Written by kube00 Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:15
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a great game. But is it a $60 game? I have a hard time saying it’s worth $60, but I can say the game is worth at least $20. Enslaved was one of those games that held my attention and was interesting. At the time of this writing, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is currently instantly available on Goozex.
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Enslaved focuses on a main character named Monkey. The story revolves around Monkey being trapped and he has to escort/work with this girl named Trip who is on her way back to her village. Sounds straightforward right? It’s not. The game gets very interesting very quickly. Overall, Monkey is a Prince of Persia clone: he’s good in combat and can be rather resourceful when it comes to jumping, swinging, climbing and kicking robot butt. Everything gamers do with Monkey seems very fluid.
Concerning Trip, she’s not completely useless, and for the most part she can take of herself. Compared to other games’ nightmarish escort quests she is a walk in the park.
Enslaved reminds me a lot of Terminator Salvation, which pitted a struggling populace against armies of robots. Thank goodness Monkey is nothing like John Connor.
The graphics are pretty and lush. There are some nice water effects and some rather large explosions. The voice acting is also top notch and draws players into the game.
The combat and puzzles are fun. There was enough variety to keep me glued to the PS3 to try and finish the game in one sitting. I would say most people can get through the game in 6-8 hours. But once the game is done, unless you are an achievement/trophy nut, there really isn’t a reason to go back and play a second time. Rest assured there is some DLC for the game.
This being said, is Enslaved worth a gamers’ cash? Well the game can be found for $15-$20 at most places (or cheaper). I would say for $15 Enslaved is a quality game. Namco has done a nice job here, making Enslaved into a polished game that combines some platforming and action with a well-told story.