LOCO's Gaming Update
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath highly recommended
Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012
Updated: Friday, November 2, 2012 17:11
Howdy fellow readers, and welcome to the LoCo Gaming Update. Today I'll be reviewing the downloadable version of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath.
Review: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD
Release Date: Out Now for PS3 & PC (PC HD version later this year)
Developer: Just Add Water Publisher: Oddworld Inhabitants
Platform(s): PS3 (Reviewed)/PC
Format: Digital Downloadable Title
ESRB rating: T
Price: PS3: ($14.99) / PC ($9.99)
The story for Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD is about a bounty hunter named the Stranger who needs to get an expensive operation in order to survive.
There's more to the plot, but that would be getting into some big spoiler territory.
Gameplay wise, Stranger's Wrath is part-platformer and part-first person shooter (FPS). The FPS part of the game allows the player to carry up to two types of ammo. Since the Stranger isn't fond of guns, he uses a double-barrel crossbow with small animals as ammo.
The aim assist is handled by certain ammo types honing in on near-by enemies and having crosshair sizes vary by ammo type. Some ammo types, like Chippunks and Bolamites, can be used for distracting and capturing them alive, while other types of ammo, like Boombats and Stingbees (which seem a little too underpowered), are used for killing your enemies (which is safer than stunning them, but nets you less cash after capturing them).
The cash you earn called "moolah" can be used for buying upgrades like a sniper scope with a built-in microphone or restock on ammo. If you take damage, you can just literately shake it off to refill your health, but only if you have some stamina left.
There are some audio glitches for instance, when you talk some of the townsfolk they won't respond, which is a shame because some of the Clakkerz (talking, clothes-wearing chickens) actually have some funny quips. I didn't have this problem with shopkeepers, bounty managers, and others directly involved with your missions, and I didn't find any other audio-related problems.
This is an HD re-release, and while it's not as much of a graphical overhaul as, Halo: Anniversary Edition, it does look very good, even for a graphically, high-end downloadable title as the old level and character textures (which looked good at the time) where replaced with more hi res textures.
Unlike the original Xbox version, the game's quick save feature only saves temporarily (you can still use the permanent save-anytime, anywhere feature). Despite the odd change, it's still nice for any game have a quick save feature.
Also unlike the original version, Stranger Wrath HD seems to have a smartly placed temporary checkpoint feature (just in-case you forget to save before tackling a troublesome area), but make sure you save your game before quitting. Special attention deserves to be given the game's great sense of humor, such as when you use your scope to listen on a conversation being held by some of your enemies. Another example of its humor comes when the Stranger accept a bounty mission to hunt down a thug named, "Jo' Mama".
If you're looking for a different kind of shooter or you're an Oddworld fan who never got the chance to try out Stranger's Wrath, well Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD comes highly recommended.
Special note to my readers, I'll be taking a short leave of absence so I can finish the school semester, it's a heavy workload, but I'll be back before you know it. See you then.
+ Great graphics
+ Quick save featur
+ It's very funny
− Audio glitches
− Stingbees are kind of