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There’s A Lot of Ways to Die in Oddworld


Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is well on its way and is looking great. Every set of screenshots, every new piece of information shows a game that’s honest to the original Oddysee, but that has been improved upon with modern technology. At GDC this week, Just Add Water and Oddworld Inhabitants released a brand new video showing off some familiar, but excitingly new gameplay.

It’s not been given a name formally, but informally I imagine people will remember it for the huge amount of deaths on display. Abe’s Oddysee had pitfalls at every turn, and giant meat machines that could tear apart a slow Mudokon, and New ‘n’ Tasty looks no different. You’ll face armed guards, deadly critters and cavernous drops, and you’ll often be just a single mis-step from killing yourself, or one of your followers. That was one of my only complaints with the trailer – no “Follow Me.”

Aside from that, it’s all still looking pretty stunning. The world and locations have been lovingly rebuilt, while shadows and light are going to be able to be a whole new thing this time around. Even if the gameplay sucks, which seems unlikely at this point, fans of the original Oddworld PlayStation games are going to have a lot to look forward to when New ‘n’ Tasty makes it to PS3, PS4 and Vita later this Spring.


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blank Mat Growcott has been a long-time member of the gaming press. He's written two books and a web series, and doesn't have nearly enough time to play the games he writes about.

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