With the release of Oddworld: Soulstorm on the horizon, there’s no better time to go back and sample the best that Oddworld has to offer.
After what seems like an eternity of waiting Oddworld: Soulstorm is nearing its release date, sending fans of the old franchise into a frenzy of hype. Like the stellar 2014 Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty!, Soulstorm is a remake / re-imagine of a previous Strange world title – in this case, the truly sublime Oddworld: Abe’s Exodus.
First released on the original PlayStation in 1998, Abe’s Exodus It was praised by fans and critics alike, many of whom cited it as superior to the original game in almost every facet, even though it didn’t do much to innovate the original game’s mechanics or presentation. And yet, Abe’s Exodus is by far the best game in the world Strange world canon, even beating both Abe’s Oddysee Y New and tasty! despite the nostalgic appeal and technological advancements those games may have. With Soulstorm coming to PlayStation 5 very soon, there really is no better time to go back and experience Abe’s Exodus.
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For many, a sequel that sticks closely to the formula of the original is not a worthy successor, but Abe’s Exodus He took a winning formula and refined it to the point of perfection. Any complaints or frustration directed at the original game, such as the severe lack of checkpoints or its grueling challenge, were largely addressed in Exodus, despite being more difficult and unforgiving than its predecessor.
The pronounced difficulty peaks were remedied with the inclusion of QuikSave, which gave players the ability to create their own control points independent of the ones the game gave them by default. This small inclusion instantly removed any notion of tedium from particularly difficult challenges and allowed for endless experimentation without the fear of lengthy work to get back to the same point.
This approach was seamlessly combined with high-stakes gameplay and a host of more difficult puzzles and new enemy types to deal with. Abe could now possess any other living creature he came into contact with. This completely blew the gates of the game and allowed for a nifty puzzle design that used every cheat the player had at their disposal.
The visuals were essentially the same as the original game, but the level of detail and diversity in the settings and locations really made Exodus Stand out from the crowd. The dark and harsh atmosphere of Rupture Farms was still around, but now we had even more disgusting and depraved capitalist institutions to infiltrate and eliminate.
the Strange world games would drift in a very different way then Exodus, changing the game formula so that fans both delighted and frustrated. To that end, Exodus is the purest distillation as to what Strange world it’s about overcoming adversity in the face of immeasurable odds and ending the corporate entities that suck the earth with little more than God-given talents. Abe’s Exodus is a game that holds up spectacularly well today and is more than worth your time and attention.
Fortunately, it is quite easy to get Abe’s Exodus these days. It is available on Steam as part of its Oddbox Collection, what includes Oddysee, Exoddus, Oddysee by Munch, and the criminally undervalued Stranger’s Wrath. So go out and rescue those slaves before Soulstorm is unleashed on us all!
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