Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Beautiful to Look at, Fun to Play Once
OVERVIEW: The game sets us in a future where the world has been fought over and destroyed in a battle with robots, leaving it ruins. While I can't name any movies that run off of that plot line...I would have to say this seems like a healthy spin on that idea, as the areas are very alive with plant life, not burnt and deathly looking. The two main characters, Monkey and Trip, really make you feel for them, but also feel frustration as well, like your favorite TV show couple who just won't get together. Also, the ending leaves something to be desired...like A FREAKING EXPLANATION of how the world became this way, or what happens afterwards. Unfortunately, the company announced there will never be any sequels, to any of their games, so those questions will just have to hang there forever.
GAMEPLAY: While the game play initially gets you hooked with its close quarters combat with a freaking cool staff, it also throws in long-range fighting as well, since the staff somehow acts as a gun as well (don't ask me, I didn't write the script). However, that combination really keeps it minimal in the changing weapons department, which can be a pain in some games, depending on how the menus to change the weapons are. But, the fighting can sometimes get very repetitive, which can really make the game seem to drag on. Also, the puzzles in this can be a little tough sometimes, but that us because of the combination of an unmovable camera, and not knowing which way on the joystick corresponds to the direction you want to go, thanks to the camera angle (Dying 8 times in an area were dying once seemed stupid really brings this frustration out). The Boss fights are also pretty fun too, allowing you to use some of the coolest takedowns in the game.
GRAPHICS & SOUND: I included these together because, truth be told it is just a beautiful game. They could have gone over the top with it, since it is an apocalyptic world, but they combined nature and ruins just right to give you the feeling you want. Truly, even if the story frustrated me at times (Just get together!!!), it was a game that truly used its environment to tell the story and drive it along as well.
LASTING APPEAL: While being a great game, the fact that it doesn't have a sequel made it lose some of its appeal. Once you gone through the story, there doesn't seem to be a real reason to go back and play it again, unless you like achievement hunting as much as the other guy (still have to go beat it on hard). There is also a DLC for the game as well, but I don't know how much more it could add, as I assume it involves the third character in this game pretty heavily, as his name is in the DLC title (Let's just say Trip is the only person who is not named after an animal). However, I will still keep this game on my shelf, as I might want to play it again after I finish all my other games, or just get the rest of the achievements.
It Went Beyond My Expectations
This game really exceeded my expectations. I originally thought that it would have about seven to eight hours of gameplay, average graphics, and repetitive fighting. I WAS WRONG. The graphics are really good and it has very deep character relations. The fighting is fun (there is a slight delay from when you click a button and monkey does what you want, but is is very slight and you get used to it quickly.) Now, the combat is s bit repetitive at first, but it gets a lot better as you unlock more moves. My only problem with the game is that when you finish the game and get all of the achievments, there isn't much else to do. Yet, that will probably take you about 12 hours, so its not super short. Overall, you should definitely get this game. Its only 20 bucks new and it is definitely worth getting.
All around great game
I just loved this game. Every aspect of it seemed great. I would highly recommend this game to anyone.
1 awesome ride
While it is true the gameplay falters from time to time the vast majority of the game handles and plays good. The graphics are breathtaking and some of the best I have seen from the Unreal Engine. In cutscenes the lip syncing is great. The skin texture detail is very detailed and well done. Facial animations really do bring the characters alive and the voice acting is top notch. You can tell just after a short period of time this game had a lot of work poured into it. The combat is fun but not as fluid as its competition. With that said it is still good. The platforming is fun and makes you really feel like your exploring a vast land filled with rich detail at every nook and cranny. I highly recommend this game as it will grip you from beginning to end.
IT IS GOOD AND BAD IS WHAT I AM SAYING
THIS GAME WAS GOOD CAUES IT HAD ACTION AND THAT WHAT ALL KIDS LIKE BUT THERE WAS SOME BAD STUFF LIKE THE WAY IT ENDS AND THE BOSS ARE TO EASY.
the graphics are decent the gameplay is a little to loose he runs around like hes tryin to go in a million different directions at once! the camera work couldve been alot better its shaky n jumps into odd angles a bit. good story n idea it is a fun game just a little hard to control the charecter still not used to it!
Not so bad
This game is kinda cool, it kinda reminds me of Jak and Daxter, yet is not the same and also it reminds me of The Prince of Percia, and still different, I was skeptic at first but the game has a good story not bad, and the fighting system not bad at all too. It is a good game for gamers that like action-adventure games.
Tons of glitches, decent story, and good graphics
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a frustrating game, with great graphics, decent gameplay, and many glitches. The game is frustrating especially during the platforming sections. Enslaved is sort of like Uncharted 2, except in Uncharted you don't fight robots with a lightsaber or what ever it is. The graphics in Enslaved are great. But, after you leave New York the graphics aren't memorable. Characters in Enslaved are good but, there are only three of them in the entire game. The boss battles in Enslaved are fairly easy, but there are often glitches that occur so you have to restart at the very beginning of the battle. Also, some of the camera angles in the game are horrible. Overall, Enslaved is a decent game but, it hardly even has an ending, it sort of just ends.
Is this game worth playing?
I recently bought his game at Hastings. It was on sale for a really low price and I've been interested in the game for quite a while, so I purchased it. Considering the price, the game must've had a bad review. I was wrong, and the game nearly exceeds in all areas! You play as a loner named "Monkey", who is enslaved by a girl, Trip, who uses him to get back to her family. The story is engaging and you actually care for the characters, unlike most games on the market. The ending will leave you confused and you'll be praying for a sequel. Graphic wise, the game is impressive. The facial animations are awesome and you really feel their emotions. Gameplay is spot on and the controls are good. You solve puzzles for most of the game and you can climb buildings and/or fallen structures. The only problem here is that it feels quite linear, unlike the Assassin's Creed series. You can also fight in this game using a staff, which can be used to shoot projectiles. The enemies you'll face are robots. You feel satisfaction as you pummel them, plus the finishing moves are brutal, even if you're fighting machines, which is a good thing! What kept this game from getting a ten then? Well once the story is finished, thats that. This game doesn't have replay value, which is a shame. There's chapter select (14 chapters total) though..Plus if you're determined to play the game again, you can purchase an add-on that lets you play as a different character (Pigsy, the guy on the back of the case). All in all, this game exceeded expectations but there's no replay value. I'd recommend borrowing this game from a friend or buying this game preowned.
Every gamer should own this.
-Well scripted fully immersive story
-Addictingly fun combat
-Innovation (Cloud) [play the game to find out what this is!]
-DLC (In 3D!) [3D also works for those with HDTVs and not 3DTVs]
-Camera angle can get in the way at times
-Occasional twitchy movement by Trip (your companion)
I'll start off first by saying; Yes, this game is awesome.
I'm an all around gamer. I play a huge variety of games and this game isn't really my forte so-to-speak. However when I saw the stunning screenshots and gameplay videos I figured I'd give it a shot. And for GameStop's price of 17.99, it's definitely worth buying.
STORY: This game has easily the best story I've ever been fortunate enough to be a part of. The characters are well scripted. The story runs so deep it draws you in and makes you feel like you are there experiencing this epic journey right along side of them. Whether it's the crude humor, the romance or the aspect of companionship, this game has a little bit for everyone.
SOUND: This game has such a beautiful soundtrack that always seems to play when it fits the best (you'll see what I mean if you play!). Aside from the soudtrack, the game sounds are very good and well complimented if you play on a Surround sound system or a pair of Turtle Beach's.
VISUALS: The detail level of this game is not the best ever, but it's pretty dang close. This is probably the only game I've ever played that has effectively used every color available and made it flow together seemlessly into a beautiful world. I've often found myself playing and pausing for a good amount of time taking in all the sights that this game has to offer. Who knew a mech wasteland could look this beautiful? Lighting is also well done in this game, though again, not the best.
GAMEPLAY: This game is easily addicting. Though it starts off to feel like yet another "button-masher", you'll soon find out that the controls get more immersive as you progress, thus making the game way more fun. The game offers Tech Orbs throughout most of the levels and you'll find yourself scrambling about trying to find them all. The Orbs make it possible for your character to level up his abilities. The combat is just right. It's not perfect, but it's not bad either and it fits with what you'd expect from a game with a story as great as this. The levels can be rather short if you're just playing through them without collecting Orbs. I highly recommend exploring. This game was designed to challenge players to explore more areas to get more rewards. Between the puzzles that you solve, the combat and the ability to shimmy, slide, climb and clamber, there is a little bit of everything for you to do. Even the most hardcore gamers will find something they like about this game. Can I just say that the CLOUD is EPIC! Easily the best innovation I've seen in a game to-date!
I hope that my short review has opened up a chance for you to experience a game that maybe you normally might not have considered. It's definitely worth adding this game to your collection as it's something that you will never forget once you play it.
Game hard, my friends!