I've already mentioned a while back that it's been 10 years since Resident Evil 4 was released during the month of January 2005 what was also released during that month was Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath which was released January 25th 2005-
Oddworld Inhabitants was well known for the incomplete Oddworld Quintology, a series of award-winning video games about the fictional planet of Oddworld and its native creatures. The series debuted with Abe's Oddysee in 1997 along with Abe's Exoddus in 1998 and continued with Munch's Oddysee in 2001 part of the launch of the Xbox.
Stranger's Wrath follows the adventures of Stranger who is a fearsome bounty hunter. Throughout the story, Stranger pursues and captures outlaws in order to collect bounties. Your actual goal is to ultimately earn enough moolah (money) to pay for a mysterious life-saving operation. One of the most notable features is the "live ammunition" system, which is ammunition made of living creatures like insects and small creatures each with different uses and effects against enemies. What made the game quite funny when it came to using live ammunition like using Stunkz which bring out a stink-bomb that will make your enemies throw up, Bees that are fired at foes like an automatic rifle and Thudslugs that work as cannonballs which can stun your enemies and do some damage.
Like most FPS games you'll get a health bar and a stamina bar in Stranger's Wrath if your health was low it will result the death of Stranger. Stamina drops when you perform actions like melee attacks or falls from a great height. While it refills itself over time, it can be used to shake off health-bar damage, thus healing the player, but draining the stamina quicker. Upon your time in the game you can use moolah to spend on ammunition and upgrades which can be useful for the first half of the game. But the other half of the game you'll understand the story more when it comes to Stranger trying to pay off enough moolah on a mysterious operation. But also when it came to taking out enemies and bosses you can either fire your way through waves of enemies or you can easily use stealth and take them out quietly but if you manage to keep both bosses and enemies alive you'll earn more moolah so it encourages you to try and keep them alive if you can if not you can still earn moolah if they are dead.
People would think that Stranger's Wrath was going to be a two-dimensional platform, like Munch's Oddysee this was a 3D action-adventure done in First-Person and in Third-Person view when it came to gameplay. Oddworld Inhabitants turned this game into a wild western game on terms of graphics and visuals; it's animation looked really impressive to watch making it feel you are watching an old western movie, but the layout designs and environments were the star of the game from small towns towards the early look of New York City looked impressive. But the other half of Strangers Wrath's has a lot of rich visuals when it came to stuff like nature and waterfalls seems that you can't find a game that was even close to this when this was first released. A PlayStation 2 was planned but instead it got cancelled but its reviews for the Xbox were really good even I picked up the game on launch, it could have gotten a sequel however the reviews were pretty good but the sales weren't too bad selling over sold about 500,000 units. However Lorne Lanning blamed poor sales of the Xbox version on EA's marketing there was a bad relationship with both Oddworld Inhabitants and EA.
Five years later it was announced in 2010 for release on PC and PlayStation 3, developed by Just Add Water, than later released in 2011 for the PlayStation Network, and includes enhanced 720p visuals, detailed character models, re-mastered dialogue, 37 trophies, bonus material and support for the PlayStation Move peripheral to be patched later along with 3D support. This also got released to the PS Vita including Steam as part of The Oddboxx collected anthology of all four Oddworld games, it is a direct port of the original 2005 Xbox game, with added support for Steamworks Achievements. This has also been recently released on both Android and the iOS; there have also been rumours that it's making its way to the Wii U through the Nintendo eShop sometime soon in the future plus also New 'N' Tasty making its way to other systems by this year too starting with the PS3 version and Xbox One.
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