PS2 Previews: Oddworld: Munch's Odyssey Preview

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Oddworld: Munch's Odyssey Preview

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Scheduled release date:

Fall 2000

Release Date:

This title has been cancelled for the Playstation 2

   When PS2 was revealed, one of the very first titles shown off was Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. The first two games (Abe's Oddysee and Exxodus) have been released on the PS for quite some time, and both got extremely positive praise. The games were about Abe a Mudokon who destroys his enemies by farting. Abe is an ugly creature, but as ugly as he is, fans of the series want to see more of him, and so Oddworld Inhabitants (the developer) is releasing Oddworld on the PS2. The game has no scheduled date yet but expect after Fall 2000.

   The videos that I was shown was mind boggling. It made me drool and at the same time laugh at the outrageous humor that the movies showed off. There was a movie where a Mudokon was being beaten up and Abe jumped into the action by picking up the enemy and throwing him out of the tower window, funny stuff! You might be asking yourself who is Munch? Munch is a one legged character who is one of a kind. Abe kidnaps Munch because scientists want to cut Munch open and experiment him, but Munch doesn't understand that. Abe and Munch are extremely hateful and throughout 50% of the game they are at each others necks. Only later on in the game does Munch understand what is happening to him, then he and Abe kiss and make up, errr... maybe not. Munch is one of a kind because he is the last of his species, but as I said before he [Munch] doesn't realize that.

   In the game you have two characters to choose from, Munch and Abe. Oh and did we mention that Abe moves Munch around in a wheelchair, he does have one leg you know. A pair of new enemies such as the Vykkers and Meetles will be giving Abe and Munch a hard time. The Meetles can change disguises and the Vykkers are doctors and scientists.

   Visually this is an incredible looking game, Oddworld Inhabitants is already one of the biggest polygon crunchers that the PS2 will have to offer. The amazing effects can make anybody take a leak in their pants, seasons change in real-time, you will notice leaves falling down, trees losing shape, water disappearing from their destinations almost magically evaporating. The game engine makes a lot of use of the PS2's Emotion Engine and the Graphical Synthesizer, the anti-aliasing is already in use and for those non-believers take a look at these magnificent screens.

   We will let the screenshots do the rest of explaining about Munch's Oddysee. The game may be far of from its release but the longer we wait the better the game will be. The Getaway and Oddworld are currently the best looking future PS2 titles to date. Enjoy the screens we have, oh and you can fart while looking at them.

5/10/2000 SolidSnake

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