Today I bring you a review of one of the most iconic games remembered by all those fans of the PlayStation 2: “Obscure”. A German horror and adventure video game that was released on June 17, 2004. A solo and/or cooperative video game that was developed by Mighty Rocket Studio and distributed by DreamCatcher Interactive for Play Station 2, X-Box and PC.
With an age rating of 16+, Obscure is a survival horror video game with a complex story surrounding it. Without a doubt, what I have enjoyed the most. There is a whole plot that unfolds as you progress through the game, where you have to gradually discover what is happening and why. The main sequel of the story revolves around 5 high school students, who are trapped there after the disappearance of one of them. He is one of the hundreds of students who have disappeared on the campus, for no apparent reason.
As you progress through the game you discover that there are some terrifying creatures that you have to fight against to find the missing boy and to discover the reason for these monsters, who are actually students. And it is that these students have been used as guinea pigs by the director, who has spent years trying to discover how to live forever. In their failed attempts, the students were deformed and ended up in the basements turned into truly terrifying beings.
In this way, the mission in the game consists of surviving this type of creatures until finding the lost student and reaching the end alive. A game of approximately 5 hours that you will undoubtedly enjoy until the final minute, because the tension to survive is very latent and the curiosity to discover what is happening is present all the time. The creatures are really terrifying and scares are guaranteed.
To do this, the gameplay can be for one or two players, but in any case, two characters are always looking for and capturing this story. Whatever the mode, you as a player must walk around the institute in search of the missing friend and in search of information that explains what is happening. This game it’s a story that you’re a part of.
While we must highlight the complex and detailed story that the creator has developed full of minute details, we must also allude to the soundtrack that accompanies it. Without her, the tension and fear would not be perceived in the same way. That is why it is something that I consider very important and that I have undoubtedly enjoyed. And it is that this soundtrack is made up of some choral songs recited by children. Something creepy and key to generate terror.
However, if I have to comment on something that I didn’t enjoy very much during my game session, it was the graphics, since it is a game from 2004, and despite the fact that, for having been developed at that time, it is very well developed, I don’t know they can perceive the details of the creatures in the best possible way. These are a bit blurry and lack creativity.
Similarly, I find that not all character skills are useful. Of the 4 characters you can choose from, in my opinion, only one of them can provide enough help: Josh, whose ability is to tell if there is something left to take in a room (be it bullets, guns, flashlights or medkits). The rest are useless. For example, the character of Shannon, who only repeats to you over and over again what you should do, but to which she does not provide any clues or evidence. Or Ashley, who, in theory, has the ability to force, but in practice it is almost imperceptible.
In conclusion, it is a game that I recommend to those who love fear, but who, on the other hand, do not enjoy this genre, is not very advisable, since heart attacks are guaranteed.
Basic info: Publisher: Olivier Derivière | Developer: Mighty Rocket Studio | Platforms: Play Station 2, X-Box and PC | Release Date: June 17, 2004 | Genres: Survival horror, adventure | PEG: 16+
Pictures: Screenshots taken from the video game in my PC.
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