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'Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath' Straddles the PS Vita


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Initial post: Dec 18, 2012 8:46:42 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
I might have to grab this, seems perfect for portable. Haven't played these since the Xbox days.

http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2012/12/17/returning-to-oddworld-with-strangers-wrath-hd-on-playstation-vita/

Almost exactly a year ago I sat and typed up my review of First/Third Person Shooter hybrid `Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD' for the PS3. Despite a few niggles I absolutely loved the game. "There's no doubt about it, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD is punching well above its £9.99 price bracket," I said. "The production values coupled with over ten hours of quality gameplay mean the game would easily be worth £40 if stuck on the shelf of your local retailer."

"Frustrating difficulty spikes aside, Stranger's Wrath had me hooked throughout. If TSA did half marks, this would be a well-deserved 9.5." Well the good news is that now the game has made its way to the PlayStation Vita. Can it make a big impact on the small screen?

Firstly I should point out that if you're really interested in picking up the game then you should check out my review of the PS3 version. I wrote a heck of a lot of words for it, and to do it all again would involve a lot of repetition. This article is to highlight how well the game has been ported to the Vita.

There are two big questions that I have been asked about when talking about Stranger's Wrath on the Vita - is it a Cross-Buy game, and does it feature Cross-Saves from the PS3 version. Well, the answer is no and no. With regards to the Cross-Saves, Sony has a limit on file sizes which Just Add Water couldn't meet (although not for lack of trying). In terms of download size this version weighs in at 1.5GB, which I was pleasantly surprised at.

Visually the game should please Vita owners as, despite looking jaggier than the PS3 release, it has lost none of its charm. Compare this to recent releases such as Resistance: Burning Skies and there's just no contest; Stranger's Wrath wins hands down. It's especially nice to see that the fabulous game world hasn't been compromised, and seems just as I remembered from last year. The screenshots don't really do the game justice - you have to see it running on the Vita's beautiful OLED screen to get the full effect.


Sound quality, too, seems unaffected when listening through a set of headphones, with the familiar title screen music booming out, and Stranger's musings every time you press the square button.

With the Vita having so many control methods, the temptation must have been there to shoehorn in a load of features. Luckily Just Add Water has kept things to a minimum, and it works fine for the most part. Character movement is via the left analogue stick, with the right being used to manoeuvre the camera in third person mode, and to look up and down in first person mode. Upon starting the game I suggest digging into the menus and adjusting the speed of the third person camera, as the default setting seems far too sluggish, which you might not notice at first but can become a real pain when you come under heavy attack.

Switching between third and first person mode is a case of double-tapping the touch screen, which actually works perfectly fine. My initial worry was that this might become cumbersome during boss fights, but a couple of hours in and it has been no bother what-so-ever.

What I'm not a fan of is the melee attacks being mapped to the rear touch pad when you're in first person view. I have rather large hands (yes yes, settle down) so frequently found myself brushing the rear touch pad and causing Stranger to melee attack when I didn't want him to. Hardly game-breaking, but worth mentioning.

So - is Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD on the Vita worth your hard-earned £9.99? If you haven't played the PS3 version then the answer is "absolutely". All of the praise I lavished upon the game back in 2011 still holds true today. The story is interesting, the world is brilliant, the gameplay refreshing and the Live Ammo system is still a joy to use. £9.99 for a 10-12 hour game of this calibre is an absolute steal, and Vita owners should lap this up.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:49:33 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
1.5 GB file size means I need to wait until after I get a 32 GB card for Christmas to snatch this one.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:52:07 AM PST
McAwesomeo says:
No cross-buy makes me sad. I want more games to have this.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:55:15 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
Screens look mighty good. Never got the remakes or paid them any attention on console, but it surprises me just how well the look of this game holds up.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:55:27 AM PST
This is awesome. I've never played the original. With P4G and LBPV and now this ... i suddenly have things to play on my Vita! Now I need to find some games for my 3DS.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:57:00 AM PST
J. Pardee says:
It's good to see the game is well done on the Vita. I bought the PS3 version last year when it was on sale so I won't be buying the game. I was trying to play the game on hard which was making me die too much so I quit. I need to get back to the game sometime though.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 11:15:15 AM PST
Totally agree. I already own the PS3 version, and while I'd love to support the devs in general, I just can't justify re-buying it (even though I'd prefer it on Vita over PS3).

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 11:48:22 AM PST
I bought a 32GB card. Looks like I found a game worthy of its use.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 4:11:08 PM PST
saskamazon says:
$15 seems a bit pricey ... Dokuro is on sale this week for 50% off if anyone is interested.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 6:25:35 PM PST
I bought this game back in the day on Xbox brand new. It's still one of my favorites of all time. With this and that Mexican wrestling metroidvania game, I'm actually a bit interested in a Vita.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 6:28:09 PM PST
Soulshine says:
I wish it was cross-buy. Now I'll just buy the one that goes on sale first.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 6:18:54 AM PST
Soulshine says:
Morning bump. I thought this was very cool and unexpected news.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 7:26:02 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
The game is definitely worth $15. I'm not sure it's worth $30 to buy it on both.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:27:01 AM PST
J. Pardee says:
I only paid $3 for the PS3 version last year.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 7:28:12 AM PST
Wasn't this an Xbox exclusive back in the day?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:29:17 AM PST
Soulshine says:
WHAT!? How did I miss that sale?

I thought I was checking the tuesday updates pretty closely.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:36:52 AM PST
Lyrick_ says:
Yep, it went through a mess of publishing starting with MS then ending up with EA and received almost no advertising. It was an absolute gem of a title at the time.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 9:02:04 AM PST
Bought the game last night and it's really good. Played for about an hour and the game is definitely worth $15. Games on the Vita just look so good because of the AMOLED screen. The Vita is one heck of a portable gaming device.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 9:09:25 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
I grabbed a PSN wallet voucher last night and almost pulled the trigger...got Rayman Origins instead. Think i'm going to grab another tonight and go ahead and get this.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 9:35:38 AM PST
J. Pardee says:
Lol, it was probably around this time of the year that the sale happened last year.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 11:29:47 AM PST
nah..but I waited till it was released on the Vita. Now, I am enjoying the heck out of that game.

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 12:23:19 PM PST
GarionOrb says:
Yup, it was. Microsoft really did a number with Oddworld, as it was a Sony exclusive in the previous gen. Even when their exclusivity contract expired, the PS2 versions of both Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath were canceled while in development.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 12:27:01 PM PST
If I remember the past correctly, I could've sworn that the PS2 simply couldn't run Stranger's Wrath. Am I wrong?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 12:31:43 PM PST
GarionOrb says:
I never read anything about that, and considering that many PS2 games looked much better than Stranger's Wrath, I doubt that was the case. But I could be wrong.
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