Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath Preview

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath Preview

Oddworld is about to get a bit… Stranger. Just Add Water Developments has been diligently working with Oddworld Inhabitants to bring you an HD remake of the Xbox original; Oddworld: Strangers Wrath. This is the first time that a PlayStation system has seen an Oddworld title since 1998’s Odworld: Abe’s Exoddus. Let’s hope it’s here to stay.

 Oddworld holds a special place in my heart, similar to the place the ICO and Shadow of the Colossus are revered by fans the world over. However, I feel as though Oddworld is a bit more of a niche crowd. The original Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee was the first game I ever purchased for my PlayStation. I have such incredibly fond memories of farting in the face of fellow Mudokons before luring them under the meat grinder and laughing as I pulled the level to send their guts splattering across the floor. I spent hours with that meat grinder. My obsession continued through the sequel Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus. Oddworld: Much’s Oddysee was the first game I purchased for my Xbox, I bought it before I even had the system, and despite being a bit let down by the transition to 3D, I still enjoyed the series. Strangers Wrath, however; that was an entirely different animal.

This game redefined the series on the original Xbox and showed that Oddworld Inhabitants could pull their weight in the 3D world while still retaining their trademark humor and game play style. Unfortunately, this game never received the credit it deserved and a lot of people missed out on one of the finest platforming adventures of the last generation. Luckily for them, Just Add Water Developments is taking it upon themselves to revive this franchise and give people another chance to play it.

You are dropped into the shoes of Stranger, a passive aggressive, gun toting, moolah loving bounty hunter. He only has one thing on his mind; the big score. He wants to score the final bounty that will supply with more moolah than he knows what to do with. This leads Stranger through the insanely odd Mongo River Valley. Here you will meet mentally challenged outlaws and wise-cracking ignorant Clakkerz aside a myriad of other paranoid inhabitants.

Stranger relies on his trusty crossbow, but he relies on a different type of ‘live’ ammunition. His ammunition is live, literally.

 

There is so much humor in this game that you can expect to be laughing out loud quite regularly. The situations and characters are way beyond ironic. They are just downright odd.

For this game, JAW developments is going beyond just slapping HD graphics on the old chassis. They are actually rebuilding a good majority of the game from the ground up. If you played the original you will instantly notice how much better Stranger looks. His character model has been dramatically improved as have all of the other character models in the game.

Aside from simple character modeling and self-shadowing, the game audio,  user interface, and texture resolution are also getting an overhaul. Character dialogue is also getting the whole ‘re-mastered’ treatment and the whole shebang is going to be topped off with crisp 720p HD graphics and support for the PlayStation Move.

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