Review: Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS Vita).
The adventures of a farting creature, released many years ago, trying to avoid the fate of becoming a snack, won the hearts of players around the world. This time the legend returns on the Sony portable console. It’s time to find out if it is still worth cultivating the sentiment towards the strange hero.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS Vita) is a remake of the first installment of the fate of good Abe, released in the times of PS One domination. Sluggish Abe belongs to the Mudokons – a race enslaved by the wicked Glucons, whose representatives work hard in a meat processing plant. The main character diligently performed his duties until he found out that soon he and his kin would end up as a snack themselves. So Abe escapes from the factory, but the Glukons are not going to let him go. Here is a fictional excuse that will lead us through fifteen chapters full of incredibly addictive, arcade and logical fun.
Contrary to earlier fears, the renewed Oddworld looks very nice on PS Vita, almost as if it was created only for her. Of course, this is not the PlayStation 4 or PS3 level, but everything looks great on a small screen. You are delighted with the variety, detail and designs of the locations visited and their disturbing atmosphere. At the same time, the smoothness of the animation was maintained, and its drops are sporadic. The game is completed with high-quality cutscenes.
Two things distort this perfect picture. The game can freeze – infrequently, but still. The long loading times of some locations are also irritating. One can say about music that it builds the right mood, and besides, it is calm and unobtrusive, although it is unlikely to be remembered. Above it, the sounds of the environment stand out, pushing it into the background. But it is certainly impossible to forget Abe’s distinctive and funny voice.
The gameplay combines platforming, arcade and logical elements. The player must use both reflexes and brain cells to sneak past the guards patrolling the factory unnoticed and free his fellows by giving them simple commands. Rescuing them is not obligatory, although then we lose the canonical ending. In general, we travel through individual lands, trying to avoid obstacles, disarm traps and neutralize enemies.
In a fight alone, Abe is defenseless. Sometimes you will need to use simple voice commands and whistles, which we also use to give commands to other Mudokons. We usually end the sequence of sounds with a juicy fart. Fun, although demanding, gives great satisfaction from overcoming new challenges. The following comes to our aid: three difficulty levels to choose from, quick save, and very comfortable controls.
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS Vita) is a game worth having on portable equipment. Die-hard fans certainly do not need to be encouraged to buy, and newcomers should also be pleased with the old school title in contemporary robes. Because who wouldn’t be touched by the fate of a hero who is only one careless step away from becoming a frozen food in store refrigerators?