I remember playing Enslaved on the PS3 and that I was unimpressed by it. I have no idea why, because I absolutely love it after having played the PC version. It managed to pull me in right from the start and it has that fine mix of solving puzzles, platforming and combat that only few games have these days. The combat starts off shallow, but once you get access to the shooting part of your staff it becomes immensely satisfying. Hitting robots feels heavy and right, and looks great in motion.
Platforming is pretty much the same as the later Prince Of Persia and Assassin's Creed games, You can swiftly move horizontally and vertically without being afraid to fall to your death, which is always a bonus if you ask me.
The puzzles are of the platforming kind and usually pressing a button. It's not all that exciting and that's why there aren't a lot of them in this game. Which is good. It's just enough to keep it from being boring or frustrating.
The graphics are awesome (except for a few shadow glitches) and there are lots of colors used for the environments. It's truly beautifully made. The same goes for the characters. They are very well animated and the faces - usually a bit flawed in many, many games - are great, making it not awkward to look at whenever a cutscene starts playing. The voice acting is done extremely well, and by well known people; one of them being the great Andy Serkis. That guy just has a great voice and his motion capture performances are through the roof. Just awesome.
The story is deep and makes you think, and the game is just long enough before it becomes a chore. It lasts around 8-10 hours. If you want to find all of the orbs it could take you several hours longer. But no more, because it's a linear game and there just aren't any collectibles to be found here. Which is great for me, a guy who just wants to play through the story, but not for those collectors out there.
Enslaved is a wonderul experience and I sincerely hope more people will give it a try. It deserves another chance, people. This is it.