Turn Away from The Darkness – Playstation Portable – ObsCure: The Aftermath – 2009

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ObsCure: The Aftermath
Playstation Portable
Hydravision Entertainment/Ignition Entertainment
2009
Genre: Survival Horror

There are certain things that a horror movie needs to be effective, especially in the slasher genre.  First, there needs to be a discernible villain or danger; something that will strike fear into the viewer when it appears or is referenced by the characters.  Having a group of characters who are, for the most part, relatable and likable helps you want to root for the ‘heroes’ to survive and triumph over their circumstances.  Atmosphere is another element that cannot be underestimated, whether it is terrifying because of a lack of familiarity or because it is a familiar setting that has been invaded.

Cobbling together a survival horror game is the same way.  In 2005, Hydravision Entertainment released a game by the name of ObsCure, which was heavily influenced by 1990s horror films like The Faculty.  It introduced co-op horror in an effective way and made for a fun experience (which you can read my review of here, if you like).  Like any decent horror movie, it left the door open for the potential sequel, even if just a crack.  In 2008, ObsCure: The Aftermath hit the shelves for the Playstation 2, Wii, and Windows.  The next year, it hit the Playstation Portable, and in just the past few years, it arrived on Steam.

While ObsCure was a delightful horror romp with a few flaws here and there, did ObsCure: The Aftermath manage to capture the same magic that it’s progenitor created?  Let me save you the trouble:

No.  No it did not.

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Terror in Your Hands – Playstation Portable – Corpse Party – 2011

Corpse Party
Playstation Portable
Team GrisGris/Marvelous USA
(c) 2011
Genre: Horror Adventure

Every so often, something current comes up in the gaming world that makes me want to spread the good cheer. This is doubly true when I feel that a game has fallen under the radar for one reason or another. This time, that game is Corpse Party, a quirky and fairly terrifying game that came out a few years ago for the PSP. Anyone who has played ‘Sweet Home‘ or ‘999: 9 Persons, 9 Hours, 9 Doors’ will find themselves almost instantly head over heels with this game.

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