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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is a revamp of one of the platformers I used to love, so how is it on Linux?

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About the game (Official)
Explore ancient ruins, dodge carnivorous beasts and avoid trigger-happy guards as Abe, the original Oddworld hero in this lovingly recrafted take on the classic adventure "Abe's Oddysee".

Once a happy floor waxer in Oddworld's biggest meat processing plant, Abe stumbles across his boss's secret plan to turn the factory's slave labor force into the latest in the RuptureFarms Tasty Treats line of novelty meat snacks. Abe now has to save his own skin from the grinders, but simply escaping the flesh farm is only the start of his Oddysee - for many dangers await Abe on his journey to discover his destiny.

Built from scratch from the ground up, enjoy new breathtaking visuals, enhanced audio and improved, deeper gameplay as New 'n' Tasty reignites the original Oddworld game using the latest next-generation technology.

My thoughts
Sadly, my Dualshock 4 doesn’t work in the game itself, and my 360 controller makes the game freeze at the touch of a button. It seems the issue has been noticed and reported by others, and it’s showing how poor Unity’s gamepad support is. That has somewhat soured the experience for me, as I don’t care what anyone says, platformers like this feel so much better with a pad.

I did, however, continue on like the good reviewer would and it actually seems okay with a keyboard, enough to keep me interested.

The performance even on highest graphical settings seems fantastic on an Nvidia 970, so I’m pretty damn pleased with that. I'm really happy that at least one of our higher profile releases this year isn't junk performance wise (I’m still looking at you Dying Light, stop breaking my heart, Techland plz).

For those that never played it, I consider it one of the few truly great adventure platformers. It has comedy, a very interesting world to explore, and you can fart, so that’s cool.
The original was released in 1997, and this is a complete re-build from the ground up. The left the story exactly the same as far as I can tell, so don’t miss out on a good bit of gaming history revamped here!

It’s just as amazing as I remember, and I do my usual thing of pulling random levers and sending my friends down a ditch to their doom, sorry pal, but it’s too fun.

Final Verdict: Why are you not buying it already. We may cover it a bit further in depth in a future GOL Cast, or we may give it a full review after sinking many hours into it, I am hopeful the sort the gamepad issues out for me to enjoy it to the fullest.

Grab Oddworld on Steam & GOG.

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aL 25 Feb, 2015
day one dlc... I will never buy one of those...

But I guess those of us who dont buy them are the 1% here

EDIT: i mean the dlc... I already bought the game and is pretty cool ;)
faceless 25 Feb, 2015
Outland (a platformer with Ubisoft logo!!!) is also out for linux/steamOS.
sarmad 26 Feb, 2015
Quoting: facelessOutland (a platformer with Ubisoft logo!!!) is also out for linux/steamOS.

Outland looks very interesting. Sadly for me it seem to require a powerful GPU. They recommend Radeon HD 6850, which is on the level of XB1, too much for a laptop.
Xpander 26 Feb, 2015
as always :D (liam likes this)

View video on

about the port.. framerate most of the time fine with some drops.
for nvidia users __GL_THREADED_OPTIMIZATION=1 %command% and it never drops below 60 anymore (or at least i didnt see in my ~1 hour of gameplay). didn't have threading enabled when recorded this video though.

solid port for classic.. sound quality isnt the best.. have turn down music slider to hear voices better etc..some volume balancing issues still there. but overall quality seems fine.
Maelrane 26 Feb, 2015
Thanks for the articles and comments. I'll wait then. I mean, I have an (now slightly outdated) Radeon HD 6950 and will wait for the new AMDs to make my decision on which one to buy. So if the framerate is fine only "most of the time" with a current graphicscard I'll simply wait.
FredO 26 Feb, 2015
I'm playing the game on a HD5770 which is below minimum requirements, but the core game is running fine on the auto-selected graphics settings, and 1080p. The only thing is that the movie clips are a bit choppy, which is strange. It's a really nice remake though, and a lot of fun.
Pit 26 Feb, 2015
Grrr, I really wonder what's going on with the Humble Store. They have it - but only for Steam :><:
I had mailed them about it earlier - they claim it's the choice of the developers. But why would those decide to have a DRM-free version - but not put it on Humble?
seven 27 Feb, 2015
can the __GL_THREADED_OPTIMIZATION=1 %command% start option be used with every game?
Xpander 27 Feb, 2015
Quoting: sevencan the __GL_THREADED_OPTIMIZATION=1 %command% start option be used with every game?

pretty much yes.. some game do it by default also and some games use more cores so if you are limited with core number than that wont help in those cases.. unity 4.x engine games all benefit from this since they use only 1 core.. unity5.x is done a bit better
FredO 27 Feb, 2015
They just released a patch which adds a new option called Xinput for MS controllers. With an Xbox360 controller, all buttons are correctly mapped now except the Trigger buttons. Unfortunately the Chant is done by pressing both TL and TR, and this is not working for me.
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