Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Review
You have to feel sorry for Stranger’s Wrath. It was a critically acclaimed game, but thanks to its host platform and a publisher, who didn’t seem to realise what it had, hardly anyone has played it.
Just Add Water is hoping to change that with this fantastic new HD update that not only looks sensational, but should hopefully endear it to a brand new generation of gamers.
OddWorld: Stranger’s Wrath puts you in the titular shoes of Stranger, a lone bounty hunter who sounds like Clint Eastwood, and needs a hell of a lot of money for an undisclosed operation at the start of his adventure.
He earns this money, or Moolah, as he calls it, by navigating the beautiful world, visiting towns and collecting the bounties on the various varmints that are terrorising the local chicken townsfolk.
It’s a fun idea for a game, made more enjoyable by the fact that all the ammo Stranger uses is live, and often chatters away as the various spiders and furry critters wait to be fired from Stranger’s double-barrelled crossbow.
Stranger’s Wrath also effortlessly blends view points and genres, with Stranger constantly flitting between third and first-person as the action requires it.
It’s a clever system, featuring a healthy boast of platforming, shooting and adventuring that was first explored in Nintendo’s excellent Metroid Prime.
The new textures look superb, greatly adding to an already imaginative world.
Stranger’s Wrath builds on this though by adding a healthy dose of humour to proceedings, stealth elements and even armed combat, turning it into an exciting concoction that still hasn’t been bettered.
Just Add Water’s update is extremely impressive, improving an already great game. The frame rate is most noticeable, now running at 60, with only the occasional hiccup, which adds immeasurably to the experience. The original game could stutter terribly as it reached its epic conclusion, something which Just Add Water’s new engine now virtually eliminates.
It’s also looks wonderful, with sharp new textures that really bring Oddworld Inhabitants’ imaginative oddball world to life. Here’s hoping that more gamers actually get to visit it this time around.