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Preview: Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath (XB)
Publisher: EA Games / Developer: Oddworld / Genre: Adventure / Release Date: 01-25-05
Are you a cowboy or a critter? Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is likely the only game where you might ask yourself that question. It seems like games these days are playing up the baddass edge and this stranger isn’t any stranger to being a baddass. (okay, so I can’t help the bad puns.) This time though, he’s a bounty hunter and a creature. As a mix between all sorts of predatory animals, you really don’t want to get on his bad side. Otherwise he may send the chip-punks after you.
Yes, I said it. Chip-punks. Or so it appears. You get live ammo in the game. I’m not talking about highly explosive ammunition. I’m talking about walking and scuttling creatures that you capture to use as weaponry against your foes. The chip-punks are just one of a whole slew of creatures you can add to your crossbow arsenal. (Just don’t ask the Stranger to use a “real” gun. You’re not going to get a very happy response.) The chip-punks are useful because they can draw an enemy out by talking trash. Some ammunition you can charge with electric current and some ammo like the spiders will bind and gag your enemies so you can suck them up alive into your tiny bounty bag with a puff of green smoke.