Two Days After Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me…Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath in HD!

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If you wind up with any PSN Store gift cards for Christmas this year, be sure to save $15 for Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD, which Just Add Water confirms today will launch as a belated Christmas gift to PS3 gamers on Tuesday, December 27th.

Unfortunately, PlayStation Move support and stereoscopic 3D won’t be making it into the initial version as planned. However, both features as well as some other extra surprises will be patched in within a couple months of release.

Here’s an outline of the features and enhancements that will be yours to enjoy from day one:

Characters:

– All 84 character models have been updated with increased polygon counts and higher resolution textures.
– Wolvark Sloghandlers now release Slogs instead of Slegs.
– Professor Dimble now has glasses and an academic tome.
– New female voices have been recorded for two characters.
– Made Blisterz Booty unkillable.

Environments:

– All environments have been given higher resolution textures.
– Most vegetation has been updated with increased polygon counts and/or higher resolution textures.
– A lot of environment now reflects in water where it didn’t before.
– Many, many pipes and barrels were rounded.
– New Easter Eggs added to the game.
– Added Blisterz Booty’s broken crud gun to the floor by his bola’d body.
– Sekto’s Office has been changed to more closely resemble than seen in the FMV.

Audio:

– All game audio (voice, sound effects and music) have been upgraded to 16-bit 44KHz from 8-bit 11KHz or less!
– Support for 5.1, Dolby Digitial and DTS.

Display:

– Everything now runs at 720p, 60 FPS, and in widescreen.
– All menus have been updated with a new design based on original unused concepts.
– New posters now occupy the inventory menu when no bounty is accepted.

Difficulty:

– All armour upgrades now actually increase Stranger’s health.
– Added difficulty levels to the game: Easy, Medium and Hard.

In Easy mode:
– Stranger has twice the health
– Enemies have half the health and stamina
– Enemies’ stamina recovers half as fast

In Normal Mode:
– Stranger’s health and armour for later in the game have been re-balanced.

In Hard mode:
– Stranger has a third less health.
– Enemies stamina recovers a third quicker.

Unlockables:

– 37 Trophies: 23 bronze, 8 silver, 5 gold, 1 platinum
– 37 pieces of unlockable concept art
– Five unlockable movies

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Comes to PSN December 27th [PlayStation.Blog]

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