Monday, June 23, 2008

Obscure: The Aftermath

Developer: Hydravision
Publisher: PlayLogic
Release Date: March 25, 2008
System: Wii (reviewed), PS2
ESRB Rating: M
Official Web site

In a nutshell: A game that should remain obscure

0:00 I never played the original game, but I love highlighting obscure titles, and they don't get much more Obscure than this one. HA! I kill me.

0:01 After some elaborate developer and publisher logos, we jump directly to the title screen. Refreshingly simple, that.

0:02 I'm told that a second player can join in any time just by hitting "2" on his or her Wii remote. Nice touch.

0:03 "I always thought that urban legends were fairy tales," but two years ago, the students at the narrator's high school were used as guinea pigs in an experiment that involved mutated flower spores. "To survive, we had to kill our teachers." Uh, OK. After that, the narrator did some bad stuff and went to prison, but he's out now and wants to forget. This backstory is told at an extremely rapid-fire clip that seems to assume most players already know it.

0:04 Cut to a messy college dorm room. A guy with a spiky haircut wants to go out for drinks at Sven's. A tank-topped girl seems irritated, but says she'll come along.

0:05 "This bed has seen a lot of girls come and go," says the guy. The girl calls him a pig. "But you're the only one who stayed, Meg!"

0:06 The hallway is full of stuff like a beer can pyramid, two co-eds making out and, um, an office-style water cooler. "I drink water here whenever I have a hangover." If you say so.

Read the full review at Crispy Gamer

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