Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Another World 20th Anniversary Review

Another World 20th Anniversary Edition also called Out Of This World and Outer World,  is an adventure game by Delphine Software released in 1991 for the Amiga and Atari ST and then later ported on MS-Dos, Macintosh, Apple IIGS, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, 3DO, and the Super Nintendo. The 20th Anniversary Edition was released on September 22, 2011, for iPhone and iPad originally and then for Android phones, Steam, GOG, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS.

In Another World, when I played this game it was called Out Of This World, you play as Lester who is some kind of scientist. Lester drives up to his workshop in his cool Ferrari and gets to work using some machine that looks like a particle accelerator. As the machine starts to work Lester grabs a soda and begins drinking it when a bolt of lightning hits the machine and transports Lester to "another world". You will find an alien and with his help, you both try to escape from wherever you've landed. The game does have sound effects but there are no voices or subtitles but its' done so well that you have no problem following what's happening.

When this game was released I rented it for both the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis. This game blew my mind when it came out. It was the first time I'd seen a cut scene that actually contained moving people that looked great. The characters were filmed in real life and then the creators used these movements to animate the characters which made for lifelike movement. I was so excited about it that I connected my VCR to the Super Nintendo and copied the opening cinematic so I could watch it anytime I wanted. This game really makes you feel like you are in another world.

After getting into the game I found that the game was as good as the cut scenes. Another World is an action platformer that has you fighting aliens and figuring out simple puzzles to continue on. You will be killed a lot while you are figuring out what to do next but fortunately, the game reloads you very close to where you died, sometimes exactly where you were so you won't get too mad when you keep dying. While playing this game on my Xbox One there is an achievement I got for dying 100 times and it didn't take too long to get it.

The 20th Anniversary Edition allows you to choose from three different soundtracks, the original cartridge version, the Sega CD version and a modern score. You can also play the game with the original graphics or with redone graphics. The original look of the game still looks pretty good, nothing has much texture to it but it is still good looking. The modern version is just a little cleaned up, mostly with the graphics smoothed out a bit so it's not a complete remastering. I liked how it came out and used the enhanced graphics while I played.

Original Graphics

New Graphics

If there is one fault of this game is its length. Even with all my deaths, this game took less than three hours to complete. Now don't get me wrong, the game is great, it just ended too early. Unlike when I was a kid I was able to beat the game today. There was one puzzle I could never figure out but the Internet had my back and I was able to get past it.

I bought this game on sale and paid around two dollars for it so it's a pretty cheap game to buy. It was released on just about everything so if it looks exciting to you I recommend that you try it out. I give Another World 20th Anniversary Edition an 8 out of 10.

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