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Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD review
24 June 2012
Excerpt: A large chicken hawk is taunting us while his massive shotgun is dealing brutal damage with every hit. As we cower behind a wall, there’s a decision to be made. Should we lay traps with furry, fuzzy spheres that happen to have teeth like piranha, then follow those up with lethal blasts of hard-shelled slugs?
Pros: Spectacular “live” ammo, HD visuals look great, Good story, great twist
Cons: Camera can be wonky, Some brutal bosses, Linear, one-way path
Excerpt: Accept quest, leave town, complete quest, and return to town: this method of game progression has existed nearly as long as video games themselves have existed. Stranger’s Wrath HD employs the very same structure, replacing quests with bounties in its madcap twist on popular Western tropes. But such a rigid structure doesn’t do Stranger’s Wrath many favors, and the game suffers before shedding these unnecessary conventions.
Excerpt: When you think of games on the old Xbox, you likely think about Halo , Fable , and Panzer Dragoon Orta . (OK, maybe not that last one.) But there was also an eccentric FPS title on the big box, Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath , that shook up the genre while adding in the kind of hilarity that only Oddworld games can achieve. Now it has undergone the HD treatment and hit the PlayStation Store, looking for new outlaws to take up the crossbow.
Conclusion: Stranger’s Wrath is all about identity. In addition to the themes of its well-rounded story, it feels tailor-made to challenge the critical habit of comparing games that share similar traits just to make critical analysis easier. It has faults, and it’s certainly aged a wee bit, but the final product is still an incredibly strong example of thorough game design and solid character work. It’s a must-download, by any measure.
Conclusion: Some flaws still exist including some poor camera control problems reminiscent of the era when this was originally created, but in general this is a really impressive HD remake of an underrated, under played classic that deserves the attention – and something that other HD remakes could definitely stand to learn a thing or two from.
Excerpt: The Oddworld games have always had an audience, even if it is a small one. The quirky characters and genuine humor have entertained fans since the original game debuted on the original PlayStation.
Pros: + Quirky characters, + Story is excellent, + Live ammo is unique, + Great plot twist
Cons: Bounty missions become repetitive, Controls take getting used to
Excerpt: series took after the first couple of installments on the PlayStation. What debuted as a beautifully drawn, highly imaginative puzzle-based adventure became a standard, ho-hum action platformer.
Excerpt: In 2005, a peculiar title joined the library for the now-defunct Xbox platform, not only introducing a splendid action/adventure game, but also changing the face of the Oddworld Inhabitants titles as we knew them. Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath introduced was a bold new direction for Lorne Lanning and his crew, a remarkable game mixing innovative first-person shooting action with third-person platforming goodness.
Excerpt: 's arrival on the PlayStation Network is hardly an anti-climax. The 2005 Xbox exclusive won over the critics with its innovative blend of 3D platforming and first-person shooter action, making it a prime candidate for the high definition treatment.
Excerpt: If there’s one franchise that is in dire need of a new entry, it’s Oddworld. As we sit and watch annual releases of such high profiles properties as Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, and Need for Speed, we haven’t seen a new adventure in the Oddworld universe since 2005’s Stranger’s Wrath. We have seen a couple of the old titles re-released on PSN as PSOne Originals (Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exoddus), but those were just straight ports of the late-90’s originals.