Oddworld SoulStorm Game News: Gameplay, DualSense PS5 Features, All You Need To Know! Posted on 04/03/2021 at 17:41, updated on 04/03/2021 at 17:45 According to Oddworld: New’n’Tasty, which was a remake of the first episode of the Oddworld series, it’s the turn of the series second part, The Exodus of Abe, is brought up to date with Oddworld Soulstorm. But this time it is all well and good that the Oddworld Inhabitants Studio, at the origin of the franchise, is in charge. Soulstorm is scheduled for April 6th and is available to PlayStation Plus members for free. Soulstorm, which will be available on PlayStation 5, but also on PlayStation 4 and PC, promises to use the haptic feedback of the DualSense wireless controller as well as a complete revision of the frame. of the original. When the wait runs out, we’ll take stock of what turns out to be a nugget of the stealth genre. Before starting, a reminder of the license history is appropriate. The Oddword saga is the work of two defectors from Hollywood cinema: Sherry McKenna and Lorne Lanning. In the 1990s, the duo founded the Oddworld Inhabitants Studio with a deep belief that video games can go further than the seventh art, thanks in particular to their interactivity. At that time, 3D was still so sketchy that those affected opted for 2D and relied on their knowledge of the world of computer graphics and special effects. So the Soulstorm project was born. It’s a satire of the capitalist world, inspired by the movie Soleil Vert and the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell, in which the aptly named Abe struggles to save his own skin and that of his fellow human beings. The title, renamed Abe’s Odyssey, became the front page of the trade press and was warmly welcomed in 1997. Several episodes followed: Abe’s Exodus, Munch’s Odyssey and finally La Fury of the Stranger. You will understand, when you title this remake Oddworld: Soulstorm, it’s an allusion the studio makes to the making of the series. But what can we expect from it?
Abe to the rescue
In Abe’s Odyssey, the main character is an employee of a factory called RuptureFarms. Abe is a top-notch sweeper and voted Employee of the Month several times. He is pleased, but one evening, when he is not far from the company’s board of directors, he is amazed to find that over the terrible molluck, his management decided to use the meat of mudokons (the type of Abe) to make sales to increase! Horrified, he is discovered and runs away. He will then have a great adventure in doing everything for the turnaround to save his fellow slaves from this company with dark patterns. In particular, during his journey, he will use his various powers, including telekinesis, to undermine RuptureFarms’ strategy. After Molluck hadn’t said his last word, he finally managed to start a new company, this time in Necrum (a Mudokon necropolis), which gave the starting point for a second adventure: the Exodus of Abe! And it is exactly this episode that the players will revisit with Soulstorm. The title of Oddworld Inhabitants is a mixture of platform and infiltration and consists of a series of paintings that react to different mechanisms. Each painting offers the player the opportunity to use their brain power by using their surroundings to save their compatriots. Abe can use his many powers, like telekinesis.
At that time one of the innovative systems in the series was called ALIVE for Aware Lifeforms in Virtual Entertainment. Behind this pompous name is actually a process of artificial intelligence that enables two or more creatures to interact with each other. It has just been added to Gamespeak which, as the name suggests, is based on a principle of communication. Specifically, it has the form of a word system (Hi, Follow me, Wait …) that Abe can radiate in order to be understood by his compatriots. Therefore, we will find this concept again, as Lorne Lanning spoke of more than 1,000 Mudokons to be saved during the State of Play on February 25! In the background, we understand that although Soulstorm is a remake of Abe’s Exodus, it will be much more advanced than this one as there were “only” 300 Mudokons that could be saved before. This will lead to sequences reminiscent of lemmings, in which dozens of characters will take the lots. As in the past, Abe will be able to take possession of the bodies of his enemies, but that’s not all! From now on it will also be a question of craft, as this dear Abe will be able to search his surroundings and steal objects in order to build up a powerful arsenal (projectiles, grenades, drinks …) and to do so defend. Better, the player has to manage this inventory by providing weapons to the other slaves so that they too can get rid of the glukkon’s claws. Suffice it to say that the adventure promises many and many ways to achieve its goal and, as in the original, we can expect that there will be multiple endings.
There is the good and the bad savior
The game offers different atmospheres, like this passage in this cave. During the game’s presentation, Lorne Lanning insisted that the player can play a pacifist or become an agent of chaos in their spare time. These two approaches allow everyone to have fun by taking advantage of the game mechanics, either by playing against the enemies (by sneaking, lulling them …) or by defeating them. You are free to take possession of their bodies and then implode them or place a sustained-release grenade on their back! Regardless of the technique used, it will undoubtedly not be too much if we are to believe the many sequences broadcast so far. Oddworld Soulstorm will be a challenge! Traps by the dozen, hordes of heavily armed enemies, surveillance cameras, cannons … the brave Abe will see all colors! This remake is denser and more generous, and also features secret passageways that need to be flushed out either by sneaking into them or by putting hostile creatures under your control. In contrast to the PlayStation 4 and PC versions, the PlayStation 5 version takes into account the haptic functions of DualSense. As soon as the situation escalates, the player feels Abe’s heart in his hands. The greater the risk, the bigger the beat becomes. It looks interesting on paper, but we have to see what it really looks like in the game and if it adds anything to the experience. Before you finish, you should know that the game is temporarily exclusive to PlayStation and PC consoles, but that it will see the light of day on Xbox One, Series X, and Series S a little later. Don’t forget that this title will be free to download for PlayStation Plus members starting next Tuesday. With a varied world (dark and dangerous caves, forgotten areas, industrial sites …), a beautiful achievement and a concept that is still so effective, Oddworld Soulstorm promises to be the worthy heir of Abe’s previous adventures, and we will Don’t fail to bring it up again very quickly. The adventure promises to be exciting, with several approaches and it will be interesting to discover the new functions of this new generation of Oddworld. See you soon for the verdict! By Ayden_, journalist jeuxvideo.com MP