Oddworld.com uploaded their main page to celebrate the release of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath! They also uploaded a page summing up the reviews of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, go take a look to make up your mind if it isn’t done yet.
Steve Tilley of Edmonton Sun reviewed the game and gave it 4 stars out of 5.
Inside Gamer Online posted a review and gave the game: Gameplay: 10 out of 10; Graphics: 9 out of 10; Sound: 7 out of 10; Value: 8 out of 10; Tilt: 9 out of 10 and Overal: 8.6 out of 10.
Oddworld‐Web has updated its Live Ammo Page.
allXbox.com’s Mark Leonard has written a ‘Closer Look’ at Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, indeed going into the history and origins of Oddworld Inhabitants, and Lorne’s artistic inspiration as a child. GamePro’s Star Dingo has reviewed the game, awarding it 4·5 out of 5, while Reubin Montgomery of PopCultureShock has given the game an A+, saying it is ‘destined to become a classic.’
Oddworld Universe has discovered that Prima Games have released the online version of their official game guide to Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath. The official eGuide costs U.S. $9·99, and is available immediately. The website features an eight‐page .pdf preview of the guide.
Sources: Oddworld Universe
Xbox Advanced released the fourth part of their ‘Week Long Special’, today they provide us the Company History of Oddworld Inhabitants. A good read if you don’t know much about the 2 founders of Oddworld Inhabitants.
Raymond Swanland, production designer for Oddworld Inhabitants, has created a cover artwork for the new album of the heavy metal group Deeds Of Flesh: Crown of Souls. You can see a preview of the cover here and download it as .PSD file over here. You can also notice Raymond’s art is all over the site’s layout.
EDIT: you can see an Hi‐ress version over here. Enjoy this masterpiece!
To celebrate the U.S. release of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, OddBlog has written a concise article covering the history of the title’s development. The overview of region two from the game, Buzzarton, has also been uploaded. Look out for more Stranger’s Wrath goodness from OddBlog soon!
Please note: the celebratory article is no longer available; a revised development history of Stranger’s Wrath currently figures for The Oddworld Encyclopædia. The Buzzarton overview will become available with the relaunch of The Oddworld Scriptures.
The downloads section of the EA promotial site of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath has finally been released: you can download the Fan Site Kit on there, or simply the wallpapers that can be found in the FSK.
Today is the big day! Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath is released in North America. If you live over there go grab a copy now. If you live in Europe you’ll have to wait 3 March 2005.
Have fun with the game!
Game Over Online reviewed the game. Official Xbox Magazine UK gave 8·3 out of 10 and the Official Xbox Magazine gave 8·7 out of 10.
GamePro has reviewed Stranger’s Wrath and gave it: Graphics: 4·5 out of 5; Sound: 4·0 out of 5; Control: 4·5 out of 5 and Fun factor: 4·5 out of 5. Thanks to Genki Katchum for providing some scans (1 and 2) and to Oddworld Universe for the head up.
The French magazine Joypad (issue № 149) reviewed the game and gave: Graphics: 5 out of 6; Sound: 4 out of 6; Control: 4 out of 6; Lasting Appeal: 4 out of 6 and thus an overall 8 out of 10. They also awarded the game a ‘Mega Star Joypad’
EA have announced that Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath has been shipped to stores across the U.S. ready for the title’s release tomorrow, 2005‐01‐26. Read the full story according to Tim Surette on GameSpot.
GameSpot have also uploaded three new videos: two new movies of gameplay footage, and a video review.
We would like to point out that the overview of the first region in Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath has been updated to provide more up‐to‐date information. However, older information can still be read and is marked with a line‐through.
Sources: Tim Surette of GameSpot
Sources: Oddworld Universe
MojoMan220 found 3 reviews of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath:
IGN gave: Presentation: 9·0 out of 10; Graphics: 9·5 out of 10; Sound:9·0 out of 10; Gameplay: 8·5 out of 10; Lasting Appeal: 8·0 out of 10 wich boils down to an overall 8·8.
Alcar found 2 other articles:
1UP reviewed the game and gave 8·0 out of 10.
Sources: Miss Odd
Abe Babe and Oddguy have been working hard on Oddworld‐Web, which has now finally been opened to the public. Featuring a brand‐new Stranger‐theme design, the first design change since it first opened in 2000, OWW’s premiere exclusive is an interview with Alf covering many aspects of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath. This marks the welcome return of one of the online Oddworld fan communities longest‐lasting fansites.
EA have released an overview of the first region in Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, Gizzard Gulch. OddBlog has transcribed the overview for everyone’s pleasure. However, as it contains biographies and dossiers on the characters as well as detailed plot information, OddBlog has classified the page as a spoiler not to be looked at by those wishing to discover the details and nuances of the game and its Inhabitants themselves.
Please note: this document is currently not available. It will be uploaded as part of The Oddworld Scriptures some time in the future. We apologise; however, if you wish to read the file, we will happily email it to you. Email Max for further information.
Sources: EA Games
The second part of GameZone’s interview with Lorne Lanning, ‘It’s an Odd World After All: Lorne Lanning Gamespeaks’, has been posted. In it, Lorne talks about the length and depth of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, the attachment OWI forms with the characters, and the difficulty of constructing game codes and engines.
The GNOMON School of Visual Arts has released a press release to announce that Lorne Lanning and Sherry McKenna have joined the school’s Advisory Board, to offer expert advice on the expansion of their curriculem. It includes a comprehensive overview of the pair’s backgrounds, achievments and accolades, as well as a summary of the Oddworld franchise’s many and varied awards and acknowledgements.
IGN has posted several high‐quality videos of Live Ammo in action, but they are available only to IGN Insiders.
According to Oddworld.com’s press page, Lorne Lanning will answer questions from the hosts and viewers of G4TV on January 21st at 7 p.m. PST (info on calling in); and some Inhabitants will give away cheats and insider tips including ammo combos, secret areas, etc. in episode №5002 of Cheat!, which premieres on January 25th 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST. All this goodness on G4 TechTV.
GameZone posted an interview with Lorne Lanning. Nothing really intresting, and I have to say the PS2 version was officially cancelled 3 months ago.
But way better: Oddworld.com has uploaded the Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath official Fan Site Kit! It contains 30 avatars, 8 concept art, 15 design elements, the packart (also a version without logos), 14 Outlaw Boss Cards, 5 wallpapers (each in 1600×1200, 1024×768 and 800×600), and a couple of logos. Go grab the goodness now!
Matt Jarbo reviewed Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath and the scores are: Design: 9/10; Gameplay: 9/10; Graphics/Sound: 9/10; Reviewer’s Bias: 9/10; and thus Overall Score: 9/10. Go to GameDreamZ to read the review.
WorthPlaying posted their preview about Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath. The article contains new and old screenshots.
Sources: Fuzzle Guy
Gamespot uploaded lots of Oddworld goodies lately: The Grubbs Profile Page, 31 new Artworks and 2 new movies. Also, Justin Calvert, Associate Editor of GameSpot has picked up Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath as most anticipated game for 2005.
By the way, IGN has posted a 2 pages hands‐on preview, go check their impressions.
TeamXbox has an handful of new screenshots.
By the way you can see the cover of the bonus DVD on Game Crazy.
Sources: Genki Katchum
Sources: Flying Scrab
The updates to the eagames.com official Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath site reported a few days ago have returned: the screenshots, character profiles, interactive map and videos. Thanks go to Mojoman220 for rediscovering this.
Mojoman220 has found tons of new interesting news:
Xboxyde has uploaded its Gallery of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath with screenshots and artWork (new and old).
TeamXbox has posted a feature, including movies commented by Lorne Lanning and additional info about the bonus DVD.
IGN has uploaded 6 new fight movies.
Also, the Official Site has been updated… be sure to take a look. It makes some things official like the Movies of Oddworld bonus dvd that you can get by pre‐ordering Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, the game going gold, and they asks you, fan, to spread the word about the game.
The Oddworld Montage video posted in three parts on IGN recently is now available to download via BitTorrent from Xboxyde. The video is a large .avi file, so the latest codecs are likely required to view it.
Also, it has become obvious that a version of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath has been leaked, and is illegally available for download from the Internet. OddBlog is asking people to come forward with information on the sources of this leak; please report any information you can to me. Thank you.
A new review has been posted by Gunhero on a gamers life [sic].
A preview of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath has also been posted by GamePro’s Four‐Eyed Dragon.
The second review of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath has been posted by SilverKnight on GamesMainFrame.com. The article, which actually seems to be a preview, centres on the GTA aspects of the game, and has some criticisms of the audio in the game.
GameSpot has uploaded yet another character profile, this time focusing on the Clakkerz. This is a very short article, but comes with plenty of new artwork.
EA’s official Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath minisite has been updated with comprehensive character profiles, eighty‐nine new screenshots and images on a variety of subjects, and an interactive map of the Mongo Valley! Credit goes to Dualist.
TeamXbox have posted the second of their character profiles, this time looking at the Live Ammo in Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath. The text is a rehash of GameSpot’s iteration, but there are new screenshots depicting the critters in action.
GameSpy’s Raymond Padilla has posted a hands‐on preview of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, while Jeremy Parish’s article from February 2005’s GMR, ‘Stranger and Stranger’, has been transcribed by 1Up. Covering the history of the Oddworld games series, the feature includes quotes from Lorne Lanning and retrospective looks at all three existing games by Oddworld Inhabitants.
Sources: Oddworld Universe
GameSpy has posted the second developer’s diary for Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath. This time, Gautam Babber talks about teamwork and iteration in the construction of a game level, specifically the mine car chase approaching the Flint McGee boss.
MSXbox World has posted two videos, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Odd’ trailer and the game’s opening sequence. Both of these are much lower quality than previous videos, so users with less powerful computers may be able to see these sequences fluidly.
Sources: Genki Katchum
IGN has uploaded 3 new movies about Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath.
Alector has been kind enough to buy the current issue of MAN!AC Magazine and scan in the playing cards on the Oddworld Forums. The cards featured are the 7s to aces of hearts and spades. The next batch will appear on 2005‐01‐28.
Sources: pyro bob