For some time now, Leafmore High School has been the setting for unexplained disappearances. In this survival horror game, you take control of a group of 5 American students. With your friends, you try to unravel the mysterious happenings at this unremarkable-looking school. The night will be long and survival not will not be easy...
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Release Date: Apr 6, 2005

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“ObsCure's really cool!”
8.0 – Worthplaying

“One of the most innovative horror games of 2005.”
7.6 – IGN

“The team drew inspiration from Resident Evil, Alone In The Dark, Project Zero, and, of course, Silent Hill. They also chipped in a whole slew of their own ideas.”
7.0 – Eurogamer

About This Game

For some time now, Leafmore High School has been the setting for unexplained disappearances. In this survival horror game, you take control of a group of 5 American students. With your friends, you try to unravel the mysterious happenings at this unremarkable-looking school. The night will be long and survival not will not be easy...

A few years ago, strange things started occurring in the usually quiet American school of Leafmore. Some students are said to have heard awful screams, and there is talk of mysterious disappearances.
After one of their friends mysteriously disappears, a group of students decide to investigate the disturbing events. One evening after class, they stay behind and are locked inside the school, determined to discover what is going on.
Down long, dimly-lit corridors and in dark classrooms, Shannon, Kenny, Ashley, Stan and Josh will try to find out why their school has become so terrifying - and will try to stay alive.

- Discover the game that has become a classic in the survival horror game genre.
- Every student in the group has a special ability.
- All kinds of weapons can be used: baseball bats, handguns, shotguns, and much more.
- Solve puzzles.
- Play alone or with a friend in co-op mode on the same screen.
- Soundtrack composed by award-winning composer Olivier Derivière.
- Compatible with the Xbox 360 controller.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium III 1 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible 3D card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Cooperative mode (2 players): gamepad required.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Seven
    • Processor: Pentium IV 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible 3D card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Cooperative mode (2 players): gamepad required.
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Ev3rNites
( 22.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Finished normal mode with over 100 pistol ammo, 70 shotgun ammo, 6 energy drink and 8 med kits left over. Plays hard, discovers old pistol isn't in the same place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ga1jlzaxIQ
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Wolfilla
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
Me and my girlfriend did a Let's Play Series of ObsCure, which you can find here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqMqN1JReno

Remember the old Resident Evil games? This is like a B-Movie version of those.

It's cheesy as all hell and the characters are annoying, the camera is awful and you will often get lost.

That said, its a pretty good time killer if you're after a quick game to finish over a weeked. Plus the Co-op mode is great fun.

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xXNineLivesXx
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
IV played them both on the PSP so its not a bad game but it is a tiny bit difrent on Xbox if you have played it on it. and it might even be diffrent on computer. such as small things like for starters if you play it on xbox you have a locked cabnet were a painting would be in order to get the fuses and on computer you just have the fuses laying on the floor. not sure if thats just the difficulty or a game thing. but id say its worth getting if your into old ps2 games.
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L ï ℓ ℓ ï х
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I play this game when i was so young
Its was to me like silent hill in somehow
I only like about it is characters and the music in the game
so i dont find this game bad but
too much doors closes and hard to find the keys lol
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terrablood1982
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Wasn't to my liking and was to hard to figure out
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Vq|.summersale.
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
-bad graphics
-resident evil ripoff
-bugs and glitches
-dumb story
-horrible voice cast
-bad camera
-bad combat
-bad enemies
-save points are to use a CD? WTF!
-bad AI
Another game getting the boot off my library
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Ozunu_Ninja
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Great Horror action adventure game from the ps2 era with old school silent hill camera type, a less known gem of the survival horror!

Pros:
-Overall a great story
-Rly nice teen horror scenario and location (school which u might think will be short well IT WONT!! :D)
-Length!
-Different endings ;)
-Way scarier then it looks and then I remember from my ps2 game xD
-Silent hill 1 camera mechanics (you may not like it but damn it is scarier)
-Has some secrets
-CO OP!
-Godlike soundtrack one of the best soundtracks ever! SUM 41 STILL WAITING <3 THIS GAME INTRODUCED ME TO ONE OF THE BEST BANDS EVER
-Unique chars with their own abilities
-Is actually really hard and even a bit harder if played in co op
-Special mode and unlockalbes ;)
-Puzzles
-Graphich are rly good for a ps2 era game and this is a nice port
Cons:
-To play this in widescreen u need to check guides how to play in widescreen if not u play in 4:3 screen
-Has few tiny sotry based flaws but its rly no big deal
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miniunnie
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I originally started with the sequel to this game, so I decided to check out this one. The beginning did creep me out and the title does live up to its name when comes to figuring out where to go next. Rarely did I get frustrated from the AI or how difficult the enemies were. It's well balanced and does add edge when it comes to saving and how much ammo you have.
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Predhawk
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Good Game
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Dug
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Obscure is like a B horror movie, with all it's downsides and advantages, only that it's a game.

The advantage a good B movie has is the ability to turn something really dumb and forced into an enjoyable experience. Obscure is doing this 100%, the plot isn't there to tell a story, the plot is there to force characters into situations where they must fight monsters. By the way, the characters are basic high-school teens and they have zero character outside the stereotypes you can see in any american show/movie whatever which features high school life. Hell, they don't even talk to each other outside the usual "WE WERE WORRYING ABOUT U GUYZ" or some ♥♥♥♥.
About the monsters, it's dumb, the concept of them being vulnerable to light is good, but the game has no explanation WHY ON EARTH ARE THEY VULNERABLE. Since the monsters (it's not a major spoiler, but it's a detail which isn't obvious, you decide) aren't "shadow" creatures, they are mutated persons for ♥♥♥♥'s sake. Why mutation causes them to hate light? Whatever .
So now that we have the grasp of what kinda feel Obscure has when you think about it, we can move on to how it feels when you don't. Just like a B movie should feel, you can laugh on the logic bumps and "weird" execution or cringe on them. Mainly I was laughing, the whole game just screams "don't take me seriously pls".

Outside of that the gameplay was actually fine. The fighting could be a little bit more complicated, outside of the final boss you're just lighting and shooting at random creatures. The best mechanic is that the game has perma death, if one of the five characters die it's not game over, the character just dies, no coming back, it adds to the feel that people usually DIE in horror themed stuff. There's also a part where you can basically kill one of your teammates by being an inattentive prick like me, that was super cool, I felt bad after that.
Also, you can combine items. Maybe back then it was a huge thing (I don't think so) that you can combine items, but I feel like that's not a big deal, not that big at least as people emphasize that. Your options are limited as hell, no reason to pee your knickers just because you can tape a flashlight to a handgun or a shotgun. You can also play co-op, but I didn't really care about that, I like my horror alone. But if you want to pop a beer and laugh while you're participating in some B horror action then Obscure is probably one of the best games for that.

I shouldn't like this, but I had fun while playing so I don't care.
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Recommended
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Finished normal mode with over 100 pistol ammo, 70 shotgun ammo, 6 energy drink and 8 med kits left over. Plays hard, discovers old pistol isn't in the same place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ga1jlzaxIQ
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Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Me and my girlfriend did a Let's Play Series of ObsCure, which you can find here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqMqN1JReno

Remember the old Resident Evil games? This is like a B-Movie version of those.

It's cheesy as all hell and the characters are annoying, the camera is awful and you will often get lost.

That said, its a pretty good time killer if you're after a quick game to finish over a weeked. Plus the Co-op mode is great fun.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I play this game when i was so young
Its was to me like silent hill in somehow
I only like about it is characters and the music in the game
so i dont find this game bad but
too much doors closes and hard to find the keys lol
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
IV played them both on the PSP so its not a bad game but it is a tiny bit difrent on Xbox if you have played it on it. and it might even be diffrent on computer. such as small things like for starters if you play it on xbox you have a locked cabnet were a painting would be in order to get the fuses and on computer you just have the fuses laying on the floor. not sure if thats just the difficulty or a game thing. but id say its worth getting if your into old ps2 games.
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212 of 226 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
I played Obscure back on the PS2 at its original release and remember being pleasently surprised. This game utilises "fixed camera angles" like the classic Resident Evil and Silent Hill games but mixes it up with a cheesy high school teen slasher flick story, and combining gameplay from both franchises. This survival horror has alot of the classic elements you would expect; variety of actual puzzles, limited supplies, dark and tense atmosphere, unique monster designs and since this is a co-op experience, reliability on your partner.

Speaking of partners each different character you can play as, and switch to at any time, have their own special abilities - so it is advisable to use different characters in the appropriate situation, I think this adds depth to the gameplay.

The story is cheesy, not serious, but there is a charm to it. It also features my favourite "game fetish" storyline in which everything is normal at first, but slowly devulges into the horror you came to expect, and you have to fight and learn the mystery behind how this all happened.

The combat is basic, there is auto-lock, power attacks and standard attacks, but that's all this game needs I feel. The good thing is that the controls are easy to learn and complexity is not needed here.

Unfortunately, for me, the music is quickly forgettable so don't expect some Akira Yamaoka level of quality here. That being said, what I hear fits what is happening, just that it isn't something you would listen to casually.

I recommend this game to fans of the classic RE and SH games, and looking for their fix on survival horror with some original concepts to it. However, this game was originially released back in 2005, so expect some outdated mechanics compared to modern horror.

Also, this PC port is a re-release of an older port but adds native widescreen support and full controller support, among general optimisations to work on modern Windows systems. The only bummer is that there is still no mouse support. I should also mention the game does indeed run at 60fps.
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84 of 89 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
I remember playing this years back on PS2 and PC.

If you like survival horror games, you will like this one.

This reminds of those high school horror movies played out at as a 3rd person survival horror game.

The gameplay, action, suspense and camera movement is much like what you would find in games like Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Silent Hill and Cold Fear, except in this game you play as several high school students, Stan, Kenny, Ashley, Shannon and Josh, that you can switch over to at any time and you will need to for teamwork to pass certain obstacles. The game feels good in that way because it brings extra life to the game rather than thinking you are playing as a lonely character. Each character has a special ability which will make progressing through the game easier if you don't let them get killed.

Stan by far is the best character. His personality is just too carefree and cool. :P

But if you want to have real fun, invite a friend over and grab an extra controller for 2 player Co-op playing out the story of the game. It is a lot of fun! You can even share items and weapons, passing them to each other when needed.

A couple of downsides are that the game hasn't been updated to support wide screen monitors, so you will have a 4:3 aspect ratio unless you lower the res to 1600x1200, 1280x1024, 1152x864 or lower to get a full screen without side borders. Also, use of a controller is highly recommended as the game really wasn't optimized for mouse and keyboard.

Obscure is a great game though and yet another surprise to appear on Steam. :)
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84 of 89 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I first got my hands on Obscure back in 2004, on PS2. Was quite surprised to see it on Steam. It's one of the games which reserved a spot in my memory. I remember having a lot of fun playing it, and i got the same pleasure replaying it after 10 years.

Obscure is an old-school horror survival game which manages to entertain by offering a cheesy story, influenced by the Robert Rodriguez's "The Faculty" movie. It uses the music from the movie and even contains a character based on it. Even though i heavily disliked the movie, Obscure succeeded in offering me a whole different perspective.

You have 5 students trying to escape their school, from an entire horde of monsters created by their Principal who was experimenting on students. You can choose to play for any of them, and at any time a second player can join the game for any other character, which doesn't force you to start a new game if you want to play local co-op with a friend. Each one of them has a different special ability like running faster, better healing, or picking locks skills. I loved especially the method of saving the game. You do it using a CD which you need to find in-game, and i consider it to be an important aspect in a survival game, so that one won't be able to save every 2 minutes since the amount of CD's you can find is limited. The outstanding soundtrack composed by Olivier Derivière, in this particular environment, creates a even creepier atmosphere. There are few types of monsters, and also limited types of weapons, but what makes it better is that except weapons there is something else that hurts monsters - light. So when you are in a room with windows, and got yourself cornered - you can always break some windows and let them know who the boss is, as for the rooms with no windows - one can combine any firearm with a flashlight. I didn't notice for the light of the flashlight to inflict any damage, but at least it keeps the monster at distance for a short period of time.

There are also some cons of course, but none which caused me any inconvenience. You can choose a resolution up to 1920x1080 but the game does not support widescreen so you'll just get a 4:3 aspect with black borders on the right and left side. Playing it with keyboard & mouse is possible, but not entirely comfortably. At least i couldn't do it, so i just used a Xbox 360 controller which worked just great. Graphics are not the best, but also not awful, especially for a 10 years old game. I enjoyed Obscure very much, and would recommend it to anyone who likes old school survival games. Looking forward to play the second game. Hope i'll enjoy it as much as the first. Cheers ;)

* NOTE > The game also includes all the Deluxe Edition content: Soundtrack, Artwork, Screenshots, Sketches...
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48 of 52 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
If you only plan on playing, say, ten or less Resident Evil and Silent Hill-styled third-person "survival horror" games in the course of your brief and precious time on this planet, you probably shouldn't make this one of them...in fact, the best of the aforementioned franchises as well as that of the Dead Space universe should keep you more than rewardingly occupied. If however, like my unfortunate self, you are incurably addicted to games which remind you of that first-ever magical experience of playing the original Resident Evil on the Playstation 1, and have been seeking to recreate the unprecedented terror and freshness of that experience ever since, then you could do much, much worse than this particular game, 'cause for better or for worse, it's still one of the better Resident Evil rip-offs around.

Obscure certainly owes an extraordinary amount to the first two Residents. The high school it's set in looks a little uncannily like a spooky mansion at times, and heck, there's even a large emphasis on sinister plants and underground labs and what-not. Add the flashlights from the Silent Hill games, and the monsters-who-are-adversely-affected-by-the-light elements from Alone In The Dark: A New Nightmare (another oldie, but goodie), and you pretty much have this game. But really, if you're the kind of person I described at the end of the last paragraph, this ain't exactly gonna be something you'll complain about, right?

I somehow never got around to this one when it was on the Playstation 2 - the high school setting somehow didn't inspire me at the time - but I'm glad to say I was wrong to abstain for so long. Not "classic" exactly...but certainly respectable enough to be a must-play for the likes of yours truly. Sure, it's nothing to write home about (unless your mother is also a fan of such games), but also not something for the horror-faithful to pass up, especially on sale. I personally bought it at full price, and even then didn't feel ripped-off. It's about the length it should be (i.e. mercifully shorter than the otherwise superior Dead Spaces), about as difficult as it should be (i.e. not overly so, with the possible exception of a slightly questionable save system and a truly ♥♥♥♥♥♥ final boss fight), has all the expected weapons (well, for an AMERICAN high school campus, anyway), and an actually pretty darn excellent soundtrack (which comes free in a separate folder with the game). Hell, the AI for the single-player version (wherein you babysit a fellow high-schooler/"partner", who you can switch to at any time) isn't even that bad, as these things go...sure the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s get in the way occasionally, but only about 20% of the time, which is pretty acceptable all things considered.

In short, not too shabby at all. Not terribly scary for a game of this type, with a story as poorly-constructed and real-world illogical as you would expect, and the characters make those in Friday the 13th movies look positively layered by comparison (the distinct "special skills" of the characters is certainly a nice touch, but do we honestly need the guy who runs slightly faster than everyone else, or the guy who picks locks slightly faster than everyone else?)...but lower your expectations suitably, and you just might be pleasantly surprised. I certainly was, and look forward to playing the sequel.

Verdict: 8.5/10.
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45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
I used to play this all the time with my brother on the original Xbox back when it first released, and I won't lie, I bought this game purely for nostalgic reasons.

The game's plot is pretty weak overall, basically A group of high school students stay behind after school just to find that the whole place is full of these creepy monster things after dark. There's more to it than that, but that's the basic gist of things. Each of the high school students have their own special abilities, ranging from stronger attacks, the ability to sprint, and instant lock picking certain doors and lockers. If during the game you get one of the high school students killed, then they shall remain dead throughout the course of the game and the ending will change accordingly.

Combat is a little sluggish, you'll often find yourself mashing the attack/shoot button in the direction of your enemy until they fall down. There's not a whole lot of depth to it, but some enemies will require a little pre-thinking strategy before going against. Ammo is also scarce, so you can't use your guns on everything you see either. The weapon management in this game is very simple, yet effective. For example, shining your flashlight on a monster will weaken it, and if you manage to find some tape, you can tape your flashlight onto a gun so you can use them at the same time. You can get better flashlights than others so you have to be careful on what you want to use your tape on. Nothing ground breaking, but a nice touch of item management none the less. You can also find healing items that will restore lost health. Again, healing items are scarce, so don't go tanking too many hits with the same character. The game does have simple puzzles, but nothing that you need to spend too long thinking about.

Where this game really shines though, is in the coop mode. Sadly it's only local coop, but nearly the whole game can be played with a friend (besides the tutorial at the start). Item management between players is very self explanatory, and everything can be shared between players. The camera is shared between the players, meaning no split screen and it'll only focus one player. However you can alternate who you want the camera to follow at any time, and a lot of the camera angles complement the idea of two players so it isn't that much of an issue.

All in all, this game is pretty much a lower quality version of the older resident evil games. It's not very scary, the combat is okay at best and the game isn't too long either. However the coop aspect in my opinion makes all of it worth it, so if you have a friend you can play this with, then buy away!

If you're interested in looking at the game, my friend and I have just started a let's play of this steam version on our channel. I'll just leave a link here in case you want to check it out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99zsewBeVX4&list=UUP3JZEwTaJQzm0CyXKjDeYA
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2015
Well, first off I want to state that I played Obscure only in local-coop (there is actual NO online co-op) and will review the game as such. And I have to say that Obscure is one of the best co-op experiences I've ever had. The nature of the game makes playing together necessary or rather playing "solo" impossible.

But let's start at the beginning and look at the different parts of the game:
- The story: It is interesting enough to pay attention but don't expect too much from a survival horror game. The premise is that your friend Kenny vanished on the school grounds so his friends decide to stay after school and to search for him.

- The gameplay: You have 4 or 5 characters you can choose from each with their own hitpoints (so you can change at the actual meeting place if one is hurt too much) and their own little special ability. For example Josh can tell if there is still something in the room for you to pick up which is actually helpful. Also the characters can die and you can keep playing the game till all of them are dead.
The camera angles are "dynamically fixed" (comparable to Resident Evil: Code Veronica X if you know that game) which means you will see the area always from the same direction but it will move with you to a certain degree. Also the camera is fixed on player one. This means in co-op the second player can go off screen and die there pretty easily. So you need to stay together. Other than that you have the Resident Evil room like system meaning that most time ennemies will not follow you in another room (there are small exceptions).
The ammonition is scarce (on normal there is more than enough). The same goes for the healing items and the discs needed to save (yes you can save everywhere as long as you have the disc item but each save will waste one of them). There are also melee weapons which help to save ammo on different ennemies.
The fighting itself is normal but has an interesting additional mechanic: the use of light. You can use your flashlight to make the ennemies "weaker" as they have some kind of creep protecting them which is sensitive to light. But while you use the flashlight power mode you can't shoot so you have to make a decision which gives a tiny little small amount of tactics. Other than that you have different type of weapons and ammo.

- The soundtrack: It creates the necessary atmosphere for the game and I liked it a lot. A small grain of salt for players who owned the PS version. The intro song has been changed. You can look up the old intro and the song was definetely better but the license expired. It is not the end of the world.

- Replayability: After completing the game there is a hard mode and you get alternate costumes. And the hard mode in this one is actually really hard. Ammo is divided by atleast two, some weapons are obtained only later on, discs are halved as well and healing items are cut to a fourth I had the feeling and yes, monster do make more damage. With the AI this mode can probably end pretty bad. Also completing the Hard mode is necessary for you achievement completionists. With a good partner you can get all achievements in around 10 hours.

Well I don't know what to say more. If you like survival horror games like Resident Evil 1 - Code Veronica X and you are searching for really good local co-op experience then you should definetely get this one (although some may think it is a bit expensive for its age, I got it for the full price and did not regret the purchase).

PS: If you have questions just ask. I'll try to answer them as fast as possible.
PPS: It's a shame that I never got the chance to play Resident Evil Outbreak Multiplayer Mode (or even the single player mode since it didn't sound as much as fun as playing with others).
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