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  • Summary: More than 150 years in the future, the world has transformed into an unrecognizable state where all that remains are a dwindling human population and merciless robots left over from wars long past. In Enslaved, players take on the role of Monkey, a strong and brutish loner, and his AIMore than 150 years in the future, the world has transformed into an unrecognizable state where all that remains are a dwindling human population and merciless robots left over from wars long past. In Enslaved, players take on the role of Monkey, a strong and brutish loner, and his AI partner Trip, a technologically savvy but sheltered young woman from a peaceful community. Both become captured by a mysterious slave ship, which are rumored to harvest people and take them out west never to return. As they each attempt to escape, Trip realizes quickly that Monkey, with his raw strength and power, is the only hope she has of making the perilous journey back home. She hacks into a slave headband to enslave Monkey and link them together - if she dies, he dies. Her journey has now become his. Players must make sure both Monkey and Trip work together as they skillfully navigate through the world and survive against the dangerous enemy obstacles that lie in wait. Monkey will deftly wield his trusty staff weapon to attack and defend against enemies, using a combination of melee attacks, blocks and counters. He will also be able to perform spectacular takedown moves, allowing him to rip an enemy apart piece by piece, take its weapon for his own use or destroy it in one final blow. [Namco Bandai Games] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 73
  2. Negative: 7 out of 73
  1. 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! Expand
  2. May 4, 2012
    10
    This is still one of my favorite games of all time. It is beautiful, engaging and very fun world to be in. If more games were this colorful IThis is still one of my favorite games of all time. It is beautiful, engaging and very fun world to be in. If more games were this colorful I would get more replay value for my purchases. I can't say enough good things about this game, from the voice acting to Serkis's Monkey movements and environments. Highly recommended. Expand
  3. Oct 29, 2012
    9
    This game is one that definately picked a hard time to be released, as it bombed for the most part in sales. This is tragic, as this game canThis game is one that definately picked a hard time to be released, as it bombed for the most part in sales. This is tragic, as this game can easily be called this generation's Ico. Not only for the escort based gameplay, but for its amazingly cinematic qualities, and wonderful environments. Andy Serkis does an amazing job as the main character, Monkey, and if the games had Emmies, he would have won for best lead actor. If you want a great story driven game, this is it. If you still dont get what this game is like, picture Uncharted, only in a scifi future post apocalypse setting. Mind you, thats a very simple description, as its better described as an amazing achievement in story in games. The only reason its a 9 to me is due to some slightly loose controls, and some confusing puzzle segments with Trip. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2011
    8
    Enslaved is a fantastic game, and it is sad that it did not see more retail success. Like Beyond Good and Evil before it, Enslaved attempts toEnslaved is a fantastic game, and it is sad that it did not see more retail success. Like Beyond Good and Evil before it, Enslaved attempts to tell an engrossing story with a number of gameplay styles. For the most part, it succeeds. The characters are well-acted and the action is often intense. The music is also good, though not particularly memorable. The visuals range from acceptable to good, with occasional moments of excellence.

    The game falters at a few points. There are some odd bugs, and occasionally the camera seems intent on obscuring what you need to see. The controls are mostly spot-on, but take some getting used to. In particular, The Cloud is unwieldy in tight spots. That is a shame, because it starts off exciting. It becomes less fun as levels require you to be more precise on it. Thankfully, at about the point you become frustrated with it, it goes away. The climbing could be compared to a more frantic Infamous, with the same style of "assisted platforming" such navigation tends to require. Enslaved isn't as open as Infamous, of course, and the climbing follows preset routes rather than an open city. True to its name, Enslaved is about a journey. Such things typically run in more or less a straight line, so linearity isn't a problem.

    I completed Enslaved over the course of a weekend, on Normal difficulty. I had a great time, but don't feel the need to return to it. I've skipped on the DLC as well. The game's main story seems more than sufficient. I'd recommend Enslaved to any fan of a good story. With a script by Alex Garland(28 Days Later, Sunshine), Enslaved features interesting characters with more depth than the majority of video games. Direction and performance from Andy Serkis(best known for playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films), means you'll also find of the best acting ever to grace interactive entertainment. Lindsey Shaw is captivating as Trip, and Richard Riding's Pigsy is appropriately funny and off-putting. I can't emphasize it enough: developer Ninja Theory set out to create a compelling story told through the medium of video games, and did an admirable job. Ninja Theory succeeds where so many developers before them have failed.

    If you want to experience a thrilling, well-produced story, Enslaved will take leave you satisfied. People looking for exploration, multiplayer, or a longer game should probably look elsewhere.
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  5. Jul 23, 2015
    7
    Enslaved is quite an original IP, offering interesting and well written characters and story, this is definitely the best part of the game.Enslaved is quite an original IP, offering interesting and well written characters and story, this is definitely the best part of the game. Technically the graphics were average at the time, but I've seen 0 bugs and a stable framerate on my playthrough so good job Ninja Theory.

    On the other side I would have liked a bigger diversity concerning both the enemies and the locations, with a subtitle such as Odyssey to the West, I was expecting a true Road Trip but in reality it's more a Walk to The West , 4-5 locations and characters, that will last approximately 10 hours.
    The same lack of diversity apply to the gameplay, there is no combo, the climbing is generic (similar to an Uncharted without the same cinematic value).

    All in all it could have been some solid and entertaining foundations to a new license if only the title was a commercial hit, unfortunately those defaults will be , with the story, what you'll recall from Enslaved.

    PS: I bough the Premium Edition for the same price on the PSN and doing so was granted the Pigsy's perfect 10 expansion, which is a very good one, offering a very different gameplay, with a length of 2-3 hours and still a very good story, For that edition raise the mark to an 8.
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  6. Jan 4, 2011
    7
    A delightfully colorful and ambient third-person action-adventure featuring some of the best characters and character interaction ever! TheA delightfully colorful and ambient third-person action-adventure featuring some of the best characters and character interaction ever! The journey of a violent brute and a young hacker girl across a desolate, war-torn land is really something quite magical and the game holds excellent tension for all of its eight-or-so hours. A bit on the short side and beset by clunky combat and poor frame rate, yet a distinctly positive experience! Expand
  7. Dec 2, 2011
    0
    Enslaved is a game that trades solely on its looks. Unable to give their games mechanical depth, Ninja Theory hide the lack of quality inEnslaved is a game that trades solely on its looks. Unable to give their games mechanical depth, Ninja Theory hide the lack of quality in their games through well-acted (though poorly written) cutscenes and desperately hope they don't choke the console running them as bad as the gameplay does. The performance on PS3 is absolutely terrible, but fortunately there's nothing to the game, so outside of horrendously designed combat scenarios that cause the framerate to drop into single digits, you won't be in real danger, even when Monkey takes forever to respond to button presses. The story is also totally worthless; your suspension of disbelief will have been thoroughly shattered by the end of the tutorial section, then savagely beaten across the subsequent chapters. There is simply no compelling reason to buy this game. Expand

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