Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD

8.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 8/10
Sounds: 7/10
Graphics: 7/10

Funny characters.

Camera views can be tricky.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD uses both first and third person perspectives.   First person is the same as first person in shooter games where weapons are used.  In the third person perspective, the player has control over the “Stranger” while traveling long distances, platform jumping, rope climbing and various combat situations.

The game covers the adventures of a bounty hunter named Stranger.  He pursues and apprehends outlaws for a bounty of gold.  The main goal of the game is to earn a great deal of money (moolah) to pay for a mysterious life-saving operation that Stranger needs.

One really neat feature is the “live ammunition” for the crossbow. Hilariously, live ammunition is made of living creatures such as small mammals and fictional insects.  Each of these creatures offer different effects used toward enemies.

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Gameplay

You can approach enemies head on or stealthily by hiding out of the enemy’s view and luring your enemies either toward you or away from you. Enemies can be killed or knocked out temporarily in order to apprehend them and thereby earning a great deal more moolah for taking them alive vs dead.

There are two status bars that the player needs to keep an eye on. The health bar and the stamina bar. If Stranger is injured the health bar drops and if it completely depletes, Stranger will die. The stamina bar drops when you perform various actions such as attacks or falling from a great height. You can use the stamina bar to repair the health bar damages, healing the player but draining the stamina very quickly.

One really cool feature is Stranger’s crossbow that is used in the first person perspective. It uses live ammunition of various creatures for bringing about different effects. Live ammunition can be purchased from the game’s vendors or finding them scattered throughout the game world.

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There are a total of nine critters that can be used as ammunition including Stunkz for stunning large groups of enemies or Thudslugs that act like cannonballs.  Bees are fired like automatic rifles and Boombats are like rockets. Two different ammos can be given to the crossbow for two different firing attacks.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD offers many role playing elements to earn moolah with each fulfilled bounty. You can spend moolah on various upgrades such as ammunition, storage, crossbow, armor and other items such as knuckle dusters and binoculars.

Scenario

Oddworld truly is an odd world considering the world’s largest population is made up of chicken people!  The bounty hunter Stranger is a furry, enraged creature who needs an expensive operation.

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His crossbow is probably the wildest feature in this game. Using live ammunition, made up of various animals and/or creatures. Each has its own special ability: if you fire spiders they will wrap enemies in a cocoon. Electric bugs incapacitate your enemies for a few minutes making them great targets for exploding bats!

Vicious bees are fired like a machine gun which can be very deadly when your foes are already being attacked by these fuzzy, miniature squirrel type creatures. These little live ammunition creatures make for a great deal of fun in this game. Experimenting with all these cute little creatures is hilarious!

Overall

The characters, the very polished high definition, the environments and the living ammunition are absolutely terrific! Whether you have played Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD before or as a first timer, it is highly recommended that you jump on board because it’s worth it! With a great story line with a shocking game plot twist, there is a whole lot about this game that is worth every minute, so give it a shot!

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