For those of you who are not familiar with the game from 1997 onwards, you take control of Abe, a Mudokan slave worker who is born into captivity and is an unwilling servant in the "biggest meat-processing plant on Oddworld
Platform game Oddworld
has never captured my imagination so its quirky charms weren't going to do much for me on the X-box - despite the improved graphics.
adventure series has been a firm favourite with PlayStation gamers, so it was a shrewd move by Microsoft to snap up the latest instalment as an XBox exclusive.
"Games are the Wild West of the computer industry," says Chris Ulm, an assistant director at Oddworld
Inhabitants in San Luis Obispo, California.
The company has seven internal development studios: Humongous Entertainment, Cavedog Entertainment, SingleTrac, Oddworld
, Bootprint Entertainment, Legend Entertainment and Reflections.
On the graphics and entertainment side, the notebooks include The Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack, MGI PhotoSuite, and Oddworld
from GT Interactive Software.
Some of the new titles include "All Zombies Must Die," "Oddworld
: Stranger's Wrath HD," "Pacific Rim," "Poker Night 2" and "Legasista." They are not exactly AAA games, but since this is just the beta program, it's likely the list will still change.
Separately, an animation sidebar--a compilation of other notable and worthy work that didn't make the Electronic Theater--will showcase 53 shorts from a variety of applicants including such effects shops as Imageworks, with "The Haunted Mansion," and Tippett Studio, highlighting its work on "The Matrix Revolutions" and "Hellboy." Aardman Animations will have "The Presentators Cake" while videogame maker Oddworld
Inhabitants will present "Oddworld
To bid for one of five Xbox family packages with four top games - Rayman 3, Kelly Slaters pro surfer, Oddworld
: Munch's Oddysee and Defender - two controllers and game case worth pounds 179.95 each phone 0901 270 6045.
THE first two Oddworld
games, Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus, were cult classics on the PlayStation.
: MUNCH'S ODYSSEY Developer: Oddworld
Studios Publisher: Microsoft, pounds 44.00