Check out why Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee is a Playstation treasure.
Whilst working late one night, his curiosity got the best of him as he spied on the board meeting between the evil greedy Glukkons of the plant and the mean boss, "Molluck". Abe discovers that with the meat profits going down that the Glukkons have come up with a dark idea to now serve the Mudokon species up as a new product to save the factories business (basically the slave workers are now next on the menu). Abe's astonishing discovery causes him to flee without hesitation but not before being caught on camera.
Now being pursued by every Slig (the security officers) in the factory, Abe is now a fugitive.
This is how his journey begins!
The colour is fairly bright and sometimes dark for character sprites and artwork, it helps gives off a dystopian atmosphere since outside, it's not anymore safe or pleasant than the plant.
The regions held much mystery and grabbed my attention from seeing these areas full of nature and full of fast and scary monsters who chased Abe like he was a delicacy.
I still get chills from the music from that opening cutscene, it was spooky and definitely gave off the message that RuptureFarms was definitely not a nice place to be at. Plus the second the "Slogs" (Slig's guard dogs) woke up, they growled loudly and made me jump as the chase music began.
But to make up for all the creepiness some of the cutscenes were actually pretty funny thanks to the added in comedy sound effects (like the ones that are played in cartoons), for example the one where Abe falls off a cliff.
As for sound effects, every step, jump, climb and speech that Abe or any character performs, they are all perfectly synced to the actions and make the game flawless.
And with every cinematic sequence in the story, Abe continues to narrate in a rhythmic tone which even to a young kid like me, I understood it well. And the story evolves into him having a purpose instead of just running from his dreadful date.
At first the game really creeped me out due to how quickly the enemies chased after Abe when spotted and sometimes your surroundings were so dark that all you could see were silhouettes with glowing eyes in the darkness.
And don't worry, the beginning has instructions on the banners to help teach you how to survive your journey to salvation.
Depending on how many Mudokons you rescued in the game, you would see a Good or a Bad ending. Karma is the basis of the game and levels out how the ending will turn out, as not doing the good thing means karma will come back and bite you in the ass! It is also important to note that the good ending is canonical. Also, if you received that awful Bad ending, don't worry because it's not the end or Game Over for you. You actually get to start again from a certain point in order to rescue more Mudokons and this time get the Good ending! Just make sure you save over 50 out of the 99 if you want the Good ending!
This was a theme that continued for the next two games in the series.
So that's one of the Playstation treasures on my shelf that I can still get a kick out of each time the disk goes into my PS2. Do any of you have a game or few that's dear to your heart? I feel mine is under appreciated or lacks the spotlight compared to many Playstation classics but I feel proud if I am a fan of something different.
I hope you will take a look at this game or research about the entire series or world on the Wiki page which I spent a long time on back in Secondary school when I was bored or curious to learn more about the series after playing the 2 games on Playstation 1.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this little number. There's a few more posts to slowly appear on here and one is a 3 part Land Before Time nostalgia trip about the following 3 sequels after the original. I want to write up that asap and then mention one or two Anime's before getting round to my important Primary School post where I talk more about my Aspergers and explain how the following posts before then have tied into comforting me back then.
On a more positive and life changing note, only 2 more weeks till I start my new job!