Excerpt: Every now and then, along comes a game which genuinely justifies videogames as a viable medium for storytelling. Perhaps we should expect this from Enslaved: Odyssey to the West , with The Beach and 28 Days Later author Alex Garland credited as co-writer and Heavenly Sword creators Ninja Theory on development duty.
Excerpt: Pigsy didn't get much time in the spotlight as he joined Monkey and Trip late in their journey, but Enslaved's first expansion focuses entirely on the portly protagonist. Does Pigsy's Perfect 10 have some good meat on its bones, or is it all fat? Bored and lonely in the Titan Graveyard, Pigsy devises a plan to build the perfect robot companion, requiring him to search the scrap heaps for three key components.
Conclusion: Monkey and Trip's adventures in Enslaved: Odyssey to the West have been a refreshing surprise that sadly is in danger of being lost in the ocean of big-named sequel releases that are coming over the next month or so. One thing that should be clear here is that Enslaved is not only an example of how the games industry can use film industry expertise to enhance the gaming experience, it is a welcome release from the endless pursuit of sequels; at least until Enslaved 2...
Conclusion: There will be few fans of Naruto that will find much to gripe about in this game. Its story is huge and detailed, the epic battles with the incredible quick time events will dazzle gamers regardless of their opinion of Naruto and anime in general, and the online fights have hidden depth, but those irritating load screens and the mundane aspects of Story Mode put a large pinch on the glories found within each battle.
Summary: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is a tour de force of Naruto thrills and spills. Impressively faithful to the universe of the anime, the game takes players through the Naruto Shippuden story arc with new battle systems enhancing the gameplay.
Conclusion: It goes without saying, but Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is still just a Naruto game. Full of loose, yet accessible mechanics, the game is a love letter to Naruto fans that seems to forget that it needs to complete its sentences to get its point across. While creating a memorable and faithful experience for those who love the source material, it still can’t shed its niche stigma.
Summary: A tactical action-adventure game, Enslaved centers on the complex relationship between the two main characters and challenges players to employ a mix of combat, strategy and environment traversal.