Oddworld Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Oddworld RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Two Classic Oddworld Games Coming to Switch in 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/scmfo/two-classic-oddworld-games-coming-to-switch-in-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/scmfo/two-classic-oddworld-games-coming-to-switch-in-2020 Wed, 08 Jan 2020 11:09:55 -0500 Josh Broadwell

We've known for a while that Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is coming to Nintendo Switch in January — but that's not all. Yesterday, French publisher Microids announced a partnership with Oddworld Inhabitants to bring two more Oddworld games to the Switch sometime this year.

Don't expect Oddworld: Soulstorm to be one of those games, though. Microids CEO Stéphane Longeard said the additional two Oddworld games are classics in the Oddworld series and will "fit quite nicely in our catalog where retro gaming has a prominent place."

Because "classic" is emphasized, and there aren't that many Oddworld games to begin with, chances are these additional two will be Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus. Both games offer the franchise's signature wit and biting satire and still hold up as quality games after more than two decades.

Microids will reportedly take steps to ensure that quality shines through in the Switch versions, with Longeard saying, "We are going to help as much as we can to ensure these masterpieces get the spotlight they deserve."

It's a major turnaround for the series' relationship with Nintendo after creator Lorne Lanning infamously criticized Nintendo's lack of indie promotion and predicted the Switch would fail like the Wii U. Neither of those predictions has panned out thus far, with the Switch continuing to sell like hotcakes and promoting a robust indie catalog.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Oddworld news as it develops.

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Oddworld Soulstorm, a Brand-New Oddworld Game, Gets Cinematic Teaser https://www.gameskinny.com/n6k0e/oddworld-soulstorm-a-brand-new-oddworld-game-gets-cinematic-teaser https://www.gameskinny.com/n6k0e/oddworld-soulstorm-a-brand-new-oddworld-game-gets-cinematic-teaser Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:11:43 -0400 Josh Broadwell

It's been a while since the gaming world saw a new entry in Lorne Lanning's Oddworld franchise — even longer since the last (actually) new entry was released. 2014's Oddworld: New N' Tasty was a remake, and the lack of new entries even led some to classify Lanning and his team among the forgotten developers of gaming.

That streak was ended two years ago in a press release that announced Oddworld Soulstorm, a sequel to New N' Tasty developed as part of a collaboration between Frima Studio, Fat Kraken Studios, and Sabotage.

Now, fans can get a taste of what to expect from Oddworld Soulstorm in a new cinematic teaser trailer. Specific details about the game itself are still scant. However, the trailer does show off the game's graphics and use of textures, along with giving a slight tease about the game's plot.

Lanning and his team also released a breakdown trailer of the trailer, showcasing new effects and techniques used to make the game look the way it does. You can find that here.

The Oddworld games are known for being, well, odd. But they also appeal to players by mixing quirkiness and the grotesque with brutal commentary on the modern world, particularly the evils of industrialism and rampant capitalism.

Soulstorm is positioned in an interesting place in the Oddworld timeline. Technically, it's the second game in the mainline series. New N' Tasty was a remake of the first game, Abe's Oddysee, and Soulstorm is said to be a sequel to that, but no word was given yet about how it might relate to other games in the Oddworld universe.

There also wasn't any word on what platforms fans can expect the game to be on.

Lanning made headlines in 2017 for his volatile and inappropriate reaction when his games weren't initially on the Nintendo eShop, though he quickly presented a different face in 2018 after announcing Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath would be ported to the Switch.

Whether the Switch could handle Soulstorm's graphics acceptably is another matter, so we'll just have to wait and see.

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Top 5 Most Underrated AAA Developers https://www.gameskinny.com/g4ocp/top-5-most-underrated-aaa-developers https://www.gameskinny.com/g4ocp/top-5-most-underrated-aaa-developers Fri, 04 Nov 2016 03:25:08 -0400 Unclepulky

It's easy to assume when you hear the term "AAA Game Developer", that they get all of the credit and profits that they deserve. But while some companies do have many employees and a large chunk of change to throw around, not every developer has the same luck as Nintendo, Bethesda, or Naughty Dog.

These five game devs have made fantastic games, and some have gone above and beyond in treating their fans well. Hopefully one day, they'll all get their due.

5. Oddworld Inhabitants

Oddworld Inhabitants is a studio who has never made a bad game -- while it's true that (not counting re-releases and remakes) they've only developed four games, with a fifth currently in the works, all of them have been absolute gems.

Abe's Odyssee and Abe's Exodus are must owns for fans of the original PlayStation. Munch's Odyssee, while the weakest of the Oddworld games, is still a gem, and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is in my top ten favorite games of all time.

In addition to producing great games, Oddworld Inhabitants is also very friendly with their fanbase. In particular, their Twitter is very fun to follow.

It's easy to see why the company is so often overlooked though. All of their games are part of one series; and with how insane the lore and story are, some people may feel alienated.

4. Hi-Rez Studios

 Much like the last entry, Hi-Rez Studios has only developed a few games -- six in total. However, while I haven't played all of their games, they've all received critical acclaim. 

Their most popular game, Smite, is a very original and fun take on the MOBA genre, and there are many, including myself, who prefer it over the more traditional MOBAs such League of Legends and DOTA 2.

The other game that I've played from Hi-Rez is Jetpack Fighter, a speed platformer which stands among the better mobile games I've played.

Hi-Rez Studios also has a great relationship with their fans. They've sponsored many charity streams, and have developed a good rapport with the game journalism community.

They're the newest developer on this list, and given enough time, they'll likely gain the popularity they deserve.

3. Nihon Falcom

From the newest developer on the list to the oldest, Nihon Falcom has been pumping out games since 1981. They have released dozens of games, and while I fully admit to having not played most of them, the Ys series of action RPGs is absolutely fantastic. In fact, Ys is the second largest series of eastern RPGs, eclipsed only by Final Fantasy.

The main reason for this studio being on the list is the opposite of the reason for why it's only number three on the list. While in the west, the games the studio has made are virtually unheard of, it's a completely different story in the east. There, series like The Legend of Heroes, Zwei, and Brandish are all incredibly popular.

Many of their games haven't made it to North America and Europe, but come on my fellow westerners: Give Nihon Falcom some love!

2. Grasshopper Manufacture

Suda51 is a mad genius and I love him!

Formed in 1998 by Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Studios has a knack for making very distinct games. It's almost impossible to mistake one of their games for another, and you can always see Suda's fingerprints. 

While early on it seemed they'd be doomed to having their games stuck in the east, they eventually found mainstream success in the west with Killer7. And while games like Lollipop Chainsaw and Liberation Maiden are a blast to play, it's the No More Heroes games which have earned the company my loyalty. 

They don't have the same great relationship with the fans that some of the other mentioned developers do -- not that it's a bad one either -- but given how terrific and imaginative their games are, Grasshopper Manufacture is a highly underrated studio.

1. Origin Systems

The story of Origin Systems is one of gaming's most tragic.

Founded in 1983 by the Garriott brothers, Richard and Robert, Origin was a studio fueled by passion. Many great games came from the studio, such as Ogre and the Wing Commander series, but for me, when I hear Origin Systems, I think Ultima. 

The Garriott brothers, inspired by the table-top RPGs they played, crafted an entire, in-depth world within the Ultima games. This series revolutionized the RPG genre, and throughout the 80's and 90's, it was beloved by many PC gamers.

Sadly, due to executive meddling from EA, the main Ultima series ended on a sour note with the absolutely dreadful Ultima IX: Ascension. 

EA kept the company alive until 2004, not actually letting them develop new games mind you, at which point the developer was dissolved. The saddest part of all of this is that most people don't seem to remember Origin. Sure, a die-hard Ultima or Wing Commander fan will, but to the general gaming community, they're just a blip in history.

What AAA game developers do you feel are underrated? What do you think of these choices? And had you heard of Origin Systems before reading this article?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Whatever happened to those classic and offbeat game series? https://www.gameskinny.com/luiqh/whatever-happened-to-those-classic-and-offbeat-game-series https://www.gameskinny.com/luiqh/whatever-happened-to-those-classic-and-offbeat-game-series Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:00:02 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Thanks for sticking around for our little history lesson on forgotten games, devs who fell off the radar, and mechanics that don't get any play anymore. Which of these series do you think needs a new entry, and what forgotten corners of gaming did we miss that you'd like to see resurrected soon?

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Split Screen Multiplayer

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Gaming has changed a lot in a short period of time, and it seems like another era when split screen multiplayer was automatically included with any given game. Sadly the practice is now fading as online multiplayer replaces it in the hearts of a younger generation.

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Goldeneye is of course the title that will always be instantly associated with split screen, although it also showed the mechanic's limitations: being able to see what your opponent is currently doing. This very issue was actually made into the basis of Screencheat, a game where everyone is invisible so you have to look at other player's screens to have any idea where to shoot.

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While a dying option in newer games, there are still titles worth pulling out to play split screen with your friends, from the Left 4 Dead series (which is overdue for a sequel itself) to Far Cry 3.

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Thankfully, split screen isn't entirely dead and just returned with the newly released Gears Of War 4 (which is absurdly awesome by the way). As far as I'm concerned, split screen co-oping with my friends while getting drunk is an integral part of the gaming experience. You lose something when your bud is talking over a microphone across town and not sitting on the couch next to you.

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Farmville

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Once the single most popular Facebook game in existence, Farmville was famous for bugging the hell out of everyone with a computer before people figured out you could turn off notifications for game requests.

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Since the game's popularity faded and people moved on to anything with the word "Crush" or "Saga" in the title, there apparently were Farmville 2, Farmville: Tropic Escape, and Farmville: Country Escape all released at some point over the years.

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Developer Zynga has definitely had its share of ups and downs since Farmville changed people's perceptions of what you could do on social media. According to Statista, daily active users for all Zynga games has fallen from 72 million in 2012 to 18 million this quarter of 2016 in a nearly MySpace-level drop off.

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Zynga currently has 54 discontinued games and 35 active ones – which is kind of nuts for a company started in 2007. Considering how most of them are the same thing with different skins over top, and the company's many shady connections to scam ads, maybe it's for the best that the “discontinued” column continues to grow.

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Any of our readers out there still actively playing Farmville at this point?

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Planescape

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Easily one of the most unique and interesting universes in any medium, Planescape was the high point of the AD&D system and gave us the much-loved CRPG title Planescape: Torment.

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Considering that it constantly ranks among the top listings of RPGs, its bizarre that there's never been any other games placed in the same setting. There was in fact a first person title in the works slated to release on the PS1 that would have put you in the role of a member of the Harmonium, policing the wild streets of Sigil.

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Sadly (or not, if FPS games aren't your thing), it was scrapped six months into development. It might not necessarily have been in the spirit of the classic Torment, but its not like going first person is an unprecedented style shift, with games like Dark Messiah Of Might And Magic or Fallout 3 making the leap.

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With Wizards Of The Coast not letting anyone else use the Planescape license, its unlikely we'll ever get another video game placed in this long lost multiverse. But then again, considering the quality of recent D&D titles, that may be for the best: just take a look at Daggerdale or Sword Coast Legends.

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All is not lost though! InXile is gearing up to release Torment: Tides Of Numenera in Q1 2017. While no longer set in Planescape for legal reasons, all the same bizarre oddity and interesting moral choices are slated to set a very similar tone.

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Turok

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Anybody else ever dust off their N64 and pull out old classic titles like the much-hyped, dinosaur-killing FPS Turok? Despite the interesting premise and nostalgia from gamers of this era, the series never got as many sequels as its shooter contemporaries.

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Following Seeds Of Evil, Rage Wars, Shadows Of Oblivion, and Evolution, the series dropped off the map. It wasn't until 2008 that a complete reboot launched for the 360 and PS3.

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Since then, fans have been in a barren desert of despair. A sequel to the reboot was planned and then cancelled all behind the scenes. Night Dive Studios has also been teasing remakes of the earlier games for years, but no release dates or any definitive info ever actually arrives. Considering that the developer is now waist-deep in recreating System Shock, it seems like Turok is well and truly dead.

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All Those Oddworld Games

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1997 was a very good year for the PS1, seeing landmark releases like Final Fantasy 7 to the offbeat Oddworld: Abe's Odysee. With fantastically interesting characters that straddled the line between gross and hilarious, Oddworld was a daringly different game utilizing platformer mechanics.

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Of course, everyone wanted more, and all the gaming magazines (remember when there were gaming magazines?) added to the breathless hype of a projected series of five Odysee games. Following Munch's Odysee in 2001, there was supposed to be Squeak's Odysee, Munch's Exoddus, and many more, but they all failed to materialize.

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What we did get was a very different experience than expected in the FPS Stranger's Wrath, a real forgotten gem of gaming that offered some crazy unexpected mechanics for the time.

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While none of those sequels ever arrived, Oddworld Inhabitants did recently launch New And Tasty - a total remake of the original Abe's Odysee - to revitalize the series. Currently the developer is planning on remaking Abe's Exoddus next under the title Soulstorm, but unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any actual new titles in the series slated for release at this point.

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Katamari

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King of the weird games with massively different mechanics, each iteration of the Katamari series was a bizarrely awesome experience that tasked the little prince with rolling up everything to make new stars.

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After only a handful of games, the series essentially ended with Beautiful Katamari on the Xbox 360 back in 2007. While Katamari Forever in 2009 did add in some new concepts, it primarily consisted of maps from the previous games, so it was really more a retrospective than an actual new title.

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Sadly, there's been just nothing for this generation of consoles (outside a pointless tap-tap mobile game with a vaguely dirty title). No official info has arrived about any sort of real sequels, but there is hope still: Namco registered a trademark for the title Amazing Katamari Damacy earlier this year and also bought the domain to a similarly named website. We may be getting a new Katamari game sooner rather than later!

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World Of Goo 

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With refreshingly different gameplay, iconic and instantly recognizable graphics, and great sound effects, this first game from 2D Boy was destined to receive wild accolades and award after award.

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The developer seemed poised to absolutely dominate this niche of the gaming market... only nothing else ever happened. The 2D Boy website still exists, but there's never been another game made and nothing is currently in the works.

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Both Kyle Gabler and Ron Caramel went on to create Indie Fund, which helps fund other small time developers and has been involved with everything from Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine to the stand-alone version of Half-Life 2 mod Dear Esther.

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Kyle Gabler also worked on the 2012 Wii U title Little Inferno, which was a welcome experience for fans of World Of Goo. At this point that seems to be the extent of it though, and its unlikely we'll ever get a Goo sequel or a new 2D Boy game at all.

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Other developers have taken up the torch since then, both on the cute side and the physics side. One of the most recent is the equally odd physics-based game Slime Rancher.

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You ever have this happen? You're browsing the web and suddenly you notice someone mentions a game you'd completely forgot existed but consumed your life way back when. That happened to me this week when I saw a screenshot from that ground breaking physics-base indie title World Of Goo.

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Besides having to load the game up to play again, that reference got me wondering: whatever happened to that series and the developer who gave us such an amazing gaming experience? World Of Goo isn't the only forgotten gem of gaming, as there are tons of series' that arrived to make a big splash, but then faded into obscurity for one reason or another.

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Today we're going to look at 7 different developers, game series, and gameplay concepts that just haven't been on anyone's radar in a long time. Some deserve to make a big return, and others... perhaps not so much.

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6 free PS4 themes on the PSN that stand above their other free brethren https://www.gameskinny.com/rjiej/6-free-ps4-themes-on-the-psn-that-stand-above-their-other-free-brethren https://www.gameskinny.com/rjiej/6-free-ps4-themes-on-the-psn-that-stand-above-their-other-free-brethren Sun, 27 Mar 2016 13:26:46 -0400 Tobbpitt

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Tearaway Unfolded:The Gopher Show! Dynamic Theme

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Another dynamic free theme? Color me surprised!

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The Tearaway Unfolded free theme is an absolute treat whether you've played the game or just want a relaxing theme for your PlayStation 4 menu.

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Like most of the better dynamic themes, this one has custom icons, music, sounds, and a moving background -- unlike most of them, it also has falling leaves, hearts, and snowflakes.

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This is definitely one of the more relaxing themes out there, and it's a total steal at zero dollars to install on your PS4. Grab this cutie pie on the PlayStation Store.

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Netflix Original Series: Marvel's Jessica Jones Dynamic Theme

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Whether you like Netflix's Marvel: Jessica Jones show or not, it's hard to not list this among the best free themes on the PlayStation Store if only because it's one of the higher quality ones available.

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As you can see in the video above this theme has a vocal track as its custom music, custom icons, and a moving background. They all mesh together very well, but it's hard to imagine non-fans digging this theme. A vocal track as the background music can be a bit jarring.

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Grab it up on the PlayStation Store if you find this one to fit your tastes!

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PlayStation 20th Anniversary Theme

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Did you own a PlayStation? You may just want to download this bad boy on the nostalgia factor alone.

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The 20th Anniversary theme doesn't look like much, but it touts the iconic PlayStation boot sounds any PlayStation owner learned to turn their TV volume down for back in the day. And good news! It's not as grating as it used to be since the sound quality is better.

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This theme's background does move, though it's simply the buttons slowly flying across the screen. It also has custom icons and a remix of the PS2 and PS3 themes in the background mixed with the PS4. Its a very nice touch in a great free theme. Here's the PlayStation Store link.

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Journey Static Theme

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There's not much to be said of most of the free static themes on the PlayStation Store, but the Journey one is something else. 

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The static Journey theme may not have the moving background the dynamic one does, but it's pretty close. Despite being totally free, the static one retains the music, sound effects, and custom icons of the paid dynamic theme. 

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This is definitely one of the more relaxing free themes up for grabs, and certainly one of the more attractive. It's worth a trip to the PlayStation Store if you want a more chill theme.

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Spiral Dynamic Theme

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This was one of the first free themes on the PS4 and it is still one of the most popular free ones on the PlayStation Store. Why, might you ask? Because the music is awesome.

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Spiral doesn't look like anything special when you look at it on the PlayStation Store. Is a red spiral background really worth a download? It is when it comes with custom icons and a beat so good it's hard not to download it.

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Here's the PlayStation Store link, but if you're just interested in the song featured in the theme, here's a YouTube video with all four minutes.

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Oddworld New 'N' Tasty Official dynamic theme

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The Oddworld series has been around the block by now, and the 2015 remake of the original Abe's Odyssey titled Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty brought this classic series to the modern market.

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This theme is quite impressive for a free download, packing in animated backgrounds, machine noise (true to the series), and custom icons.

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It was created by Truant Pixel, renowned dynamic theme developers with a sizable library of high quality dynamic paid themes. It's surprising this one is free, but why complain? A high quality, free PS4 theme is nothing to turn your nose up at.

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Grab it up on the PlayStation Store and get downloading!

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Getting used to the lack of user-made themes on the PlayStation 4 took some time for most PlayStation 3 owners who migrated to its successor. It's not like having a great theme is important, but it's nice to have something pleasing to look at while you're sitting at the menu.

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The PlayStation Store is filled with paid themes for the PlayStation 4, but there aren't exactly a ton of free themes that impress. Most are simple static images with no special sound.  However, there are some exceptions. Some free themes knock the others out of the park and would find a welcome home on most consoles.

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Let's take a look at 6 themes on the PlayStation 4 that are worth the download if you don't want to throw money at customizing your PS4 home screen.

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