Classic Xbox titles rarely stay console-exclusive, as the DRM-free re-port of Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee‘s HD update shows.
It sounds strange, but apparently it’s not easy to bring console games to the PC userbase without some technical problems or other missteps along the way. This seemed to have happened with the original HD update released in 2011, 10 years after the Microsoft exclusive action-adventure arrived. Now with the team of Oddworld Inhabitants having found success with Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, it’s time to revisit this fun third-person adventure.
It’s easy to forget that the original Oddworld games were punishing platformers in 2.5D, as Stranger’s Wrath on Xbox showed that the world of strange creatures who work until they end up in food cans has so much more to offer, e.g. being presented in a first-person shooter. The humor was always crude and hid the social commentary behind farting noises and unintelligible mumblings of Abe, the titular hero of the first two games. Now he’s back with a friend who’s more of the aquatic fish persuasion to save the last gabbit eggs on Oddworld that have been packaged cans of gabbiar.
The player can control both characters and has to switch between them, as they have different abilities that are as diverse as they’re fun, like speeding around in a wheelchair or getting inside various creatures’ heads, legs and arms. Being part puzzle and part platformer game, there should be enough for every adventurer who missed this crazy romp the first (or second) time. The new update brings improved graphics in cut-scenes and character models, higher resolution textures, a smoother frame-rate and other fixes with it. The game is now DRM-free with a 33% launch discount that will last until September 8, 12:59 PM, UTC.
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