Review: Abe's Oddysee

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Review: Abe's Oddysee

To be or not to be Tasty Treats? Abe thinks not. Lewis Dunn reviews Abe's Oddysee.

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Go and get this game, by buying, begging or burglary, just find a way to play this wonderful piece of gaming.

A note, for those who can't play it on the Playstation.

It's available for purchase on Steam as well as Good Old Games.

Abe's Oddysee took up so many hours of my life when I was younger, as did Abe's Exodus, and Munch's Oddysee.

Takoto:
Abe's Oddysee took up so many hours of my life when I was younger, as did Abe's Exodus, and Munch's Oddysee.

I wasn't aware there was a third Oddworld game, but by the looks of it Munch's Oddysee doesn't really follow the 2D platform idea, and that's what makes it extra special for me.

Great review of a great game.

As you can tell from my avatar, I'm something of a fan too.
Good review sir, good review.
However
*angry nerd glasses*
Not ALL Mudokons have stitched lips; Abe had his mouth sewn up because he cried loudly as a baby!
*removes the angry nerd glasses*

Aaah, I think I might just buy it again on Steam :)

Probably my most cherished game as a kid. Really hope they go back to 2D to make a true sequel to Exodus.

This was one of my favorite games ever when I was younger.
I would thank you for the blast of nostalgia, but all this rose-tinted vision is making me nauseous.
I am going to go lie down now.
And also take some painkillers.
Yay painkillers.

(Seriously, though, good review)

Ohhh, I remember the demo we had of Abe's Exodus on ye olde PC, such fun.
Munch's Oddysee was most excellent too.
They're on Steam you say? That would be worth looking up.

Amarok:

*angry nerd glasses*
Not ALL Mudokons have stitched lips; Abe had his mouth sewn up because he cried loudly as a baby!
*removes the angry nerd glasses*

I thought it was just because he was a slave, did many of them not have they're lips sewn up?

Has anyone played Stranger? If so, what's the opinion?

Monkfish Acc.:
This was one of my favorite games ever when I was younger.
I would thank you for the blast of nostalgia, but all this rose-tinted vision is making me nausious.
I am going to go lie down now.
And also take some painkillers.
Yay painkillers.

(Seriously, though, good review)

Painkillers? Careful, don't end up like seriel painkiller addict Max Payne.

Nice review, Mr Dunn. I agree with everything you said - particularly your paragraph about how well-realised Oddworld is. I always found it hard to put it into words and you've done a marvelous job of doing that.

I loved this game when I was a kid, and because of that the Steam port's a little alien and I can't get used to it - however, if you've never experienced anything Oddworld, I have to urge you to try it.

If I have one criticism of the game itself though, it is the difficulty of some puzzles. Luckily they fixed this problem in Exoddus with the divine apostle Quick Save. I'm not even sure if the Steam port fixed this.

FelixFox.:

Monkfish Acc.:
This was one of my favorite games ever when I was younger.
I would thank you for the blast of nostalgia, but all this rose-tinted vision is making me nauseous.
I am going to go lie down now.
And also take some painkillers.
Yay painkillers.

(Seriously, though, good review)

Painkillers? Careful, don't end up like seriel painkiller addict Max Payne.

YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME SAKLGDHGASDF
You'd think I wouldn't have to put in these little disclaimers, but I do.
I am joking. Do not be offended.

FelixFox.:

Has anyone played Stranger? If so, what's the opinion?

Dude. It's awesome.

Brilliant graphics for the Xbox - they still look good if you ask me, with some beautiful animations, varied settings and character designs; comfortable controls for both 3rd and 1st person view-points; a typically dark and comical Oddworld storyline.

The only bad thing for me is the lack of sound quality, it's so low and gravelly during gameplay that you'll need to turn on subtitles, but during the exquisitely-rendered cutscenes it's fine.

If you have the means, go pick it up. One of the best console-shooters ever made.

Oddworld Series among games is truly 11 out of 10.
One of the best Games ever for what they are worth.

Itīs damn Hard but the totally exact controls never let you down.

plastic_window:

Dude. It's awesome.

Brilliant graphics for the Xbox - they still look good if you ask me, with some beautiful animations, varied settings and character designs; comfortable controls for both 3rd and 1st person view-points; a typically dark and comical Oddworld storyline.

The only bad thing for me is the lack of sound quality, it's so low and gravelly during gameplay that you'll need to turn on subtitles, but during the exquisitely-rendered cutscenes it's fine.

If you have the means, go pick it up. One of the best console-shooters ever made.

Damn, wish I picked it up when it was in the shops now. However with that good of a recommendation I'll have to find a copy.

Haha, thanks for the praise guys, stitch lips noted (I can't believe I forgot that...) and Strangers was an odd one for me, I initially hated it for not having muddokens and sligs in, but I grew to love it, whether it's an Oddworld game is still a bit of a moot point with me. Munch was too hard, even for Oddworld.

dunnace:
Haha, thanks for the praise guys, stitch lips noted (I can't believe I forgot that...) and Strangers was an odd one for me, I initially hated it for not having muddokens and sligs in, but I grew to love it, whether it's an Oddworld game is still a bit of a moot point with me. Munch was too hard, even for Oddworld.

I think Stranger typifies what Oddworld was as a developer. Oddworld tried something radical that they hadn't done before and, for me, they pulled it off. They were a company that wanted to tell good stories in a medium that they were good at telling stories in. They had a habit of doing things a little bit differently than most other developers.

Anyone else would've finished the quintology and eventually started another one once they had established their ravenous legions of fans. Oddworld just liked to do things a little bit more odd than anyone else.

I'm not sure if I could sound any more like a bottom-feeding fanboy if I tried. But, hey, everyone has a developer they trust. Mine's Oddworld.

Maybe this means we'll see more of Abe, Munch and the others!

The Great JT:
Maybe this means we'll see more of Abe, Munch and the others!

we can only hope. but that was a very thourough, well constructed review of a very good game. kudos to you and your review writing skills

I remember loving this game, too bad I was about 5 when I had it so I didn't have any bloody clue about what to do.

Possessing sligs was fun though. Heh.

Well thought out and put-together review, i echo many a sentiment.

Might have to see if i can dig out my old Playstation for some Oddysee and Exodus!

Ahh I remember the original of that game. Fond, fond, memories.
Nice review by the by.

Nailog:

A note, for those who can't play it on the Playstation.
It's available for purchase on Steam as well as Good Old Games.

Thanks for the heads up, I might take a look.

I think the one thing I loved about this game more than anything else was the character designs.

Oddworld has the most colorful, and imaginative characters I've ever seen in a video game.

The Oddworld games are absolutely my favourite games of ALL TIME. Exoddus was the best, then Oddysee, then Munch, then Stranger. They are SO good. I've spent over Ģ500 on collectibles for this series!

I miss my old PlayStation, this and Exodus were 2 of my favorite games on that system.

Thank you for bringing the memory of those amazing games back.
Looking at the graphics now, the game has aged quite well, especially when compared to most games released around the same time.

Rascarin:
Exoddus was the best, then Oddysee

Exactly. Exodus was a better game, I was really glad they added the "Allaya" command. It didn't have the same impact that Oddysee had, being a direct sequel, but it added a lot and was an amazing game by itself.

Here's what bothers me...the Oddworld series was supposed to be a quintology. Game one was Abe's oddysee and Abe's Exoddus. Game two was Munch's Oddysee. Game three was Stranger's Wrath. That leaves two...or is this going to be like the Legacy of Kain series where they say 'Wed like to thank our rabid fans who bought our games and love our stories and gameplay...now go fuck yourself, cause were not going to finish the story.'

Ah good old Abe's Odysee, first Playstation (for that matter first game on any platform) I ever got, still have it lying around here somewhere lol. Damn good game :D

FelixFox.:

Amarok:

*angry nerd glasses*
Not ALL Mudokons have stitched lips; Abe had his mouth sewn up because he cried loudly as a baby!
*removes the angry nerd glasses*

I thought it was just because he was a slave, did many of them not have they're lips sewn up?

Has anyone played Stranger? If so, what's the opinion?

Are you questioning my divine nerdy will!? I rescued all 99 Mudokons therefore I know everything!!!

Meh, ok, maybe wasn't the only one to have his lips stitched up - but certainly not every Mudokon has 'em :D In Abe's Exoddus he was called "Stitch lips" as some kinda taunt from another Mudokon.

I'm glad I never chucked out my Playstation, Oddworld holds it's place as my rainy-day-and-broken-Xbox game.

The Sligs were fun to possess then self-destruct.

dunnace:
Haha, thanks for the praise guys, stitch lips noted (I can't believe I forgot that...) and Strangers was an odd one for me, I initially hated it for not having muddokens and sligs in, but I grew to love it, whether it's an Oddworld game is still a bit of a moot point with me. Munch was too hard, even for Oddworld.

Oddworld is what got me hooked on gaming again after a long haitus. A friend of mine had just bought a Playstation and he showed me the Abe's Oddyssey demo. From that moment I fell in love. It was mainly the amazing visualization that just grabbed me by the balls.

I used to be terrified of this as a kid. But i still loved every minute. I always got the bad ending though :(

Amarok:

*angry nerd glasses*
Not ALL Mudokons have stitched lips; Abe had his mouth sewn up because he cried loudly as a baby!
*removes the angry nerd glasses*

Aaah, I think I might just buy it again on Steam :)

Yeah, you got a point there. I was thinking along similar lines with some of them having their eyes stiched aswell and so on. Man...I loved those smileys of Abe games with all the different Mudokon emotions and stitches :D.

plastic_window:

Dude. It's awesome.

Brilliant graphics for the Xbox - they still look good if you ask me, with some beautiful animations, varied settings and character designs; comfortable controls for both 3rd and 1st person view-points; a typically dark and comical Oddworld storyline.

The only bad thing for me is the lack of sound quality, it's so low and gravelly during gameplay that you'll need to turn on subtitles, but during the exquisitely-rendered cutscenes it's fine.

If you have the means, go pick it up. One of the best console-shooters ever made.

Damn. When I realised that the developers had jumped the ship and no longer made games for Playstation it really crushed my spirit. I'd love to try this...maybe someday.

Casual Shinji:
Oddworld is what got me hooked on gaming again after a long haitus. A friend of mine had just bought a Playstation and he showed me the Abe's Oddyssey demo. From that moment I fell in love. It was mainly the amazing visualization that just grabbed me by the balls.

The Abe demo is what got me hooked in console gaming too. I must have played that demo a good 50 times before just going out and buying the game. I never knew how to chant in the demo so I finished atleast half of the game without it :D. Best demo ever.

woem:
I wasn't aware there was a third Oddworld game, but by the looks of it Munch's Oddysee doesn't really follow the 2D platform idea, and that's what makes it extra special for me.

Yeah, Munch's Oddysee was 3D. It was still pretty fun. There was also a forth Oddworld game, but it didn't feature Abe... It was Oddworld: Strangers Wrath.
I have it, but haven't played it much... yet. xD

AboveUp:

Rascarin:
Exoddus was the best, then Oddysee

Exactly. Exodus was a better game, I was really glad they added the "Allaya" command. It didn't have the same impact that Oddysee had, being a direct sequel, but it added a lot and was an amazing game by itself.

I agree with you. Not just the "Allaya" command, the quicksave was a Godsend.

Oh, by the way, Exoddus is spelled with 2 d's again. As in, exODDus. Glorious word-play :3

this game seems to be popping up a lot lately for me, yesterday i just so happened to stumble upon my original copy for PS.

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