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  1. Mar 24, 2015
    Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is the only game I've played out of the entire Oddworld franchise. This is one of the greatest shooters I haveOddworld: Stranger's Wrath is the only game I've played out of the entire Oddworld franchise. This is one of the greatest shooters I have experienced. Stranger is on a mission to collect bounties and cash them in so he can pay for a mysterious surgical procedure. This medical condition of his isn't revealed until a crucial part of the game, so in the meantime you just run around and shoot stuff with non-traditional ammunition. You are not firing bullets or rockets or special darts. You shoot out critters such as Bolamites or Sparkflies. Each ammo servers a unique purpose such as Chipmunks attract enemies and Bolamites are used to entangle outlaws so you can bag'em up real good! Your primary weapon is a crossbow that fires two types of ammo at a time. This allows for combination of certain critters such as Stunkz and Boombats. I would use the Upgraded Stunkz to suck enemies into a spot and immediately fire Boombats to make them all explode! There was blood, spit, and ass everywhere in this game! Killing an outlaw or bounty target isn't preferred because you make less money this way. To get in the most Moolah (yes, that is the currency), the best method is to trap or incapacitate your foes and then bag them.

    Now shooting is fun and all, but the more memorable moments of the game are the NPCs. Everyone talks like a hick. Being from Arkansas, I can say their accents and vocabulary are quite accurate to that of a redneck. Trust me, I am surrounded by them! The things these anthropomorphic chickens say are downright hilarious. They just act so rude, especially if you attack them. I just run into one of them, (charging at full force I might add), send him flying across the town and the whole place is just gathered around me yelling things like "Now cut that out, ya crazy varmit!" or "Settle down now, ya stinky turd!" Only one risk comes with messing with the Clackerz (as they are so called) and that is dealing with a gun turret that continuously fires until you get out of their range. Those little feathered cowards run indoors and open fire! Eventually they forgive you and come back outside, but if they didn't carry extra Moolah on them, I wouldn't mess with them anyway.

    You don't have to play in first-person mode the entire time. Just when you shoot. The game allows you to swap to a third person perspective for easier movement. You run a lot faster when you aren't holding a crossbow in front of your face. As for things that can kill you, falling isn't one of them. So long as the bottom is visible, Stranger cannot die from free falling. Should he get hurt by other means, he can just shake off the pain and bullets stuck in his skin. That's pretty hardcore.

    However, there are some buggy things about this game, at least for the PC port. Most of these things are not game breaking, but two of which annoyed me. The first was during the last level. If you die and hit try again, the client crashes. This could just be Steam not optimizing this game enough, but it's still frustrating having to close the game, re-open, reload, and retry everything again. The second bug was beating the game. I KNOW I was playing on Normal, but Steam gave me the achievement for Easy. Again, likely an error on Steam's part, but just thought I would mention it.

    Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is an awesome shooter. It has an intuitive mechanic built around ammunition, a lively world with innocents and brigands, and many a dark secret to be discovered on Stranger's quest to get some surgery done.
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