Two years ago, a group of young teenagers found themselves trapped inside their school. They suffered through the longest night of their lives, chased by abominable creatures created by their principal. Some of them survived that terrible night, while others perished.
User reviews: Very Positive (72 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 25, 2008

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“It offers an enjoyable distraction, some smartly designed puzzles and an engaging two-player co-op mode.”
7.5/10 – IGN

“This game offers quality entertainment!”
7.0/10 – Cheat Code Central

About This Game

Two years ago, a group of young teenagers found themselves trapped inside their school. They suffered through the longest night of their lives, chased by abominable creatures created by their principal. Some of them survived that terrible night, while others perished. Now, the survivors have picked up the pieces of their lives and gone to college.

But all is not right at Fallcreek University: strange flowers suddenly appear everywhere on the campus, flowers that contain a dangerous substance that induces strange but vivid dreams. A handful of students learn that the flowers are far more dangerous than they seem. When the seeds finally sprout, nightmare suddenly turns into horrifying reality...

- The sequel to ObsCure, the game that has become a classic in the survival horror genre.
- Adventure and action with a teen horror-movie scenario.
- 6 charismatic characters with unique skills.
- Co-op mode: a second player can join the game at any time.
- Find clues and solve puzzles.
- A wide range of weapons... and terrifying monsters.
- Stunning soundtrack composed by Olivier Derivière and performed by the Boston Symphonic Orchestra and the Paris Opera Children's Choir.
- Compatible with the Xbox 360 controller.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium III 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible 3D card with 64 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Co-op play with 2 players requires a controller
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Pentium IV 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible 3D card with 128 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Co-op play with 2 players requires a controller
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Obscure 2 is a lot like the first, it's still a good game, very b-horror and uses all the horror movie cliches that you would come to expect, cheesy story but enjoyable, sterotyped characters will make you laugh. Gameplay was good but if you didn't like Obscure then you're probably not going to like this one. Combat system was okay, no big changes from the first game, i found melee weapons a little hard to use on some enemies which was not good when i was trying to conserve ammo, the puzzles were interesting and more challenging than the first game. Graphics are okay but no real improvement over the previous game. Level design was pretty cool and the soundtrack was awesome. If you buy this expecting a scary horror game you'll be disapointed, if you want a funny b-horror game than get this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
It's hard to decide where to start with this one. But I'll start by saying that Obscure: The Aftermath was one hell of a good game and deserves a lot more than the 59 rating it received on Metacritic. This is truly a unique game that has never really been done before. A mix of Resident Evil and Silent Hill with a combat system that isn't ♥♥♥ (Not saying RE and SH's combat systems are ♥♥♥ but it's not fluid and it's just tricky mostly, coming from a huge fan of both series'. Obscure gives you a mix of a good combat system that's fluid and like a classic survival horror having to stop to reload or swing your melee weapon and pretty good co-op gameplay, one of the only true survival horror games that has co-op and it was indeed creepy, co-op doesn't make a game less scary.

Pros:
+Good looking for it's age, not super dated.
+Great co-op and gameplay mechanics/puzzles, not too hard, not too simple.
+Intriguing story that you'll want to know more about and hope for a third game, likable characters although they are pretty cliche. Stoner, techie, vixen, jock, comedian and goth.
+Nice control scheme, X360 controller support with button prompts and vibration.
+Practicle Achievements.
+Mostly bug free and stable.
+Creature designs.
+Fun boss fights.
+Just the perfect difficulty.

Cons:
-Voice acting is hit and miss.
-Pre-rendered cutscenes are pretty badly lip synced at times or are in general not very good looking and often times in-game cutscenes are better.
-No widescreen support at all, resolution options are there but the game is letterboxed at 4:3 with side borders.
-Camera can sometimes be weird, though in co-op each player can focus the camera on themselves hitting the right trigger in case they get stuck on a creature or need to have each player in a different location.
-Some bosses can continuously hit you if you get smacked into the perfect position and some boss fights have un-dodgeable moves, no warm-up animations or signs they'll be using their OP move that can't be dodged but most boss fights aren't super difficult.

Other Thoughts:
Now I know you must be thinking: "Wow, that's a lot of cons...sounds like a pain in the ♥♥♥..." well the positives outweigh the cons by a huge margin and honestly the camera isn't that bad and the lip-syncing/hit and miss VA work is understandable for a French indie developer title that released on multiple platforms in 2007, honestly the most annoying aspect of this game is the lack of widescreen support that was available on the PSP version which I had but didn't get the chance to play.

I'd highly recommend this game, specially for someone who just wants a creepy game in general with a good story or someone looking for GOOD scary co-op fun. That game is pretty short but felt almost perfect in length for me and you may need to play it twice to unlock all achievements, I missed one small key so I'll probably blow back through it again.

I did not play the original one all the way through, only the very beginning, but I will definitely pick it up when I feel like.
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158 of 201 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
I rented this game on ps2 once, it might have been the dumbest horror game I've ever played. So of course I had to buy it on steam.
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113 of 144 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
The Sequel to 'Never heard of it: give back the 90's edition' comes in at full force. I now know 47,000 different ways to say dude.

oh and it tells you to kill yourself before you've saved so 10/10

9/10 needs more Sum 41
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45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2014
Let me just start by saying this game is cheezy, like a bad horror movie, and as a lover of bad horror movies, I love it to death. I loved it on the PS2 when I was 15, and I love it now. That said, if you cannot stomach bad voice acting, this might not be for you. It ping pongs back and forth between being quite good and laughably awful, but when given a chance it has some very tense moments, and the port is, in my opinion, a very good one all things considered. There is the issue that the game is not in widescreen, but it also wasn't on my PS2 so I am not terribly concerned with it. More important to me was the controller support, which thank god was added. There are also some token achievements for those who like that sort of thing, so overall, I am impressed. Overall, if you like cheap horror or old school survival horror, download this little cheap game and have a few hours of fun with it.
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
Combine a storyline more loopy and incoherent than almost every Japanese anime ever made, a cumbersome real-time item-choosing system guaranteed to make you use those medkits even faster, a save system which ensures you'll have to waste countless minutes at a time getting back to the bit which killed you in the first place, the occasional obstructive "camera angle" almost deliberately designed to ♥♥♥♥ you six-ways-to-Sunday, and some of the ♥♥♥♥♥iest boss fights in all of video game history...and what do you have? Well, oddly enough, a mostly enjoyable and worthwhile gaming experience...but ONLY if you've already played several dozen other post-Resident Evil third-person "survival horror" games, and are so addicted to such curiosities that you'll endure almost any level of punishment in search of that next elusive "fix".

I recently played and wrote a review of the first Obscure in which I declared it a "pleasant surprise", or words to roughly that effect. Given that I had slightly higher expectations of this one in the wake of its more-than-serviceable predecessor, I wouldn't say that I'm "disappointed" so much as a little bewildered at just how nutty and, well, frankly "incompetent" this one so often is.

Don't get me wrong: There's a lot of REALLY GOOD IDEAS here. One improvement it arguably makes over the original are the very distinct "special abilities" which each character has, all of which you will at some point REQUIRE to make progress through the game (as opposed to the "vaguely-useful-but-mostly-inessential" abilities evidenced by most of the characters in Obscure 1). To this effect, most of the puzzle-solving in this game is actually quite clever (though asking the player to pick a tricky lock puzzle in the midst of the climactic boss fight while a monster clobbers you from the side was perhaps pushing the friendship a little)! And the learning curve applied to these virtual "mini-game-within-a-game"s is mostly realistic and achievable, even for a certifiable doofus such as I. The scenery is also frequently interesting and varied...perhaps a little TOO varied for realistic geography purposes, but never mind (just think of it like one of those epic sword-and-sorcery fantasy worlds where a blazingly hot desert and an icy wasteland are just a hop, skip and a jump away from each other...apparently suburban high schools and spooky, near-desolate islands inhabited by in-bred Texas Chainsaw rejects do much the same thing). It's also a game with lots of "personality", not least of all within the characters themselves...plenty of entertaining banter and carry-on whilst the gameplay continues unabated, giving it a convincingly "cinematic" feel and making you actually "care" a little more for the fate of said characters than your average paper cut-out video game personas (off the top of my head, the Walking Dead and Left 4 Dead games are about the only other horror titles so earnestly devoted to giving their protagonists more than two dimensions).

Look, it's pretty clear by now that I have a certain fondness for these games, even if this one in particular infuriated me almost to the point of electronic pulpification. Mostly I'm just relieved that there was never an Obscure 3, 'cause you know that I'd feel obliged to play it, and judging by the quality arc this series has evidenced thus far, it would probably be almost intolerably "bad". ALMOST. In the tradition of the best "trashy" horror films, let's just chalk this one up as a "guilty pleasure"...even if the "pleasure" parts only seem to come in spurts...

Verdict: 7.5/10.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
This is a crazy sequel for the original Obscure. As a fan of the first game, I disliked the first half of the story, but it gains so much on the second half that, for me, this game is as good as the original. The steam version runs fine, no bugs, decent controls, some little issues with the camera, but nothing too serious. If you like the first Obscure, get the second one. You will regret nothing.
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36 of 51 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
So far so good, I really enjoy it. I played alitte by myself and alittle bit with my brother. It is very fun so far except when I keep hitting by acident xD I shall change this review when I am finish with the game and most likey nake a review of it :D
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
Pretty good game, just like the first one. Less amount of weapons, which was something good, no longer having to toggle between 3 handguns or taping flashlights to all of them since you now carry one. Nice acting, decent story, hopefully someday another Obscure will appear.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
So I went and beat the first obscure game because I bought the obscure bundle. I loved every minute of it and wish it didn't end, it was a very good, B horror flick type of horror game. So then I went on to this one. This one has made definite improvements to the combat however this can be seen as a detriment as well. While the combat was improved the layout of the game is hindered and much more linear which to me is a bad thing. Story is actually worse than the first, but still in the B horror movie flick sort of way. Given how I was so used to the first obscures controls, camera angle, and combat, this game was difficult for me to get into. All that being said, I am still a fan of this series and I do believe the bundle in particular is worth the price for these games.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Just when you thought the events of Obscure was going to end but NOPE! The horror is back and it gets worse too! Just like Obscure, Obscure 2 (The Aftermath) is another classic gem/nostalgia game if you ever played this game on the PS2. I like the new environments and the new characters on this game but some of the characters from Obscure come back to Obscure 2 world and face the horrific nightmare again! Except this time your characters are College students. I love the plot of the game, the music of the game, and I absolutely love the atmosphere! I also love the music at the main menu of Obscure 2! But there's one thing that I didn't like about Obscure 2 which is its Camera angles/movements. If you move around or turn around a alot with a weapon out, the camera will go bonkers! But besides that con, this game is awesome! This game (hell buy Obscure 1 and Obscure 2) if you like playing survival horror games! I highly recommend it!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
where to start well the gameplays like your average ps1/2 era survival horror game but wit a twist. every one the the playable characters has a skill from brute power to logic and reasoning. unlike horror games of the era i dose not use the resident evil style Tank controls but rather the modern 3D control style. the game can be played with a Xbox control and the keys support custom controls to your liking there are no graphics options beyond resolution. the FMVs are full screen altho a bit blurry but the ingame graphics arnt bad for a 8 year old game the monsters are very silenthill/parasite eve esq. the weapons range from hockeysticks to shotguns and the puzzles are enough to keep you entertained. the game can be played in a local drop in style of CO-OP which can be hilarious. i played this with my wife and she spent moretime hitting me with the bat than the monsters. the music is nice again reminds me a lot of silenthill which is not a bad thing. so to sum up i recommend this game for survival horror fans and alike.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
silly music plays as college students smoke evil drugs created by a mad scientist, and hijinks ensue until they all get ♥♥♥♥♥, or murdered. leatherface from the texas chainsaw massacre has a moving cameo role.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
A sequel that follows in the steps of the first Obscure with a few different ideas,but that ultimately fails to solve the issues found in the previous game while introducing a few new ones.

Pros:

-improved graphics

-soundtrack is still good,and beautifully haunting at times

-characters are slightly more fleshed out and now actually have different skills needed to progress

-more variety in monster encounters

Cons:

-too coop reliant,the parner AI is often horrible,they can't keep their distance from monsters even if using ranged weapons,are slow to follow and sometimes get in the way during combat or exploration

-combat is still clunky and ankward,made worse by the fact that most enemies move faster now and by the bad partner AI,even simple fights can get aggravating and send you back to the previous checkpoint

-new save system (one time use fixed save points) leads to frustration,some save points are 10/15 mins apart (with cutscenes/minigames to do again if you or your brainless AI partner dies)

-dialogues and characters are even more cheesy than before,some lines are downright laughable

-skill minigames offer nothing new and some can get frustrating (like lockpicking,thankfully there's FAQs around if you get stuck)

-loot spawn systems (where items/ammo spawn only if the game thinks you don't have enough of a certain item type when you enter a place) can leave you stranded at the worst possible moment

Overall,as a single player experience,I found Obscure 2 to be lacking due to the uneven difficulty created by the checkpoint system,the bad AI and the clunky controls...if you want to see what Obscure was all about I'd say the first game offers a better experience overall.
You'd find some of the problems I've encountered might be lessened by having a coop partner take over the AI companion...if so I'd see this as a possible decent purchase when on sale,but no matter what Obscure 2 feels underwhelming overall.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
I'm glad after all those years this game still looking awesome and playable. I love it in my games collection.
Hope for Obscure 3 sometime :D
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
the name of the game suits it... in a good way at least. I think...
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
I'm thick and can't progress in this game! what can I say its very erm... challenging to the challenged :P
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6 of 18 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
This game is real.
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3 of 14 people (21%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
This game has no redeemable characters, glitches introduced into the PC port that can break any sort of progress and the first game's main draw has been compromised to make use of character specific puzzles.

But it's fine, I got a dose of serum.
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7 of 39 people (18%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
I would recommend the game itself but not here.
The entire thing is a plain stupid port for PC, thank you Bandai Namco games!
I see my mouse ingame which is a bug due to steam overlay, the same as in Dark Souls and
its also from the same company who did Dark Souls and they haven't fixed that bug in Dark Souls
so why should they fix it here? are the developners ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ for not seeing that or ignoring that problem? The game also laggs like hell for me on my high end system while Obscure I has better "widescreen support" and runs smoothly while Obscure 2 laggs, ♥♥♥♥ING LEGIT
It would be fine if I could just play with my controller but apprently the game only supports Xbox 360 controllers
GOOD ♥♥♥♥ING WORK ITS NOT LIKE THE GAME CAME OUT FOR PS2 AND SO ON AND DOING SUPPORT FOR THOSE CONTROLLERS IS NOT HARD AT ALL. Also I readed online that they announced widescreen feature, well, TOO BAD ITS NOT ♥♥♥♥ING WIDESCREEN...got black bars on the side, Im seeing my mouse ingame, the controllers dont get supported, just WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥? I feel extremely betrayed for my money, I mean this is just plain stupid, its not that hard to polish the game a little up. I mean the game itself is great and incredible, especially in coop but with all these "problems" I rather download the game per torrent now cause there I dont have this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. As long as they at least did not implement widescreen support, DO NOT BUY. If they did you might have some fun while always seeing your mouse ingame..or maybe you got a Xbox 360 controller after all but im not a fan of that.
To summarize that: Unplayable -> strong lag on high end system/obscure I runs fine and stuff like Metro2033 too, no widescreen, seeing my mouse ingame, no proper controller support
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