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If Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is your first experience with an Oddworld game then you are in for a real treat, and if you’re just coming back to relive an HD remastered blast from the past, you are still in for a real treat. Stranger’s Wrath is still one of the most original designs and interesting twists you can put on the FPS genre while maintaining an equal amount of classic platform and action gameplay. Stranger will suck you in, much like his bounty collection device, from the opening tutorial and you won’t be able to put it down until the final boss fight and surprise ending. And then you’ll pick it up and play it all over again…it’s just that good!
It's particularly poignant given the history. On its initial release, this wonderful piece of work was all but ditched at retail by a publisher that didn't seem to understand what it was dealing with. Now Stranger's Wrath has finally received the lavish treatment it deserves, and the gaming world has a chance to reclaim one of its brightest treasures.
Some flaws still exist including some poor camera control problems reminiscent of the era when this was originally created, but in general this is a really impressive HD remake of an underrated, under played classic that deserves the attention – and something that other HD remakes could definitely stand to learn a thing or two from.
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD reivindica uno de esos juegos injustamente olvidados por el gran público. Por revisiones como la de Beyond Good & Evil, ICO & Shadow of the Colossus o la que nos ocupa, siempre agradeceremos que se dé una segunda oportunidad a estos clásicos modernos, y más si el retoque es tan brillante como el realizado por Just Add Water, que toca lo imprescindible para que en las pantallas actuales no desmerezcan el inimitable trabajo artístico de Oddworld Inhabitants. La elección del juego escogido también es inteligente –Stranger’s Wrath es superior a Much’s Oddysey- y nos prepara para las próximas revisiones que están por llegar, como Abe HD.
There’s no doubt about it, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD is punching well above its £9.99 price bracket. The production values coupled with over ten hours of quality gameplay mean the game would easily be worth £40 if stuck on the shelf of your local retailer. Frustrating difficulty spikes aside, Stranger’s Wrath had me hooked throughout. If TSA did half marks, this would be a well deserved 9.5.
Re-releasing older games is always a positive as far as I’m concerned. At the minimum, it gives today’s players an opportunity to either re-experience the stories and characters they love, or visit these worlds for the first time. How these experiences measure up to today’s releases is directly proportional to the quality the game originally had, combined with the amount of care the developer or publisher puts in to the re-release. Some hold up really well, accentuated by the remastering and other goodies the team decides to add. Others...well...they don’t fare so well, and sometimes can hurt the fond memories fans hold so dear. Fortunately, Stranger’s Wrath falls into the former. It’s a shining example of not only how good the original release was, but how much passion Oddworld Inhabitants still has for it. Old and new players alike, this is one PSN game that shouldn’t be missed.
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is one of the most unique and overlooked titles of the last generation. If you enjoy the Oddworld franchise, or simply are hankering for a new experience, I cannot recommend the game enough. Sure, the bounty missions wear out their welcome and the mechanics don’t shine on either spectrum, but you will be hard-pressed not to enjoy what is offered here. Getting a second chance is not always common for niche titles like this, so I highly recommend we all give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Cut-scenes are still quality, but while levels buzz with colour, they do feel quite empty and corridor-like. Platforming is also perfectly fine, although having to constantly click R3 to enter first-person during combat is a chore. But Stranger's Wrath remains fantastic value. It's a great remake and a perfect fit for PS3 - the most sensible thing about this quirky gem.
Excellent platform/shooter hybrid, whose engrossing narrative and well-realised game world deserves to be appreciated by a much wider audience.
OddWorld Stranger's Wrath non è l'opera migliore degli Inhabitants, e forse sarebbe stato meglio seguire fedelmente la cronologia delle pubblicazioni e rispolverare prima Munch's Oddysee, in cui ancora lo sperimentalismo ludico e la verve stilistica si facevano sentire più prepotentemente. Ma del resto un action shooter si adatta più ai gusti del grande pubblico. Eppure, dei tratti di blockbuster e sparatutto, questo Remake in HD non ha quasi niente. Si presenta invece come un prodotto ancora fresco, alternativo, e nonostante qualche leggerezza di game design (perdonabile ai tempi dell'uscita, molto evidente adesso), l'avventura dello straniero si lascia giocare e scoprire gradualmente, coinvolgendo con trovate molto brillanti e garantendo un approccio mai lineare.
Ultimately, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD is an easy recommendation whether or not you’ve played it before – but especially if you haven’t. Between its unique weapons, out-there world, and shocking late-game plot twist, there’s a lot to really like even as it occasionally reminds you it’s a 7-year-old game. They don’t make ‘em like this much anymore.
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It’s an enjoyable and surreal experience. Smart dialogue and pointed cultural comment make this no different from its Oddworld predecessors, and a very welcome addition to PSN.
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath è un titolo perfetto per chi, in un gioco, desidera esplorare un mondo caratteristico e unico, capace di evadere dai canoni attuali degli sparatutto per prendere una boccata di originalità. Sembra strano a dirsi su un titolo con qualche annetto sulle spalle, ma è proprio cosi. Se non avete avuto la fortuna di godere delle idee uniche presenti in Stranger’s Wrath alla sua uscita, questa è l’occasione buona per rifarvi; se invece avete già concluso l’avventura dello straniero saprete già cosa vi aspetta e la scelta è solo se riviverla in HD o meno, con la consapevolezza che oltre alla grafica remixata il titolo non ha subito altri update rilevanti.
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD is unlikely to earn the same level of acclaim the original garnered in 2005, but it's a welcome addition to PSN. While you'll find better platforming and first-person shooting elsewhere, the way this one merges the two still makes it feel fresh seven years down the line.
Not much else has been added to the experience, save for full trophy support on PS3. This is Stranger's Wrath. If you've played it before, you'll recognize it and appreciate the facelift. If you haven't, here's your chance to step back in time without the rose-colored glasses you might have grown accustomed to.
Non possiamo che essere felici di vedere un titolo interessante come Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath riproposto in HD, specie in un periodo di relativa calma per quanto concerne le uscite più importanti e, dunque, sicuramente propizio per vestire i panni dello Straniero e dare la caccia a qualche pericoloso furfante. Il gioco vanta una caratterizzazione forte, che si esplica nel suo alternare in modo "trasparente" dinamiche action adventure in terza persona e FPS; nonché nella peculiare gestione delle munizioni, croce e delizia di un sistema di combattimento che predilige la fine strategia piuttosto che le sortite ad armi spianate. I limiti di Stranger's Wrath vanno ricercati fondamentalmente nel suo essere un prodotto con quasi sette anni sulle spalle: in alcuni frangenti la cosa non si sente affatto, in altri comincia inevitabilmente a pesare. Un acquisto consigliato, ad ogni modo.
Carrying a generous £9.99 price-point, we have confidence that Stranger's Wrath will finally hit the wider market that it deserves. Despite its length, size and scope, the game finally feels at home next to other PlayStation Store curiosities such as Limbo, flower and Okabu. You owe it to yourself to give the game a chance.
When all is said and done Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath is a great addition to a great series. Yes it has flaws and it is by no means perfect, but what it lacks in some technical areas it makes up for in charm and originality. You don’t have to be an Oddworld expert or even have played any of the previous titles to enjoy Stranger’s Wrath, but if you are in need of original design and atmosphere with some great humour thrown in then you may just want to check out everything Oddworld has to offer.
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD is a chance for PlayStation fans to check out the high-def rebirth of a solid Xbox title. There’s a lot of fun to be had; the diversity of the gameplay is a bonus, the world is nicely designed, the bounties are almost always entertaining, and the control is competent. Nothing about this game is particularly amazing but nothing is especially bad, either. If you can ignore some of the aforementioned eccentricities, you should have a very good time.
Although the hybrid first- and third-person aspects never quite work perfectly, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath still manages to charm.
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is one of the more unique games to come out of the last generation. It may drag a bit at times and doesn’t do shooting or platforming amazingly well, but it blends the genres together into an almost always fun romp. Annoyances aside, Stranger’s Wrath stands the test of time as a good title and a testament to the love put into creating the Oddworld universe.
Despite showing its age, Stranger’s Wrath HD is still a wholly original, refreshing title when compared to many modern offerings. Though plagued by unneeded, light RPG trappings, Oddworld Inhabitant’s quirky first-person shooter offers a welcome, unexpected reprieve to more traditional shooters. And once you’re finally in on its secret, it truly shines.