Oddworld Soulstorm is the complete reimagining of the original Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus that was released over 20 years ago. With huge visual and cinematic upgrades and intelligent new game mechanics you can experience Abe’s tale in a whole new way. Acting as a direct sequel to Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, Oddworld Soulstorm release date was back in early April and is available on PC through the Epic Store and on PS4, PS5.
Once again Abe finds himself thrown in the middle of a revolution where he finds himself as the unlikely hero. The Glukkons who have enslaved Abe’s species the Mudokons have a dastardly plan to turn them into delicious snacks. After Abe learns of this plan he decides to take action and rescue his fellow Mudokons from the evil oppression of the Glukkons.
Oddworld Soulstorm gameplay revolves around the classic side scrolling, platforming and puzzle solving. Described as being a 2.9D game, the side scrolling world you will traverse has a depth to it with multiple layers being visible. At times paths may make use of the Z axis with both Abe travelling along it and obstacles coming from it as well. With the game’s upgrades comes an increased amount of agility from the Mudokons, they’re now able to jump. hoist themselves up ledges and more.
With all the new environments to explore you can expect to find lots of new puzzles to solve and secrets to discover.
Oddworld: Soulstorm features multiple different endings to uncover – four in total. With 15 mains levels to play through there are an additional two levels that can be unlocked depending on how many Mudokons you save throughout the game. In order to unlock the additional levels players will have to save at least 80% of the Mudokons. Whilst you technically don’t have to save any specific number during the game. It will obviously make for a more interesting ending if you do with an additional cinematic being unlocked and the aforementioned extra levels for getting that sweet 80% saved.
Should you not unlock the extra levels during your playthrough, fret not. As you can access a level select upon completion. This means you can revisit old levels to redo them and up your Quarma score which is boosted by saving Mudokons. If you then improve your overall Quarma enough you will unlock the additional levels.
With nearly 1400 Mudokons to save throughout the whole game, you’re going to have your work cut out.
The PS5 version of the game also makes use of the DualSense controller providing a heightened experience through new features. For example, you will be able to feel the palpitations of Abe’s heartbeat increase through the haptic feedback and experience resistance from the new adaptive triggers in the controller.
Oddworld Soulstorm is the remaster/remake that’s worth playing. It’s not just some new textures on an old game. It is a completely new experience built from the ground up. With the same charm and wonder as the original titles there is no doubt you will have an excellent time saving the world.