Excerpt: Enslaved is the newest Action/Adventure title from winning studio Ninja Theory, based loosely on the Chinese fable, Journey to the West. After a stellar introduction, your main character Monkey is paired up with a useful but generally helpless girl named Tripp. Your objective?
Summary: Not every action game needs to be composed of larger than life action sequences or feature some world ending threat. In a game where the world has already ended, Ninja Theory has told a story that focuses on character.
Excerpt: And, lo, god created polygons and every single game developer in existence decided they'd rather be making movies instead. At least, that's the short version of the story. Over the years, budgets haven't so much escalated as jettisoned into outer space.
Summary: During the E3 presentation of the Witcher 2 this year, the producer for the game mentioned that they were going to have an easy combat option for people who just wanted to experience the story without having to worry about the combat.
Excerpt: "Your main character is named Monkey and he doesn't wear a shirt." That was all I knew about Enslaved: Odyssey to the West about a week ago. But as I do before most review assignments I read up on the game from our previews section and learned that Enslaved is loosely based on the classic Chinese...
Pros: if you like platforming, shirtless heroes, and protecting an AI.
Cons: if you don't like post-apocalyptic environments, button mashing, and worrying about a companion.
Excerpt: A couple of months ago, after our hands on with new IP, Enslaved: Oddyssey To The West, we raved about how this could become one of the sleeper games of the year. Does it live up to expectation or were our preconceptions wrong?
Conclusion: Enslaved: Odyssey To The West is one of those tough games to review. While playing through this platform/adventure game you can constantly see the idea that the developers, Ninja Theory , had behind their vision of an event or gameplay sequence. But sadly more often than not Enslaved lets you down.
Summary: It's not often you get a game that permanently raises the bar for what you expect from videogames. It's rarer still outside of the launch window of a new console. By embracing and fully taking advantage of performance capture, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West does exactly that.
Pros: Gorgeous visuals, Beautifully realised characters, Plenty of variety
Cons: The odd camera or control woe, Shooting's not much fun