posted by scooby (SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA) Aug 9, 2006
Member since Aug 2005
Though it took me a bit to get used to the 3rd person/1st person switching back and forth this game really grew on me as I played it more. You'll definitely want to hang in there through the whole game as both the story and gameplay improve nicely as you advance.
There's a nice balance between brute force and strategic planning/playing. You'll find yourself trying to figure out clever ways to dispatch of your enemies. You also get more "moolah" for capturing enemies alive than dead and you have a good variety of upgradeable weapons and tools(?) at your disposal to accomplish either objective.
As mentioned in other reviews, there's a nice bit of humor in both the storyline and the actual gameplay - primarily in the random interactions with townsfolk characters and the chipmunks you use to attract enemies. However, even though there is a bit of humor and the characters are, for the most part, fairly "cute" the Teen rating is definitely appropriate for language so you might want to keep the young-uns out of the room while playing.
There is no adjustable difficulty level but the game is not too hard and even when it's easy it just gives you opportunity to be "creative" with how you advance. There were just a few sequences that I just ended up trying to run to the end rather than deal with every enemy there. You can quick save at any point so you won't get too frustrated having to play though the same sequence only to die again - this was especially helpful in some of the boss battles.
I found Oddworld really odd, though it is different than other games. You use live ammo, I thought that was cool, the bounties are assorted and all different, and well Stranger's so dam cool, he's got that "I'm a taken yoose in So's You'd be smart to just drop down and die" attitude.