Oddworld: New ‘n Tasty Review round-up

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What’s old is new again. Amidst all the big-name HD remakes, remasters and rejiggerings hitting the scene, one other classic game has also arrived with a brand new 1080p sheen. Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey was a classic game back in the day, an action platformer with a cerebral twist and a loveable hero desperate to escape becoming a finger-lickin’ good meal. And unlike some dodgy KFC, the game has gotten better with time.

The embargo has been lifted, and the review scores are in. Here’s what the critics have to say.

Eurogamer – 9/10

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More than anything, what really stands out about Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty! is the sheer coherency of the original design. It was startling back in 1997 on the PlayStation when games did not often turn up with proper themes to think about, and it’s still just as startling in 2014, to be honest, where the grace with which the plot unfolds and the relevance it still has for the real world remain something of an anomaly. This is a story-driven game in which neither game nor story are made to suffer because of the close proximity of such traditionally toxic partners.

Destructoid – 8/10

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Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is roughly the same frequently soul-crushing, yet unique and rewarding game it was in the ’90s. Even if you hated it back then, it’s probably worth investigating the remake just to see if your puzzle skills have improved, even if there aren’t a whole lot of extras ready for you this time around. In the end, Abe’s adventure is a tale worth telling.

PS Nation – 9/10

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It’s a fine art to be able to recreate something that so many have loved for so long, and the crew at Just Add Water have done so masterfully. The best part is that if you’ve never played an Oddworld game before, your first foray into the series will be a memorable one for all of the right reasons.

IGN – 8.5/10

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Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is a beautiful remake that irons out nearly all of the problems and limitations of 1997’s Abe’s Oddysee while bringing its best qualities to the fore. This ground-up remake looks and feels fresh enough to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any modern 2D platformer — evidence that Abe’s Oddysee really was ahead of its time.

The game is out today in the US of A, and tomorrow for everyone else on PlayStation 4. PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita and Wii U owners will also get the game, at a future undisclosed date.

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Last Updated: July 22, 2014

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  • Viking Of Science

    I Hate the wording of IGN’s little blurb there: “problems and limitations of 1997’s Abe’s Oddysee” There were, in 1997 no problems with it, and you can’t say limitations in that sense, because there was nothing better in 1997.

    • Matewis Jubilai

      The only problem that I have with the originals is that they don’t want to work on my laptop 😛 The damned background operation governing the function keys (like volume and screen brightness) somehow interferes with the game.

  • Matewis Jubilai

    Wow this has been release already?

  • Skyblue

    Looking forward to this.

  • CAE9872

    I want this game…but it needs to wait dammit! Right now it is all about Warframe and then probably Backlight Retribution; and then Destiny; and by then this will be but a distant memory!


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  • Hammersteyn

    I need to buy,play and finish this before Destiny releases.

    • Matewis Jubilai

      just remember to save ALL 100 mudokons

      • Hammersteyn

        Impossible, I did save most first time though

      • Christopher D Stanley

        got some news for ya there are 299 in this edition!!! 🙂 have fun and good luck!

    • Guest

      got some news for ya!! there are 299 in this edition!!!! 🙂

      • Hammersteyn

        I got 299 problems but enough time to play this isn’t one!

        • Maxiviper117


          • Hammersteyn


  • You forgot to mention that it will also come out on PC at a future undisclosed date.

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    This is the first time I am like damn it why do not I not own a nextgen console. Shall wait for either the ps3 or wii U release.

  • Anon A Mouse

    I was never a huge fan of Abe or his Oddysee. I’m a heathen I know, but hey someone has to be.

  • Mossel

    What, no PC?

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

    I am still devastated this isn’t on PC 🙁

  • FoxOneZA

    But what did Polehgon have to say ?

    • Hammersteyn

      Same shit on a different day?

  • Bacon

    When can i download it? Its not on the store?

    • The Euro/Za Store updates at about 4pm in South African time. That’s 3pm BST. It’ll be available then.

      • Bacon

        Thanks brother!

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