Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty - Xbox One

Release Date:

27 March 2015

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Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty will see players explore ancient ruins, dodge carnivorous beasts and avoid trigger-happy hunting parties as Abe, the original Oddworld hero in this lovingly recrafted take on the 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 labour 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.

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Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New 'n' Tasty was developed by the team at Just Add Water and produced via Oddworld Inhabitants for the Xbox One this past March, 2015. The game was also released on the PC, PS4, and the PS3. This 2D puzzler imbues all of the quirky love that went into the original Oddworld games and ports it over into an almost entirely new genre on a next generation game. With a great hero and some awesome puzzle action at the ready, New 'n' Tasty is more than enough for a heaping serving of puzzle fun. We were huge fans of the original Oddworld games and had to pick up this title for the XB1. Keep on reading to see if it lived up to our nostalgia!

If you remember the original PS One Classic, Abe’s Oddysee, then you are probably our kind of gamer. This cult classic title achieved amazing success over a decade ago and now it has finally come back to us on the Xbox One. We love to see old games get made over treatments for current generation gamers and we love them even more when they are done super well. We’ve seen games like Resident Evil 1 get the proper HD port to current gen systems so we knew that the bones were laid out for what needed to be done. Not only is New 'n' Tasty an accurate port over to the next gen, it also pushes the game in new directions while embracing what it used to be.

The game opens up with the same intro that we saw way back in 1997, only now the intro is fully rendered out in real time. Back in ’97 we thought that these visuals would be the pinnacle of all that gaming could be and how wrong we were. Still, looking back was the right choice here by the company because we immediately had that warm feeling in our stomach. Much like the 'Seegggaa' voice over when we go back to play Sonic, the intro set the mood for us.

Since we first played Abe’s Odyssee way back then the franchise has exploded into four separate entry. Each entry adds new characters and creatures while branching out the overarching story in a ton of different directions. But those are all just background noise. This is the original game and it is here that the plot begins. You play as Abe. Abe is a slave who works at a meat processing facility. One day Abe, who isn’t particularly gifted in any way, learns that his whole race is about to be added to the menu for consumption by his overlords. Abe and his fellow mudokons decide that it is time to get out of Dodge and try to escape.

The bulk of New 'n' Tasty is reminiscent of the original title. You’ll face off against your fair share of tough puzzles and platforming sections. The camera follows you as you maneuver up and down, right and left, and it occasionally becomes more isometric. The new camera angles show off the depth of work that the crew of developers put into bringing this title to life. Abe and his people have never looked so good and the art direction is a high point in the release.

Abe spends most of his time in New 'n' Tasty carefully plotting out where he and his fellows will maneuver going forward. This is a game that doesn’t rely on violence to maintain your interest. Puzzles aren’t based around reaction times and instead they demand that you think critically, employ plans strategically, and learn how to move all of your people in the right direction. Of course Abe isn’t without an ability. He can use mind control on certain opponents in order to clear the way for his prison escape.

A new gameplay mechanic helps push the stealth element forward a little bit. In New 'n' Tasty we see that Abe has access to a supply of bottlecaps that he can use to create distractions, allowing his escape to go on undetected. You’ll be using these caps a lot as you tip toe past your enemies or try to trick them into stepping onto a trap door.

The puzzles don’t stay simple, however, and the platforming elements get more difficult as the game wears on. As the puzzles get more difficult so too does your ability to control all of your loyal mudokons. You can use different commands in order to make them stop or follow you and the in game communication is pretty easy to get working. You can still use far noises if you want to, that hold over from the PS One and still exists on the XB1 much to the delight of the fanbase, we’re sure.

One of the most important changes in the game is the addition of the quicksave system. Being able to plug in and plug out without having to wait for intermittent checkpoints is a godsend. We love puzzle games and don’t mind doing the 'try and try again' method, but sometimes you just need to step away from the game for awhile.

So far we have been pretty positive about New 'n' Tasty but there are still some issues and, unfortunately, they followed Abe all the way to the new generation. Abe himself is not a light footed creature and poor controller tracking had us overstepping our bounds and struggling to get Abe to stop when we wanted him to. Put these issues in the same boat as the intense puzzle difficulty later on in the game and you will have some major frustrations. Multiplayer itself is lacking, as well. Co-op consists of trading Abe back and forth whenever one of you or your partner dies.

Upon finishing our time with New 'n' Tasty we found the game to be a great update of a classic experience. There are still some problems, but the title itself is definitely worth playing through at least once. For fans of the series this is a must buy if only for the graphical upgrade and the new gameplay mechanics.

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