Abe’s Odyssey seems to be one of those games that everyone has played and enjoys reminiscing about. There was something utterly charming about the whole experience, especially Abe’s innocence and his greetings. New ‘n’ Tasty is a fresh reimagined version of the PlayStation One original, but how well does it capture the niche experience of the original?
I’ve really enjoyed previous Oddworld game such as Abe’s Odyssey and Exoddus, as well as the more recent Stranger’s Wrath. Sadly I’m yet to play New ‘n’ Tasty. It’s one I those games that I hope makes its way into the PlayStation Plus line-up.
Matt wrote about New ‘n’ Tasty for TSA. Whilst he didn’t give the game a definitive score he did have a lot of praise for the game. He opened “if you sat down to play New ‘n’ Tasty for the first time, you’d never guess by looking at it that it’s an updated version of a game from nearly 20 years ago”, adding “it looks like every character model, background, cinematic, and texture was completely rebuilt”.
Matt explained “one of the best things about Abe is his innocence. He doesn’t wield big guns or beat up on opponents, but instead chooses brains over brawn”. As a platformer the “level design really plays to this strategy”, with “plenty of mines, cliff edges, or falling rocks to separate life from your opponents without directly interacting with them”.
There can be “a bit of trial and error involved, and a few frustrating checkpoints”, but “for the most part the puzzles were fair, yet challenging and enjoyable”.
Abe’s Odyssey is still a real charmer. In a gaming world packed with HD remakes, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty deserves to be judged as more than a game re-skinned for a new console generation. Its gorgeous visuals make it look like something that was built from the ground up for the first time, and the platforming puzzles are every bit as smart and challenging as what you’ll find in any game today. It’s not perfect, but between the breadth of content, the fantastic visuals, the entertaining levels and challenging puzzles, there’s enough here to recommend it to just about any fan of the genre, whether you played the original or not.
Now it’s over to you. What did you think of the reimagined New ‘n’ Tasty? Let us know in the comments below. Give the game either a Buy It, Sale it, Plus It or Avoid It rating. Be sure to get your comments in by Sunday evening.