Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    58
    Small victories aside, though, Ninja Theory still has a long way to go before it makes a game whose quality matches its ambitions. Reassessing its gender politics would be a good place to start.
  2. Jan 16, 2011
    80
    Enslaved is scoring with its motivating story, the good graphics and the enjoyable, but not challenging climbing passages. Sadly, the fights are unvaried and there is no multiplayer.
  3. Dec 19, 2010
    95
    Enslaved: Journey to the West is definitely a contender for game of the year.
  4. Dec 19, 2010
    90
    If you're looking for a game that offers all the amazing things I've spent the last handful of paragraphs gushing over as well as one of the most interesting and original stories in a game this year, Enslaved won't disappoint.
  5. Oct 27, 2010
    100
    It's easy to overlook the technical problems of Enslaved, simply because everything else is so damn compelling. This is not a checklist of what makes a game great, but taken as a whole, it IS a great game.
  6. Oct 22, 2010
    70
    The whole production feels like it could do with a little more depth - outside of the narrative, it feels like there's nothing going on below the surface - but this is still a fun, awe-inspiring and lavish eight hours of game that delivers plenty of its own style and flavour and is a fine addition to a busy genre.
  7. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Enslaved is a bit scrappy in its presentation and would have benefitted from more polishing time, but its heart is in a place few games even try for. Its world is original, fascinating, beautiful, and daunting. Its characters are alive and full of real emotion and they're truly loveable. Its simple combat is spare but elegant, and its climbing sequences get the blood pumping. It tells a story unlike any other, and it tells it with maturity and confidence.
  8. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    There are certainly better hack 'n' slash games on the market, built around deeper combat, but few games can match Enslaved's excellent fusion of gameplay and storytelling.
  9. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    I desperately want to give it a ten purely for its fantastic story, but a fantastic story does not a good game make – it needs the gameplay to back it up and that's where Enslaved falls down in places. What we are left with is a flawed masterpiece, but one that you definitely need to play.
  10. 80
    In spite of the few glitches and minor graphic issues, Enslaved is one of those games that is hard to put down once you get captivated by its compelling story and memorable characters.
  11. Oct 20, 2010
    70
    The first hours are a bit too rocky and the controls are not very precise, the camera sometimes get stuck and the character Trip is an irritating wuss. The atmosphere, the characters, the design and the story is really nice though and the game deserves a play-through.
  12. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    It might be too simple to call Enslaved: Odyssey to the West a melee-centric Uncharted, but it is not that far off and it is certainly not a bad thing.
  13. Oct 20, 2010
    85
    This is a odyssey everyone should experience.
  14. Oct 20, 2010
    85
    Fortunately, Enslaved ranges from consistently good to outstanding, and for that reason, I'd recommend the title if you have an interest in single-player adventures full of masterful storytelling.
  15. Oct 20, 2010
    85
    If you are in the mood for a great action/adventure title with a truly engaging narrative, you owe it to yourself to check out Ninja Theory's latest title.
  16. Oct 20, 2010
    85
    Ninja Theory has been successful in using the talent that they have had at their disposal to enhance the gaming experience making Enslaved one of the best surprises of the year.
  17. Oct 20, 2010
    85
    Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a beautiful journey, highly emotional and protagonized by two memorable characters. Despite some techinal flaws, if you enjoy well written story and you are not afraid to be moved by a videogame, you really shouldn't miss this one.
  18. Oct 20, 2010
    85
    This game has a good story and a unique setting. The emotional bond between Monkey and Trip is pretty good and the gameplay is a bit basic, but fast and nice to play. If you like good stories in games with easy gameplay and overall a great adventure, than Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is your game.
  19. Oct 20, 2010
    84
    Enslaved really fits the "fun" label. It's not as technically proficient as it should've been, one may question the built-in ease of certain aspects of the gameplay (i.e., hand-holding), and there can be camera and frame rate issues. This is what keeps it from being an elite production. At the same time, the characters, story, atmosphere, design, presentation, and acting make it a must-try.
  20. Oct 20, 2010
    83
    Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a really good game, but it's not a truly great game.
  21. Oct 20, 2010
    81
    All in all, Enslaved is a pretty cool action-adventure with a nice story, a stunning atmosphere and a cool gameplay. The game's weak points are only the occasionally bad graphics and the missing multiplayer mode.
  22. Oct 20, 2010
    81
    From loveable characters to gameplay that works and an environment that is worth exploring, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West may be the sleeper hit of this month and also... the game has a great checkpoint system!
  23. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    As a trip through an interesting, beautiful world covering ground that hasn't been effectively tread in games, with a strong narrative and engaging, believable characters, it provides something unique this Fall. If you can look past its flaws, Enslaved might surprise you as much as it did me.
  24. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    It seems a little harsh to accuse Enslaved of presenting style over substance but the feeling remains nonetheless: much like Heavenly Sword before it, Enslaved is an exceptionally well produced game from Ninja Theory where gameplay takes a passenger seat and cinematic presentation drives the experience.
  25. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Enslaved is an affecting adventure that makes strong use of its characters and story to create a believable world.
  26. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Its rich imagination, restrained narrative and charming cast of characters place it a significant step above its often clumsy story-obsessed brethren - and, while easy to find fault with, it's harder to knock Enslaved in terms of pure entertainment value.
  27. 80
    Enslaved is sci-fi road adventure featuring a captivating story that spans the fears of a world gone crazy with technology. Despite some mediocre gameplay elements, this game is hard to put down, and you will want to play it all the way through to see how it ends.
  28. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Good adventure, with multiple options and great technical job. Enslaved has some problems, like the simple system combat or the poor plataforms.
  29. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Ninja Theory has created a quality game that brings us a strong story and some great visuals. The gameplay feels a bit simple but this isn't as big problem thanks to the well balanced pace.
  30. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Enslaved is an atmospheric apocalyptic adventure with a strong focus on graphics and story. The game offers by far the most colorful apocalyptic setting. The idea with the "chained" hero is fresh and works quite well, but the relationship between Monkey and Trip should be even more dramatic and emotional. Unfortunately the action is only on an average level. There is a lack of variety and options.
  31. Oct 20, 2010
    75
    Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has some flaws in its design; neither of its gameplay styles achieves to excel, and there are some obvious insatisfactory aspect. However, as a whole it works very good, and its is an enjoyable and gratifying title, with a good story told with unusual success. It has its flaws, but its achievements compensate for them.
  32. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    It's a well-produced effort that makes itself easy to get invested in and is worth considering for anyone who enjoys a solid dozen-hour-long, story-driven action game. It doesn't do everything right all the time, but some grander and higher-profile games could stand to learn a lesson or two from this one.
  33. Oct 20, 2010
    91
    I almost literally played through the entire game in one sitting, which isn't something I do often, and I didn't feel my attention waver throughout the eight or so hours it took to finish.
  34. Oct 20, 2010
    75
    With its latest offering, Ninja Theory has proved it is capable of pulling off an engaging, enthralling and – dare I say it? – enslaving action game.
  35. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Once completed it becomes a rewarding and complete experience.
  36. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Another dark post-apocalyptic action-adventure? Nope. Enslaved introduces gamers to a gorgeous and detailed world, full of mechanical quirkiness. If you can look past his flaws, you'll be rewarded with one of the best sci-fi games of the year. Give it a try, you wont regret it!
  37. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    A great example of how a good action/adventure games should be. Enslaved has a good balance between fighting, platforming and story-telling and is perhaps the surprise of the year.
  38. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Enslaved offers a truly fantastic experience, and I am having a hard time not recommending it to everyone I know, but its potential makes you wonder what could have been.
  39. Oct 20, 2010
    60
    Enslaved takes players 150 years into the future, in a world where both creation and destruction flourish. Its overwhelming beauty of nature entangled with machinery requires a moment to digest. Sadly, the game rarely allows for such sightseeing. Instead players are forcibly dragged through every scene of the game, which then comes to an abrupt close. Ultimately they are left with a very convincing movie, without the gameplay to back it up.
  40. Oct 20, 2010
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  41. Oct 20, 2010
    94
    The 10-12 hours journey will enthrall you from beginning to end and easily make it worth the price of admission.
  42. Oct 20, 2010
    83
    Enslaved is an engaging experience where, even if you don't feel astonished by the gameplay, you will enjoy an amazing experience. Its characters are among the most gripping ones we have seen in a videogame, and with its amazing cutscenes the game creates an incredibly cinematic experience.
  43. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    It's a good game with a very engaging narrative, and I hope to see more Enslaved in the future. I just can't help feeling that this game could have been so much more than it ended up.
  44. Oct 20, 2010
    78
    It's a great ten-hour campaign, but there's little replay value.
  45. Oct 20, 2010
    70
    With the gameplay being such an unwanted distraction, the story is the only attraction. The plot delivers a cool science fiction twist in its final moments, but ultimately serves as a slave to mediocre gameplay for eight to nine hours.
  46. Oct 20, 2010
    60
    Plagued by small but numerous issues, Enslaved still has a lot to offer... but maybe not for the full price of a new game. If you let yourself be charmed by its lush world and its well portrayed characters, you may tolerate its flaws in order to follow its narrative, and the various sequences. They are mostly enjoyable despite some loose gameplay mechanics. But for others, the frame rate issues, the terrible ending, and the lack of polish will obfuscate the qualities of the game. Once again, it seems Ninja Theory focused too much on the form and less on the substance.
  47. Oct 20, 2010
    83
    If you love a good science fiction tale wrapped around a gorgeous, post-apocalyptic world with some decent gameplay thrown into the mix, you should give Enslaved a try.
  48. Oct 20, 2010
    75
    The simple, albeit underdeveloped, combination of gameplay styles is brisk enough to carry the inspiration behind its characters, setting, and story.
  49. "Quotation Forthcoming"
  50. The game, though, stumbles throughout. The combat is at best serviceable, as are the puzzles. [Dec 2010, p.84]
  51. The facial animations, the explosive combat moves and virtual acting are all top notch, elevating Enslaved to being an above-average action game. Also, there's an enthralling story being told here with entertaining characters and it proves difficult to put the controller down. [November 2010 p72]
  52. 90
    Action trip reminds of Uncharted comes with its own style. Inspired by Hanuman, The Monkey King, offers stunning fights, fantastic environments and likable heroes. [Issue#196]
  53. Oct 20, 2010
    83
    The ending may prove divisive, but thanks to some brilliant acting and well-balanced gameplay, Ninja Theory seems to have found the perfect storytelling formula. [Issue#197, p.76]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 269 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 66
  2. Negative: 7 out of 66
  1. Oct 6, 2010
    9
    I created a profile here on Metacritic solely for the purpose of telling anybody who'll listen just how breathtakingly amazing every cinematicI created a profile here on Metacritic solely for the purpose of telling anybody who'll listen just how breathtakingly amazing every cinematic is. The subtle nuances of the facial movements, the emotional honesty of every piece of dialogue, and the real chemistry that Monkey and Trip share on screen overshadows every game (and most movies) I've ever seen. Even the performances in Mass Effect 2 and Heavy Rain seem like high school plays compared to the real believability of every line delivered. As for the game-play, it's nothing groundbreaking but pieced together very well and, like the story and characters, fits into the world that Ninja Theory has lovingly crafted. The controls can feel a little sluggish at times, but the customization is surprisingly deep and intuitive. Don't be afraid of a game which is based around one big escort mission - pick this game up now. Full Review »
  2. Oct 10, 2010
    10
    This game is great!!... it may not have great gameplay dynamics or mechanics or bla bla bla... whatever else the techno gaming geeks loveThis game is great!!... it may not have great gameplay dynamics or mechanics or bla bla bla... whatever else the techno gaming geeks love talking about... the main thing is its fun. You will want to play it. You will want to discover the rest of the story, you will want to live in the beautiful and deadly world the guys at Ninja Theory have painstakingly created. The characters are deep and well done with perfect voice and mition acting. Get this game, ignore the haters... its great! Full Review »
  3. Dec 20, 2010
    5
    I wanted to love this game, I really did. It has a cool story, great environments and graphics, and a cool idea but the gameplay is justI wanted to love this game, I really did. It has a cool story, great environments and graphics, and a cool idea but the gameplay is just terrible.

    The climbing is clunky and frustrating. In many cases unless you are on the perfect sweet spot on a ledge or area, the main character will simply stumble or sit there until you move around, and there are no visual queues to hint at where to be. This prevents fast and fluid climbing, and after games like Assassins Creed, Infamous etc with great climbing it just doesn't cut it.

    The combat is clunky as well. Monkey lacks much combat ability, he has a small handful of abilities with his pole, but nothing too exciting at all. You'll find yourself getting locked in animations and then getting whacked by mechs, or fighting bosses like the dog with very simple and repetative means to bring him down.

    The absolute worst part of the game is the camera. It's so bad I just can't believe someone played this game through and thought "Yeah, this is good". Fighting mechs and want to charge a stun? Have fun, the camera resets to ground level and totally screws up your view. Fighting a rhino and need to watch the enemy to see where to dodge? Great, just let the camera reset to a sideview every time you move totally cutting your view from the enemy (in a fight where you have to keep an eye on the rhino - how did this pass?). Need to navigate a series of complicated jumps around a large area? Enjoy having a camera zoomed out 10 feet that's unpannable and you can't get your bearings. Situations like this happen all the time in Enslaved. They should have taken a queue from GoWar or Dante's Inferno and used a fixed camera they could place properly.

    I don't know why I bought this after the crappy things I heard about Heavenly Sword from friends, but I know I won't be buying another Ninja Theory game soon.
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