February 2005


Dutch Oddworld Bounty Hunt continues

Story 317 reported by Max on
Monday, 28th February 2005 at 8·01 p.m. GMT

The EA‐organised ‘Oddworld Bounty Hunt’ is well under way in the Netherlands. On the Oddworld Forums, erwinraaben55 has been working hard informing and updating everyone on the clues, which are issued daily on Dutch radio.

Sources: erwinraaben55

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Stranger opening movie bags NY Festivals medals

Story 316 reported by Max on
Sunday, 27th February 2005 at 2·05 p.m. GMT

Oddworld Inhabitants won 2 awards with OSW Story Reel video(warning huge spoilers), take from their last game Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, at the New York Festivals this year: Gold WorldMedal in the ‘Best Computer‐Generated Images’ category and Silver WorldMedal in the ‘Best Direction’ category.



EA France’s La fureur de l’étranger contest

Story 315 reported by Xav on
Sunday, 27th February 2005 at 10·16 a.m. CET

EA France has done it again! They are holding a big Oddworld La fureur de l’étranger contest (only for France) where you can win 4 Xboxes, over 50 accesories and one year of free EA games! All you have to do is to login over at this site and wait until there are enough bounty hunters subscribed to capture the bounty. When the time is right they will pic up a winner, you can higher your chances of winning by making friends subscribe too.



Oddworld Inhabitants to move to Emeryville

Story 314 reported by Xav on
Saturday, 26th February 2005 at 10·02 p.m. CET

Here are 2 articles for you to read: One about The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants: The First Ten Years 1994–​2004 over at VFXWorld. And an other one about Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath over at MercuryNews.com, you will have to subscribe to read it unfortunately. But it has something absolutly exclusive in it: ‘They’re moving the company from San Luis Obispo to Emeryville’!

Sources: MercuryNews.com

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GameOne giving away signed goods and original artwork

Story 313 reported by Xav on
Saturday, 26th February 2005 at 6·15 p.m. CET

GameOne (a French TV channel) will be showing a making of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath this monday 28 february at 20h50. The article also mention that a special Oddworld evening is planned later next week.

But that’s not all, is also holding an amazing contest where you can win: A signed Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath copy (by Lorne Lanning and Sherry McKenna), a signed The Art of Oddworld book (by all the Inhabitants), an original ArtWork (by Silvio Aebischer), a set of Outlaws cards, T-shirts (one Munch, one Stranger) and other less intresting stuff. To participate you have to submit a piece of artwork you done, inspirated by the oddworld universe to this adress:

BP 900 30
75 462 Paris Cedex

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Additional OSW competitions

Story 312 reported by Xav on
Saturday, 26th February 2005 at 10·41 a.m. CET

FileFront has posted a new interview with Lorne Lanning, nothing realy new in there.

There are also new comptetitions to win Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath over at XboxGazette (Belgium, France and Switzerland only) and Xboxgen.



Win Stranger’s Wrath or Movies of Oddworld

Story 311 reported by Xav on
Thursday, 24th February 2005 at 9·09 a.m. CET

2 more competitions showed up in Europe on Xboxmatch and on Xbox Gamer to win Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath (and even the Pal version of the Bonus DVD Movies of Oddworld on Xboxmatch). And because it’s all in French I explained it all on the Oddworld Forums.

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Oddworld Bounty Hunt in the Netherlands

Story 310 reported by Xav on
Wednesday, 23rd February 2005 at 7·18 p.m. CET

EA has a huge marketing idea for Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath in Holland. According to Xboxworld.nl, EA is going to organize a nation‐wide ‘Hide and Seek’ operation called the ‘Oddworld Bounty Hunt’. The operation is going to start the 28 February, Xboxworld.nl will then release a Tip a day. Then the 4 Mars, between 16h and 18h, you’ll have to go to the place (with the help of the tips) where you think the ‘bad guy’ is hiding to bounty him! The winner will win 1000€! The 10 next ones will win the game Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath!

Sources: Xboxworld.nl

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Lorne to speak ‘Genre Bending’ at E3

Story 309 reported by Xav on
Saturday, 19th February 2005 at 10·07 a.m. CET

Lorne Lanning is going to be one of the panelists at E3’s discussion about ‘Genre blending: Careening beyond the status quo toward new levels of innovation’ (scoll down to 1·7).

Oddworld Universe reports that Xbox.com made an interview with Lorne Lanning and that they also put up a preview of the Official Prima Guide to the game. If you sign up on Xbox.com you’ll be able to download some sample pages in pdf format.

Sources: Oddworld Universe



Screenshots of Movies of Oddworld

Story 308 reported by Xav on
Monday, 14th February 2005 at 6·25 p.m. CET

atusiya@ uploaded some screenshots from the Movies of Oddworld Bonus DVD. Go take a look over here, quickly because they will be off in 3 days.

Sources: atusiya@



Lorne promotes digital backlots

Story 307 reported by Max on
Friday, 11th February 2005 at 11·12 p.m. GMT

The Hollywood Reporter has an article on Lorne Lanning’s use of ‘digital backlots’—​character, environment and object models that can be used for movies and video games.

CodeJunkies have a selection of powersaves for Stranger’s Wrath for use with Action Replay or MAX Drive Xbox. Meanwhile, there are two new guides at GameFAQs. One is a Live Ammo FAQ by John T Perkowski, while Craig Millard has created a walkthrough for the second half of the game.

Although Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath remains number ten on Rogers Video’s most popular game rentals for all platforms, Blockbuster Video Canada has announced that the game is their eighth most popular Xbox game rental.

Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee has been identified by contributors to Clemson University’s The Tiger: Online Edition as one of six ‘overlooked misfit’ games.



$50 for a walkthrough

Story 306 reported by Max on
Wednesday, 9th February 2005 at 10·53 p.m. GMT

If you own a copy of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath and wouldn’t mind having the possibility of winning U.S. $50 to spend at selected online stores such as Amazon, you might be interested in writing a walkthrough of the game for GameFAQs’ FAQ Bounty Contest. Credit for spotting this opportunity goes to erwinraaben55, and for more information, consult the Oddworld Forums.

Oddworld.com’s Stranger’s Wrath download page has been updated with one additional mp3 from the game’s soundtrack: Michael Bross’s ‘Race Against Time’. Thanks to Alf’s Assistant for informing the Forums of this.

Atusi has discovered that Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath is currently tenth in Rogers Video’s top ten video game rentals this week.

Sources: erwinraaben55, Alf’s Assistant, and Atusi

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First unofficial guides to Stranger

Story 305 reported by Max on
Saturday, 5th February 2005 at 11·06 p.m. GMT

A review in Spanish has been posted on Puerto Rican site ZONAi. Gustavo Delgado has awarded Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath four out of five. Derek Gonsoulin of the Orlando City Beat has also reviewed the game, awarding the gameplay 8, graphics 10, sound 9 and replay 6, all out of 10.

The first guides outside the official Prima walkthrough are now emerging. MojoMan220 has spotted that IGN have uploaded David “Dirty Zoopy” McCutcheon’s guide, with credit going to Esus of Oddworld Junkie for pointing out its availability for only IGN Insiders, while Ken J. N. has added his Boss Bounty Guide to GameFAQs.

Sources: MojoMan220 and Esus



Official French Stranger site

Story 304 reported by Max on
Friday, 4th February 2005 at 10·23 p.m. GMT

The official French Oddworld Stranger‘s Wrath website contains a wealth of information for French‐speaking Oddworld fans, including character profiles, Live Ammo descriptions and even a breakdown of the game’s seven regions.



UGO looks at Stranger and Oddworld history

Story 303 reported by Xav on
Friday, 4th February 2005 at 8·15 p.m. CET

UnderGroundOnline (UGO) has posted a ‘Super‐Feature’ on Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath. The first part called ‘Oddworld Revisited’ takes a look on Abe’s Oddysee, Abe’s Exoddus and Munch’s Oddysee. The second part introduces Stranger while the third one is presenting the different types of Live Ammo. They also put up an interview with Lorne Lanning and a review of the game!



GameDaily and GameZone review Stranger

Story 302 reported by Xav on
Friday, 4th February 2005 at 7·38 p.m. CET

GameDaily reviewed Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, you can read it in two sizes: The ‘one minute review’ or ‘full review’. They rated it 4·5 stars out of 5.

GameZone also reviewed the game and gave it: Gameplay: 9 out of 10; Graphics: 9·2 out of 10; Sound: 9·1 out of 10; Difficulty: Medium; Concept: 9·5 out of 10 and Overall: 9·1 out of 10. Thereby they awarded it the ‘Editor’s Choice award’.

Levi Buchanan of the Chicago Tribune writed an article about the game. Go read it here.



Xbox Advanced and Marc Saltzman review Stranger

Story 301 reported by Xav on
Thursday, 3rd February 2005 at 6·03 p.m. CET

Xbox Advanced released the last part of their ‘Week Long Special’, the final review of the game and rated it: Visuals: 10 out of 10; Sound: 9 out of 10; Control: 9·5 out of 10; Gameplay: 9·5 out of 10; Replay: 7·5 out of 10 and Verdict: 9·2 out of 10. They also awarded it an ‘AMN Gold Award’.

GameSpy has put up a movie of Lorne Lanning talking about Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath at the DICE Summit 2005.

Marc Saltzman of Canada.com has reviewed the game and awarded it 3 out of 4.



MyGamer reviews Stranger

Story 300 reported by Xav on
Wednesday, 2nd February 2005 at 9·18 p.m. CET

Mygamer.com reviewed Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath and rated it: Gameplay: 8 out of 10; Graphics: 9 out of 10; Sound: 9 out of 10; Value: 9 out of 10; Curve: 9 out of 10 and Overall: 8·8 out of 10 (Distinguished).



Stranger soundtrack mp3s

Story 299 reported by Xav on
Wednesday, 2nd February 2005 at 8·08 p.m. CET

Oddworld.com has put up 8 MP3 files and a new Movie in their brand new download section! All the MP3 files are commented by Michael Bross, Oddworld composer.

Wired writed an article about Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath, go read it here.

Sources: Oddworld.com and tsioc



Games Domain reviews Stranger

Story 298 reported by Xav on
Tuesday, 1st February 2005 at 5·36 p.m. CET

Games Domain reviewed the Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath and gave: Graphics: 9 out of 10; Sound: 8 out of 10; Control: 8 out of 10; Fun Factor: 9 out of 10 and Overall: 9 out of 10.

Sources: Games Domain

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