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"Obscure": good graphics, bad camera
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Apr 21, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
4 out of 6 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Okay, not a good start, but in Obscure: the Aftermath, you play as one of four students who pair up in different ways during the game. If you take too long to make your way through the game, the computer controlled students will whine.
Get used to the complaining - going from point A to point B is tough because the camera has a tendency to spin in a circle or give you a bad view of the area you're in.
And if the camera's not bad enough, there's the invisible walls to deal with. For instance, finding a path through the forest is almost impossible because these fit, athletic students can't climb a five foot tall fence or a three foot tall log. You're given a chainsaw, but can only cut certain trees, and not others. Why?
It's too bad these problems show up. The graphics in the game are good, there's several ingenious puzzles, the students are likable (if you overlook their whining.) and the story's very enjoyable.
Another quick port of a poor game for the Wii
posted by Padrino (PETALUMA, CA) Apr 23, 2008
Member since Nov 2003
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
ow i didnt do it on purpose!
posted by Kliss2 (EAGLE RIVER, WI) Apr 7, 2008
Member since Jun 2004
5 out of 8 gamers (62%) found this review helpful
in this one they sacrificed that freedom for a little bit more story. they tell you who you must be and at what point. there are a few times that you can choice who to play as but once you enter the next room the choices became clear what the right choices were. the storys not to bad but the voice acting severly lacks. the controls are clunky at first but once you get the hang of it it isnt bad. my worst struggle was the lock picking part with the wiimote because it was very unresponsive.
im a major fan of the survival horror genre but this game made me die alittle inside. its got two player fun which is good but the freedom the first game offered was completely disroyed and the worst part is that you unlock cut scenes as you progress and once you finish the game you get the last cut-scene and some animation art. that is until you shut off the system and realized that it didnt save and that you have to rekill the final boss (which is a huge pain) all over again just to show your friends the cool cut scene before the boss. all and all this game made me sad. it was nothing like the other one and i did nothing for the genre besides make it two player. still worth a rent cause the story is intresting
posted by Primal (GREENSBORO, NC) Mar 29, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
5 out of 9 gamers (56%) found this review helpful
I don't really play the Wii that much cause I don't really like the controls. I would give this game a better rating if I was able to use the classic controller. But I do recommend getting this game if you are a fan of the original resident evils. :)
Remember Bug Island? Dissapointing!
posted by miko25 (LARGO, FL) Mar 31, 2008
Member since Nov 2004
1 out of 19 gamers (5%) found this review helpful
posted by Guitarist6 (ANAHEIM, CA) Feb 2, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
the voice overs are pretty bad too sometimes..
Pros : decent graphics,some fun puzzles,decent scares
Cons : bad camera,bad voice overs,hard as heck monsters,poor thought into making this game
This game could've been so much better if the creaters had just tweaked the whole game a bit more.
Confusing. Sometimes just wondering around.
posted by HOCASPOCAS (ELGIN, IL) Jan 24, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
A BIG WASTE OF TIME!!!
posted by Moodys13 (LEXINGTON, SC) Dec 23, 2008
Member since Sep 2008
just couldn't get into it
posted by EvIlDeAd (burnside, PA) Oct 18, 2008
Member since Oct 2008
but the characters you play as i found myself wanting to let them die just because they annoyed me. i dunno... could have just given up on it to quickly... but when the characters are annoying i don't wanna play the game...
so if you find yourself between this or table tennis... get the table tennis... much more entertaining... and you don't have to worry about them not giving you enough ammo
Like playing Solitaire in the dark...
posted by Geist13 (VACAVILLE, CA) Aug 12, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
The game begins with a lovely car drive, as the main character recaps past events before we are put in control of him and his female Companion. From there you wander around listening to other students talk dirty, examine typical bulletins, and try to open up locked rooms. It is a pretty dumb opening. Then you hang out with your pals, and I assume get high. Next thing you know, you and your female friend wind up in some very dark place. This was pretty boring, except for a few freaky in game gimmicks. I stopped playing after my first monster encounter. Both characters died and I wound up in the college dorm restroom with only one character. Spent some time wandering the hallways, every door locked and no idea what to do. Apparently, the character lost his room key.
Obscure: The Aftermath, just could not hold my attention, and I've played some BAD games. The video game is just lackluster in every regard. It fails pretty miserably, and I love survival horror games, bad and good.
Surprisingly great graphics. Not remarkable but very nice looking scenes and rich textures.
The game's atmosphere is downright creepy like a survival horror game should be. Blood and gore.
Some cheesy B rated comical dialogue which works because the game is bad.
The DARKNESS is beyond bad. Extremely annoying, you can hardly see anything at all. The only way it suggests to fix this problem is to adjust the color on your t.v. which you shouldn't have to.
Touchy control scheme which falls apart during battles. Could have used a complete overhaul.
Horrible camera work and frustrating angles. A nightmare having to deal with.
In closing, Obscure: The Aftermath is a poor man's Silent Hill, and no where near as good!
Not as Bad As everyone is saying
posted by schilznizz (BOISE, ID) Jul 12, 2008
Member since Jun 2008
As for other complaints like the camera, well in my personal opinion simply keeping track of your cursor will solve every thing. Yet if you neglect it then you will have the room spinning, literally. As for the complaints about the combat one reviewer complained and i quote "The enemies are all kinds of boring as well as the combat (pretty much Silent Hill)." And I say to you the reader that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the combat being that way. Unless you absolutely hated Silent hill, which I think if you like the horror genre you loved it as much as I did. So in closing that would mean you should like this just as much. Don't listens to the mindless babble this is a classic sort of game and should be treated as such not treated as the next best thing in gaming with the best of everything in it. thanks.
posted by Jonnyboi (PALM SPRINGS, CA) Jun 24, 2008
Member since Sep 2007
posted by ChrisNknox (KNOXVILLE, TN) Jun 3, 2008
Member since Dec 2007
scooby doo + silent hill + dawsons creek = obscure
posted by tehlink (BOWLING GREEN, KY) May 9, 2008
Member since May 2008
posted by bucneked (PEARL, MS) Apr 23, 2008
Member since May 2006
I Don't Thinks its as bad as everyone says it is..
posted by Zericon (HALETHORPE, MD) Apr 22, 2008
Member since Mar 2007
Worst part about the game to me is the go straight syndrome, you go where the game wants you to go and nowhere else. The Dorm, The grounds all look so creepy, yet i can't get there, or when I can, I can only go Thru the one unBLOCKed door that suddenly became unblocked this time thru...
If Everything else on your key seems to be 'Long wait' It's worth at least a rental while everyone else is getting tired of the other games. :)
Graphics are better than most non Nintendo titles on the Wii, faces look like faces, text is readable etc...
Looks awesome, but sucks
posted by pkessler (LOUISVILLE, OH) Apr 10, 2008
Member since May 2007
Thats about the only good thing...the camera is annoying and turns when you don't want it too. The puzzles are too hard to figure out because their not clear on instructions. The story is bad, and the graphics are mediocre.
It starts out all happy, and then your instantly thrown into a cemetery and I had no idea what to do for about 10 minutes. It's a really dumb game.
Puzzles are too hard.
Graphics are mediocre.
A worthwhile game
posted by esrevnoc (ETHEL, WA) Apr 6, 2008
Member since Sep 2007
Another, cheap, survival horror knock-off
posted by kingdom8 (OAKLEY, CA) Apr 2, 2008
Member since Oct 2004
It only costs 30 dollars but so does Resident Evil 4 and you would be doing yourself a favor if you that instead!