Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee PlayStation

Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Abe also manages to remain challenging while never becoming irritating. Words cannot express how important this is. [Overall Score = 97]
  2. If not for "Final Fantasy 7" this would probably be my pick for game of the year.
  3. The game is just designed and presented so damn well, that it hooks you in and keeps you coming back for more. It's one of those rare games that require players to think before they react.
  4. 90
    Despite its flaws, Abe’s delivers a combo of innovative, strategy-filled gameplay and eye-popping graphics that makes tolerating these problems worthwhile.
  5. It doesn't really break any new ground, but it's very compulsive playing (it's got bags of that 'just one more go' syndrome) and it's just good fun to play.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    85
    "Out of this World"-style gameplay never looked so good. [Jan 2004, p.188]
  7. Abe's really is the ideal platformer, balancing its action and puzzle elements perfectly to make the game intelligent, engaging, and, best yet, fun.
  8. A very difficult game that was frustrating almost as much as it was fun.
  9. 75
    While the look of the game may seem a step back, the intelligent level design and well-thought out puzzles push it two steps into the future.
  10. Handles quite well and that's especially important as many of the puzzles require split-second timing and instant controller response.

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1997
#6 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1997
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. May 13, 2012
    10
    The art is amazing, the voice acting was top notch for it's time, and the creatures are genius.
    It's the best platform game I've ever played
    The art is amazing, the voice acting was top notch for it's time, and the creatures are genius.
    It's the best platform game I've ever played and it's difficulty is may put off a more casual audience but there will never be a time when it is unfair on you, when you make a mistake and die you always think to your self "Ok, that didn't work but now i know where I went wrong". It's a masterpiece and you should pick it up seeing it's quite cheap on certain services.
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  2. Aug 31, 2011
    10
    I just finished this game after downloading it on my PS3....and it's one of the best games ever made. If you have a PS3, get this off PSN.I just finished this game after downloading it on my PS3....and it's one of the best games ever made. If you have a PS3, get this off PSN. The amount of thought that was put into this game puts modern games to shame. In an age of mindless, dumbed-down games that tell you exactly what to do, this game actually makes you think and figure things out. It will be hard to play a mindless modern game after having my brain stimulated by this brilliant game.

    This game was made in a time when game companies didn't dumb down their games for 11-year-olds...back then, game companies made games how they wanted to make them and they weren't afraid to make their games difficult. Sadly, no one will ever make a game like this again...game companies today cater to dumb people who want to mindlessly mash buttons without ever using a brain cell. Oh well, at least you can still get it on PSN.
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  3. Nov 20, 2012
    10
    It was fantastic in '97 and it's fantastic now.I've lost count the number of times I've finished it over the last 15 years.Still one of theIt was fantastic in '97 and it's fantastic now.I've lost count the number of times I've finished it over the last 15 years.Still one of the best games ever made. Full Review »