Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. May 21, 2021
    Soulstorm dares to be bold with its 2.9D presentation, which brings a lot of life to the scenery. The soft reboot has deviated considerably from Exoddus, which is based upon, with a more cinematic approach and new gameplay mechanisms. We miss the late-90s level design of Exoddus, but we loved Soulstorm for its odd-acity!
  2. Apr 21, 2021
    Oddworld: Soulstorm is a great game. A tough one for all those looking for a challenge. It is both a wholly new experience and a familiar one in the same breath. While a few minor bugs plagued me at times and the games’ difficulty throwing me for a few loops, Soulstorm is a solid experience. It’s a much more thought out experience, much closer to the original idea the team at Oddworld Inhabitants had for it way back in the early 90s. Whilst still retaining some of Exoddus’ flair and charm.
  3. Apr 12, 2021
    Oddworld: Soulstorm offers a refreshing take as a reimagining of an old classic. It provides platforming goodness, a bit of trial-and-error with situations, lots of secrets to find, and thousands of Mudokons to save. Sadly, it does have some noticeable shortcomings related to its controls, friendly AI movement, and save system.
  4. Apr 13, 2021
    Oddworld: Soulstorm isn't without its issues, but the good far outweighs the bad. Its crafting system will prove controversial, but it is an overall boon to the game. A visual treat through and through that hits its stride after the first few levels.
  5. Apr 13, 2021
    Oddworld Soulstorm modernises and reimagines the series classic gameplay, but doesn't hold back on the difficulty.
  6. May 4, 2021
    If you’re looking for a new Oddworld experience, then Soulstorm will likely scratch that itch. However, Soulstorm is far from being the 1997 sequel you might know and love. While a lot of what makes Oddworld wonderfully “odd” is still intact, Soulstorm’s experimental nature is almost a detriment. Nevertheless, being able to step into a new Oddworld experience in 2021 is something to behold. Soulstorm might be a little rough around the edges, but hopefully, the game serves as an experiment to determine the best direction for a brand new Oddworld quintology.
  7. Apr 20, 2021
    Oddworld: Soulstorm is an experience that finds the right point between the nostalgic and the modern. The pacing is sometimes too slow and we can't ignore the repetition of mechanics, but even with these shortcomings it is still a highly recommended title. Fans are undoubtedly going to love it.
  8. Apr 16, 2021
    Soulstorm offers a good rewriting of Abe's Exodus with updated graphics and gamepaly. For sure, it's a common die and retry game, but the variety of situations proposed is modernizing this old concept. With an IA sometimes full of bugs, the title is also a bit repetitive, but we still get attached to the destiny of this oppressed people superbly highlighted. Soulstorm is nevertheless an addictive experience if you accept its proposition.
  9. May 29, 2021
    Oddworld: Soulstorm is undoubtedly the best-looking entry in the series yet, with dazzling cutscenes and beautiful environments. However, when it comes to gameplay, Oddworld: Soulstorm comes with a lot of bugs, and clunky and confusing controls. This made the overall gameplay more sluggish and cumbersome than it ought to be, and, in turn, made tricky levels frustrating and tedious rather than pleasantly challenging.
  10. Apr 16, 2021
    We are definitely pleased seeing the return of Abe, one of the most beloved heroes of the PS One generation. We are more than pleased that it retains the essence of the gameplay while also modernizing it. We are thrilled in the prospect that Abe’s saga will continue. At the same time, we really hope that the next adventures will be accompanied by more reliable gameplay mechanics and less of the tired industrial environments.
  11. Apr 13, 2021
    Oddworld: Soulstorm is a fantastic modernized remake of one of those side-scrollers that we remember as great but the original doesn’t hold up. Although it can be an aggravating slog to get through its escort quest-heavy levels, it’s also a unique, delightfully bizarre, and utterly rewarding experience with a fantastic story and a lot of heart. Of course, it also has far too many bugs that force restarts to circumvent, and that can turn the frustration of a good challenge into the bad, controller-throwing kind, and the sound design is all over the place.
  12. Apr 13, 2021
    A great story and lively characters combined with fun gameplay make Oddworld: Soulstorm a successful remake. But the checkpoints quickly become a chore, due to the extremely annoying crafting-system, which can make some passages irritatingly frustrating.
  13. Apr 11, 2021
    Oddworld Soulstorm is a strong follow-up to New'n'Tasty!. It's bigger, very clever, offers some some great new mechanics and its world is still incredibly charming and relevant. But, sadly, it lacks some polish and can be very frustrating because of its bugs or A.I. issues. Only the bravest will succeed in saving all the Mudokons, But in the end, it will be worth it.
  14. Apr 14, 2021
    Oddworld: Soulstorm's charm, characters, and sincere narrative are imprisoned within buggy, erratic software.
  15. Apr 14, 2021
    Though plodding and slow-paced relative to modern stealth games, there is something satisfying to its puzzle-like approach. Unfortunately, it's hard to see the good through issues with the AI, frustrating checkpointing, and technical troubles. Oddworld is an interesting world and I hope we get to see the rest of Abe's saga, but the series needs more than a new coat of paint to breathe new life into the series.
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  1. Apr 9, 2021
    More than any of that, saving the Mudokons from their cruel punishment provides the reason for these games to exist in the first place, and the reason for anyone to spend all this time and effort resurrecting a 1990s game and bringing it blinking into 2021. Slaves travelling in cattle cars, people left to die by the side of the road, toxic big business rolling the environment up and smoking it, the various opiates of the masses and their uses and abuses - the enduring point of Oddworld is that its most horrific elements are not remotely fictional, and that it uses fantasy to refocus our attention on the bizarre horrors of our own world. Back in the day, Oddworld seemed to want more from games, and from its players and it still does. That's worth giving it a little leeway on the rough edges and mis-steps, I reckon.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 87
  2. Negative: 30 out of 87
  1. Apr 7, 2021
    Absolutely perfect continuation of a beloved hidden gem. The graphics are amazing, art style is mind boggling. Absolutely love this.
  2. Apr 7, 2021
    -Horribly buggy
    -clunky controls with gamepad, keyboard is borderline unusable
    -bottle throwing simulator -this 2.9D is pretty awful imo
    -Horribly buggy
    -clunky controls with gamepad, keyboard is borderline unusable
    -bottle throwing simulator
    -this 2.9D is pretty awful imo
    -jumping is very meh, really, double jump? and even that is pretty poop
    -crafting doesn't suits this style of game, and also pretty boringly made here

    Oh and exodus was supposed to be rushed (thats why they made this with different story), this is even more so. It had so beautiful atmosphere and levels that this is absolutly missing (I mean like art style and level designs).
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  3. Apr 10, 2021
    mixture of boring and bad controls (no fluidity).

    It is basically designed around being killed off numerous times as you memorize each
    mixture of boring and bad controls (no fluidity).

    It is basically designed around being killed off numerous times as you memorize each level before you are able to get through it.

    I did not see the creativity that made the first one so iconic.
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