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 (1,208 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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
215 of 233 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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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165 of 252 people (65%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a very good, but somewhat flawed game that deserves to be played by anyone who likes action-adventure-platformers. This game reminded me a lot of the Prince of Persia game from 2008. You do a fair amount of easy platforming and also spent a pretty good amount of time in combat. The combat is by no means difficult and by no means super interesting.

What makes the game work is that it does the few things it does very well. The platforming is solid and has great controls. I found myself enjoying all the little platforming sections they threw at me. They make the next object you are to leap to flash so you never find yourself wondering where to go next. Also, the combat in this game responds well. You are able to upgrade yourself as you play and I found that the extra costumes that came with this version of the game were really useful.

What does not work in this game are the turret sections. I found aiming the turrets in this game to be a chore and that it was really hard to hit moving targets enough to kill them. Obviously, I made it through the game, but I dreaded every time I was in a turret section. Fortunately, there are only about three or four turret sequences. All have terrible checkpoints as well....something that is actually a problem throughout the game. It doesn't save after each major section, but rather saves when it feels like it. I quit once, confident that I would be fine, only to come back and learn I had to replay 10-15 solid minutes. Annoying. The "surf board" sections are also annoying, but quite brief.

The laziness of the PC port is obvious at times. There are graphical glitches and I once had to reduce the game to the lowest resolution for the character to make a jump. Odd.

A final note about a few high points of the game. The characters and story are really good, as are the graphics. I found myself really liking both the main leads and was very much pulled into their adventure. The voice-acting is top notch and the facial capturing they did for these characters is one of the best in any game I've seen. The environments are lush and beautiful and the game ran smoothly for the most part(aside from a few glitches).

In the end, I loved the game and really recommend it if you liked any Prince of Persia game.

8/10 - a solid game everyone should pick up.
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46 of 61 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Been playing games since the early 90`s, and this one is up there, maybe in the top 10. .. and i`ve played an awful lot of games.
sure, its linear, but the 3 main characters are brilliantly portrayed, with super voice acting and a bit of comedy dialogue thrown in. good story, keeps you hooked.

simply brilliant. played it on xbox, but PC is just that bit crisper - graphics-wise.
one of the most under-rated games ever.

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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
story: great
characters: great
enemies: tough but only 3 differend ones
Bosses: challenging
controls: responsive when fighting, terrible when platforming
camera: frustrating

this game has no handholding, so find your way to the next platforming/puzzle bit and if you fail, you get the last cutscene again without to skip any of them

i won't recommend the game at full prize, you should wait for a discount
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Good for about seven hours, this reminds me of a better executed Darksiders. Spectacle brawler and tactical shooting are broken up by light platforming and simple puzzles. Mechanically simple, it acts as a good backdrop to a nice story with amazing character animation and decent voice acting. I really enjoyed the story and it sucked me in to finish the game in about two play sessions. Worth a look!
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Since Enslaved was released on console I had always wanted to play it, now that I have I can say that it is a mixed bag.
My initial impression of the game from trailers and promotions was that it harked back to classic PS2 games, what it most reminded me of was Jak and Daxter, the general gameplay seemed similar and immediately I was interested. The Jak series has always been one of my favourites, anything close to that was something I would be happy to play. When I finally got the chance to purchase it on steam I had mixed feelings. The general look of the game interested me, vaguely steampunk with a scrapyard feel to it. The control scheme was close to what I expected except with more of a God of War style to it. No jump instead a roll and the combat despite being satisfying became very repetitive and was not especially free-form.
The game is split into two distinct sections, the parkour and the fighting. These sections rarely mix and when they do it is just frustrating because enemies will interrupt your forward progress at awkward times. The parkour itself is average at best. It is very constrictive and lacks any skill. Flashing handholds and bars make it a simple task of pressing the right direction. In fact the best thing I could say about the gameplay is that it is satisfying, the animations are smooth and the characters have a real sense of weight to them however this is overshadowed by the number of almost identical situations and encounters that quickly become tedious. The game has some puzzle elements, very simple but not necessarily boring.
At this point the game seems somewhat unappealing but what I mostly enjoyed about this game was the character interaction. The story is simple, not really good or bad, just enough to set the scene and move the game along. However the relationship of the two main characters, Monkey and Trip soon becomes the main focus. Trip is your captor, after placing a headband on Monkey that forces him to obey her and kills Monkey if Trip dies adds an interesting dynamic between the characters. Initially there is a hate for Trip and her selfishness but as the story progresses the headband stops being the reason the player looks after her. It almost becomes irrelevant. It probably sounds like the game would do little to support a strong connection between you and Trip but actually this is its most successful piece. Gameplay revolving around carrying trip through areas she can't navigate and protecting her strengthens your involvement in the relationship in a way I didn't really expect. On the other hand don't think Trip is another useless female companion for you to escort, while she cannot fight the huge mechs on her own she has many gadgets to both protect herself and aid you, so that's nice.

So should you buy it? Maybe. The main thing to consider is whether the gameplay sounds too repetitive for you. If you enjoy God of War style combat then go for it. Enslaved definitely isn't something I regret buying however it is far from being one of my favourites, it was good while it lasted.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Didn't think I would ever say it but a decent port from the consoles. Few dodgy camera angles at times and has to be played with a joypad but very well made and entertaining.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Gorgeous story and gripping characters (once Pigsy enters the scene, the "love" triangle is hilarious wink wink). Not a perfect console port and I had to meddle with the ini files a bit to get everything working as I should, but it was really worth it.

Also, some save points are buggy, make sure you don\t click restart from checkpoint too often as it might pull you back to the beginning of a section.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
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.


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

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
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
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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This game is a diamond in the rough. It has one of the most interesting settings I've ever seen and the character development is phenomenal. The voice acting in particular is some of the best in all of video games. The only real downside is that gameplay is as standard as you can get. It is mostly a God of War style hack n' slach with a needless and hideously broken RPG style upgrade system. The level design is reminicent of Devil May Cry but the platforming is contextual, meaning there is only one real way to go and is impossible to fail. There is some form of collectible hunting but it is mostly tied to the upgrade system, makeing it almost just as needless.

The gameplay in the DLC would have better suited the entire game, with abilities unlocking via progression and the game presenting you with a problem and expecting you to resolve it with what you have at your disposal. All in all, as someone who values story, setting and Immersion over gameplay, this game is pure gold and comes highly recomended. Indeed even considering the lack luster gameplay, I was completly won over by the charm and richness of the setting and story.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Where do I begin...
Firstly, this game is not perfect, and completionists and currency hogs everywhere as well as the distance measuring camera jerking players, will die. A LOT. If you're into the mainly casual hey let's just enjoy the scenery or whatever game, you may or may not see these things, but when you're seconds from a mine near some cash and your turn animation puts you in mine proximity... It happens, trust me.

In my opinion, this game could have easily been made Co Op, beef up enemies, boom, teamwork required. But it's not, anyhow, as it is and from a glance it appears to be a grueling escort mission as you play the slave, where the entire prologue could have made the title itself seem so real. As you really get treated like dirt only to be... Needed shortly after in the worst of ways.

The game will surely pull your strings. However, it is not bad at all, but the way the game looks and behaves visually will make you question some of the more simpler things games had. Like being what it is and not slapping you with a kill trap. Though, you do in fact need each other's help a lot in this game, and unlike other look I have a partner, God they're useless games. There is enough there for you to enjoy playing and actually feel like there is some teamwork involved despite it really being mostly if not entirely micro management, followed with some story conversation and a lot of jesting and orders from her... Hopefully she quits or takes that helmet off soon, or there are some EA elements that allow some sort of character growth and choice that really allows a character to bond and not play soldier.

Regardless, it's worth a sale buy, and if you can let go of a few orbs or walk really really REALLY REALLY slow near the mines to get them. (Not exaggerating, at all) You can come to enjoy what this game has to offer rather than repeatedly waste three to five minutes of your life each time tripping the same mine in rapid succession in a stubborn "But I'm good at these" craze.

But in my humble opinion, if you're looking for a more accurate vision of platforming or even Co op, there are other better more precise or more checkpoint friendly games you could pursue. But as visuals and story experiences go, I think this won't disappoint here. As always, if you are unsure, hit a walkthrough and such.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
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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