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    Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, Review

    The original Abe’s Odyssey, released in 1997, was quite an impressive title in its time. But now that it has been lovingly reworked and released for the latest generation of hardware, one can see just how forward thinking and advanced it really was.

    Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is a faithful recreation of the original, making use of the original concepts and designs. These have been lovingly reworked, though, and the player now has a truly wonderful experience waiting for them. Along with the great art redesign, the game has seen numerous overall tweaks that make it far less punishing than the original. Getting through Abe’s back in the day was quite the feat now, with environments that scroll with the action, an improved AI and all-over better controls, it is less of a challenge, but certainly no less rewarding.

    The player takes the role of Abe, a Mudokon who has discovered that he and the other Mudokon “employees” of the world’s biggest meat processing plant, Rupture Farms, are the next treat on the menu. He takes it upon himself to do the unthinkable: escape the mammoth factory, and rescue as many fellow Mudokons along the way as possible. This is the premise of a game that is a challenging, enjoyable and thoroughly dark puzzle-platformer in which stealth and wits are far more important than a quick trigger finger. In fact, aside from mind-controlling enemies on occasion, Abe is virtually unable to fight, relying rather of traps, timing and subterfuge to complete his mission.

    This is a rich, twisted and altogether beautiful game, and a truly fantastic remake of the original… not a reboot, but rather a faithful homage to what came before.


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