Game Review: Namco Delivers Enslaved: Odyssey To The West
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West combines metal crunching action with a gripping storyline.
Enlsaved: Odyssey to the West combines big screen names like Andy Serkis (Smeagol) from Lord of the Rings fame with the action adventure genre. Just released for the Xbox 360 and PS3, Enslaved was written by Andy Garland from 28 Days Later fame, this game ties in gripping cinematics with easy game controls to give you a unique feeling. The feeling that you are controlling some huge muscle bound dude with a blowout named Monkey who looks like he just stepped off the Jersey Shore.
The premise is your usual post-apocalyptic “Robots killing errrbody” theme and you just happen to be one of the few humans left that weren’t Enslaved. Except that stops immediately after the introduction to the game when your fellow just escaped human named Trip puts a modified “Slave Headband” on the main character. This allows the two main characters to talk over long distance and coordinate different tactics that will allow them to make it through the wasteland.
The gameplay boils down to a 3d platformer where you can’t fall from most edges. This is a nice escape from the usual suicidal tendencies video game stars have, and allows you to move quickly through the environment without fear of jumping off into the void. The combat feels very well put together with slow motion finishing moves that seem random enough to keep the game from getting repetitive.
Overall Enslaved is carried by an engrossing storyline which keeps you playing to find out what is going to happen next. There is a big surprise at the ending which shows you that a large amount of consideration went into crafting something people really wanna sink their teeth into. Combine this with a clean, non-frustrating combat system and you’ve got yourself a cinematic experience almost nice enough for candy and popcorn. Just hold on the butter because nobody likes it’s when the controllers get all greasy.
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