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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] Expand
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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: 46 out of 75
  2. Negative: 7 out of 75
  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. Nov 6, 2011
    8
    What a great game! Loved the story, the characters and the level design was great as well. Playing the game felt like I was on an adventure. AWhat a great game! Loved the story, the characters and the level design was great as well. Playing the game felt like I was on an adventure. A sense of discovery. The gameplay was very enjoyable, the enemies were a blast to defeat. I would of rated this game a perfect 10 if, it wasnt for the technical issues. 1. being the out dated graphics. The close up animations were amazing, but the gameplay graphics seemed to be not as sharp. Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2010
    7
    Good game, but way too easy. One of the simplest games i've ever had the pleasure of finishing. It came out on Tuesday, was completed onGood game, but way too easy. One of the simplest games i've ever had the pleasure of finishing. It came out on Tuesday, was completed on Wednesday. There was no challenge at all which kind of ruined it.

    The story was very decent compared to most of the junk they put out these day. I just wish it was more than mindless hammering buttons, and running forward.

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  6. Oct 16, 2011
    7
    Enslaved is a hard game to describe. It's an adventure sci-fi game that promises so much, but in the end dissapoints. The first chapter of theEnslaved is a hard game to describe. It's an adventure sci-fi game that promises so much, but in the end dissapoints. The first chapter of the game is simply stunning, with extremely high production values and a promising story. After that chapter everything goes downhill. The characters in the game, Monkey and Trip, are so inconsistent with their behaviour, and they change their personallities mid-game. The action is decent, but it doesn't evolve beyond the ''hit a robot in testicles'' premise. The story was so predictable that I couldn't help but laugh during one of the many ''emotional'' cutscenes. The dialog is decent but I despise Trip's personallity and Monkey for being an idiot that does whatever she tells him to do. the puzzles are rather simple too so there is basically no challenge to this game. That's not to say the game is BAD. The game is solid enough that I wanted to keep playing depite it's flaws. The vibrant world and easy going platforming made the game somewhat enjoyable and the boss fights are a nice break from the mindless ''robot kicking'' routine. But really, I thought the game will shine, cus I was craving a good adventure game for a while,now. This one is merely O.K but it never excells at anything and that's a real damn shame. 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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