attempt to scare anyone. Obscure still looks to be one of the most exact, clean PS2-to-PSP ports ever made, and there's something there for old fans to pick up if they're in need of a portable horror fix.
It's interesting how intangibles can damage an experience. From a technical point of view, there's much to praise in Obscure: The Aftermath. The game is great looking, and the soundtrack is stellar. The game controls well, and if combat gets annoying occasionally because of subpar AI, it isn't anything that can't be worked around or, better yet, cured through Co-Op mode. The problem is that this is a game that's supposed to make you laugh and make you afraid. Annoying characters you don't care about and abominable dialogue prevent the former, and it's that ham-fisted attempt at humor that dooms the latter. The result is a game that's not awful but is a mere shadow of what it might have been.
A cliche, "so what" storyline mixed with iffy controls and uninteresting characters, Obscure: The Aftermath was so dull that I was more focused on plowing through the game to be done with it than on where to expect the next big freakout. I may go try this on the console to see if the controls improve the experience, but that won't fix the silly storyline and teen-dream sounding music. If you're a horror fan, stick with Resident Evil and Silent Hill games, because the only bad feeling you'll get from this is the bad taste in your mouth.
Survival horror has always been a dodgy genre for handheld platforms. It's hard to get sucked into a game when playing it on a three inch screen and even more difficult to be scared of a monster that's no bigger than your thumb. Obscure: The Aftermath doesn't do much to turn the tide in this regard, and if a survival borror game doesn’t give you chills, then what’s the point?