Follow a gripping, surprise-filled journey as two dissimilar characters form an uneasy partnership in order to survive through a perilous, post-apocalyptic America. 150 years in the future, war and destruction have left the world in ruins with few humans remaining and nature having reclaimed the world.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,707 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 24, 2013

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"A criminally overlooked game, this beautiful title retells Journey to the West with Andy Serkis being grumpy!"
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About This Game

Follow a gripping, surprise-filled journey as two dissimilar characters form an uneasy partnership in order to survive through a perilous, post-apocalyptic America.

150 years in the future, war and destruction have left the world in ruins with few humans remaining and nature having reclaimed the world. Mysterious slave ships harvest the dwindling population and take them out west, never to return.

Trip, a technologically savvy young woman has been imprisoned by a slave ship but manages to escape using her mental prowess. Monkey, a strong, brutish loner and fellow prisoner also gets free by virtue of his raw power and brawn. Trip quickly realizes that Monkey is her ticket to freedom and is her only hope to survive her perilous journey back home. She hacks a slave headband and fits it on Monkey, linking them together. If she dies, he dies and her journey has now become his. ENSLAVED centers on the complex relationship between the two main characters. Players take on the role of Monkey, utilizing a mix of combat, strategy and environmental traversal to ensure he and Trip survive the threats and obstacles that stand in the way of their freedom.

Key Features

  • The Premium Edition includes the original critically-acclaimed game, and additional DLC content “Pigsy’s Perfect 10” as well as character enhancement skins Ninja Monkey, Classic Monkey and Sexy Trip.
  • Engaging Storyline - A post-apocalyptic retelling of the classic 400-year old novel Journey to the West co-written by famed novelist and
    screenwriter, Alex Garland.
  • A Cinematic Masterpiece - Dramatic cutscenes co-directed by Andy Serkis, who also plays the lead role of Monkey, portraying critical events that drive the story of Monkey and Trip.
  • Stunning Environments - Explore a beautiful, eerie world of war-ravaged cityscapes that have been reclaimed by nature and are fraught with danger at every turn.
  • Dynamic Combat System - Attack and defend with agile prowess using a combination of melee attacks, blocks, and intense
    takedowns. Use Monkey to overtake an enemy, steal its weapon, then rip the enemy apart systematically.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.20GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 9600/ ATI Radeon HD 4850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 12 GB available space
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285 of 311 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a sci-fi reworking of the classic Chinese tale, Journey to the West. Set after an apocalyptic war, the world has largely been abandoned and only a remnant of civilisation remains, alongside what's left of a hostile robot army.The setting is at times stunning. The skeletal remains of civilisation are being re-enveloped by verdant nature. It's a refreshing move away from the barren browns and reds we usually associate with post-apocalyptic settings. Despite its age and technical limitations - coupled with even more limited graphics options - Enslaved is a beautiful game with obvious care and attention paid to its lush environments, its detailed, motion-captured animation overseen by Andy "Gollum" Serkis, and its nuanced character design.It's also clear that care has been lavished on the story. Main characters Monkey and Trip are fully rounded out. The nature of their strained relationship plays out naturally, and develops organically. There are the occasional fumbles, especially at the very beginning as the rules of their relationship are set, and the conflict feels a little rushed and too quickly resolved. Overall, however, the dialogue and character development prove to be sophisticated to a degree far in excess of what one might expect from an action-brawler.Other characters taken and adapted from the novel are equally well represented, and the central narrative pays homage to original story reinterpreting its themes of action, choice and consequence expertly and without the heavy hand mass market media so often utilises. The game plays out as an extended escort mission of sorts. The concept may strike dread in the hearts of many a gamer, but it’s not so much a burden and plays in a similar fashion to Bioshock Infinite’s Elizabeth. Trip will hide from combat while Monkey lays the smack down on robots. The combat its self is initially frantic and exciting, but soon it becomes clear it lacks any sort of depth. In fact, for all its visual punch the combat has no actual power behind it and its limitations quickly become evident. Other aspects of the game also suffer from being pedestrian and uninteresting. Platforming and puzzle elements are functional, but both lack any imagination and act as little more than a distraction from the combat zones.Enslaved is highly scripted and very linear, and despite the verticality of many levels and the sprawling nature of the world Money and Trip have a very narrow path to follow. The scripted nature of the game is both its strength and ultimately its biggest weakness.Despite some stunning art direction and a rich story complete with interesting and complex characters, Enslaved fails to provide a compelling game play experience to complement its artistic and narrative strengths.
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
In general, it is a 3D action/arcade/adventure. Fighting, running, jumping, solving mini-puzzles and so on...You can't say that its gameplay is anyhow innovative, but it is amusing and well-balanced.

What really makes ENSLAVED an outstanding game is a beautiful, thoughtful and detailed crafting of the story, characters, dialogues, cut-scenes, locations... just everything.
It is a wonderful story and a refreshing experience that you'll remember for long.

In the age of "visit 20 towers and collect 100 feathers" games, an adventure from a crowd of many, surprisingly reminds us of what true game artistry is.

Really an overlooked masterpiece. I play computer games since 80s, and ENSLAVED is definitely in my Top-10.
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214 of 352 people (61%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
I wanted to like this game. I really did. It takes place in amazing environments, the characters seem interesting enough, and the story seems interesting as well. But, frankly, the gameplay is terrible, mainly because of the ridiculously awful camera controls. It doesn't matter if you are using a gamepad or kb/m, the game has it's own ideas about what it wants to do with the camera and it will fight your control of it every step of the way.

The worst is in combat, where the camera will often shift angles automatically, usually to angles more about making your character look cool than about actually giving you a decent view of or angle of attack on your enemies. Many times this stupidity will cause your attacks to go completely in the wrong direction, which really sucks for charged attacks.

Seriously, it's just not fun when you have to fight the camera just as much as you fight the bad guys, and you have to do so while trying to fight the bad guys.

If the camera were better under user control without the game randomly shifting it around based on whatever automatic rules it follows, then I would probably be willing to recommend this game. But as it is now, with utter crap camera control making combat pretty much impossible, or at least insanely frustrating, at times, I cannot recommend this game.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
I really liked this game, it's one of my favorites of all time. I played it years ago on the console when it originaly came out, and now this pc version along with the Pigsy DLC. Like all PC ports of older games there are some tweaks to reseach online to set it running how I liked it best graphically, but nothing too difficult to figure out. The characters and environments are just some of the most memorable and enjoyable that even thinking about the game now to write this review I feel like playing it again.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
VERY shortened review. To see my full review, please click HERE.

We have full 360-degree control of both our character and the camera... most of the time. Sometimes we have only limited control of the camera, which I believe the devs did to help us know which direction we're supposed to go. There were a few moments when I simply could not figure out what I was supposed to be doing, but by taking my time to look around, I'd eventually spot something flashing. These flashing objects are items that you can climb, jump on/to, clamber on, etc. Our character is quite acrobatic, but you don't have to stop and watch him twirl around to finish his maneuver before jumping to the next location; that can be fun, but when you're being attacked, I really don't recommend it. ;p

We have a companion on our journey, which already know if you've looked at any of the game screens. Trip has many abilities of her own, and she is also the reason we've been collecting those tech orbs. First off, though, let me explain a little bit about the dynamics.

We have a screen we can bring up to interact with Trip, and there we have some options. We can tell her to create a distraction, run or do some kind of action (like flipping a switch for us), apply a health serum (provided that we have some), and the upgrade function, which is where the tech orbs come in. There are four sub-options for upgrades: Staff, Combat, Shield, and Health.

There is a well-known GLITCH during one scene in the game, and I'm putting this in spoilers in case you don't want to see the solution:
The second time we run into one of the mechs with wrecking balls for "hands" is where the glitch shows up. You hear something, but see nothing unusual. There's a brick wall there that's supposed to have broken, but all you see is a solid wall. Eventually one of these mechs will appear, but there doesn't seem to be a way to defeat it, no matter how many times you hit the damned thing! Meh The game is telling you to taunt it, but it just runs into one of those low walls and gets stuck there. *sigh*

What you need to do is taunt it until it runs into one of the large, solid walls -- the one right below Trip is the one I used (and maybe it's the only one that works, I don't know!) Once it hits the wall, you need to do a takedown in order to defeat it, so be sure you're close enough that you don't run out of time!


EXTRAS (unlocked upon completion of the game):
Pigsy's Perfect 10 - Play as a lonely Pigsy just looking a bit of company*
Classic Monkey - Changes Monkey's outfit to red & gold and doubles his striking power
Ninja Monkey - Monkey becomes outfitted in black, and he has unlimited stunning and plasma ammo
Sexy Robot Trip - Changes Trip's outfit and doubles the length of all stunning attacks

I really enjoyed everything about this game -- from the sights and sounds to the story to the gameplay, I just enjoyed the hell out of it. I have to agree with those who have mentioned that this is a hidden gem. I really do think that the game deserved a lot more attention than it got, and I highly recommend it to any action-adventure fan.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Get this game while it is on sale, as long as you have a 360 controller. The environments are beautiful, the game is fun, and the story is intriguing. The combat is awesome as well. This game is pretty unique, and you will reger it if you don't pick it up. -PR0XIDIAN
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
What an adventure! This game is loads of fun! You have satisfying combat, fun puzzles that aren't frustrating, colorful characters with personality, whom are well voiced by the actors, and a lovely art style with amazing environments. And did I mention the music? Amazing! The game does not get old. I kept telling myself I'd take a break at the next mission, but then kept on playing. If you want to have fun and mix it with a great story, give this game a try. I give it an easy 10/10.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Very underrated action adventure. It should definitly see more love!

In ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West you will follow Trip and Monkey through the post-apocalyptic USA after you have fled from a slave-ship. Monkey, who is now forced to help Trip, protects her during their search for a way to bring her home. While Trip brings the brain, Monkey brings the muscles. To overcome all struggles you have to make best use of both. As the story progresses both characters will often interact and their relationship develops from a mere Master-to-slave-situation to a real friendship.

Gameplay

Because Trip is not much of a fighter you have to play the warrior. Luckily Monkey has some vast knowledge about beating up one or two mechs! During the tutorial you learn all the basic moves. And every time Monkey learns a new trick a note pops up on your screen. The fighting is very easy and intuitive. You havea strong, a weak but fast, a charged, and a radial attack. Alternativly your weapon can shoot stun and beam attacks. All viable in most situations. But enough of Monkeys skills. What does Trip actually do? Well not that much. But the developer tried to make your VIP not totally garbage. She scans the environment for traps, mechs for weakspots, and decoys enemies so Monkey can sneak away. Also she is not totally defenceless. She has a EMP which stuns mechs for a short period of time when they come to close.

The good

+ well-written story and likeable protagonists
+ fluent and intuitive combat
+ less generic end-scenario and a bit more "believable"
+ good music and actors
+ good animations

The average

~ eventhough it's one big escort mission it doesnt feel like a chore to protect Trip because of the developing relationship between her and Monkey. Also she is not completely useless and has some nice utilities
~ dated (last generation) graphics
~ linear but beautiful levels
~ the climbing passages are mediocre but still good enough to have fun (quite simliliar to Tomb Raider)

The bad

- you can't configure the keys and the menu is missing precision when using a mouse
- horrible camera movement which is not optimised for PC usage

Points
7,5/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Enslaved is probably one of the most underrated games I can remember. It's easily one of the best single player experiences out there. The story is even kind of great.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
BUY THIS GAME!!!

Ok, now that I got that out of my system, let me start by saying that I only purchased this game because it was on sale. And it has turned out to be one of my best purchases in a while. I genuinely had fun playing it unlike some other games that i play up until i get all of the card drops. lol. The graphics are solid. The voice-acting is spot on. The characters, they grow on you and make you invested in the game. Pigsy, he has some pretty spot-on one-liners that unexpectedly make you laugh and look like an idiot. haha. From start to finish, this game will entertain without skipping a beat. It's definitely worth if you can get it for less that 10 or 15 dollars.

Happy Gaming,

CARDIO
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Probaly one of the most underrated games ever!!

+ amazing setting
+ nice graphic style
+ great written characters/ cutscenes
+ gameplay is a lot of fun

- little camera problems

9.5/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
This game is quite enjoyable, but it is definetly rough around the edges. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a 3rd person adventure character action game in which you play as Monkey on the 2 core gameplay aspects of fighting robots and platforming, while journeying into some great enviroments and through a nice story which will take you around 7-8 hours to beat.

The combat feels good but it gets repetitive, there's not that much enemy variety, even a boss is reused once, and you only have 1 weapon with limted moves, I wish they expanded on it a bit more, but it does the job I suppose. The camera can be quite bad at times though, it is too close to your character so sometimes you'll get hit from enemies offscreen and whatnot, they should've zoomed it out a little bit. You can also use your staff to shoot damaging and stunning projectiles but I will warn you that aiming feels a bit sluggish with the mouse.

Now the platforming looks cool and all but it's very linear and there's not much of a challenge, you're just pressing the movement keys and the jump button at the same time following a simple path, it can get a bit fidley however, like sometimes there's just this one very specific spot to jump from to grab another ledge, and even if you're just slighly to the side of it, your jump won't work, and sometimes it works from anywhere, so it's a bit inconsistent on that note.

Right now you can probably see the game's flaws, but here's what they did right, the enviroments are really beaultiful, and it just takes you right in this post apocalyptic world that the game's trying to build, it definetly feels lonely, and the overgrown nature on New York early in the game serves to reinforce that. The story is quite good too, Monkey the main character escapes from a slave ship and crash lands on the city of New York, only to find himself wearing a slave helmet put on by another prisioner who escaped, Trip. She does this because she needs his protection to reach her home community, so Monkey is now forced to help her, otherwise he's killed by the slave helmet, and also if Trip dies, she set it so his helmet triggers too. That is quite an interesting set up for our two main characters and you can definetly see the chemistry between them as you play the game, I'd say the story is great on that regard, but on a side note I thought that the ending is kinda bad in my opinion, but to avoid spoilers that's all I'll say about it so you can check it out for yourself.

Overall, Enslaved: Odyseey to the West has quite a few flaws, but I'd definetly recommend you pick it up on sale, the story and the gourgeous enviroments will definetly make for an exciting journey into this post apocalyptic world.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
In a future
Where man lives in constant fear of slavers and mechs
An unlikely duo can make a difference

Trip is a young woman, her skills include: hacking, giving orders, and causing distractions.
Monkey is a bit of an enigma, and thanks to a headband, is under Trip's control. He's the character you play as, and you'll spend much of the game climbing around, keeping an eye out for Trip, and crushing mechs with your staff. There are even rare moments where he can use a hoverboard (which he refers to as a "cloud") to cross over lakes and such.

The parellels to the classic Chinese novel "Journey to the West" are pretty obvious.

As an action-adventure game, Enslaved leads towards the simplistic side of things. Well, perhaps simplistic isn't the word I'm looking for. Overly approachable, casual, automated, ehhh I'm better off just explaining it. Enslaved is one of those games that would have been very difficult a generation or three ago. Let's use Tomb Raider for comparison. The original game featured some difficult platforming segments. You had to account for several different possibilities. Is Lara moving fast enough? Did she jump at the right moment? Are there obstacles nearby? Fast-forward through numerous sequels and now you don't have to worry about where and when to jump. If you're facing the right direction, Lara will always make the jump. Enslaved pushes this game-design even further. You can't die from falling even if you wanted to, Monkey won't allow it. I think I managed a falling death once, and that was by getting zapped out of the air by a Mech. It was more of a fluke than anything.

There is a lot of fighting to be done in this game, but it's typically very trivial. I have to wonder how Capcom decided Ninja Theory was a good fit for Devil May Cry after playing through this game. While not quite a button-masher, Enslaved's combat doesn't require much effort. Enemies fall into certain camps. There are the close-range slashers, the long-range shooters, shockers have some mid-range ability, sometimes they have shields. The strategy rarely deviates from "hit them really hard" or "blast them with plasma and/or stun shots". Also, there's not much in the way of stylish maneuvers. Monkey does some flipping and spinning around, but he's not pulling off any Dante-esque combos. None of the mechs survive long enough anyway. I made the mistake of playing this game on the easy difficulty. Not only did Monkey never die (in combat), he never lost more than 1/5th of his health. It's best to jump straight to the hard difficulty, which doesn't make much of a difference aside from everyone doing a bit more damage. Most of my deaths came from mines.

With easy combat and platforming, Enslaved thrives almost entirely on its other aspects. The locales in this game are pretty neat to visit, and there's some nice attention to detail in this post-apocalyptic land. The pacing is also effectively done, with a nice balance between combat, puzzle-solving, and a hint of exploration. Some credit should also be given to the chapter setup. This game is broken up into 14 chapters, and most of them can be completed in 15-20 minutes. You can play for a fairly short amount of time, and still make quite a bit of progress. I prefer this over having something like 5 chapters that take an hour or more to get through.

As an action game, Enslaved is bound to disappoint. It does work as more of an adventure game though. The world is impressively-realized, the characters (all three of them) are well-done, and for the most part it's a breezy experience that you just take in.

Three characters? Oh right...can't forget about Pigsy.
This dude is another reference to Journey to the West. While human, Pigsy is also part...mecha pig. He's a fat slob with an eye for Trip, and he wears socks with his sandals. Unlike his inspiration, this little piggy prefers a sniper rifle over an 11,000 pound rake. In the latter half of the game he's the comic relief, and he ain't too bad at it. He also has his own quest. This was originally DLC in the console version of Enslaved. Pigsy's Perfect 10 follows his misadventures in building a new friend. As I said, Enslaved has three characters, it's a pretty lonely world.

Unlike Monkey, Pigsy isn't very tough, punch or stab him a couple times and he's a goner. In order to survive, you have to sneak around, make your shots count, and take advantage of various gadgets. Unlike the main game, there's actually a bit of creativity and depth that goes into each encounter. Simply blasting everyone is never the answer, but you can distract them, stun them, seduce them(?!) to fight your enemies, or simply destroy them with a bomb. While this quest does run a bit long, I think it does a good job at providing something different from the rest of Enslaved. The similarities to cover-based shooters are apparent, but PP10 does enough to stand out. This is pretty impressive for a DLC adventure.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
I have to say that after playing DMC and being impressed with the direction (charchters, camera work, setting) I bought immediately this one. And it didn't disappoint. Gameplay wise I prefer DMC , but this is a wonderful adventure with nice charcters and the journey to the west story is beautiful..with some nice twist....
If U like an adventure in a unique world this is a good game.

underated, very good game!
Don't miss it when it is on sale if u r on the fence.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
One of the most atmospheric game I have ever played. Its very well (voice)acted, beautifully executed, fun to play and the story is just awesome. The connection to characters is strong, matched only by titles such as Dragon Age or Mass Effect. The replay value is not great, but first playthrough really blown my mind.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
I can't recommend this game more. I played it years ago on Xbox when it came out, adored it, and rebought it instantly when it was released on Steam. I loved it that much. Played the game countless times, and it's definitely up there in my top 10 games of all time.

Let me just start by saying that for anyone that likes the old adventure games we used to have like Ratchet and Clank, Spyro, Beyond good and Evil, Rayman etc. this game is a fantastic way to get yourself into the same world you used to feel when playing those older games. It could also be compared to newer games like Tomb Raider and Uncharted.

Story:
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Without giving away too much of the discovery on your part, I can say that the world is a very fresh take on the post-apocalyptic setting. The cutscenes and dialogue are very gripping, polished and well spoken. All characters are very likeable, (all 3 of them).

Gameplay:
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The gameplay consists of platforming and combat. The platforming is relatively easy, though the difficulty is ramped up during sections where you're running away from something, or you might have the ground and walls collapsing under you. It generally feels very satisfying. The combat is relatively fleshed out. At first you don't exactly have many abilities to use, but you can gain more through a rewarding level-up system. Different enemy types keep you on your feet, forcing you to deal with them differently or use them to your advantage against their allies. There are some sections before actually getting to the enemy, where you'll have to move from cover to cover using decoy abilities and such to get to the enemy before they shoot you to bits, without going into spoilers, I'll just say the boss fights are very fun to play, with intuitive ways of killing them as you implement things you have learned in the game to defeat them. There's also one very fun type of section where you use a gadget I don't want to spoil, so I'll just say it feels veeeery fun and cool to use.

Graphics, Sound and Music:
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As I said earlier, the game uses an unusual post-apocalyptic setting, in the sense that the environment is all lush, vibrant and filled with nature. The place is overgrown and has nice saturated colours. The Sounds all make sense and are satisfying where they need to be. From collectible-pick-up sounds to smashing-robot-faces-in-with-my-weapon.
The soundtrack is great, cueing in at the right moments, upping the emotion in certain scenes.

Controls:
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Although the keyboard and mouse controls are okay, I would definitely recommend using a gamepad for this game. It benefits the experience by quite a bit.


Overall:
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This is a very rare, hidden gem that absolutely doesn't get the credit it deserves. Give it a try, the devs really deserve the money
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Every aspect of this game is good.
Only the atmosphere and the world stand out, this is where Enslaved is brilliant, still a breathtaking experience at some points. The love that has been put into building the levels can be felt and that is what compensates for the age of the game and that at some points everything yells UE3 at you.

The girl is a nice sidekick.
I really like monkey, he grew on me as a main char.
A brute yes, but the monkeyness of his animations and poses are something I never grow tired of adoring.

Only thing that annoyed me is that there are some known bugs that haven't been addressed since more than a year.
Make sure to play on high details, otherwise some stuff that is supposed to break wont do that and you'll be stuck.

Still, this is totally worth 20 bucks and if you see it in a sale don't hesitate and grab it,
Gamepad is a must though!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
This game is really one of the most under looked and unappreciated games games. The game is really really nice but it never got the proper limelight from the gamers at all.

This is a post apocalyptic game set in the future. However the environment is quite different from the regular games of this genre. This world is vivid and filled with details, grass, plants and all. Its not just barren wasteland. Its a dead world but not in a brownish way. The story of the game is really nice and will bind you till the end. You'll want to know what happens to the characters in the game and the relationship between the two of the main characters.
Gameplay is nice as well with simple hack n slash, its nothing new really but its not bad either, its a enjoyable experience with the combat system. One problem that persists with the combat is the camera angle, the game always try to make you see a cinematic view which many times blocks your vision and hinters your movement and flow of combat. Still I can forgive this aspect of the game for nice story and overall combat.
All in all very nice game and worth your money, if you like hack n slash games and want a nice story with it, buy the game. Its really good.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Enslaved: Odyssey To the West is an extraordinary game
A game that I feel is hugely underrated (just like Spec Ops The Line). One of the hidden gems of the last generation.
TL;DR version in the bottom of the review.

STORY: A reimagining of the Chinese novel "Journey to the West" by Wu Cheng'en. It’s set in a bleak overgrown with vegetation post-apocalyptic world, ruled by slavers and machinery, you follow Monkey and Trip on their journey to get Trip back to her home safely. If Trip dies, you (Monkey) die.
The game's opening pulls you into the story and it never let you go; you're constantly on the lookout for what's next!
I won't spoil much because the story is the game's highlight for me.

GAMEPLAY: The game is an action adventure platformer at heart, with some simple puzzles thrown at you a few times to shakeup the game's pace a bit.
The combat is simple, yet fun enough to keep you engaged through the game's 7 hour campaign. Red glowing orbs are the game's currency; they are used to upgrade Monkey's fighting capabilities, health and shield.
Weird floating white masks are the extra collectibles found within the game, they reveal much about the game's world and story since they give you glimpses of the life that was before the war.
One of the major gripes with the gameplay is the camera, sometimes you'll be fighting the camera instead of fighting the enemies! Other noticeable flaws with the game is the lack of direction in some of the platforming areas, you’ll be wandering around aimlessly in until you find the correct path.

GRAPHICS: Varied beautiful looking locales with vivid colors shining all through the game coupled with great animations and facial expressions that bring the characters to life. Motion capture genius Andy Serkis (Gollum - Ceaser) worked on the game's motion capture and he even co-written the game's story ( he even appears in the game! and he is also Monkey's voice actor ) . The game runs on Unreal engine 3 which runs really well. Don't expect to be blown away by the game’s graphical prowess though, it’s a 2010 game. The game relies on its style to impress.

AUDIO: Superb voice acting that brings the characters to life. The soundtrack sets the mood right in every scene, weather being chased by a mechanical rhino or chilling in a boat gazing at the stars, the soundtrack is mesmerizing.

Pros:
- Amazing, captivating story set in a believable world and lovable characters.
- Great platforming gameplay
- Simple yet fun combat
- Short but sweet (7 hours)

Cons:
- Wonky camera (at times)
- Misguided platfroming paths in some sections
- Short but sweet (7 hours)

9/10
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0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
GOOD ONE ACTION / LITTLE BIT HARD / GOOF FUN :) GOOD THUMB !
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