You're the Stranger, a mysterious bounty hunter on a mission to bag the ultimate prize. And you need that money like no one else because there is something very wrong with your health and the only way to fix it is a very costly operation. However the nature of your illness remains a secret and as you find out during the game, for a good reason.
This world is full of bad guys so there is plenty to do. Each opponent is different, sometimes in the most bizarre way so you have to be careful and adapt your tactics to each target individually. So load up your double-barreled crossbow with up to 81 living ammo combinations. Track down those criminals with money on their head and bring them in, dead or alive. Welcome to the Mongo River Valley, the irony mining capital of the continent.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Bad Language, Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7, Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz, 1 GB RAM, graphic card 256 MB (GeForce 6600 or better), 1.9 GB HDD
Posted on 2011-07-19 07:15:48 byNth_RooCH:
If you are like me, you love Oddworld a little too much. The initial two journeys of Abe were addictive, clever, hilarious and really an ageless game to be treasured. When the sequels began to come out, I was excited as it was always the same team (Lorne Lanning and Oddoworld Inhabitants) who kept their vision throughout. Stranger's Wrath is no different, but it definitely takesread more a large step out from the shadow of Abe and Munch.
First big step? It's a TPS/FPS game, with emphasis on shooting and platforming. TOTALLY different to previous titles in almost every way. Second big step? No recurring characters. In fact almost all of the races are new also. Third big step? It's in the old West. That's right, a cowboy adventure in Oddworld.
But despite all these massive departure, the game brings it back home with the familiar humour, great set pieces, glorious FMV sequences and frankly addictive gameplay. That's not even bringing the GORGEOUS graphics and the beautiful Oddworld universe back to us faithfully.
The game looks great, plays great, sounds great and will make you laugh. You'll be an experienced bounty hunter in no time, and maybe, just maybe there's a twist somewhere along the way.
Get involved people, even at $9.99 it's a steal.
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Posted on 2011-07-19 08:05:27 byKOC:
Originally released for the Microsoft Xbox in 2005, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath was developer Oddworld Inhabitants' attempt to move away from their platforming roots and into the popular genre of first-person shooter video games.
They still maintained a bit of platforming, however, which is why you can also play this game from a third-person perspective when that is required. Andread more more importantly the signature art style and atmosphere of the previous Oddworld games are still very much what sets Stranger's Wrath apart.
But this time they placed their creation in a setting that is very familiar, yet often unused in games. A setting that is similar to traditional western films and with a main character who might resemble Clint Eastwood in his early spaghetti western years, had he not been devilishly handsome, but rather a grotesque, otherworldy (or 'oddworldly') animal walking on two feet while wearing a cowboy hat.
"Stranger" is the protagonist's name, and he is indeed just that, a stranger, a mysterious outsider, just like Clint. The player spends about half of the game knowing not much else about Stranger than that he is a bounty hunter. And so you go bounty hunting. You do so by using a crossbow that shoots a rather unique assortment of ammo made out of varying kinds of insects and animals, although their function is more like traditional kinds of ammo, be it machine gun-esque or grenade launcher-ish effects.
You'll be spending a lot of time attempting to knock enemies unconcious rather than killing them, because then you can suck them up, Ghostbusters-style, to earn more moolah (the game's currency). This can be a bit annoying and feel a bit too much like work when you just want to shoot the crap out of everyone, knowing that you'll get more out of it if you stop to clean up neatly after every single encounter.
The ultimate goal of Stranger's journey is to collect bounties and obtain enough moolah for an operation that Stranger needs, and without spoiling anything I will say that the game gets much more interesting and much more fast-paced after the bounty-hunting portion of the first half of the game is over. This first half consists of basically the routine pattern "go kill/capture wanted outlaw somewhere, return to town to collect the bounty" repeated ad nauseum.
I think this part of the game should have been considerably shorter, especially because there is not much going on to motivate your progression through it all, neither in terms of interesting characters or story-related events. Instead you are presented with town after town inhabitated by nothing but talking chickens who all look and sound the exact same, in addition to a selection of outlaws who are ultimately forgettable as both characters and boss battles.
However, in the second half the game is much better paced, more action-packed, offers better set-pieces and more interesting locales and scenery. When I first played it in January 2005, just a month or so after I had finished Half-Life 2 for the first time, I actually found myself thinking that this second portion of Stranger's Wrath was veering closer and closer to the quality I had been offered all the way through HL2. This i probably the highest praise I can give Stranger's Wrath. It is not a consistently brilliant game, but it is one that builds up nicely to a satisfying second half and conclsion (apart from the final boss battle, which is actually a bit of a disappointment like every other boss in the game).
So, in conclusion, If you find yourself getting bored before you get halfway through this game, I would certainly recommend that you continue playing. Stranger may not seem like he's much fun at first at first, but it is definitely worth following him to the end of his adventure. It is filled with sights, sound and action that you won't soon forget.
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Posted on 2011-07-19 09:19:06 byTitanGod:
I remember buying this for the original Xbox years ago and loved it so much I beat it multiple times. It's the only game I have ever played that has PERFECT Third-Person to First-Person transitions. It's so smooth and perfectly done that it makes the game a truly great and original play. The story is told with amazing CGI cutscenes and has a few surprises here and there. I likeread more this game so much I still own the original Xbox copy and have been hoping and waiting for Xbox 360 to come out with a compatibility update so I could play it again. Fortunately, I no longer need to wait. GOG comes through again!
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