The Week In Games: It's An Odd, Odd, Odd, Oddworld

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This week Oddworld: Soulstorm drops on PS5, PS4, and PC. Get ready to “help” your fellow Mudokons. (You’ll probably get a bunch of them killed. It’s okay. It happens.)

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I won’t name any names, but within Kotaku there are some folks who enjoy these games and the world. And then there are others, like me, who have always found them to be boring. I did like Stranger’s Wrath, but beyond that, I don’t get the appeal of the Oddworld games. Still, I will continue my tradition of trying to play new Oddworld games and losing interest after an hour.

For PS5 owners, this latest game, Soulstorm, is going to be free on PS Plus.

Beyond Oddworld: Soulstorm, other stuff is coming out this week too. Check out the full list below:

Monday, April 5

  • NGU Industries | PC, Mac
  • Cute Honey 3 | PC
  • CyberTaxi | Switch

Tuesday, April 6

  • Oddworld: Soulstorm | PS5, PS4, PC
  • Lost Worlds: Beyond the Page | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando | PS4, Switch
  • Breathedge | PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game | PC
  • The Slormancer | PC
  • Stacks On Stacks (On Stacks) | Switch

Wednesday, April 7

  • Aron’s Adventure | PC
  • 8Doors: Arum’s Afterlife Adventure | PC

Thursday, April 8

  • Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood | PC, Mac
  • What The Dub?! | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac
  • Potion Party | PS4, Switch, PC
  • Before Your Eyes | PC
  • Cozy Grove | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac
  • Before Your Eyes | PC
  • Viking Vengeance | PC
  • First Class Trouble | PC
  • Always Sometimes Monsters | Switch
  • ISLAND | Switch
  • Sakura In Gameland | Switch
  • Super Fowlst 2 | Switch
  • Legends of Talia: Arcadia | Switch
  • Delicious! Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire | Switch
  • Don’t Give Up: A Cynical Tale | Switch
  • Pixel Game Maker Series Osyaberi! Horijyo! Holin Slash | Switch
  • Graviter | Switch
  • Astro Aqua Kitty | Switch

Friday, April 9

  • Luckslinger | Switch, PC
  • Say No! More | Switch, PC, Mac
  • Tower of Waifus | PC
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV | PC
  • Scars of Summer | PC
  • Yoko & Yuki: Dr. Rat’s Revenge | Switch
  • Skyland: Heart of the Mountain | Switch
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands | Switch
  • Gravity Heroes | Switch
  • Toree 3D | Switch
  • The House in Fata Morgana: Dreams of the Revenants Edition | Switch

Saturday, April 10

  • .Cat | Switch
  • Candy Match Kiddies | Switch

Sunday, April 11

  • Hike | Switch

Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

DISCUSSION

dod2000
DenzilOfDojima

Oddworld is a pretty uneven series in terms of quality. Odyssey & Exodus were great examples of the cinematic platformer popularised by games like Prince of Persia and Flashback. Back in the 90s the incredible cinematics, audio design and idiosyncratic art style were something to behold and there was real synergy between story/worldbuilding and gameplay. The gameplay was great too if those kind of games are your bag. Strangers Wrath was great too but the rest, including the remake of Odyssey, have been mediocre at best. Looking at Soulstorm I have a feeling it will fall into the latter camp. It looks too busy, artistically a little soulless compared to its predecessors and seems to have picked up some of the worst kinds of gaming trends (constantly scavenging for crafting materials in a cinematic platformer?)

I hope I’m wrong and its turns out great and, hey, its free with PS Plus so I’ll be giving it a go for sure.