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Games 03 Feb 2012

For a brief period of time in 1997 I was lost in Oddworld.

Abe’s Oddysee had been released, and I was captivated by the charming characters and the world they inhabited. The developer publicised it as the first of the ‘Oddworld Quintology’, and after completing Oddysee I was super keen for the next exciting instalment.

A follow up Abe’s Exoddus was released, that felt more like version 1.5 as opposed to a true sequel. Years later would see the first true continuation of the Quintology – Munch’s Oddysee, a launch title on the original Xbox that lived up to only the most mediocre of expectations.

So when Stranger’s Wrath was turned loose towards the tail end of the original Xbox life cycle, most people’s eyes were too fixated on the imminent Playstation 2 release to pay much attention to another Oddworld title.

What. A. Mistake.

Quite simply it was one of the most ingenious, inventive, avant-garde games I’d ever played.

And it’s now available as a HD remake for the Playstation 3. I bought it with the intention of reliving half an hour of nostalgia but instead finishing the entire game, so I’m happy to report that it still holds up to any contemporary standards you might throw at it.

It’s still the only game I know that seamlessly amalgamates a third-person and first-person gameplay style, features cute and carnivorous live ammunition that you hunt to replenish, and offers a Shyamalan twist halfway through the story that changes the entire structure of the game.

Any other Stranger fans out there?

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