In the dusty, undeveloped wastelands of Western Mudos, cantankerous townsfolk find their settlements besieged by belligerent outlaws. Along comes Stranger, a tall, dark and enigmatic bounty hunter with a critter-firing crossbow.
First released in 2005, Stranger’s Wrath has been recrafted for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita with all new visuals, enhanced character models and richer environments. On PS3 it's a silky smooth 60 frames per second, and runs in proper 3-D too.
Stranger is keeping a secret and needs expensive surgery to survive. In his quest to earn enough Moolah, Stranger reluctantly accepts the ultimate bounty before coming to learn the truth about the valley’s oddball inhabitants, and suddenly his adventure takes a very different turn.
Stranger's crossbow, available from the beginning of the game, offers up a multitude of Live Ammo types.
Each offers different combat possiblities, and Stranger can arm any two at once.
Chippunks issue taunts to Stanger's opponents, and are used to get an enemy's attention and lead them to a spot designated by the player. Can be used to bait bad guys away whilst hiding, or to split up a large group.
These spider-like creatures can stop an enemy temporarily, wrapping them in webbing and keeping them quiet until the effect wears off. Great for stealthy play, and useful for bounty hunters like Stranger.
Can be upgraded for greater power, which drains energy from the bad guys.
Fuzzles work like mines, waiting for enemies to pass at which point they pounce and begin attacking, knawing at your prey.
Fuzzles can be upgraded, at which point they'll attack even harder - a very useful weapon to keep around.
These knock-out creatures do exactly that, dealing a huge amount of damage to anything in their paths, and that includes the environment as well as enemies - there are few creatures that can stand up to a flying thudslug.
Upgraded, they become Riotslugs, deadly at close range.
These offer up a decent rate of fire over an average range, capable of knocking enemies out without too much fuss. However, when charged up they can be used to activate machinery across the world.
These wasp-like critters are great for long range (they come with a sniper mode) and offer a stealthy (read: silent) way to deal damage to foes who aren't up close and personal.
When upgraded they become Stingbee Blasts, which offer a rapid-fire alternative.
These might look like skunks, but they're super effective, rendering enemies (and otherwise) helpless should they stray too close - then it's up to you to either take them dead or alive.
Powered up they're even more offensive, pulling in nearby foes in their Implosion Stunkz mode.
Once fired, a Boombat starts counting down to an explosion sure to take out anything and anyone nearby. And better than a portable, living bomb? They're sticky, so if you get one on an enemy it's not coming off!
And for even greater destruction, they can be upgraded to Bada Booms, which countdown quicker and feature five little internal critters that'll escape and cause even more damage at the moment of impact.