[PS4 Review] Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey first debuted on the PS1 and PC in 1997 over 17 years ago. It’s been rebooted for a new generation to enjoy what gamers got to play many years ago.
Explore ancient ruins, dodge carnivorous beasts and avoid trigger-happy hunting parties as Abe, the original Oddworld hero in this lovingly re-crafted take on PlayStation® classic Abe’s Oddysee. Once a happy floor waxer in Oddworld’s biggest meat processing plant, Abe stumbles across his boss’s secret plan to turn the factory’s slave labor force into the latest in the RuptureFarms Tasty Treats line of novelty meat snacks. Abe now has to save his own skin from the grinders even if simply escaping the flesh farm is only the start of his Oddysee. Many dangers await Abe on his journey to discover his people’s heritage. Built from the ground up, enjoy breathtaking visuals, enhanced audio and improved, deeper gameplay as New ‘n’ Tasty reignites the original Oddworld game using the latest next-generation technology.
I feel like I say this a lot, but I never played Abe’s Odyssey when it first arrived on the PlayStation platform. I was late to owning a PlayStation holding out hope for the N64 being the future. Unfortunately, the big games I wanted to play were on the PlayStation, and I had a lot of JRPG’s to catch up on, so I missed some solid hits on the PS1.
Oddworld is an interesting place to visit. It’s very different from many of the video games world games that you have seen. It is a dark, bleak place where Abe’s people are enslaved working in a factory that makes food. Abe learns that profits are down due to the animals that they cook becoming extinct. He learns their next delicacy is actually his race, the slaves that keep the plant running. After learning this, he makes a run for, and that is how the game begins.
The game is a 2-D Platformer at heart with a big focus on puzzles. You navigate Abe through the various dangers that are put before him as you rescue his people. The puzzle aspect actually comes into play once you start to lead your people to freedom. To get them to safety, you must talk to them and get them to do what you need them to do. You get their attention by saying hi, and you can then choose to have them follow you or stay where they are. You need to be careful when doing this as there is danger all over the place, and you need to save as many of them as possible without harm.
You have different tools at your disposal to get rid of the enemies in a level, but a lot of them are environmental as Abe himself is not a skilled combatant. You do have bottle caps at your disposal that can be used to distract or lure your enemies away, and you eventually get access to a very limited supply of bombs that can do some serious damage.
I found the controls a little finicky with Abe himself. They seemed a bit twitchy and not as precise as I wanted them to be, but with a little bit of adjustment I eventually compensated for that. My understanding is that there are similar feelings to the original in terms of the control scheme which is why it might feel that way. You control talking to your people through the d-pad, and different directions will emote different phrases. Learn these as they will become very useful very quickly.
The world looks and sounds great. It’s a great modern reinterpretation of the original game, but now they have the power to do more. There are great little touches in the world as well, like a scoreboard posted throughout keeping track of how many slaves have been released and how many have perished, as well as Easter eggs throughout the game that reference other indie games on the market.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty has 37 trophies including a platinum, and it will take multiple runs to be able to get all of the trophies in the game. That being said, there is one for completing the game in under three hours, so depending on your skill level you may be able to get some of these pretty easy. This is a great game for trophy hunters to hone their skills.
Overall this game is an easy recommendation. It is a true remake, and you can tell that many hours of hard work and love went into to make this title. If you enjoyed the original there is something here for you as well. If you are looking for a good platformer for the PS4, this is a great option as well. Rediscover this New ‘n’ Tasty classic today.
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