The Oddboxx is finally coming out!!!!!

#1 Edited by MattyFTM (14368 posts) -

Oddworld Inhabitants have just announced that the Oddboxx, the PC compilation of all 4 main oddworld games (two of which have never been released on PC previously) is coming out this holiday season via Steam. The Oddbox was announced last year, and very little has been heard about it since. Today, a new announcement has confirmed that the Oddboxx will be available this holiday season. The announcement said:

Oddworld Inhabitants is pleased to announce that its critically-acclaimed, award-winning classics, Abe’s Oddysee, Abe’s Exoddus, Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath will be available for PC owners, through Steam in one generous downloadable package, this 2010 Holiday season.

Spanning thirteen years of one-of-a-kind gaming experiences, this package aims to give fans old and new an affordable and convenient way to enjoy these games once again, with a few new additions and enhancements, to be announced in the run-up to its release date.

The games featured in the Oddboxx are as follows:

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, 1997 – The first Oddworld Inhabitants release that introduced loveable Mudokon factory-slave Abe to the world. Abe, an exploited factory worker, discovers a dark secret about his missing co-workers and learns that he must overturn his greedy corporate captors, to save his enslaved brothers and himself. This platform puzzle game classic introduced the much-lauded gamespeak innovation and unparalleled CG quality visuals that helped it achieve an 85% metacritic rating.

Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, 1998 – The bonus sequel to Abe’s Oddysee that was not part of the Quintology, but gave Oddworld Inhabitants an opportunity to improve on the gameplay of Oddysee, while also adding depth to Abe’s tale within Oddworld. The critics agreed that OI had succeeded in its aims, evident by its 88% metacritic rating.

And released to PC platforms for the FIRST TIME…

Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee, 2001 – The second game in the Oddworld Quintology was also the first Oddworld game in full 3D. Munch is one of last ‘Gabbits’; a race endangered by the activities of the nefarious Vykkers Laboratory. With the help of Abe, hero of the previous Exoddus and Oddysee games, Munch leads the quest save to his kind from extinction, in this mix of adventure, strategy, puzzle and platform gameplay. The game achieved a Metacritic average of 80%.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, 2005 – The fourth game from Oddworld Inhabitants, is also considered by many as one of the best Xbox games of all time. Stranger’s Wrath, tells the tale of a bounty hunter, who while catching criminals for moolah, is attempting to conceal a secret that if revealed, could endanger his life. The first full-on action title in the series, mixing 3 and 1 person combat / shooter gameplay, the game was set in the Wild West of Oddworld, far from the industrial lands that housed Abe and Munch’s tales. The game adapted Oddworld’s unique Gamespeak feature, using it more as a soft hint system to give the game wide player accessibility without ‘dumbing the game down’. The game also debuted a ‘live ammo’ concept where the ammunition was made of living creatures, and had to be caught for the player to use. The game was globally very well-received, achieving a Metacritic of 88%.

More details and partners will be announced in the running up to the Oddboxx’s release. Stay tuned…

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As someone who was a HUGE fan of the first two oddworld games, but never owned an original Xbox and thus never got to play the latter two - I'm extremely excited for this. I've wanted to play Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath for years, and have been unable to do so. Finally I'll be able to play the games!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!! 
 

Update: 

The Oddboxx is now for sale on steam!!!!
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#2 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3483 posts) -

"Hell, it's about time"^^

#3 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

I'll pick it up for a five bucks during the Holiday Sale.  

#4 Posted by Jaqen_HGhar (883 posts) -

Sold! 
I haven't been able to play the last two games, but as soon as the first ones entered the GoG.com store I bought them. Buying those two again in order to get the two I have missed is no problem. Man, I am stoked! Looking more forward to this than anything else this Holiday.

#5 Posted by BeachThunder (11834 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:
As someone who was a HUGE fan of the first two oddworld games, but never owned an original Xbox and thus never got to play the latter two - I'm extremely excited for this. I've wanted to play Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath for years, and have been unable to do so. Finally I'll be able to play the games!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!! "
This. Also, ^___^
#6 Posted by eroticfishcake (7783 posts) -

Bingo! I've always wanted to play Stranger's Wrath so this is a great time to pick it up.

#7 Posted by owl_of_minerva (1455 posts) -

This post is relevant to my interests. Glad to see a great and unique series being made more widely available.

#8 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

I have never played any of these games ever. Is this something I should be interested in?

#9 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -

I love Stranger's Wrath, but never played the others. I can just buy Stranger's Wrath by itself, hopefully, right? :(

#10 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4710 posts) -

I'm all over this, just hope it's priced reasonably.

#11 Posted by ShadowVirus (793 posts) -

I only ever played the first game when I was young and absolutely loved it, will definitely get this!

#12 Posted by SlowHands (347 posts) -

Munch's Oddysee probably doesn't hold up, and I think I have Abe's Oddysee and Exodus on Steam already.  But whatever, I want more Oddworld, and this is the best we can do this Christmas.

#13 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

I'll definitely be buying those games. I only played a little bit off Munch's Odyssey. 

#14 Posted by CornBREDX (5100 posts) -

That's totally awesome. I have the original two alrdy (one is the original release for PC and the other is the original PS1 release).
 
I'll totally get this.

#15 Posted by MattyFTM (14368 posts) -
@SlowHands said:
" Munch's Oddysee probably doesn't hold up "
I can imagine the gameplay mechanics being somewhat dated, but the main thing I love about Oddworld is the storyline and the weird & wonderful universe. And I'm sure that side of things will hold up fine.
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#16 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5254 posts) -

Awesome! I have the first one on PC, but it's so damn old I can't even play it anymore on my current rig.
 
Add in some online leaderboards or something like that and I'll be ready to go.

#17 Posted by Scooper (7882 posts) -

I'll be picking this up no doubt. I've only played the first 2 but I love them.
 
"Follow me!"
"Ok!" *Falls down hole* "NOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo...."
*Shrugs* "Oops"
 
 
 
 
 
 
*fart* "He-he-he".

#18 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSS

#19 Posted by Timing (619 posts) -

Well, I already own all 4 and don't like playing 3D games on the PC at all, so I probably won't get this. Still, it's great that more people get to play these awesome games now. And there's also Stranger HD next year!

#20 Posted by JackSukeru (5910 posts) -

I downloaded (from PSN) and played through the first of those games a while ago, it still rocks.

#21 Posted by Moth_Pope (454 posts) -

It's coming out Monday 20th December on Steam according to the latest press release on the Oddworld Inhabitants website, and at 50% off as a part of the Christmas sales. :D

#22 Posted by Metal_Mills (2992 posts) -

Just so you know the PS3 updated version will be updated in later on. The CEO said it was "HIGHLY likely" and it was only left out because the PS3 HD version isn't done yet.

#23 Posted by Cincaid (2956 posts) -
@MattyFTM: 
Yep, the Oddboxx is now on sale on Steam: Linky!
 
Tempted to pick it up, it's only 12,49 Euro for 4 games.
#24 Posted by MattyFTM (14368 posts) -
@CrazyChris: Yeah, great news. I'll have to wait until Friday to buy it though.
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#25 Posted by KillyDarko (1888 posts) -

Amen to that! Definitely gonna buy :D

#26 Edited by ProfessorEss (7323 posts) -

I would put Munch's Oddysee up there with the most under-rated and under played games of all time.
I would also put the franchise and Abe in their respective "best franchise" and "best character" lists of all time as well.
Oh, I liked Stranger's Wrath as well, just not to the level of the Abe related material.
 
Anything that leads to anyone playing any of these games is pure, unadulterated awesomeness in my books.

#27 Posted by EVO (3891 posts) -

Why'd they call it Oddboxx if there's no actual box, I.E. physical release?

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#28 Posted by abdo (1037 posts) -
@MattyFTM: Just saw that this was finally out on Steam today as well, and I realized that someone has deleted the Oddbox page here on GB. Is there any reason for that?
#29 Posted by Axersia (1615 posts) -
@abdo said:
" @MattyFTM: Just saw that this was finally out on Steam today as well, and I realized that someone has deleted the Oddbox page here on GB. Is there any reason for that? "
It's just a glorified Steam bundle. You don't see pages for all those other Steam bundles either (GTA Classics, Complete PopCap Collection, THQ Complete Pack, etc.). The Orange Box, on the other hand, was an actual physical box, so it warrants a page (also, double standards).
 
Anyway, I'm tempted to pick up Stranger's Wrath (already own the first 2 games, not all that interested in Munch's Odyssey), but I think I'll hold out for the PSN HD update instead.
#30 Edited by MattyFTM (14368 posts) -
@abdo: It's a compilation of games that are available separately, so it doesn't need it's own page. It can be documented on the individual pages and the franchise page. 
 

@Axersia

 said: 

@abdo said: 

@MattyFTM: Just saw that this was finally out on Steam today as well, and I realized that someone has deleted the Oddbox page here on GB. Is there any reason for that? "

It's just a glorified Steam bundle. You don't see pages for all those other Steam bundles either (GTA Classics, Complete PopCap Collection, THQ Complete Pack, etc.). The Orange Box, on the other hand, was an actual physical box, so it warrants a page (also, double standards).  "
Actually, the orange box is a special case - it get's a page because on Xbox 360 and PS3 (and on PC when it first came out) it is the only way those games are available. If the games were available separately on all platforms and were available in that form on the release day of the Orange Box, it wouldn't warrant a page, regardless of whether it came in a box or was a digital release. 
 
That isn't the case with the Oddboxx. The Oddboxx is a compilation of games that can be purchased separately, and thus no individual page is needed.  
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#31 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5412 posts) -
@MattyFTM: Glad you finally have something you can play the games on!
#32 Posted by Fearsome121 (59 posts) -

Urgh the last two games are horribly ported and buggy, especially Stranger's Wrath. Very disappointing after such anticipation,. Here's to hoping they patch it!

#33 Posted by 02sfraser (847 posts) -

I loved the first 2 games and played a wee bit of strangers wrath. I am VERY excited for this!
 
EDIT: Just checked Steam.... It's not on mac. Might just cry.

#34 Posted by Tebbit (4460 posts) -

Finally! My life dream has been realised.

#35 Posted by abdo (1037 posts) -
@MattyFTM: Yeah that makes sense. I guess for some reason I thought they were eventually gonna make an actual box for it, but I think they said it would be download only.

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