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  • Summary: Two years ago, at Leafmore High, a group of young teenagers were trapped inside their school and hunted by monsters that had been released by the maniac headmaster. Some of them survived that terrible night, while others perished. Now, the survivors have picked up their lives and joined college. But all is not right on Fallcreek University; strange black flowers have suddenly sprung up everywhere on the campus. While experimenting with these flowers in class, a dangerous substance is discovered that induces strange but vivid dreams. But a handful of students find out that there is more to the flowers than anyone could have expected; when the seeds finally germinate, a bad trip suddenly turns into a horrible reality... Features 6 charismatic characters with unique skills; unique coop mode: second player can join in at any time; highly detailed and rich 3D environment; find clues and solve various rddles and mysteries; and a vast variety of weapons and horrifying monsters. [Playlogic] Expand
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  1. The controls are much more manageable as they should be for PSP designed controls.
  2. 74
    This game is pretty cool to play, but got camera issues and a buggy control scheme. The story, setting and sphere are a lot better than before. This game got a lot of issues but also a lot of good points to play. A nice title, noting less and nothing more.
  3. Obscure: Aftermath for PSP has the same issues than the original game appeared on Playstation 2 some years ago. Hydravision didn´t fix the problems with the gameplay and with the camera. At least the visuals are so good for the system, with a great terror atmosphere. The cooperative experience with another player is funny and it works really good but playing with the computer affects the playability.
  4. The fact that Hydravision took the time to improve on a few things before porting it to the PSP is good. If you have a friend to play with, your gameplay experience will be even better...and funnier. Just don’t expect an AAA quality game...but it does the job.
  5. The final result is a watered down adaptation which doesn't bring anything new to the genre.
  6. 60
    The gameplay of Obscure: The Aftermath is fun to tackle with a friend, but the PSP version runs into some problems that its console predecessors didn't: it loads more awkwardly and can hurt the pacing of the experience. But at the same time, the PSP benefits from Ad-Hoc multiplayer, which allows both players to move around without screen constraints.
  7. It's hard to get sucked into a game when playing it on a three inch screen and even more difficult to be scared of a monster that's no bigger than your thumb. Obscure: The Aftermath doesn't do much to turn the tide in this regard, and if a survival borror game doesn’t give you chills, then what’s the point?

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  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. Expand
  2. Jul 17, 2011
    Thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Immersive, intelligent and with a gripping and involving storyline that makes you actually CARE about the characters
    and their fate. Not overwhelmingly scary on the whole, but I was completely hooked from start to finish and found myself wanting to play it more after it was done. Sadly however it seems to have quite little replay value.

    The multiplayer mode (2 player co-op) looks good though so I'll give that a blast soon!
  3. Dec 16, 2012
    This game is pretty fun, the only problem is that you have to play 1 or 2 hours to find a saving spot, otherwise, if you decide to stop playing, you will lose all your progress.

    Gameplay: 7/10 - Camera can be messy.
    Music: 8/10 - Good music, but the music usually doesn't fix into the terror places.
    Story: 7/10 - There's no reason for those places to have monsters, therefore, the story isn't that good.
    Grapichs: 9/10 - For a PSP game, this is amazing.
  4. Oct 21, 2014
    Since I'm stuck at a certain point in Silent Hill: Book of Memories on my Vita, I decided to turn to my beloved PSP once more to experience something fitting for the coming holiday, hence I picked up Obscure: The Aftermath. I have not played any other Obscure games in the past, only heard that it's pretty good for a PSP game. After playing it, I certainly agree.
    It's a game that feels very polished from the start. The introduction is magnificent, the plot is intriguing (though dull). Not to mention that the graphics look very nice for a PSP game, and it also boots a kick-ass soundtrack.
    The game follows a group of friends who are trying to survive an infestation, which turns their fellow classmates in to monsters. The story progression is very cliche, it's reminiscent of the classical horror movie formula that was famous throughout the 2001-2006 period. And it's very nice to experience something of that type again. I kind of miss those movies from time to time. They were not masterpieces, but they were fun to watch. This game is pretty much the same.
    Gameplay is solid, and most of all - fair. It's rare to see a horror game, especially an older one, that is this balanced. It almost always retains it's level of challenge without ever feeling cheap. Sure, at times it was the camera's fault that I lost 50% of my HP due to a hit I didn't see coming, but that's the price I pay for playing the game on the PSP I suppose.
    One thing to point out is that it's not particularly frightening. The fact that I had weapons 95% of the time kills the horror vibe and diminishes the survival aspect. I'd describe Obscure: The Aftermath as a creepy third person action game. And that doesn't mean it's something bad. Shooting is not as awkward as in Silent Hill, but the characters aren't expert gunmen either. This, along with some creepy camera angles and some very disturbing SFX and Monster Designs still keeps this game on the horror scope of things. Also, no jumpscares - something I am very glad about.
    Also, Kudos to the devs for having so much voice acting in the game. I've never expected an old-gen game, on the PSP no less, from a not-so famous developer, to have it's characters react to one another in certain situations. It makes the whole experience feel really cool - like the movies I mentioned above. The writing is really cheesy, but it goes with the overall flow, and honestly I think that was what they were aiming for. The voice acting is good for the most part, but at times the way the characters say their lines is very unfitting. For instance, during a boss fight, they talk to one another like they aren't even breaking a sweat, meanwhile I'm running and gunning all over the place. It's off-putting at times, but not that bad.
    There was one particular moment of this game that I hated - a sudden difficulty spike. A lot of people say it's gratifying after that, but it felt more like a cheap hit to me. I'm not going to spoil it, nor take away points for it.
    Overall, this game was very enjoyable. I didn't even expect it to be so gripping. It's a long, good game with fun and challenging gameplay, and it's perfectly fitting the season. It can be found quite cheaply nowadays and it's available on multiple platforms. I fully recommend you pick this game up - it's engaging and it's a perfectly mixed bag of goodies (some of them with hidden blades or poison, but not that big of a deal). If you can, get it on PC or a home console. Having the comfort of camera control is sure to give this game +1 on the score I'm giving. But even on the PSP, don't pass this one up - it's wroth it.