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Obscure: The Aftermath review

Obscurity assured for this tedious horror romp

For

  • Killing mutants
  • Scary atmosphere
  • Girls showing whale tails

Against

  • Not THAT zombie AGAIN
  • Dying
  • constantly
  • Ugly
  • stale graphics

Obscure: The Aftermath is a survival-horror game aimed at people that love Hollywood screamers. The story involves a rowdy fraternity party that unleashes mutants on a college campus, and the to-do list calls for hacking up those creatures with hockey sticks, chainsaws, and other fun killing implements. Sounds sweet, right? NOT! The action is weak and the graphics are butt-ugly.

Atmospherically, the game does what it needs to do. The dorms are spooky at night, bloody creatures frequently crash through windows, and the rock-orchestra music evokes memories of classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. Since the setting is a college, the cheesy dialogue scenes are appropriately peppered with references to drinking, drug use, and promiscuous sex. Half the girls are running around with their thong underwear sticking up out of their jeans (showing their "whale tails").

Searching for keys, swapping between six characters to solve puzzles, and repeatedly tapping the attack button to chop at zombies is fine for a short while. However, the honeymoon ends once you realize you're going to be seeing the same carbon copy muties throughout the whole game.

Oh boy, it's that blobby zombie thing, AGAIN!

The CPU controlled helper also has a habit of getting in your way. Thankfully, you can alleviate that by handing someone else a second controller and making them control the tagalong.

When you aren't yelling at your CPU buddy to move, you'll be cursing the frequent password cracking minigames that grind the story to a halt while you unscramble letters to reveal words like %26ldquo;Mozart%26rdquo; and %26ldquo;Picasso.%26rdquo;

More Info

GenreAction
DescriptionIt's about time they made a survival-horror game involving college kids and an out-of-control frat party. Unfortunately, this gory zombie romp is wounded by its dull monster encounters, lame puzzles, and butt-ugly graphics.
PlatformPS2, Wii, PC, PSP
US censor ratingMature, Mature, Mature, Mature
UK censor rating16+, 16+, 16+, 16+
Release date:25 March 2008 (US), 7 September 2007 (UK)
Available platforms:PS2
Genre:Action
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