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15 July 2010

Obscure: The Aftermath [PS2]

Plot Synopsis: 3/10
Little black flowers sprout up all over a college campus. They emit a spore that turns the whole scene into a bloodbath. Now the main characters have to find each other while looking for clues on what happened and how to fix it, if possible. I'm fairly certain I've seen anim├ęs that start off this way.
Plot gets a 3 out of 10. The basic concept has just plain been done before.

Game Play: 6/10
Nothing new to this game, at all, in terms of the game play. Third person point-of-view. Three dimensional movement. You wander around, looking for items and clues about what's going on. There are creepy, bloody monsters, jumping out at you, all of a sudden. Basically, if you've ever played Resident Evil, before, you've played this game. But better.
As far as the controls are concerned, let's just say that it's a good thing the game gives you a tutorial of the controls during the game's prologue. The X button interacts with things, and that's where the intuitiveness ends. Everything else is just awkward. For example, you have to press the L1 button to prep your weapon, during a battle, then, while holding L1, press R1 in order to actually use the weapon. The Select button brings up your item menu, which, in itself, feels weird. But then the triangle button backs out of the menus. Also weird. Oh, well.
The game play is getting a 6 out of 10. Lack of originality in the overall style of the game, and the awkward control scheme make for a low score.

Graphics: 8/10
The graphics are clean enough, in that you can easily tell what you're looking at. I have seen more advanced graphics on the PS2, but these were still decent enough.
The graphics get an 8 out of 10. They're perfectly adequate for the game.

Audio: 6/10
The audio is a real mixed bag, on this one. The music is great. No complaints about the music, whatsoever. My problem lay with the voice acting. To say that some dialogue is overacted would be like saying the Hindenburg was a little flammable. On top of that, the dialogue coming from this horrendous voice-acting, during the prologue, at least, is limited to a high quantity of sex jokes, in an attempt to make the main characters sound like they're in college. It's just awful.
I'll give the audio a 6 out of 10. Great music, but the voices and dialogue threw off the score.

Overall Score: 6.75/10
A been-done-before plot, unoriginal game play, awkward controls, and less than spectacular voice acting give this game a low score. On the one hand, fans of the Resident Evil franchise would be more likely to enjoy this game than people like me, who don't generally go for horror titles. But, at the same time, Resident Evil fans would probably be angry at the fact that Obscure plays the same exact way. Anyway, if you don't care for horror titles, look around for other options before buying this one.

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