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  • Summary: In Oddworld Stranger's Wrath, the new chapter the Oddworld series, you'll step into the role of the Stranger--a mysterious bounty hunter who tracks down outlaws for money. Equipped a variety of strange weapons that use small creatures as bullets, you'll explore expansive environments rangingIn Oddworld Stranger's Wrath, the new chapter the Oddworld series, you'll step into the role of the Stranger--a mysterious bounty hunter who tracks down outlaws for money. Equipped a variety of strange weapons that use small creatures as bullets, you'll explore expansive environments ranging from Old West towns and thick forests to industrial complexes. The game combines first- and third-person action gameplay with familiar Oddworld elements. Expand
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  1. Positive: 62 out of 65
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  1. 100
    Stranger's Wrath is insidious. Few games have so thoroughly hooked me and absolutely compelled me to play for way too many hours while neglecting all other responsibilities. It offers such a mix of modern game genres that pretty much everybody will find something to love and many, like myself, will find a lot to love.
  2. Quite possibly the best single player experience available on the Xbox. Outstripping even the mighty "Halo," it is fresh, unique, and unparalleled in its innovation of the genre.
  3. While Stranger's Wrath doesn't really break new ground it does present players with a much different Oddworld experience then we've become used to. The way in which the gameplay blurs the various genres it pulls from is a nice touch that keeps things from becoming too straight forward.
  4. What we have here is one of those "high concept", innovative story driven shooters like "The Chronicles of Riddick" or the criminally underrated "Breakdown" that works perfectly as not only a video game, but a thrilling trip to a wonderfully fleshed out visual world that's an absolute knockout to run around and do things in.
  5. Don't let it fool you though; the game isn't very child friendly at all. The later levels become extremely difficult and might require having to be replayed over and over which also helps extend the already lengthy playtime encountered.
  6. A real change from the rest of the Oddworld games, but a welcome one. Here's hoping the Stranger turns up in future Oddworld games.
  7. If you're gonna have odd features, make them essential... A good game, but a slightly wasted opportunity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. MarkW.
    Feb 1, 2005
    10
    Brilliant!!! Iv'e never laughed so hard or been traumitized so much from a game. I'm not a big shooter fan; however, it's Brilliant!!! Iv'e never laughed so hard or been traumitized so much from a game. I'm not a big shooter fan; however, it's better than any PC Strategy or RPG game iv'e played. The story is acted out extremely well (no reading). Expand
  2. AntonioC.
    Jan 27, 2005
    10
    This is probably the only XBox game you need to own this year. Best graphics I've seen on the system so far. Only let down is that there This is probably the only XBox game you need to own this year. Best graphics I've seen on the system so far. Only let down is that there is no multiplayer, but this is not really the kind of game you play with others, anyway... Expand
  3. MadsC.
    Jan 7, 2008
    10
    A great game with that special oddworld feel to it. It tries to combine quite a bit of genres: 3D platformer, Stealth and FPS. And actually A great game with that special oddworld feel to it. It tries to combine quite a bit of genres: 3D platformer, Stealth and FPS. And actually pulls it off. Expand
  4. SpankyC.
    Mar 3, 2005
    10
    I thought this game looked a bit suspect when I first picked it up but its eating into my life as it is fantastic.
  5. Ricardo
    Oct 28, 2005
    10
    How did this game not get 100% from every reviewer? Quite simply the best game of all time (alongside Halo 1; not Halo 2 which was totally How did this game not get 100% from every reviewer? Quite simply the best game of all time (alongside Halo 1; not Halo 2 which was totally garbage). I am playing it for the third time and love every minute of it. Beautiful graphics that are better than anything in any other game I have seen or played. Brilliant story. Great controls. Funny dialogue. And ingenious, inspired action. THE GREATEST! Expand
  6. OddlySadistic
    Jan 5, 2010
    10
    Hmm, never played this game. Really wanted to but found out about it far too late as the ps3 was coming around the corner. Still, any game Hmm, never played this game. Really wanted to but found out about it far too late as the ps3 was coming around the corner. Still, any game from OWI (Oddworld Inhabbitants) deserves a 10 and a 10 it shall receive. Expand
  7. Dec 16, 2020
    7
    I remember seeing information about this game before it came out that got me excited.
    I'd played Abe's Odyssey and Munch's Odyssey, and I
    I remember seeing information about this game before it came out that got me excited.
    I'd played Abe's Odyssey and Munch's Odyssey, and I enjoyed both; They put you in interesting, immersive (though fairly linear) environments where you feel a strange familiarity with foreign creatures, in a sense commenting on our own connection with nature. So when I saw they were making more of a shooter, I was pretty excited; These developers have a sense of grittiness that's relatable, so I was curious to see how that would turn out in an outlaw-type protagonist.
    Personally I am a fan of platformer / shooter games, like Ratchet and Clank.
    However, this title unfortunately didn't feel quite like an organically pointed experience like the other Oddworld titles I played, though I never did finish this game.
    My main issue with it is that it seemed to get a bit repetitive to me, which was strange considering the mechanics weren't exactly stale. I think it was a mix of controls being just short of precise, without much guiding the way in terms of incentive for side questing, leading to a little bit too linear of a progression for me.
    That said, it is still an Oddworld game so the characters still have their own unique charm.
    Still recommended for any fans of the series, though I'd recommend starting with a different game if you haven't tried an Oddworld game yet.
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