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This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Oddworld: Soulstorm.

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Back in the wild romantic days of the PlayStation 1, when pixels were large and masculine and memory cards were to their modern equivalents what a pedal powered double decker bus is to a motor scooter, there began the Oddworld series. Wherein some visionary genius sat bolt upright in bed and said “What if there was a world that’s like primitive Earth, but, get this, everyone looks weird. And has eyes the size of Jammie Wagon Wheels. For some reason I feel like this is a creative well that will never run dry.” Very much the James Cameron’s Avatar of its time, in several respects, because it initially announced it was going to be a five-game epic but never quite successfully fired the outboard motor on that one, merely sputtering along for a few games before disappearing over the horizon of indifference. But back then we didn’t have the experience we have now with the many failed attempts at cinematic universes, from which we learned that pledging a multi-sequel epic before the first instalment is even out is like getting a positive pregnancy test and proceeding to book a church for your child’s future wedding. You’re just tempting fate to ensure your child is born with no genitals or really weirdly into Sonic the Hedgehog.

About the author

Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.