Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Aftermath is better suited to players who are new to the survival-horror series and want better odds of finishing the game with minimizing the feeling of helplessness and dread.
  2. There are plenty of little flaws here and there that are quite visible, but it doesn’t completely erase the atmospheric appeal and general fun factor.
  3. 75
    A surprisingly good game for only about twenty bucks. It's generally worth it for some fun co-op, great atmosphere and really beautiful music. Despite its problems, I enjoyed the overall experience.
  4. Though not as convincing or polished as its peers, Obscure 2 is a decent survival horror with a bargain price. [Oct 2007, p.85]
  5. Nightmarish, gut-wrenching, and frustrating, but still a tempting prospect as long as you're not looking for the next "Resident Evil 4." [Aug 2007, p.78]
  6. A relatively short gaming experience, ObsCure II is nonetheless an enjoyable sequel to one of 2004's lesser known sleeper hits. Perhaps it pays a bit too much homage to the teen horror movies at times, but it does offer a surprisingly solid experience...while it lasts.
  7. The sequel to Obscure comes at us with some plausible scary environments and atmosphere but it is really not that much better than the first game.
  8. It's not perfect, but it does offer some solid entertainment value despite some flaws.
  9. It doesn’t have the quality of other survival horrors, including the original game, mostly because of its average visuals and clumsy gameplay. [Dec 2007]
  10. Shame the fighting's bum - collision detection is terrible, there's no sense of impact and shooting feels weedy. But we love the setting and the environments look lovely, with some nice lighting effects. [Oct 2007, p.84]
  11. Obscure II also deserves credit for the slick way it handles co-op play - a feature that's still completely unique and exclusive to this series...But if you're only after the cream of the crop, then be aware that this isn't likely to be one for your Most Wanted list.
  12. It's no Resident Evil, and if you're new to the genre then really that's the place to start, but ObsCure II does provide a few scares and there are far worse ways to spend a few hours on a dark, lonely night.
  13. It's still spooky and largely enjoyable but it you're going to play it, do so alone. [Oct 2007, p.109]
  14. If you're a survival-horror fan, you could do worse than to try following a teenage romance story while battling mutated creatures generated from genetically unstable hallucinogenic pollen that multiply through an infection that spreads like an STD all set to the awesome sounds of the Boston string orchestra and Children's Choir.
  15. The second-rate technical department harmed the vision of its creators, with flawed combat and a sense of involvement that rarely succeeds.
  16. Meh. The single player is better than the 2 player. Unimpressed, but not running away in horror either.
  17. 50
    Silent Hill is consistently creepy, Resident Evil is absolutely action packed, while Obscure is undeniably unsure of itself.
  18. Conversely, the dull sense of minor accomplishment upon completing the game isn't terribly satisfying. [Apr 2008, p.82]
  19. Even though it is supposed to appeal to die hard survival horror fans, most will find this game not only steals the best of their favorite games, but does it badly.
  20. All together, Obscure: The Aftermath is a pretty bland survival horror experience.
  21. 41
    It's as if Hydravision made a list of all that's tiresome about this genre then carefully made sure not one item on the list was left out of this game. Then added co-op to apologise for it. [Issue#157, p.91]
  22. Ugly, last-gen visuals further dampen the fear factor. Muddy textures and low poly counts cause scenery and monsters to blend together into a murky mess.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 14, 2012
    Best game series EVER. Instead of surviving the horrors of zombies and monsters as typical police or war veterans, you play as un experienced students who need to survive the horrors of Fallcreak. Great story, great graphics and great fun factor. Highly recommend it. Full Review »
  2. Nov 21, 2011
    I give this my highest recommendation if you love resident evil and silent hill! This game is one of the coolest ive seen, and sadly there has not been a third announced. I would love to see this game. This game got underated by IGN and other joke ratings, well, so far all i see is good good good! Sure, the voice acting is horrible, but its a GREAT game. Full Review »
  3. Apr 21, 2011
    Not a scary game, though it wants to be. The story here is pretty dumb and gives you the feel of playing a brainless teen horror movie, where a group of attractive young people get offed by whatever flavor of the month boogieman they've mustered (terribly written/acted dialogue). This time out it's pretty much Resident Evil with plant monsters. At first you may be slightly creeped out, but that will quickly change to just frustration.

    Enemy variety is limited but not terrible, the atmosphere is dark and dreary with plenty to look at. The Puzzles in the game are great, they seem rather intuitive but clever with no real help from the game. The real way this game shines is the fact that it can be played co-operatively. And I would suggest it because it becomes a much better experience that way. It can be hard to get used to the idea of 2 people on one screen and the camera is less than forgiving and will be the cause of a lot of your deaths but it's the only survival horror game I can think of that offers this mode and that sort of puts it in a league of its own.

    It is for that reason that I can recommend this game. It's not great, or polished and it WILL be frustrating but it's fun for you and a friend.
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