Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty


May 19, 2015

CrispySinger

Oddworld New n Tasty is a ground up remake of the classic Playstation One title, Oddworld Abes Oddysee.

This was a title I wanted to get round to playing for quite some time due to being a big fan of the original game, but I kept on putting it back until just the other day when I finally decided to start playing it.

I’ve really only played about an hour of the game and that was spent saving some of those bad boy Mudokons and dying quite a bit due to some classic trial and error puzzles. That and I’d occasionally pull a lever which resulted in the demise of my fellow brethren.

From the get go it brought back many memories of playing it years ago and it was great, from the brief time I played it I actually really enjoyed it and it seems quite promising. So I’m looking forward to playing through the rest of it and seeing what the full game has to offer.

Even though it is quite enjoyable so far there’s one thing that I noticed that I’m not entirely sure on and that’s the difference in presentation. It’s obvious that the remake would mean a lot of the elements of the original game would change like pre rendered backgrounds and the likes but I feel that some of the changes have taken away from what made the original game unique.

The original game gave off a much more depressing, gloomy tone from the get go. Rupture Farms looked like an industrial hell on earth and it helped set the tone for the rest of the game. You could tell that Rupture Farms was going to be dark and depressing and in quite a few areas it looks run down and aged which makes it feel as if Rupture Farms had been running for quite some time. This gave the player an incentive to push to save the Mudokons that had been kept captive. It also helped emphasise just how horrible Rupture Farms was and the suffering that all the captives would have been going through.

So far I feel that the remake lacks that same atmosphere and feel to it, with Rupture Farms being brighter in general and due to items like checkpoints and some of the billboards it takes away the gloom and doom feeling from the original. The facility also appears to be better maintained, or at least not in a state of decay like the original, it makes it feel less daunting and more like the facility is relatively new.  Without the darker tone it makes things more light hearted. It looks nowhere near as intimidating as the original and it loses some of its charm from this.

It’s not a major issue to be fair as the gameplay is still solid and quite humorous at times. As I said before, I really like what I’ve played so far I’m looking forward to playing through the rest of the game.

So from what I’ve played so far I’d recommend picking the title up, whether or not you’ve played the original its well worth a shot. Although, if you can get your hands on the original then you should play through that as well to see what your thoughts are between both the versions of this game.

And that’s all I have to say for now in this episode, but I will be reviewing this title when I finish it so be sure to check back again to see my full review.

Before I finish this video though I remember when I played the original and got a good bit into it for some fucking stupid reason I saved it in the middle of a jump expecting to make it and unfortunately I didn’t, it was also my only save file and if you didn’t guess it already that meant every time I reloaded I fell to my death. Obviously the novelty worn off really quickly knowing that all the time I had sunk it was wasted.

That was a lesson learnt well as ever since then I almost always make sure to save any game in a safe place. Unless the game uses auto save and I don’t need to worry about any of that shit.

About CrispySinger

A Gamer who loves pretty much all genres of Games! (More so RPG, FPS, Survival Horror, Action Adventure etc.) Known to collect “Retro Games and Consoles” and also for being guilty of having an ever expanding back log of games. To get to know him better and see what he’s been up to, catch him online via his Gaming Accounts… You know what to do!

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