Review: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

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Review: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Enslaved rises above its flaws to deliver a grand adventure.

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I definetly want to rent the game - if at least to have a shot. At least its short enough

Renting all my console games at the moment, until I can get myself set up with my own consoles in my own place so will definately add this to the list.

If the story and characters are that good though I may have to buy it when I do

Ya know, after hearing Kotic's plan of selling the starcraft cutscenes as a movie I thought he was an idiot. But the snippet of cutscene at the end of the review makes me think that if they did the same thing for this game I probably would pay to see it.

I probably will rent the game though.

Wait... you mean it's actually good?

And there's no PC version.

God fucking damnit. This is the first game since the Team Ico titles that I have actually cared about missing out on.

Oh well. Thank goodness for youtube.

I'm sure I'm not the only who wants this game to rent or at least buy for half price. If you live in Australia then you're in luck! Region free and only half the cost in $AU. The last time I bought a game that I wasn't 100% sure about (Just Cause 2) I deeply regretted it, so this time I'm going for a less taxing price. Really can't wait for this.

NOTE: I'm not advertising at least not intentionally, but if you have a problem then I'll edit my post.

I want it. Very bad.

Actually looks really cool. Seriously though, outta curiosity, just how many games are there based on Journey to the West? In my mind there aren't enough, which is a shame because it seriously kicks ass.

I also gotta laugh outta the hoverdisk named cloud.

I think I'll buy this if I can...

This is the type of game making one should reward, high quality work that takes itself seriously.

Cpu46:
Ya know, after hearing Kotic's plan of selling the starcraft cutscenes as a movie I thought he was an idiot. But the snippet of cutscene at the end of the review makes me think that if they did the same thing for this game I probably would pay to see it.

I would. Without question, I would.

Cpu46:
Ya know, after hearing Kotic's plan of selling the starcraft cutscenes as a movie I thought he was an idiot. But the snippet of cutscene at the end of the review makes me think that if they did the same thing for this game I probably would pay to see it.

I probably will rent the game though.

You still need the gameplay to fill in the blanks still I'd say. And if you own the game you probably have them anyway.

Oh wow. I was on the fence about getting this one, but this definitely made my decision for me.

And you were spot on about the quality of the voice work and all. I've never chuckled at a line (that wasn't an actual joke) in a videogame like I just did at "... So I'll be back.". It was a genuine, amused chuckle and not the "Oh I see that was supposed to be funny I get it," reflex that I generally have with games. I can even think of a few movies and television series that don't match that level of delivery.

... That, and I love the look of the landscape. And the robots. Can't forget the robots.

Although the game is one huge escort mission, Enslaved prevents Trip from feeling like a burden by keeping the babysitting to a minimum. At times you'll have to fling her across a gap or give her a boost up to a ledge, but most of the time, she's safely out of the way, leaving you free to ignore her while you convert mechs to scrap metal.

I am strongly reminded of the very similar setup in Resident Evil 4 (particularly by the scene at the end). Half of RE4 was spent carting Ashley around, but it worked because she knew how to stay out of the way and, of course, because when you got tired of her you could always tell her to GET IN THE BOX, BITCH.

Might rent this. Probably won't. It looks like a cool game, but I have a whole ton of more pressing ones on my plate already.

Man I want this game so bad !
I need to save up money but this is definitely the next game im getting, looks gorgeous
Damn US getting it few days before the UK

I get that Monkey is not the dame-rescuing type, but did Trip even attempt to, you know, ask nicely? Surely Monkey is not willing to go on a grand quest at the drop of a hat, but surely he is also not evil.

I'll rent this game for sure, but the plot is just a touch convoluted and that's kind of a problem.

Damnit. Another game for me to buy! Looks great.

sooperman:
I get that Monkey is not the dame-rescuing type, but did Trip even attempt to, you know, ask nicely? Surely Monkey is not willing to go on a grand quest at the drop of a hat, but surely he is also not evil.

I'll rent this game for sure, but the plot is just a touch convoluted and that's kind of a problem.

I wanted to avoid spoilers of any kind, so let's just say that Trip has a fair reason to expect that Monkey would've said no.

This is easily the best storytelling I've seen in games.

Makes me want to try their last effort, Heavenly Sword.

I've been looking forward to this game ever since I heard about it. Now I REALLY can't wait!

*adds Enslaved game to "Games To Buy List"*

*looks over list*

Wow. This is getting long... and expensive...

Of all the stories to base a game on, Journey West is far from your worst choice. It's not a story you hear about all that often, and I enjoyed comparing the items (headband, staff, cloud) to things from the book, and I'd like to see if there are any other crossovers. I'm sure there are. A boss that is a big with a rake, maybe?

I may have to get this game.

Looks good, but I think i'm going to wait until it comes down in price before I get it due to the many, many other games that is higher up on my wanted list.

"it's not a story you hear about all that often"? Hmm... well, the actual iteration, no, but spin-offs or stories based on it? All the time.

What do you think Dragonball is based off of? As for Anime enthusiasts, there's always Saiyuki which is pretty much a new spin on the tale (with a bit too much potential for yaoi that could definitely cause some discomfort for most.)

Anyhow, the game looks sparkling, the motion capture and acting is... surprising, it's not something I was expecting. Gameplay looks good, parcour looks just fine as well. Seems like a solid title.

Now if only I could hunt down the idiot who said that this game was being sexist towards women and make him or her look at the more blatant show of slavery up front, and how it's the woman who has enslaved the man...

So this is a game where the only real flaw is the gameplay? Sorry but that's kinda what I go into a game for.

Spoiler from the demo:

Monkey wakes up as s prisoner in a slave pod. And he's a gruff and big Guy. He chases Trip and she pisses him off. So the headband isn't a bad idea.

My sadness is that the demo is awesome. It has none of the little gameplay problems. I wish it was all like that.

The gameplay is good, it just has some very frustrating moments That yougrt over quickly., lie stopping on tree roots rather than just stepping over them. But I'm enjoying it.

Susan Arendt:
Review: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Enslaved rises above its flaws to deliver a grand adventure.

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Whats up with Ninja Theory and red heads?

I mean the girl in enslaved sort of remind me of the main character in Heavenly sword...

Dectilon:

Cpu46:
Ya know, after hearing Kotic's plan of selling the starcraft cutscenes as a movie I thought he was an idiot. But the snippet of cutscene at the end of the review makes me think that if they did the same thing for this game I probably would pay to see it.

I probably will rent the game though.

You still need the gameplay to fill in the blanks still I'd say. And if you own the game you probably have them anyway.

I probably should have gone into more detail. I meant that if they added more scenes to piece the cutscenes together. And I think that even people who don't like video games would enjoy this as a movie.

I haven't read the review, simply because I know next-to-nothing about any events in the game and want to keep it that way.

But how short was "very short" on your playthrough?

Woodsey:
I haven't read the review, simply because I know next-to-nothing about any events in the game and want to keep it that way.

But how short was "very short" on your playthrough?

Don't worry, I avoid spoilers. And I finished in...maybe 6 hours?

After a great review, I have only one important question, how long is this game?

It sounds like little replay value, but if it's long enough I will probably buy it next week.

" It's an incredibly short game "

How short? We talking 4 hours?

EDIT: Thanks

This looks so sick, really looking forward to it.

Im not the only guy here who thinks Trip is a total hottie right? I mean "MAR GAWD". Monkey looks manly to, cant wait to hear him talk!

Oh poop. I'm going to have to buy this now... ;)

sooperman:
I get that Monkey is not the dame-rescuing type, but did Trip even attempt to, you know, ask nicely? Surely Monkey is not willing to go on a grand quest at the drop of a hat, but surely he is also not evil.

I'll rent this game for sure, but the plot is just a touch convoluted and that's kind of a problem.

How so? it doesn't matter what monkey would say or how he feels about it all. He has no choice. Whether or not he is willing to go along with this is irrelevant, he doesn't get to have any say.

Because of my generation, whenever I see the power-controlling headband/power pole/monkey powers/flying cloud I'm forced to think of the characters in anime and video games with all of the same powers, like Goku from Dragonball and Son Son from MvC2. Granted, those were all based on Journey to the West as well, so no fault there. I think this game looks like a definite must-play now. Not sure if it's a buy, but totally a rent.

Edit: Actually, the Power Headband was only on the power-pole wielding, monkey-powered character from Saiyuki, but the rest of the similarities are there for him as well.

Susan Arendt:

Woodsey:
I haven't read the review, simply because I know next-to-nothing about any events in the game and want to keep it that way.

But how short was "very short" on your playthrough?

Don't worry, I avoid spoilers. And I finished in...maybe 6 hours?

OK, thanks: it's hard to know which reviewers spoil what (if anything), and half the time I end up knowing what happens for an entire 3/4 of the game.

And 6 hours? O.o

Are there selectable difficulty levels? Might just ramp it up to the top to extend the lifetime a little, although I have a habit of replaying single-player campaigns several times over anyway.

So, fellow Escapists, help me out here... I am sure I read/heard this somewhere but I was under the impression this game could be played by two people, one controlling Monkey and one Trip.

Or am I just making this up?

If I am - why the hell are there not more games where I *can* do that. Surely my g/f and I are not the only couple who'd love to play a deep, story driven game together in front of the telly. That would get me away from my darling PC and onto the evil box under the telly for, oh, at least a few hours.

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