GMR: When Monsters Attack: GMR predicts the top 50 games of 2005 (Excerpt) [2005]

Date: February 2005

Source: GMR, Issue 25, p. 49

43 ODDWORLD STRANGER’S WRATH

A FARTY, GASSY ADDITION TO THE ACTION GENRE

SYS: XB PUB: ELECTRONIC ARTS DEV: ODDWORLD INHABITANTS REL DATE: JANUARY

Originally an Xbox game developed for Microsoft, Stranger’s Wrath got dropped, picked up by EA, attached to a PS2 version, separated from the cancelled PS2 version, and moved up to an early 2005 release. Players control Stranger, a rough, humanlike animal cowboy that can roam in third person or shoot animals with his crossbow in first person. “In first person, I can only move up to a maximum of about 15 miles per hour, and that’s really like Halo speed relative to the scale of the world,” says Lorne Lanning, cofounder of developer Oddworld Inhabitants. “In third person, I can get up to 55 miles an hour, but I can’t shoot.”

MONSTER MAGNET: The story “has some major plot twists that occur as you’re playing,” says Lanning.