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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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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ѷøłċåʼnøqůăķë
( 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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Sober Mans Secret
( 17.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Obscure is a fantastic survival horror. It's an old game but still holds it own against a lot of the games in the genre today. Well worth the money especially if you can find it on sale. Replay value is also fantastic with extra mode and special weapons unlocked after the first run through.

8/10
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HyruleChosenOne the cuck
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Today I have learned that some video games could have 30FPS cinematics and a 60FPS gameplay

Obscure is still an awesome game 10+ years later. I wish I still had some friends to play through it cooperatively though.
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Piazano
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
It's exactly like Silent Hill, except Silent Hill isn't on steam and the only one that is, sucks.
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soozi
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
i was really really enjoying this game - very old school (ie. resident evil) style - except for the f**king save game factor - you need to find discs to be able to save - got about 3/4 through the game without too many problems, but then had to repeat the same bits over and over again (a save disc wasn't where the walkthroughs said it would be at this point; and boy did i need one) - i don't have the time or the patience to keep doing the same actions in the hope that i'll make it through to find next disc - so ultimately i had to rage quit! sad, cause apart from the save game problem, it was enjoyable and creepy - hoping the 2nd obscure is better - most frustrating to spend so much time on a game only to find you have to give up due to such a frustrating save game problem - makes me appreciate the newer games much more !
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matthewjknight
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
this game. is AMAZING.
this game combines the controls of Resident Evil, the feel of Silent Hill, and the school setting and gore of Corpse Party. with ahead of its time innovative features like:
Co-op before Resident Evil 5
Combining almost any item
and the flashlight damage system before Alan Wake.

this game is so genuinly creepy and messed up, that it legitimatley makes the Resident Evil remake look like Neko Atsume by comparison.

if you are looking for a GREAT horror experience, with nostaligic B movie feel to it. look no further. as this is the only game that has been able to give 16 year old me legitimate nightmares
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Aqua seafoam shame
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
if u love 90s horror movies u will love this game :D
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Lizythia
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
I enjoyed both this and the second game. Same characters, the story is more or less similar as well as the gameplay.

If you liked the second game - Obscure: the aftermath, then you'd grow accustomed to this one nicely.
However, if you're not like me and haven't played the second one before the first one, I'd recommend watching gameplay videos on Youtube if the trailer and screenshots the Steam Store has isn't enough for you to make a decision.

Think Resident Evil mixed with Silent Hill but ...weaker quality.
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Saint Aaron
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
An underrated survival horror game from the ps2 era. It has good co-op, perma-death, and the ability to put flashlights on your guns. It doesn't hurt that it's inspired by my favorite movie of all time, The Faculty. It's a little cheesy in the plot department, but it has some seriously creepy enemies and enviroments.

Pros
local coop
Several jumpscares
Amazing story
Scarecity of ammo
5 characters to choose from
Each character has a slight ability to help
boss battle and ending
Spooky scenery
Weapon situations
Everyone can die

CONS
AI Partner is bad
No Online Co-Op
permadeath on characters,adds to the challenge
character sometimes doesn't aim where you want
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silcarott
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
Still a good local coop experience after all this year. Controls are a bit clumsy, but the setting works well an graphic can still be appreciated. Short game, you can have a couple good evenings with a friend with this game.
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Bloodniko
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
OBSCURE, SILENT HILL'DEN ESINLENMIS, ALAN WAKE'DE OBSCURE'DAN ESİNLENMİŞ OLABİLİR.
Gördüğünüz gibi 2 saat'de bitebilecek bir oyun. Sanırsam ilk ps2'de oynamıştım ve gerçekten hem eğlenmiş hemde gerilmiştim (bazı yerlerde) indirme girince obscure collection'ı alın ve hem ilk oyununu hemde ikinci oyununu oynayın derim.
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bernardrouhi
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
I found it hard to believing the story, i mean recording door's key pad and storing it on video tape? seriously? and also it's pretty normal having shotguns, laser gun, grenade and so many pistols and ammo in high school, but i do like the gameplay, character abilities and losing memebers idea, it's was something different in year 2005.
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GhostMMIV
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
first time I encountered this title was playstation 2 and I had bought it in a bundle. This title is a classic style survival horror game.Alot of modern gamers may not like it but it is a great title for those of us who enjoyed early survival horror games like the original resident evils 1-3,alone in the dark,so on so fourth. Game has alot going for it hardly anything against it...think of it like an interactive teen horror movie almost.
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RyderMic
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
Very fun horror game that had a vibe of older horror movies set in high school. It's not a fantastic game and the controls can be disgustingly bad at times but it is still a very charming game with lots of fun in there. If you like tank-ish horror games and you don't take things too seriously, you'll have lots of enjoyment with Obscure.
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Bred Griffin
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
An underrated survival horror game from the ps2 era. It has good co-op, perma-death, and the ability to put flashlights on your guns. It doesn't hurt that it's inspired by my favorite movie of all time, The Faculty. It's a little cheesy in the plot department, but it has some seriously creepy enemies and enviroments. My only complaint about this version is that the licenced music from the ps2 version is absent here. I mean who doesn't want to hear Sum 41 during the radical basketball cinematic?

8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
An underrated survival horror game from the ps2 era. It has good co-op, perma-death, and the ability to put flashlights on your guns. It doesn't hurt that it's inspired by my favorite movie of all time, The Faculty. It's a little cheesy in the plot department, but it has some seriously creepy enemies and enviroments.

Pros
local coop
Several jumpscares
Amazing story
Scarecity of ammo
5 characters to choose from
Each character has a slight ability to help
boss battle and ending
Spooky scenery
Weapon situations
Everyone can die

CONS
AI Partner is bad
No Online Co-Op
permadeath on characters,adds to the challenge
character sometimes doesn't aim where you want
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
if u love 90s horror movies u will love this game :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
this game. is AMAZING.
this game combines the controls of Resident Evil, the feel of Silent Hill, and the school setting and gore of Corpse Party. with ahead of its time innovative features like:
Co-op before Resident Evil 5
Combining almost any item
and the flashlight damage system before Alan Wake.

this game is so genuinly creepy and messed up, that it legitimatley makes the Resident Evil remake look like Neko Atsume by comparison.

if you are looking for a GREAT horror experience, with nostaligic B movie feel to it. look no further. as this is the only game that has been able to give 16 year old me legitimate nightmares
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Obscure is a fantastic survival horror. It's an old game but still holds it own against a lot of the games in the genre today. Well worth the money especially if you can find it on sale. Replay value is also fantastic with extra mode and special weapons unlocked after the first run through.

8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
first time I encountered this title was playstation 2 and I had bought it in a bundle. This title is a classic style survival horror game.Alot of modern gamers may not like it but it is a great title for those of us who enjoyed early survival horror games like the original resident evils 1-3,alone in the dark,so on so fourth. Game has alot going for it hardly anything against it...think of it like an interactive teen horror movie almost.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
I found it hard to believing the story, i mean recording door's key pad and storing it on video tape? seriously? and also it's pretty normal having shotguns, laser gun, grenade and so many pistols and ammo in high school, but i do like the gameplay, character abilities and losing memebers idea, it's was something different in year 2005.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Still a good local coop experience after all this year. Controls are a bit clumsy, but the setting works well an graphic can still be appreciated. Short game, you can have a couple good evenings with a friend with this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
I enjoyed both this and the second game. Same characters, the story is more or less similar as well as the gameplay.

If you liked the second game - Obscure: the aftermath, then you'd grow accustomed to this one nicely.
However, if you're not like me and haven't played the second one before the first one, I'd recommend watching gameplay videos on Youtube if the trailer and screenshots the Steam Store has isn't enough for you to make a decision.

Think Resident Evil mixed with Silent Hill but ...weaker quality.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
It's exactly like Silent Hill, except Silent Hill isn't on steam and the only one that is, sucks.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Today I have learned that some video games could have 30FPS cinematics and a 60FPS gameplay

Obscure is still an awesome game 10+ years later. I wish I still had some friends to play through it cooperatively though.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
OBSCURE, SILENT HILL'DEN ESINLENMIS, ALAN WAKE'DE OBSCURE'DAN ESİNLENMİŞ OLABİLİR.
Gördüğünüz gibi 2 saat'de bitebilecek bir oyun. Sanırsam ilk ps2'de oynamıştım ve gerçekten hem eğlenmiş hemde gerilmiştim (bazı yerlerde) indirme girince obscure collection'ı alın ve hem ilk oyununu hemde ikinci oyununu oynayın derim.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
Great coop game. There are many bugs, and the silent hill style camera angle is annoying (learn the key to switch player focus), but its still a great couch game to play with your SO.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
An underrated survival horror game from the ps2 era. It has good co-op, perma-death, and the ability to put flashlights on your guns. It doesn't hurt that it's inspired by my favorite movie of all time, The Faculty. It's a little cheesy in the plot department, but it has some seriously creepy enemies and enviroments. My only complaint about this version is that the licenced music from the ps2 version is absent here. I mean who doesn't want to hear Sum 41 during the radical basketball cinematic?

8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Very fun horror game that had a vibe of older horror movies set in high school. It's not a fantastic game and the controls can be disgustingly bad at times but it is still a very charming game with lots of fun in there. If you like tank-ish horror games and you don't take things too seriously, you'll have lots of enjoyment with Obscure.
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211 of 225 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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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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