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Ok quick history lesson, Munch’s Oddysee was originally planned for the PlayStation 2, it is the third game in the Oddworld series and officially it is the second game in the Oddworld Quintology, are you with me?
The first two games appeared on the PlayStation they featured of a lot of communication, you would have to talk to different characters in the game and get them to do things, you would mind control enemies and get them to do things like shoot other enemies, things like that was a pretty neat series for the PlayStation. In Oddworld Munch’s Oddysee you play as Munch, you are the last breathing, walking member of the Gabbit which are an aquatic race that the Glukkons have hunted down because they really like there caviar. You have to hunt down the last remaining can of Gabbit caviar in the world, which is up for auction at the exclusive Glukkons event.
The game play in the first two Oddworld games focused heavily on puzzle solving through platform jumping, through mind control, through communication and things are very much the same in Munch’s Oddysee, except in Munch’s Oddysee you play as two different characters, you are not only playing as Munch you are playing as Abe, and you are flipping back and forth between the two different characters. Munch is really good at swimming around and can possess certain mechanical objects using a device that has been implanted in his head by the Glukkons scientist, and as Abe you are basically able to run around, climb, jump and also talk to your Mudokon friends into helping operate heavy machinery and likewise Munch is also able to talk to the Fuzzles which are furry little creatures which have razor sharp teeth into attacking enemies, so both Abe and Munch have their own set of abilities.
The difficulty in Munch’s Oddysee is a little more forgiving than the previous games, not only can you save anywhere you can also bring certain characters back to life if they get accidently killed, it just gives you a little more freedom to explore in the game which works out rather well, the main difference between Oddworld Munch’s Oddysee and the previous Oddworld games is that you are playing the game in a fully three dimensional world, now that is pretty neat because you get to explore a lot more of the environments which are brought more to life, but sometimes it’s not as clear where you are supposed to go next. In the previous games it was pretty much just you were confined to a small little section and you couldn’t escape it till you figure out what you are supposed to do, in this game you have room to roam and get confused a little bit, the puzzles in Munch’s Oddysee are a little more repetitive than in the previous Oddworld games which were varied from level to level from section to section.
One graphical aspect from Munch’s Oddysee that kind of detracts a little from the game play is the games 3D camera, it follows you after a slight lag but it is kind of curious as to why isn’t it stapled on your back, similar to Rares Banjo Kazooies, certainly it is not really a great deal to having a little fun in lining up the camera to make a difficult jump or anything like that. The camera quirks aside Munch’s Oddysee is a fantastic looking game it is one of the best looking games on the original Xbox launch, its full of sharp textures, it’s got great looking water effects, the light source is very impressive, and the CG sequences have always been fantastic in the Oddworld games, looks even better than ever and the in game graphics are catching up with the CG sequences. So from top to bottom the graphic side of Oddworld has really high production value and is a great looking game.
The soundtrack is similarly strong but the music tends to loop a little bit too much during combat, if you are in a particularly rough area you’re going to hear the music over and over again and even a good song can start to annoy you after a while.
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee is a very smart game with some great puzzles, yet there is not enough variety in those puzzles to keep the game completely compelling throughout, it’s a good game in a series of great games, but it has been criticized a bit more since its getting a lot of spotlight with it being an Xbox launch title.