Reviews and Problems with Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
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Review: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Sony PS3)
5 April 2011
Summary: With dynamite writing, voice acting, music, art design, and one of the best stories in recent memory, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has a lot going for it. Unfortunately, the rest of the game can’t quite hold up. The gameplay is lacking in terms of depth and functionality, it doesn’t have much replay value, it isn’t very challenging, and there are plenty of flaws and hiccups that lessen the overall experience.
Conclusion: Those of you who enjoyed Enslaved will have no regrets with this surprisingly lengthy and fun adventure. Everyone else should write an angry letter to Namco Bandai/Ninja Theory demanding a more polished sequel instead.
Summary: Enslaved is sci-fi road adventure featuring a captivating story that spans the fears of a world gone crazy with technology. Despite some mediocre gameplay elements, this game is hard to put down, and you will want to play it all the way through to see how it ends.
Pros: The brilliantly crafted story and dialogue, The lush mech landscapes draped in beautiful vegetation, The memorable characters, who are worthy of a feature film
Cons: The clunky camera, The noticeable, albeit minor graphical flaws, The dull combat elements
Conclusion: The story within Enslaved can be completed in around 8-10 hours. When I spoke to Namco Bandai at E3 2010 they told me that they had DLC planned for the future but didn’t provide me with any details on when and what the DLC will consist of. However, I recent announcement of ‘Pigsy’s Perfect 10’ DLC pack and the inclusion of 3D support for the title will help to flesh out the entire experience within the coming weeks.
Excerpt: Wow! Enslaved: Odyssey To The West is simply put: Wow! Finally, something new and exciting comes our way, not rehashed, or spun-off from a former hit, but instead raises the bar for action-adventure platformers, and the results are amazing. I can't remember the last time I used the word "perfection" in a review, but Enslaved is one game that's surely nothing less than that.
Excerpt: Every once in a while I get surprised whilst reviewing a game. The truly epic games have such huge hype building up to their release that it’s difficult for the game to live up to the expectation created. By the time it releases you have heard and seen so much of the game that to some degree the content and mechanics are almost dated before you have even ripped open the packaging. By now you are surely wondering where my surprise was with Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
Excerpt: I can’t quite figure out why people are raving about Enslaved. Though it’s an entertaining adventure game and the characters interact well, I feel like I’m the only one bothered by the fact that the game is a post-apocalyptic Uncharted, with elements from Prince of Persia, Resident Evil 4, God of War, Jak & Daxter, and Gears of War thrown in like some sort of “Will it blend?” video.
Conclusion: If this is to be Ninja Theory's opus, let it be known they are nigh-peerless at creating a world and characters that resonate with far more impact and emotion than almost any other developer out there. This is an odyssey everyone should experience.