6 September 2013
Focus Home Interactive
| 9/10 |
Mighty Rocket Studio
| PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows|
Beat 'em up, Shooter game, Platform game
Mighty Rocket Studio games, Beat 'em up games
Final Exam (formerly Obscure) is a side-scroller video game developed by Mighty Rocket Studio for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Microsoft Windows. Trailers and stage demo were shown at E3 2013. The game is a major departure from the Obscure franchise's regular 3D gameplay, being a 2D game. Up to 4 players can work together to survive the outbreak. Many people compared the game as a 2D version of Resident Evil Outbreak or Left 4 Dead.
Initial pre-release feedback of the game was mixed. This was due to the fact that Mighty Rocket Studios was releasing a major change in the genre for Obscure. The negative feedback caused the developer to change the name of the game to Final Exam.
On 25 October 2013, Mighty Rocket Studios released an exclusive limited PC demo of the game on their site. Reception for the demo was very positive, with Retro Gamer Boy being the first to publish their review, saying: "What can we say about Final Exam? We had a lot of fun! The game has great graphics, energizing action and combat, great music, and some pretty neat game design. We cannot wait until November 5th so we can get the full game!"
Upon full release, the game received "mixed or average reviews" on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. Matt Beaudette of Hardcore Gamer said of the game, "There are better options available for those simply looking for a cheap sidescroller to play once and forget about. Those who can get invested in learning and mastering a deep combat system, however, will find a lot to like in Final Exam" Smooth Town wrote, "This is a fine starting point for whatever future holds for the ObScure franchise"; however, they noted the problems with repetitiveness and cheap boss fights.
Final Exam (video game) Wikipedia