It's been awhile since the PlayStation 2
was graced with a decent survival horror title and Obscure II has come
to the rescue of gamers who wishes to be genuinely scared while playing
these creepy yet entertaining games of the genre. Obscure II is a true
sequel and is set two years after the first title where our heroes, now
at university discover that something is not quite right in the realm of
man. Majestically choreographed by CGI cutscenes and in game graphics,
Obscure II draws the gamer from the very first few minutes as you become
part of the survival horror genre.
Adventure and action in a teen
horror movie scenario
charismatic characters with unique
Unique co-op mode: second player can
join in at any time
Highly detailed and rich 3D
Find clues and solve various riddles
Vast variety of weapons and
Stunning soundtrack performed by the
Orchestra and the Paris Opera
Although the storyline is clichéd and does not offer the genre much in
enhancements, Obscure II makes a valiant attempt at filling the void of
survival horror games on the PlayStation with enough genuine scares to
give most gamers a healthy dose of scare tactics.
As you progress
through the title while your acquaintances are hunted down one at a
time and then it's up to your characters to solve a variety of puzzles and become
engaged with the enemies in the game that not only pays homage to games
such as Resident Evil but also contains a healthy dose of
action-adventure to keep you glued to your console.
The storyline of Obscure is broken into a variety of different chapters
where the player must successfully use the skills of their characters in
order to progress to the next area of the title. Needless to say, as you
solve these puzzles, you need to be aware of all the dangers and creepy
crawlies that wish to end your reign as hero. The beauty of Obscure II
is that the gamer must use all the characters available to them to
successfully complete the title as each have specific individual skills.
Fans of multiplayer games will be pleased to know that
supports two player co-op who can be summoned at any time in the game
which makes for some definitely satisfying gameplay. The only drawback
of the multiplayer option is that the title does not support any online
play which would have been amazingly brilliant, especially for the genre
of the title.
Graphically, Obscure II is a little dated when compared to other games
on the market at the moment which are still pushing the PlayStation 2's
graphical capabilities. The backgrounds of Obscure II are rather
detailed as are the characters but unfortunately there is something
lacking in the graphics but needless to say, it's still an impressive
looking title. Musically, Obscure II contains your standard survival
genre soundtrack and a variety of sometimes over the top voice acting
which ironically suits the storyline.
In conclusion, Obscure II is an apt game on the PlayStation
contains some sturdy gameplay, entertaining yet sometimes over the top
storyline and good old fashioned fun. As with the graphics, the control system is a little dated
but there is still enough life in this title to really make you
appreciate the experience and leave you wanting more quality made
survival horror titles on the PlayStation 2. Oh... and the title has a
RRP of $45.95!