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Oddworld HD Switch Reviews

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD mixture of platforming and capturing not solely nonetheless holds up, nevertheless it feels fairly incredible on the Nintendo Switch.

The Oddworld video games greater than stay as much as their title. A collection recognized for its ugly, but fascinating artwork type and eclectic gameplay mechanics, it is by no means been afraid to take dangers and get actually bizarre. Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is maybe the strangest sport in your entire franchise – which is de facto saying one thing – and its distinctive mixture of platforming and capturing not solely nonetheless holds up, however feels fairly incredible on the Nintendo Change.

The Factor With No Title

Stranger’s Wrath is a few bounty hunter coincidentally named The Stranger, who’s clearly alleged to be some form of alien Clint Eastwood determine. He runs across the outskirts of Oddworld capturing bounties so he can ultimately earn sufficient cash for a life-saving operation he desperately wants. Not a very groundbreaking story – though sadly lifelike – nevertheless it does get extra attention-grabbing because it goes alongside. It is the setting that actually helped to maintain me invested, because it takes place on an extremely weird sci-fi wild west planet that feels cartoony, but grim. I additionally thought there was some stable humor scattered all through the sport, though there are a bit too many fart jokes for my liking.

The voice performing is definitely fairly robust, however it looks as if they used the identical voice actor to play a complete species of characters. Whereas they do a very good job, listening to the identical voice time and again for the unhealthy guys or the chicken-like Clakkers turns into tiresome after some time. It would not assist that there is a restricted quantity of voice traces, so you may additionally hear the identical voices repeatedly spout the identical traces. On high of that, since it is a 15-year-old sport, a few of the audio clips have not aged all that nicely. The standard of The Stranger’s grunts and cries is not nice, which in unlucky as a result of you are going to hear these noises fairly just a few instances.

Blasting Varmints With Vermin

Stranger’s Wrath is a third-person platformer/first-person shooter hybrid which was a fairly bold thought for 2005. When in third particular person, you’ll be able to run, bounce, or seize bounties, whereas first-person mode is used to fireplace your crossbow. You even have a headbutt and working assault, in addition to a Crash Bandicoot-esque spin assault that was form of a prerequisite for platformer video games round that point. You settle for missions to catch wished criminals after which suck them up in your arm-mounted vacuum equipment. You get more cash for capturing them alive and might then spend that money on ammo and upgrades.

The crossbow might be Stranger’s Wrath’s largest and coolest gimmick. You do not use common, boring ammunition. As a substitute, you seize the native wildlife and fling it at your targets.  There is a fairly good number of critters so that you can fireplace and so they have totally different results in fight. There are bats that explode, flying slugs that knock enemies again, spiders that wrap bounties up for simple retrieval, chipmunks that appeal to baddies with their inane chatter and so forth. It is about as wacky of an idea as you’d count on from a shooter within the Oddworld universe.

Whereas a lot of the gameplay works as supposed, I assumed the platforming wasn’t as clean as I wished it to be. The Stranger’s jumps really feel slower and heavier than one thing like Jak & Daxter or Ratchet & Clank. There’s additionally a really mild stealth system that principally boils right down to hiding in tall grass and taking potshots at enemies. It is pretty straightforward to abuse as a result of you’ll be able to often simply run backwards and forwards between the grass and turn into hidden fairly shortly. So, it isn’t totally good, however bearing in mind that that is an HD remaster of a sport from the unique Xbox, quite a lot of these issues will be forgiven.

A Rooting, Tooting, Chipmunk-Capturing Good Time

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