Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath
It's somewhat comforting to know that Oddworld can still be relied upon to deliver something that's' well' odd. Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is an FPS with a twist, a slice of lime, and a whole brick of' brick, wrapped up and delivered to you on the Oddworld platter. Taking the role of a crossbow wielding bounty hunter named Stranger, you'll battle through the Oddworld equivalent of the old west, taking bounties and doing your best to live up to your moniker.
You'll be assisted on this quest by your compliment of live ammo, little critters that you hunt throughout the game to use as your main weapon's ammunition. Load bolamites to disable your prey with an entrapping net. The stunkz emit truly foul odor that leaves an opponent retching and vomiting on the ground. Once disabled, you can collect your opponent alive for a nice wad of moolah, or you can kill them and then capture them. Less moolah, but more satisfying to you vigilante types. If you need to take on an opponent in hand to hand, you have an extremely basic fist fighting mechanic to do it with. Fortunately, you can switch from first person to third person view mode, and while third person view mode can be a pain, you can run with all four of your limbs, making you exceptionally fast. Any chance to accelerate through any boring travel parts of a game is all right in my book. For my money, though, I'll take to the first person mode anytime. It has much better controls, and it's much easier to handle.
Like all Oddworld titles, you're walking your way through an odd little story, and this one is no exception. My only real complaint storywise is that Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is a little short, and I don't find Stranger as likeable as good old Abe. Still, the guys at Oddworld Inhabitants have outdone themselves in creating narrative cutscenes that stitch the action together and keep the story flowing in a truly beautiful way.
This title isn't perfect, is a bit too short, and doesn't always have the best controls, but you've got to remember what makes these Oddworld Titles' great. They've got an excellent sense of the strange and humorous, they're always on the lookout for new gameplay (like the live ammo), and most importantly, they present a relatively playable platforming component, something that is scarce in our day and age.