Abe's Oddysee gets the HD remake it deserves, but should you buy it? Find out in our Oddworld New ‘n’ Tasty review.
Published on Jul 23, 2014
It’d be a shame for gamers to overlook Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty.
Yes, it’s an ‘old’ game. Yes, it’s ‘just’ a puzzle platformer. And yes, it’s just more indie stuff on PS4.
But Abe’s Oddysee is one of the best, most memorable games of the PS1 era – and Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is a fantastic remake of that classic.
Nostalgia might play a large part in many gamers desire to play Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, but as many will ignore it too – it’s a game they’ve already played, after all.
Those people are wrong.
What’s New In Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
Let’s get the graphics out of the way. This isn’t just a HD texture pack; Oddworld Inhabitants and Just Add Water have gone the whole hog here, rebuilding the entire game in a new engine.
That means new character models, modern animations, improved cut-scenes and better lighting. There's even smart camera control, smoother movement, new dialogue and clearer audio for older clips.
Simply put, the effort involved is rarely seen with HD remakes.
Then there’s some mechanical changes that make the overall experience much more fluid and enjoyable to modern gamers.
Abe’s heavy jumping still remains untouched, but movement is slicker and more controllable than its original PS1 equivalent.
Checkpoints are more regular than before, and there’s also a quick save feature – which wasn’t in the original (but was a back-of-the-box addition to Abe’s Exoddus).
All this perhaps sounds like a boring checklist of improvements, but it all helps make Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty a valid upgrade for gamers who had played the original.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty – Replaying A Classic
With all that said, the new engine does wonders at modernising the core gameplay – which remains almost entirely untouched.
Some areas – in particular secret areas – have been tweaked to allow for the scrolling camera (rather than the pre-rendered screen-by-screen nature of the original) but it doesn’t feel detrimental to those precious Nostalgia Glands.
And that’s important, because there are many out there that will say this isn’t worth the cost for a PS1 with fancy HD graphics.
Hopefully those same people won’t be buying The Last Of Us Remastered, too.
Best of all is how, even with the fuzzy love of the past lingering in the mind, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty still manages to feel fresh and new.
It isn’t, of course, since most of the game is practically the same as the PS1 game it’s based on, but somehow that core originality remains fresh.
Part of that is because no one has matched that fine balance between puzzling and platforming quite as well as Abe’s Oddysee did, and part of it is the unique world Oddworld Inhabitants had created.
Sligs and Slogs, Paramites and Scrabs, Mudokons and Glukkons; it’s a world rich with distinctiveness and that remains present to this day. Seeing it all again doesn’t cheapen the fascinating Oddworld.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty Review
As a remake – rather than a remaster, which so many HD rereleases are - Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is easily one of the best out there.
This isn’t just an quick cashgrab, Just Add Water has put immeasurable amounts of effort into ensuring not only that fans will want to return once more to Oddworld, but that newcomers won’t have any reason to be put off either.
Some might scoff at the price, but there’s easily the content here to make up for that value. Add in some challenging Trophies – looks like you’re hunting down all those Mudokons again – and the playtime of Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty won’t leave anyone feeling shortchanged.
But it shouldn’t even come down to how it is as a remake, because as a game Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty manages that ever-so-rare glory of retaining its status as a classic even through the hazy shroud of nostalgia.
Smart yet careful design decisions modernises Abe’s Oddysee while that underlining blueprint has been left – for the most part – untouched, highlighting just how solid that core gameplay was all those years ago.
There’s simply no reason good enough to ignore Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty; it might not be entirely original (it is a remake, after all) but it’s deserving of reward all the same – who knows, maybe we’ll even get a sequel along the same lines…
And that’d be worth paying for, right?
Version tested: PS4
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Whether you've never played Abe's Oddysee before or you remember the unique breed of puzzle platforming fondly, there's plenty to love about Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty.