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Oddworld: Soulstorm (PS5) – A Tough Game to Love

It’s an odd, odd world.

It’s hard to know where to begin with Oddworld: Soulstorm. The series has definitely had its ups and downs, but it’s always felt like part of PlayStation’s flavour, so it’s nice to have it back after so many years. It’s a reimagining of Abe’s Exoddus, a sequel to New ‘n’ Tasty, and in some ways it’s one of the better entries in the storied franchise. However, as a modern video game, Soulstorm is difficult to recommend.

The story is a continuation of Abe’s escape from Rupture Farms; he’s viewed as a saviour and a hero by his fellow Mudokons, and must push on to rescue the remainder of his enslaved brethren. Straight away, the opening cutscene shows the larger ambition of the project; the pre-rendered scenes look great, with nicely animated characters and some amazing scenery. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t maintain the impressive visuals when you’re playing, but overall it looks decent enough.

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