Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD

Remake of 2005 original.


Digital FoundryStranger's Wrath HD PS3 Performance Analysis Video

How smooth is Stranger? Check out this 60FPS video.

Digital FoundryThe Making of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD

The inside story behind the superb PS3 remake.

VideoOddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD footage

PS3 re-make coming later this year.

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Digital FoundryOddworld vs. PlayStation Vita

The inside story of what it's like working with Sony's powerful handheld.

At Digital Foundry, we're on record as being rather partial to the PlayStation Vita and while we've looked at major titles such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss and WipEout 2048, coverage opportunities have been limited - something we're acutely aware of and aiming to address in a series of upcoming pieces that delve deeply into the character and capabilities of the hardware.

Knytt and Oddworld lead the PS Store charge

Festive sale not live yet but coming soon.

PC indie game Knytt arrives on PS3 and Vita (cross-buy) today in the shape of Knytt Underground. I've no idea what it is or how to pronounce it but Jeffrey thought it worth writing about. Costs 10.

Lovingly remastered Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD now on Steam

The brilliantly remastered HD version of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is now available on PC via Steam.

Anyone who owns the standard version of Stranger's Wrath will be upgraded to HD for free.

Those looking to buy this bonkers old action game need only splash 5.59 - a slight discount on the usual 7.99 price. Offer ends 17th September.

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Digital FoundryThe Making of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD

The inside story behind the superb PS3 remake.

The unfortunate decline of backwards compatibility on the current generation consoles has been mitigated somewhat by the rise of the HD remaster - the chance to revisit select gaming classics from years gone by, revitalised by the embarrassment of raw power on tap from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. High definition resolutions, enhanced artwork, improved audio, smoother frame-rates, stereoscopic 3D support... a good HD conversion sees the original game being handled with respect in its transition to more powerful hardware, accepting that sometimes a 720p facelift alone isn't enough, and that without care and attention, can actually diminish the impact of titles designed for the low-res CRT era.

Maybe I'm being wilfully perverse. It wouldn't be the first time. If the game of the week were determined by buzz or importance or sheer weight of numbers - of players, of man-years of effort, of many millions of dollars in budget, of hours of queuing for a precious spot on a live server - then this week it would unquestionably belong to Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Dungeon Defenders, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath head PlayStation Store update

Dungeon Defenders, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath head PlayStation Store update

HD remakes of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus out now.

Dungeon Defenders and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath head this week's EU PlayStation Store update.

Dungeon Defenders costs 7.99 / €9.99. PlayStation Plus subscribers get 20 per cent off. Stranger's Wrath, from Leeds-based developer Just Add Water, is 9.99 / €12.99.

HD remakes of PlayStation 2 classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus also launch, alongside a demo of King of Fighters 13.

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Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD release date announced

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD release date announced

3D, PS Move support update in a couple of months.

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD launches in Europe on Wednesday 21st December, developer Just Add Water has announced.

The HD remake costs 9.99.

"I wanted to first thank you all for your patience, it's been a long wait I guess, but at the same time it's been even longer for us," JAW boss Stewart Gilray wrote on the EU PlayStation Blog.

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Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD Review

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD Review

What doesn't kill you…

Editor's note: This HD remaster of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath for PS3 doesn't have a confirmed release date yet, but it's due to be released very soon on PlayStation Network. The price will be 9.99/€12.99/$14.99.

Just Add Water has done a beautiful job on Stranger's Wrath. It's rebuilt the character models, upgraded the audio and readied the textures for the scrutiny that comes with a 720p resolution. It's boosted the frame-rate to 60 frames per second, and it's even found the time to throw in new difficulty settings.

It's a lovely restoration, understated yet effective, and it emphasises the fact that, back in 2005, Oddworld Inhabitants did a beautiful job on Stranger's Wrath too. Half a decade later, this is still a sharp and fiercely inventive shooter that lets you loose in an unusually convincing fantasy world.

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Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD announced

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD announced

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD delayed.

Just Add Water has delayed the PlayStation 3 launch of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD to the summer.

It had been intended for launch this week.

However, JAW has announced a HD remake of Munch's Oddysee, due for release on PS3 in October alongside a PlayStation 3 Oddboxx promotion containing all four Oddworld games.

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Abe's Oddysee HD remake confirmed

Abe's Oddysee HD remake confirmed

MS denies Stranger's Wrath XBLA release.

An HD remake of classic platformer Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee is in the works, Oddworld Inhabitants has confirmed.

"Abe HD is going into production," series creator Lorne Lanning told EGM, as reported by VG247, confirming that UK studio Just Add Water will be taking the reins.

"It's basically Abe's Oddysee being redone in a 3D physics engine as a 2D side-scrolling platformer," he explained.

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Player complaints spark Oddboxx patch

Player complaints spark Oddboxx patch

Stranger's Wrath "barely playable".

The developer behind The Oddboxx a PC collection of the first four titles from Oddworld Inhabitants has promised disgruntled fans it will fix the technical issues currently blighting two of the included games.

Steam's forum is littered with complaints from gamers upset about technical deficiencies found in Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath.

Eurogamer was alerted to the issue by reader Tyronne. "Oddysee is unplayable with a 360 controller and will crash and Wrath is slow and has resolution issues," he reported.

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JAW wants Oddworld remake on 360

"We've been getting a fair bit of stick."

Just Add Water's Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath remake isn't a PS3 exclusive out of choice. An Xbox 360 version is being worked on but, simply, the file is too big.

JAW's Oddworld remake a PSN exclusive

JAW's Oddworld remake a PSN exclusive

Stranger's Wrath supports PS Move.

Just Add Water's Oddworld game is a downloadable PlayStation Network-exclusive "enhanced remake" of 2005's Stranger's Wrath.

Due out next Easter, it enhances the original Xbox game with 720p visuals, more detailed characters, normal mapping and self-shadowing, re-mastered dialogue, support for PlayStation Move and additional bonus material yet to be revealed.

The game marks the series' first appearance on a PlayStation console since 1998's Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus.

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