GameFlak just got Stranger.
I happened to pick this game up really cheap a few months back, but I’ve finally got around to playing it. This game takes place in the world of Oddworld, like all the previous games in the franchise. The story is very well planned in so many ways that this game’s story, if you ask me, rivals Halo 1 and in some ways Halo 2, and it will drag you in very quickly almost like a good RPG. You take the role of a bounty hunter named Stranger [...], and you start the game off trying to get bounties on some criminals to pay for a mysterious surgery. I’m not going to tell you anything else about the story, because it is great and I don’t want to spoil it for everyone. The next great thing about this game is the gameplay, which is quite unique in a few ways. First of all, instead of using guns that shoot bullets; you have a arm-mounted bow that shoots live ammo [Or in other words, animals, lots and lots of animals.]. Every single beastly projectile has it’s own special attributes, from squealing Chippunks [Yes, Chippunks.] that annoy enemies to Stingbees that make your bow act like a machine gun whilst firing them. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of how excellent the live ammo concept is [Who doesn't want to fire explosive bats at enemies?]. And then you have the third-person mode, which although you may not be able to fire your bow; you’ll be able to run [Which is VERY nice.], pummel enemies with melee attacks, and also bring a nice Platforming element in. The one down-side of this game is your enemies. Other than the criminals you’re trying to get a bounty on, they’re usually one of five or six enemies over and over again [Good thing there's plenty of ways to take them out.]. But the bounties you do get to go after are nearly all different in ever way [Like Jo' Mama. No seriously that's one of the enemies.].
The graphics in this game are absolutely beautiful. Between the unbelievable cutscenes to the wild, sprawling land you explore, it’s absolutely beautiful in nearly ever way. The graphical downsides are the enemy and NPC designs, because most of them are identical.
Another great thing with a few bad part is the music and sounds. The music is absolutely wonderful throughout the game, so that’s not the bad part. The main bad part is that ALL of the enemies sound almost EXACT and so do all the NPCs. This plays a huge part when four enemies keep saying the same line over and over again AT ONCE.
Overall, this game is a must-have for the XBox; it few downsides here and there are more than made up for by the rest of the game. I give Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath a eight out of ten.