Obscure II

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ObsCure II
ObsCureII cover.jpg
Developer(s) Hydravision Entertainment
Publisher(s)
Composer(s) Olivier Deriviere
Series ObsCure
Engine RenderWare
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
Wii
PlayStation Portable
Release Windows, PlayStation 2 & Wii
  • EU: September 7, 2007
  • NA: March 25, 2008
  • AU: June 12, 2008 (PC, PS2)
  • EU: August 28, 2008 (Wii)
PlayStation Portable
  • NA: September 30, 2009 (PSP Store)
  • EU: October 9, 2009
  • NA: October 13, 2009
  • AU: October 22, 2009
Genre(s) Survival horror
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer, Co-op

ObsCure II (known in North America as ObsCure: The Aftermath) is a survival horror video game developed by Hydravision Entertainment and published by Playlogic in PAL regions and Ignition in North America for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and Wii. It is the sequel to the 2004 video game ObsCure. A PlayStation Portable version was released in 2009.[1] The game was later released on Steam in 2014.

Storyline[edit]

The story is set two years after the "Leafmore Incident" (The events of ObsCure), Shannon and Kenny are now enrolled in the nearby Fallcreek University, while Stan is reforming his life as a Delivery Truck Driver. Stan and Kenny have to take medication to prevent the effects of the plant from infecting their bodies, while Shannon has been able to adapt to the changes.

As the story begins, a new drug created from a strange flower is quickly spreading its influence over the University's populace. Soon enough, a small group of students along with the Leafmore High survivors have to face a horde of mutants and try to stay alive.

The spores spread through the whole city and later the whole country. The outbreak start in a fraternity party of the ΔΘГ brotherhood. Amy and Kenny are the first one to arrive, only to find it infected when they get inside. The students then meet a scientist, Richard James, who is the biology teacher of the university, and aids the player several times. After a time the group is joined by Corey and Mei and try to escape.

Once outside, Sven, who just got, is almost runover by a someone driving Corey's car. Corey and Amy chase the car thieft into the woods. Menwhile, Mei, who gets a call from her twin sister Jun, goes with Sven to rescue her, but fails when Jun is killed by a monster.

The duo finds Corey's car and its owner gets angry and, along with Amy, kills the now mutated thief, they keep walking and notice a disfigured man, they fight some new monsters (Harpies) and walk through the forest to end up in the "Fallcreek University Hospital", where they find Shannon and her brother Kenny, who is badly ill due to sniffing the drug made by the black spore flower. He can't find his medicine and turns into a monster.

Then the whole group reunites in the hospital's east ground floor, where they make a chemical dynamite to destroy a wall and get to the parking lot. Sven and Corey help everyone to get into a warehouse, but they are surpised by a monstrous Kenny who throws Corey into a pole and kills Mei, thus distressing Corey. Stan, having responded to Kenny's call, before mutating, meets with the surviving group and drives them away, until he crashes off and falls into a Dam. Shannon and Stan explore the Dam and the whole group reunites to find Amy in a corner of the a room.

After they got there to rescue Amy, they find that it was Kenny's faul and he implie that he rape her. The group escapes, but Corey and Shannon stay and defeat him by making him fall into a pit with a giant metal thing falling off him.

As the game progresses, Stanley and Shannon get closer. While they find a place to take refuge, Amy and Sven explore and are ambushed by a man with a disfigured face carrying a chainsaw. The disfigured man fights Sven while Amy escapes.

When they find Sven impaled on a meat hook by the disfigured man at an abandoned house, Stan and Shannon chase after the disfigured man, leading to the ruins of the school from the first game, to find a tree with huge moving branches. The huge tree was actually the mutated remains of Leonard Friedman (from ObsCure) and the disfigured man is his son, Jedidiah. Friedman had injected himself with a strain of virus that mutated him and was passed on to Jedidiah. Stan and Corey kill the Friedman tree, while Corey finishes off Jedidiah, avenging Sven's death.

When the pair return, they find Richard James and an ambulance carrying a pregnant Amy. Stan and Corey find out that the fraternity, Delta Theta Gamma, is a Skull&Bones-like organization, a want to experiment with the offspring of Kenny. The ambulances take Stan, Shannon, Amy, and Corey away, but they crash at a bridge after going through a cloud of spores. Stan and Shannon try to find out where Richard's new pick up point is, to try and reach it, while Corey goes to rescue Amy.

Corey arrives first and sees Richard James taking off with Amy in a helicopter. But the ride it's stopped by a yet living and more powerful Monster Kenny, Corey decides to fight Kenny, but the fight doesn't last enough as Kenny infects Corey.

When Shannon and Stan reach the new destination point, they see Corey, just being infected prior the entry of Stan and Shannon, in his knees having a dialogue where he states that Mei was the only one he belong to, and commits suicide. Stan and Shannon kill Kenny by crushing him with a huge platform of lights over the football pitch.

As Kenny lies dying under the platform, he pleads to Shannon to take care of his child. Shannon swears that she will not let it live. The helicopter containing Amy and Richard fills up with a cloud of spores, and the helicopter explodes. Stan asks Shannon what to do next. She replies that she will continue and cut all family ties.

Characters[edit]

  • Shannon Matthews
Born in the City of Fallcreek (voiced by E. Renee Thomas) - Kenny's younger sister. Her experiences have left her with a much darker personality. Due to the experiments done to her by Friedman she has the ability to control black auras and suck them into herself. Shannon succeeded at adapting to the experiments and does not have to take medication to cope with them.
  • Stanley Jones
Born in City of Fallcreek (voiced by Joshua Swanson) - After the events at Leafmore, Stan is proposed a large amount of money to break into a place, using his abilities as a master lockpicker, but the police caught them and ended up being sent to prison. He wanted to go never back to school, and ended up working as a Delivery Truck Driver. He needs medication to cope with the experiments.
  • Kenny Matthews
Born in City of Fallcreek (voiced by Buster Cox) - Shannon's older brother. After the events at Leafmore, he went to the Fallcreek University with his sister. He needs medication to cope with the experiments.

New player characters[edit]

  • Corey Wilde
Born in Austin, Texas (voiced by Buster Cox) - Corey is a car enthusiast and a skater who seems resistant to pain. His girlfriend is Mei and he loves her immensely, yet because of his immature nature he has a hard time convincing her.
  • Mei Wang
Born in New York City (voiced by Alicia LaForce) - Jun's twin sister. She is obsessed with video games and has become very skilled at hacking.
  • Jun Wang
Born in New York City (voiced by Nikki Rapp) - She is a gamer. All the guys dream about her.
  • Sven Hansen
Born in Oslo (Norway) (voiced by Lawrence Bailey) - Sven Hansen was born in Norway, but migrated to the City of Fallcreek as a baby. He is fanatical about his birth nation and hockey. He not-so-secretly loves Amy.
  • Amy Brookes
Born in City of Fallcreek (voiced by Amy Sanchez) - A young, smart, blonde girl who exploits her good looks and is quick to tease just for the fun of it. She is aware that both Sven and Kenny are interested in her, and she appears to be interested in them. She not-so-secretly has a crush on Sven.

Soundtrack[edit]

22 tracks, composed by Olivier Deriviere.

  1. Corruption With Rage and Melancholy
  2. Back To School
  3. Atmospheric Mood
  4. Life Has A Plan
  5. Ballets Of Deads
  6. Finally Home
  7. Melancholy
  8. Corpus Gemitu
  9. Bad Behaviour
  10. Lost Love
  11. Infested People
  12. Dimitri Was There
  13. Waltz Of Death
  14. We All Die
  15. Save My Soul
  16. The Last Ones
  17. Periculum
  18. Turtle Stone
  19. Hearing Fearies
  20. Lumen
  21. Nostalgia
  22. Bonus Track: Falling Down Demo
  23. Bonus Track 2: Evergreen (By Noel)

The OST is free to download on the official site of the composer.

PSP version[edit]

Playlogic developed of a PSP version. Roger Smit, Playlogic's Executive VP, states of their decision to bring over the game to the PSP: "We received a tremendous amount of feedback from fans wanting us to bring the gruesome gore of ObsCure II to a handheld console. Our talented teams have since crafted the game to fit the unique co-op capabilities and controls of the PSP while also keeping the exciting gameplay and detailed graphics featured in the console versions intact."[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC PS2 PSP Wii
Eurogamer N/A 6/10[2] N/A N/A
Game Informer N/A N/A N/A 3/10[3]
Game Revolution N/A C+[4] N/A N/A
GameSpot N/A N/A 6/10[5] 4.5/10[6]
GameSpy N/A N/A N/A 1.5/5 stars[7]
GameTrailers N/A N/A N/A 4.7/10[8]
GameZone N/A 7.7/10[9] 7/10[10] 6.5/10[11]
IGN (UK) 7.5/10[12]
(US) 6.3/10[13]
7.5/10[12][14] 6/10[15] 7/10[16]
Nintendo Power N/A N/A N/A 7/10[17]
PC Gamer (US) 52%[18] N/A N/A N/A
PSM N/A 2.5/5 stars[19] 3/5 stars[20] N/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic 59/100[21] 60/100[22] 66/100[23] 53/100[24]

The game received "mixed or average reviews" on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[21][22][23][24] IGN praised the U.S. PlayStation 2 version's graphics, saying that it has "detailed, atmospheric environments and respectable character models", but criticized said console version for its "pretty cheap cutscenes" and "lacking plot."[14]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Reed, Kristan (August 6, 2007). "Obscure II (PS2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ Miller, Matt (May 2008). "Obscure: The Aftermath (Wii)". Game Informer (181). Archived from the original on March 29, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ Sparks, Shawn (May 6, 2008). "Obscure: The Aftermath Review (PS2)". Game Revolution. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ Rausch, Allen (October 26, 2009). "Obscure: The Aftermath Review (PSP)". GameSpot. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ VanOrd, Kevin (April 9, 2008). "Obscure: The Aftermath Review (Wii)". GameSpot. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ Stratton, Bryan (April 22, 2008). "GameSpy: Obscure: The Aftermath (Wii)". GameSpy. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Obscure: The Aftermath Review (Wii)". GameTrailers. April 18, 2008. Archived from the original on April 18, 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  9. ^ Bedigian, Louis (April 30, 2008). "Obscure: The Aftermath - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  10. ^ Sandoval, Angelina (October 18, 2009). "Obscure: The Aftermath - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 23, 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ Nicksarlian, Greg (April 6, 2008). "Obscure: The Aftermath - WII - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 15, 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Wales, Matt (August 2, 2007). "Obscure II UK Review (PC, PS2)". IGN. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  13. ^ Clements, Ryan (March 25, 2008). "Obscure: The Aftermath Review (PC)". IGN. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b Clements, Ryan (March 25, 2008). "Obscure: The Aftermath Review (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  15. ^ Clements, Ryan (September 30, 2009). "Obscure: The Aftermath Review (PSP)". IGN. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ Clements, Ryan (March 25, 2008). "Obscure: The Aftermath Review (Wii)". IGN. Archived from the original on March 28, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Obscure: The Aftermath". Nintendo Power. 227: 89. April 2008. 
  18. ^ "Obscure: The Aftermath". PC Gamer: 66. July 2008. 
  19. ^ "Review: Obscure: The Aftermath (PS2)". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 82. April 2008. 
  20. ^ "Review: Obscure: The Aftermath (PSP)". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 82. December 2009. 
  21. ^ a b "Obscure: The Aftermath for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "Obscure: The Aftermath for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  23. ^ a b "Obscure: The Aftermath for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  24. ^ a b "Obscure: The Aftermath for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 

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