Originally released on the PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, and the PC last year, Obscure: The Aftermath will now be available on the PlayStation Portable so that you can take this college drama/survival horror game on the go. It might not be the easiest game to get into while commuting or waiting in line, but if you want increase your chances of having dreams about monsters and poisonous plants, then it's probably best to play this in bed after you've turned off the lights. It was difficult for us to get into the game with the fluorescent lights in our office, but from what we've played, it's very similar to what we saw on the consoles last year.
The Aftermath takes place a couple of years after the events of the first Obscure game, and the survivors have graduated from high school and moved on to Fallcreek University. The distinct, cheesy teen-slasher vibe is written all over as the group tries to fend off mutants that like to rip apart fellow students. You're not alone on this adventure, however, because a friend can always accompany you via ad hoc as you try to unravel the mysteries surrounding a strange flower.
All of the individuals you played as on the consoles return in this version, and each has his or her own unique ability to solve environmental puzzles. If you need brute strength or a brilliant mind to hack into a system, you can swap characters with the triangle button to get the job done. It's unfortunate that the camera still doesn't work very well and makes it hard to see what ahead of you when you're exploring narrow hallways or peeking around the corner. After picking up various pieces of sports equipment, you can attack by holding the R button and swing using the X.
One of the highlights of the game is Olivier Deriviere's soundtrack, which sets the mood and reminds you of what kind of game you're playing. It can be easy to forget when the dialogue is limited to sexual innuendo and cringeworthy one-liners, but that's also part of the game's charm if you can laugh it off. It doesn't look like the gameplay has been adjusted though, because the AI still isn't very bright, which makes The Aftermath ideal to play with a friend. It's not that often you get a chance to play a survival horror game with a buddy anyway. For more information, check out our Wii review of the game here .