Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. For a game that relies on teamwork and the use of light as a weapon, you can't go too wrong with a budget priced title that looks and sounds as good as this one even without the online component.
  2. It doesn’t stray too far off the survival horror beaten path, but Obscure is a great game that already has us thinking ’sleeper hit of the year’.
  3. It's a scream of a good time and even though it's not perfect, it manages to entertain almost every step of the way.
  4. 76
    The co-op mode is almost worth the price of admission alone, while the hidden bonuses you'll receive for beating the game add even more to its overall value. Just don't expect anything too enthralling when it comes to plot advancement or puzzle solving.
  5. There's no better fodder for the boneheaded premise of old-school RE... than the high school slasher flick, and ObsCure serves it up right. [May 2005, p.50]
  6. While the characters and story maybe a little cliché the game some how manages to pull off a creepy atmosphere.
  7. While we found Obscure to be a very reasonable addition to the genre, it has to be said that there isn’t really a great deal to get excited about.
  8. It's more of an upgrade than an evolution, but the American high school setting feels fresh and is very well put together, with smooth graphics, a nice balance of shooting and exploration and a story that, while very generic, just about holds your attention.
  9. It is the best survival horror title I’ve played, if not the scariest game. It is quite humorous to watch, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and what’s more allows for two player co-op play and much dying.
  10. It’s very much like a video game equivalent of the teen-horror genre - whilst it does make you jump in places, it won’t give you nightmares.
  11. The main problem is that there is nothing new to see. After a certain point, Obscure shows that there are two sides to maintaining interest in a successful horror game: the lack of early action must be balanced in other areas, and when the action starts it must not dull too soon.
  12. The fact that the characters are so annoying makes it quite enjoyable to see them meet their makers, but it's wise to protect them for as long as possible.
  13. Even genre fans may be annoyed by the slow pace, "2 hip 4 u dawg" dialogue, and overall feeling of survival horror déjà vu.
  14. 66
    The graphics are purty, the control is decent, the voice acting isn't half bad, and the story's even pretty good. And two player co-op, come on! What more do you people want?
  15. Judging by Obscure, a survival horror throwback best described as "Resident Evil" in a high school, French developer Hydravision is stuck in 1996.
  16. The puzzles were too easy, the combat too clunky, and the plot was a rehash of a generic B-grade movie.
  17. It doesn’t even have those pop-out-and-say-boo moments that the first two Resident Evil games were famous for. That, combined with clunky gameplay and lame monsters, make for one obscure game.
  18. A boring and almost totally uninspiring game. The initial premise and use of cinematic pace is nothing but a drunken flirtation with a situation that could have been, and its not long before you find yourself playing the gaming equivalent of being a milk monitor in a class for the lactose intolerant. During a mild thunderstorm.
  19. Many points where the puzzle design, level layout and management of the teens' special skills are just plain clumsy and almost unusable. [June 2005, p.127]
  20. If you are sceptical of games that feature co-operative multi-character play, you needn't worry too much; it's handled reasonably well.
  21. Fails to deliver chills and thrills. It relies heavily on a clunky interface and an outdated camera system, and ultimately doesn't stand up to the competition.
  22. 60
    Simply put, this isn't anywhere near as entertaining as any of the "Resident Evils" or "Silent Hills," but it's no "Blue Stinger," either.
  23. Would have felt dated even before "Resident Evil 4" redefined the genre, but now it seems downright antique. [June 2005, p.78]
  24. 55
    Aside from the dynamic object interaction and music, the graphics and gameplay made me feel like I was back in high school, playing Resident Evil 2 after doing my homework. But that was then, and this is now, and Obscure just doesn't make the grade.
  25. Horror muted by brevity and flat atmosphere... Imitating teen-horror movies is a novel idea, but duplicating their running time and feeble horror leaves the game wanting. [Nov 2004, p.106]
  26. It's a shame that the kids themselves are such a headache. Picture every cliché from every teen movie you've ever seen and it's here -- the nerd, the jock, the stoner -- and without the charm that many teen actors bring to the table.
  27. Maneuvering and combat are both very clumsy, and the whole game leaves you wondering about the choices the game designers made. [June 2005, p.95]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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. We need a third game@! Full Review »
  2. Nov 22, 2011
    Ever play a game thats gonna be memoriable and nostagic later? No? Well this is one of them. This has got to be the best game ive played besides its sequel. The sequel is AMAZING and the only reason ratings are bad from critics are that silent hill creators PAID THEM to rate it so low. This is a very great game, that im waiting patiently for the 3rd for PS3. Full Review »
  3. AdamSchulzkump
    Feb 21, 2008
    this game is very suspensful the horror game of the year for me it is actually pretty damn good it gave me and my friend a good fright. to the creator damn nice job and make another one everyone needs a good scare every now and then ...yours truly adam :):D:P;) Full Review »