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.
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Release Date: Oct 24, 2013

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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
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
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Yanarsen
22.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
This game is so underrated. The fact is, there are things that have to be changed, but at the same time, there are even more things that must made you enjoy at playing this game. But for some reason... Game never released its full glory!
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ColonelCluckers
9.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
A very obscure game. I picked it up on an insane bargain years ago after hearing somewhat positive words years prior to that. Too bad the game is actually dogshit.
It's bland, repetitive, and predictable. I predicted every plot point hours before it even happened because it's all cookie cutter.
Not a very interesting setting, all the mechanics are basic and frustrating, and generally it was a huge waste of my ♥♥♥♥ing time. I can't even imagine paying £15 for this, let alone the amount I spent.
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Jesticles
2.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Thumbing through the list of games. Written review will come later.
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jglove25
10.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
Thoroughly enjoyed this game. It reminded me of Jak and Daxter at times, but was overall an enjoyable game through the end.
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Kydos
8.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
A good story slightly spoiled by some poor controls.

If you like story-driven games then you will love Enslaved. The premise is pretty unique and sets up an interesting dynamic between the two main characters. The storytelling is well done, nice and subtle without chasing clichés. Without spoiling anything, certain decisions made in the storytelling lead me to believe they put a lot of effort into this aspect of the game. Throw in some excellent voice-acting and a decent sense of humour and you've got a solid foundation.

The gameplay is fun but let down at times by the controls. The biggest irk for me was the camera controls which at times just had a mind of their own. For your charge attack, half the time when you begin charging, your character turns around and is no longer aiming at the enemy you wanted to hit, so you have to point at where you think the enemy was and hope it's still there if you want to hit it. There were times in the game where you got into a flow of destroying enemies and then something like that would happen and cause you to get hit or even die.

The platforming was reasonably solid. At times it could be a little bit quirky but overall it wasn't that stressful.

One other gripe I had was that the game sometimes threw you into situations where you ended up dying because you didn't know what to do. I'm all for games that lack hand-holding, but there was one point where a scene was playing and you didn't have control of your character, then the game gives you back control and you're supposed to run, but you don't know that you're back in control and your cue to run is your character saying "I've got to get out of here," except you are literally killed before he finishes saying that. So it's basically impossible to get that right first time without a bit of luck.

That leads to one last criticism: the save system. Checkpoints were usually placed at the beginning of a cut scene, meaning you have to watch the scene every time you reload that part. There is no way to manually save, you're at the mercy of the checkpoints, which would be fine if it was a little more obvious when you had hit a checkpoint and if you didn't have to rewatch scenes when you reloaded. It just felt a little old-fashioned.

Overall, I think the gameplay was fun, if at times a little bit frustrating. The story was compelling enough to keep me coming back, however, which is a big plus for me. It's a bit disappointing because as I found out in the credits, they actually got Andy Serkis to do the male protagonist's voice acting, so they obviously weren't lacking effort or ambition for the game. I feel like if they had put similar focus on the gameplay side of things they could have had a real gem of a game. As is, it's definitely still worth a playthrough.
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Nyanpolean
9.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
I don't normally leave reviews but this game desrves it. I found it to be a wonderful retelling of a clasic tale and enjoyed myself from start to finish
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intence66
27.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
AHH what to say about this game
my first comment about the game would be that ive played it firstly on xbox360 a few years ago
and im still playing this game today on steam ... the story and the graphics are touching and amazing
the story is deep and the world youre in is beautiful i would really reccommend this game to any one 10/10 .....................................................................................................
..............p.s this game also works with a xbox360 controler on steam.............................
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𝔂𝒆𝓵𝓵𝓪
2.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
ENSLAVED™: Odyssey to the West™ is a game that I really recommend because:
- it is a method to banish boredom
- it worth the money totally
- it has a great storyline
- the graphics are really good
- it has full controller support

Enjoy!
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Naughty Sherbert
7.6 hrs
Posted: August 19
ENSLAVED is a very fun and very touching game and I recomend it to all of my friends and co-gamers alike.
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Aznboy
8.5 hrs
Posted: August 17
What this game lacks in length and sophistication, it makes up for in great visuals and a top notch story. The characters are very well done, and the dynamic between Trip and Monkey is wonderful to witness. Great game, especially for its age.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This game, it does not have the best combat system, it does not have the nicest camera, it does not have the greatest graphics, it is clunky at times and the pc port is pretty mediocre.
BUT, it is a unique game, unique atmosphere, unique characters and so on.
Superb voice acting and facial expressions.
I really liked this game, I didn't really expected that.
It really deserves to be played!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
I absolutely loved this game and its characters. I was very sad to have fininished it because the story telling and art design are great and the game itself is a lot of fun to play. Definitely invest in a controler though, as it helps the port feel less clunky and confusing. I would definitely reccomend this game!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
ENSLAVED™: Odyssey to the West™ is a game that I really recommend because:
- it is a method to banish boredom
- it worth the money totally
- it has a great storyline
- the graphics are really good
- it has full controller support

Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
41.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I really like this game and its characters, I like how the relationship between Monkey and Trip evolves. The story telling and art design are great and the game itself is a lot of fun to play.

I've re-played a few times and yes, the controls can be a bit clunky at times and so I would highly recomend playing with a controller, but I do recommend this game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Ok controls, fantastic seeming story, and an interesting concept, but I can't recommend the game because of the camera. The game frequently takes control of it, even in combat, making adjustments that are leaving me nauseous after only 20 minutes or so.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
295 of 328 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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149 of 161 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2013
Based on the ancient Chinese story 'Journey to the West'

This has got to be one of my top favorite games. It has a brilliant storyline, engaging characters and character development. Beautiful scenery, funny moments within the game between Trip and Monkey. It's just overall a amazing game to play.

I'd recommend playing it on hard though, and to tweak your graphic settings in the ini file to improve the game a lot more better.
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152 of 167 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 16, 2014
8/10

genre : action/adventure

Enslaved is a sci-fi tale, set after an apocalyptic war, where only a remnant of civilisation remains and a hostile robot army prevails. You take the role of Monkey and you are captured and compelled to aid Trip by use of an electronic slave headband in order to escort her to her home.

+ Very solid presentation, with care and attention paid to its lush environments, the character models are very well done, detailed motion-captured animations. Configuring the .cfg file can improve the results (see the forum), since the graphics options are limited.
+ Excellent atmosphere, sci-fi post apocalyptic setting, original and complelling story and likeable main character , sophisticated dialogue and character development way more than one might expect from an action/brawler.
+ Gameplay wise it's an action game with some platforming and exploration elements, simplistic puzzles, cooperation with the main npc in order to advance, some tactical options like distract etc. It never becomes boring. It's kind of a game that we don't see often on our pcs.
+ Melee which is the main element of gameplay feels very satisfying , don't except variety like in dmc, but still it's done right.
+ Fluid controls ,also remappable, runs smoothly.

+/- Highly scripted and very linear.

- Platforming and puzzle elements are functional, but both lack any imagination and act as little more than a distraction from the combat zones
- Some camera problems when platforming
- The combat is initially frantic and exciting, but soon it becomes clear it lacks any sort of depth.

This was a surprise for me , since i don't play on consoles and didn't know the game before, straightforward action-adventure game with a detailed and involving story , refreshing and at times stunning setting. Two thumbs up.
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126 of 140 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2014
Disclaimer: Do not buy this game if you do not own a gamepad. The mouse support is about as bad as it gets. I use kb/m whenever possible in third person games and I had to use a gamepad for this one.

Enslaved is a well-written and satisfying-but-simple spectacle fighter with a heavy story emphasis and some minor puzzles. It is a post-apocalyptic adaptation of a classic Chinese novel "Journey to the West." There are several nods to the original story, such as the names of the main characters which may interest those who have read the book.

The writing is excellent for the most part and acted very well. The game manages to be both serious and humorous while telling the story and rarely feels out of place. My one issue is the way that the two main characters Monkey and Trip meet. The meeting should be the biggest source of conflict in the entire story, yet it is glossed over and forgotten within a minute. It reminds me a lot of the criticism aimed at Tomb Raider 2013 and Far Cry 3 for how quickly those main characters got used to killing people after leading normal, peaceful lives up to that point.

Gameplay is pretty simple and definitely nothing groundbreaking. The game is a simple yet satisfying spectacle fighter with simple one-button traversal mechanics. You also need to solve a few basic puzzles to make it through some levels. It is quite easy even on hard difficulty. Unfortunately the game makes use of seemingly randomly-placed fixed camera angles that can easily confuse the player and will sometimes make your character immediately walk back through a doorway after entering a room. The other big issue with the camera is during combat itself. It likes to jerk the camera around randomly every time you attack and zoom way in so it's impossible to keep track of enemies other than the one you're attacking. It may also cause motion sickness. It's a stupid design decision chosen just to make the combat more flashy, as seems to be a common problem with spectacle fighters.

The game has a nice art style, but average last-gen console-quality graphics. I find that this is enough to hamper the art style in what should be a very beautiful game, which is very unfortunate. It still has its moments, but it would be an absolutely gorgeous game if the developers had put any effort into the PC port.

Speaking of the port, it's just about as lazy as it gets. The mouse is treated like a joystick and is given a deadzone when you go into aim mode, just like Dead Space. It's basically useless and I found it unplayable. Graphical quality is limited to low/medium/high though it thankfully has a separate toggle for motion blur which looks even more fake and ugly than most games. There are no graphical enhancements for the PC version. Button prompts always show controller buttons even if you don't have one plugged in. The game has a custom mouse cursor, yet the mouse doesn't work in menus. The one good thing about the port is that the game uses Unreal Engine 3 so it runs very smoothly and will handle 120/144 Hz flawlessly with only a minor config tweak.

So while it's far from a perfect game, mostly due to poor and outdated design decisions and a lazy port, it's quite fun and a great story experience.

The Premium Edition on PC also includes the Pigsy's Perfect 10 DLC. It turns the game from a simple-but-satisfying story-focused spectacle fighter into a sub-par stealth/cover shooter starring a fat, disgusting, misogynist pig on his quest to build a robot girlfriend. Seriously what were they thinking? Thankfully it was short.
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95 of 101 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2013
In 2010, "Enslaved - Odyssey to the West" came out for consoles and sold a little less than half of what the publisher had hoped for. Reasons quoted for this were that it was overshadowed by a number of other AAA titles and that there were quite some glitches. But reviews praised it, especially for its story. With a delay of 3 years, it has now been ported to PC.

"Enslaved" is very loosely based on a classic Chinese tale, "Journey to the West", and plays 150 years in the future. The planet has been ravaged by a brutal war the remainders of which are ruined desolate cities and hostile mechs that attack anyone they encounter. Humanity has scattered far and about, not only threatened by the mechs, but also by mysterious slave hunters that kidnap people without so much as a clue as to where they're taking them. Onboard a ship of slaves-to-be, Trip, a young woman with tech skills manages to escape her cell. This also opens up a way out for fellow prisoner "Monkey", a muscular loner who has subsisted in the wilderness on his own for most of his life. They manage to flee from the crashing slave ship on the last remaining escape pod, but Monkey loses his consciousness. He awakens to find that Trip has put a slave headband on him that will kill him should her heart stop. She wants to return to the community where she came from and knows she would never stand a chance all alone. So Monkey is forced to cooperate: He is the muscle that takes on all hostiles they meet, Trip is the brains with her knowledge of technology.

Gameplay consists of combat, climbing and some mini puzzles. Monkey has a staff he uses to fight with mechs and later on also shoot at ranged targets. The weapon can be upgraded in various ways using energy orbs found in the levels. Considering myself a mediocre gamer, I found fighting to be at an okay-ish difficulty once I had figured out how to block (others said combat was too easy - obviously, your mileage may vary on that). There could be more help with the controls though, special attacks are still described by giving console control pad keys.
Climbing is rather easy since one cannot fall or miss a grip point, all of which are highlighted relatively obviously. Also, in some sequences Monkey steers a hovering disc called the "cloud" over water and ground surfaces - these segments add a little speed to the otherwise pedestrian experience.

The changing relationship between the two main characters is at the centre of the plot. Thus, it's fortunate that voice acting is very good. And when, at times, not a lot is said (Monkey is not a man of many words), the finely motion-captured facial expressions convey all one needs to know. Story, characters, acting - this is where the game really shines and becomes a "page turner". Okay, well, I won't spoil the ending to you, but I think that was the one part where they could have done better. It just left me with "Hmmmmmmmmm."
Other than that, a captivating journey and definitely recommendable.

Helpful notes in case you get the game:
Note 1: Others have reported graphics problems. There are quick INI fixes mentioned on the Steam forums: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=188863412
With those tweaks I didn't have any issues.

Note 2: You can skip cutscenes with the Backspace key (didn't find that mentioned in-game).

Note 3 (since I've seen this problem pop up in several threads, to the point that people called it game-breaking, but hey, the solution is already in-game, so no need to get stuck): For some jumps during climbing, you have to move diagonally, not straight up/left/right. That's possible by pressing two direction keys at once, e.g. W+D http://steamcommunity.com/app/245280/discussions/0/648811670597314811/
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