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Stranger redeems the Oddworld franchise

by J on 2/3/2005

I've played all of the PS1 Oddworld games. I first fell in love with the Oddysee and Exodus, as the unique 2d scroller incorporated so many stimulating and challenging puzzles as well as keeping the humor level stable and fresh. Munch's Oddysee was, in my opinion, stankass. Horrible game on a good console. No fun whatsoever. I bought it after I first got my Xbox (and Halo, of course), and was extremely dismayed with its tired controls and gameplay. When I heard that Stranger was coming out, and later saw some clips of the unfinished product, I was hopeful. After obsessing over getting this game after it came out I can honestly say that it reclaims the former Oddworld glory from the days of Abe. The shooter elements are crafted into a sweet platforming game, the graphics and landscapes are gorgeous, and the characters are fresh new, and retain the familiar and twisted Oddworld perspective. I highly recommend this as a buy, if not at least a rental.

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Oddworld just got Stranger! In this new chapter in the award-winning Oddworld series, players step into the role of the Stranger, a mysterious bounty hunter who tracks down outlaws for moolah. Using a special weapons system that gives a whole new meaning to "live" ammo, players will encounter massive environments, devious opponents and hostile challenges along the way.

Combining first and third-person action gameplay with familiar Oddworld elements and an all-new engine to deliver a unique gameplay experience for everyone. Set to award-winning visuals, players will be moved by the complex and inspiring story as the Stranger comes to grips with his true nature in the hunt for the ultimate bounty.

Set in expansive and immersive environments ranging from old western towns to thick forests to vast industrial complexes, the heart of the game lies in the 1st person mode and the use of shooting "live" ammo. "Live" ammo uses captured creatures in the game-world as ammunition for Stranger's unique double barreled crossbow. Each creature has a different effect on its target and different combinations allows for a variety of game-play strategies - from stealth action to full mayhem. Powerful upgraded versions allow even greater devastation than the original ammo types.

Switching in real-time from 1st to 3rd person view allows the player to run at top speed through the richly detailed environments, ramming the opposition and with the use of the triggers on the controller, initiating melee combat via a head butt or spinning/flying fists maneuver.

Along the way, our Stranger will encounter all new varieties of townsfolk, enemies, and natives that could only be found in the Oddworld universe. Via the humorous and elegant implementation of AI and GameSpeak¨, all of these characters are capable of revealing information important to the successful completion of a mission, level, or the game.

Specifications

Manufacturer Electronic Arts
SKU 201151182
UPC 014633148862
UPC 14 00014633148862
Format Xbox
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Features
Live ammo... literally! Collect eight unique types of "live" ammunition including Chippunks, Fuzzles, Thudslugs, and Boombats.
Upgrade your "live" ammo to increase the power and effectiveness of your arsenal.
Employ different gameplay strategies as you switch smoothly between 1st- and 3rd-person action with the touch of a button.
Subdue your bounties in 3rd person with melee attacks including ramming and head-butting, then turn the bounties in for moolah.
Take aim in 1st person mode for an action-packed shooter experience with your trusty double-barreled crossbow.
Customize your double-barreled crossbow with a plethora of ammo combinations. Thats right, a plethora.
Living towns, lush forests, and massive industrial facilities - theres plenty of room in the Oddworld universe for you to go about your mysterious business.
You choose the bounties, allowing you to gather information on your quarry before going after 'em with everything you've got.
Converse with the locals via GameSpeak® technology to gather information vital to your mission.
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