Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Best Overlooked Game In Years
Enslaved is one of those games that goes under the radar, with little advertising, much like Psychonauts, Beyond Good & Evil, etc. And also like the afore mentioned games, it is a shining gem in gaming. The first chapter is so intense and gripping, you don't want to put it down for hours. The luscious jungle environment is jaw dropping, as well as the facial animation, which is some of the best I've ever seen, on par with the likes of Heavy Rain. I will admit, the fighting does get a little repetitive, but with fantastic finishers and upgrades to your weapons, it spices it up enough to make it feel like it isn't dragging along. The storyline is sub par, but the evolution of the main characters is what really gets me, as well as the twist of an ending. While not a game made for longevities sake, it is a must play for any self respecting gamer. If you're interested, by all means, buy it, but at the very least, rent this bad boy and get ready to have you socks knocked off of ya.
Definitely worth buying
I actually read about this game on one of the issues of Game Informer. It looked very interesting with its storyline concept and scenery/location. When I finally saw the previews, I was dead set on buying it. I bought it yesterday and could not stop playing. Think of it as a mix of Final Fantasy X (for story and character concept), Uncharted, Gears of War, Mass Effect and Heavenly Sword (for maneuvering, battle, art, realistic-ness and character concept as well). The story is engaging and intense. The characters have dept and are very real. The gameplay requires you to think fast and be quick on your feet. The battle mechanics are quite easy to handle, especially if one has played any of the games I compared to above. The characters facial expressions are pretty amazing. Almost thought they were real at some point. I feel Enslaved is an underrated game among all of the other big tittles that are releasing. I definitely recommend this game to those who my have been skeptical after seeing the demo. I assure you, it is MUCH better! A great investment indeed.
The DEMO will speak for itself!
I have played the demo 2x...(on PS3) This game is gonna be awsome! Think Uncharted graphics, God of War action, Deep character relationships, and it's on the unreal engine. The developer, Ninja Theroy did the outstanding Heavenly Sword game also. Don't take my word for it, GO PLAY THE DEMO...NOW! BTW The Xbox 360 demo will be in the marketplace soon!
A fantastic Platformer
Going into Enslaved I didn't know what to expect.However After playing the first few chapters I found myself clenching the controller.I think Enslaved is a fantastic game.From the story telling comedy to the dramatic and totally twisted ending enslaved had me from the getgo.If there had to be any reason whatsoever to pick this game up it's def the platforming. Yes it's a little like prince of persia(2008) but I found that to fantastic as well. The combat isn't as in depth as I would have hoped for but is still fun. The Only issues i found with this game Were the camera during combat was too close and hard to see and the platforming is a little guided.Other than that there is no reason to not pick it up,and witha price drop of $20 why would you want to miss out on this fantastic game.
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!
A Gorgeously Flawed Near-Masterpiece
The last time I was this blown away by graphics in a video game, it was the first time Final Fantasy made it to the Playstation with Final Fantasy VII. As odd as that may sound, well over a decade afterwards, this game repeated that awe. But, whereas Final Fantasy VII only did it through cutscenes, this game did it the entire way through. It was simply a beautiful experience that I have yet to see anywhere else on Xbox 360, outside of Square Enix's best titles.
Most post-apocalyptic games are grayscale and muted, with various shades of mostly dirt and metal. Not so with Enslaved. I believe they had to utilize every single color ever known to man in this one game. All so vivid and vibrant. From lush jungles wrapped around machinery, to underwater submarine caverns. All stunning. I kept stopping just to take in the fantastic detail of the environment.
That same detail is given to each character. (Although, there are really only three.) The facial expressions, the emotions, the eyes, everything was so real and detailed, down to the stubble movement in Monkey's beard. This was truly a flawless graphical masterpiece. It was art.
In addition to this, the gameplay was exciting as well. Controlling Monkey as he hopped from dangerous precipice to precarious ledge, was truly a delight. In addition, the fighting mechanics were exciting as well. Using a staff that also worked as a gun, while coordinating battle strategy with Trip, kept this from being the run of the mill brawler, shooter or platformer. They even had the foresight to allow your block ability to work 360 degrees, so if an enemy got behind you that you couldn't see, you wouldn't be frustrated by sneak attack. Though, don't take that to mean the game isn't challenging, it is very challenging, especially when the Mechs start piling up.
(Side Note: There is a mode of transportation called "The Cloud", perhaps one of the most fun modes of transportation I've ever experienced in a quest-type game like this.)
I would call this game the perfect masterpiece, but there is one fatal flaw: The story. It was great all the way through until the end. It left way too many questions unanswered and probably had people feeling a little like they might have felt at the end of the Matrix trilogy. It was an ambitious story, but they failed to deliver it home in a meaningful way. Hopefully, they will create a sequel that will answer some of the questions you might have and continue to flesh out the consequences of exactly how it ended.
In spite of that, I would HIGHLY recommend this game to anyone and everyone. I would go so far as to say you are robbing yourself an experience if you pass it up. It's just that beautiful, engaging and entertaining.
I literally finished this game ten minutes ago and I am blown away by the ending (which I will not spoil because you need to experience it yourself). I thought that I knew how this game was going to end. I thought that Monkey would get Trip to her "colony" and the game would be over. That is not anywhere near how the game ended. This game constantly added twists and turn to the story for Chapter 1 to Chapter 14. You can tell that the writers of this game definitly put some thought into this game in order for it run well and keep the gamers guessing. The gameplay is smooth although it kind of gets annoying when you want to run and jump on to a box and you end up rolling at the base of the box (just a thing that they should fix if they ever make a sequel). The action is intense and they make it flow like a movie. Also they made it so it cuts to a bunch of different camera angles without ruining the control of Monkey (which gives it a greater depth of gameplay). I find that occasionally the frame rate slows down for a second so you get that choppy feeling to the game (it soon picks up the pace and it down not affect gameplay, just a little annoying). I would completly recommend this to a friend and/or family member. The bummer about this game is that they already said that they are not making a sequel. I hope that they change their minds because thiis game was amazing.
Good Story, Uninteresting Gameplay
A story set off in the distant future, Enslaved Odessey to the West has a great story, but the gameplay could get a litle boring at times. Fighting the same old way again and again through the whole game gets frustrating. Collecting tech orbs allows you to upgrade your health, combat, and weapon. The last mission really stunned me on how childish the developers are making a so called ''What the Heck'' moment. The best part of the game is when your still in the city looking at all the ruins beneath your feet as you climb from one skyscraper to another heading towards the crashed ship in the beginning. Graphics are good, if your at a distant, the graphics are grainy. In the end the gameplay won't entertain for long, the story will.
I just finished the demo and I have to say I am completely surprised by just HOW GOOD this is. While I had heard of the game (in passing) I never really paid that much attention to it. That has all changed now and it has moved up to my "must buy" list.
Great graphics, atmosphere and story...this games needs more push!
Beautiful story line. Great fighting techniques.
I got this game because my brother was raving on and on about it, so i decided to try the demo out before purchasing it. It was not disappointing, I ended up playing the game over and over again because the storyline was so captivating and i fell in love with the main characters. There are no misses with this game it's fun, has funny and intense cutscenes and the fighting is phenomenal. It doesn't matter what type of gammer you are, you would LOVE IT!!!!.