Happy Thursday, Retronauts. In celebration of Sony’s PlayStation turning the big 2-0, we’ve decided to look at some of our favorite games from it’s freshman years. This week, we take a look at our favorite little Mudokon, Abe, in the 1998 release Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus.
Released in 1998 as a Spin-Off title and not necessarily apart of the Quintology of the Oddworld series, Abe’s Exoddus was a continuation of the original release Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. Abe worked as a slave at the ‘RuptureFarms’ meat processing factory, who soon discovers that his Mudokon brethren were being slaughtered. Abe decides to escape and liberate as many enslaved Mudokon’s as he can during Abe’s Oddysee. In Abe’s Exoddus, he continues his efforts to save his race from another entity called the Glukkons. Similar to before, Abe discovers that the Glukkons are also enslaving his fellow Mudokon’s, but instead of a meat-processing plant, this time they are forced to produce a drink called Soulstorm Brew. The issue with this is that the brew uses Mudokon tears and bones as its ingredients (harsh, right?). So once again, the player controls Abe in a dire quest to save his people.
The game featured two-dimensional platforming, with various puzzles that must be solved using some of Abe’s abilities. Some of these included possession and “GameSpeak.” What GameSpeak allowed Abe to do was speak short phrases that could control non-playable characters like his fellow Mudokons, allowing them to aid him in his escape and theirs as well. They could either pull levers, follow Abe, or even attack enemies. The Mudokons could unfortunately be in different mental states and can be afflicted by different status ailments, and only GameSpeak could be used with certain afflicted Mudokons.
The graphics in Abe’s Exoddus were nothing short of amazing for its time, with 3D rendered characters, animated backgrounds and beautifully done cut-scenes. It balanced action with puzzle-solving, and made it super engaging as the player traversed through hell in order to liberate his friends.
So on this Thursday, we thank Sony Playstation for hosting one of the best 3D rendered platformers the universe has to offer. If you want to check out Abe’s Exoddus but don’t necessarily have a PS1 anymore, have no fear. In April of this year, game designer Lorne Lannine announced that a remake of Exoddus will be coming soon. Yay!
Got a favorite Playstation game from its early years? Let us know, and see you next Throwback Thursday!
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