One of the crucial eye-catching and demanding video games of the Ps period, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee has been remade as Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty. It joins its sequels, Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath, on the Nintendo Swap.
As this can be a port of the Wii U sport, I invite you to learn our review of that model as nicely. I echo lots of Jemma’s general ideas however am a bit extra essential as a cinematic platformer fanatic.
Taking a web page from Soylent Inexperienced, this sport begins with Abe escaping the manufacturing unit he works in earlier than he and his fellow Mudokons get processed into the most recent meals. He’ll journey to different areas, assembly Mudokans who’re a bit extra…hesitant. These Mudokans deliver life to the journey with their chatter.
Abe himself is fascinating. Speaking in rhyme is one thing I may depart, however taking management of enemies results in distinctive puzzles. Whereas this can be a basic sci-fi trope, there’s one thing to be mentioned for Abe pulling a Professor Xavier. Different puzzles contain issues similar to determining tips on how to keep away from land mines, the order to tug levers, and extra. Fight isn’t actually a factor, as you’ll often run or sneak previous threats, and I don’t thoughts that.
One of many main modifications on this remake is making the sport extra accessible. Apart from an non-compulsory straightforward mode, checkpoints are (for essentially the most half) spaced out higher. One hit dying additionally offers option to well being. I can get behind these modifications, because it’ll develop the sport’s viewers, and by extension, the collection.
Different modifications are hit and miss. The artwork route has misplaced a lot of its roughness. I’m not speaking about blood – the sport remains to be Teen-rated with extra comical gruesomeness. As an alternative, this replace has a clear look a bit too far faraway from the unique for my liking. The two.5D look will most likely be welcomed by these with little expertise with Abe’s Oddysee.
The lighting can also be combined. Fortunately, you possibly can modify issues. I deactivated “lens dust,” which made the whole lot too shiny. You can too take away bloom and cut back gamma. It took me a little bit of experimenting to seek out the settings I appreciated. Some scenes do profit from the additional lighting, which I welcome for improved visibility.
I wished to the touch on some extent Jemma made earlier concerning the fixed instructing model being considerably distracting. I believe this stems from having an terrible lot of controls. Put this sport down for a spell, and it’ll take you some time to reacclimate. Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty isn’t a pick-up-n-play expertise; Abe’s versatile method to those difficult puzzles proves this.
There’s the odd huge right here or there, like falling by a stage or audio caught on a loop, however nothing game-breaking. However I do have a variety of nitpicks with seeming inconstancies within the controls. Initially, I listed these however determined they’re finally sufficiently small to not hassle mentioning at size. However with a controller in hand, they can begin to add up. You’ll discover jumps, ledge grabs, and sneaks that often don’t reply as anticipated.
Total, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is an effective sport. That mentioned, it hasn’t made me as serious about its sequels (that I’ve but to play) as I assumed it might. If something, it makes me lengthy for the unique with its, if not timeless, nostalgic visuals. However the accessibility tweaks make this entry helpful for brand spanking new gamers who’ve but to expertise it.