►Oddworld: Soulstorm is a platform game developed and published by Oddworld Inhabitants for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. It is the sequel to 2014’s Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty! and a re-imagining of 1998’s Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus.
Similar to its predecessor, the game is a 2.5D side-scrolling platform game. Protagonist Abe returns in the game and his goal is to save his fellow mudokons from slave labor. The game features substantially revised gameplay mechanics incorporating gameplay elements from both Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus and Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee.
One new mechanic is a new looting and crafting system in which Abe can find various items within interactive objects or pickpocket them from enemies and craft and customize different weapons. The Quarma system has also been reworked so that it not only counts the number of rescued Mudokons against casualties per level, but also the number of enemies killed, the latter therefore encouraging to player to either kill or spare enemies. Abe can toggle between “aggro” and “passive”, which changes the state of any Mudokons following him, similar to Munch’s Oddysee. The possession ability has been reworked to function similarly to its Munch’s Oddysee incarnation, albiet it uses up “chi” the further the possession orb goes from Abe and can now either cause enemies to explode or temporarily knock them out when depossessed. Mudokons now mimic every move Abe makes when they follow him, including jumping and hoisting, with running and sneaking also adjusting their voice volume accordingly. While the game is mostly linear, the levels are often quite large and contain many secret areas, rewarding the player for thoroughly exploring them. Each level features a badge system for completing specific tasks, such as looting as many interactive items, finding as many secret areas, or apprehending as many enemies as possible.
Oddworld: Soulstorm is set hours following the events of Oddworld: New ‘n Tasty. In the previous installment, the RuptureFarms janitor Mudokon named Abe accidentally stumbled across a scheme engineered by his CEO, Molluck the Glukkon, to turn all Mudokon workforce into an edible product to compensate for the sales’ decline of other meat-based treats, provoked by the dwindling of available animals for processing (one of which already went extinct).
Frightened at learning he may become a target for harvesting, Abe escaped RuptureFarms and came across the free Mudokon shaman Big Face of the Monsaic Lines (a haven for free Mudokons), whom elaborates his destiny is to save his enslaved brethren and shut off RuptureFarms permanently. For this, Big Face has Abe pass through a series of trials, branding each of Abe’s hands when he’s successful, granting him the power of the Shrykull (A divine amalgamation of the native Scrabs and Paramites).
Abe uses his power to return to RuptureFarms, rescue all Mudokons and shut down the factory, but is forced to stay behind to shut off the poisonous gas Molluck activated as an emergency measure, in which he’s captured. On the verge of being sent to a meat grinder, however, Abe is saved by the free Mudokons whom launch a lightning storm at RuptureFarms, destroying the factory, killing the Slig carrying out the execution and zapping Molluck unconscious. Abe is then rescued by Big Face and taken to the Monsaic lines, being hailed as a hero.
Aside from the protagonist, returning characters from New ‘N Tasty include Molluck and Alf (an original secondary character from Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus who became a protagonist of New ‘N Tasty’s “Alf’s Escape” DLC) and Monsaic Lines is revisited in the prologue. Being a re-imagining of Abe’s Exoddus, only two characters of the original product, Vice-President Aslik and the Brewmaster, are reintroduced and only the levels of the Necrum Mines, the Slig Barracks, FeeCo Depot and Soulstorm Brewery are revisited. Four new characters – The Necrum Mines’ Baron Morguer, the elder Mudokon known as The Keeper, a nameless Mudokon shaman at the prologue (which is not Big Face) and the Mudokon train engineer Toby – are introduced as also are new levels, such as the Necrum catacombs and a suspended monorail FeeCo Train.
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