May 152012
The staff over at gaming website IGN have published a list of their top 50 video game worlds, celebrating the unique, creative and unforgettable settings that enrich the experience of exploring a game world. Oddworld has made it into the list, ranking at #36. Here’s what IGN had to say:
The weirdo inhabitants of Oddworld are as disgusting as they are adorable as they are awesome. Their demented, clever world is different in each entry, as is the themes, atmosphere, and characters you encounter, which is what makes each game so memorable. The spaghetti western vibes of Stranger’s open world are totally disimilar to the oppressive workforce foundry of Abe’s Oddysee. There’s something a little gross about everything that isn’t beautiful here, people and places alike. Everything about Oddworld has the imaginative qualities of a child’s wonder fused with the strange maturity of a not-quite-right adult. The result is a world we’ll always remember.
Apr 272012
Stewart Gilray of Just Add Water has been discussing his team’s work on the Oddworld series in an article posted on IGN today. The article focuses on two things: firstly, the issues surrounding the PC port of Stranger’s Wrath from last December, and its subsequent HD re-release. According to the article, the backlash from the initial PC port’s issues caused Gilray no small amount of worry:
“Rightfully so, we had our arses ripped a new one,” Gilray says. It got under his skin. He didn’t sleep for two weeks. “I was terrified I’d killed Oddworld.”
The second part reiterates some of the previously-discussed difficulties the JAW team has had with getting the game published on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console, including the limitations of the Xbox Live Arcade platform and the requirements of Games on Demand.