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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
  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
    One of the very best experiences released on a console in a long, long time. The game's eight- to ten-hour quest truly does feel like a journey, one that is compelling, exciting, and incredibly memorable.
  3. Dec 19, 2010
    86
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  4. Oct 28, 2010
    81
    Enslaved is a decent start of a new game franchise and is an important step for the development team to see if they can reach new heights with a potential sequel (which I hear is already starting to shape).
  5. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Enslaved is an affecting adventure that makes strong use of its characters and story to create a believable world.
  6. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    Enslaved provides a rollercoaster adventure wrapped up in a brilliantly told story, which sees you grow as attached to the characters as they do to each other.
  7. Oct 20, 2010
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 79
  2. Negative: 5 out of 79
  1. Dec 14, 2011
    10
    Masterpiece! It is such a pity this game has not sold more copies cause I'd love the story to continue. The most enjoyable gameplay, wonderfulMasterpiece! It is such a pity this game has not sold more copies cause I'd love the story to continue. The most enjoyable gameplay, wonderful locations, lovable characters, great music. Give this game a chance and you will be rewarded with an unforgettable adventure. Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2010
    10
    Wow...this game is amazing! I have played a ton of games this year, but I must say I have been blown away by how fantastic this game is. ThisWow...this game is amazing! I have played a ton of games this year, but I must say I have been blown away by how fantastic this game is. This game is extremely underrated. I'm really not sure why this game isn't more popular. Here is my small attempt to get the word out.

    The game is set in a post-apocalyptic United States that has been overrun by vicious mechs. You play as a character named Monkey with awesome climbing and fighting abilities. With the "help" of female companion Trip, you escape a slave ship together. The gameplay involves solving puzzles and fighting mechs with your female companion throughout the game. Trip reminds me a lot of Elika from 2008's Prince of Persia. She is very helpful throughout the game, and although the game is one long escort mission she never gets in the way. The gameplay reminds me most of 2008's Prince of Persia, except the weapons are very different. The climbing in the game reminds me of both Prince of Persia and Uncharted 2.

    The graphics are awesome! The scenery and character models are both very well done. The game world is extremely colorful and beautiful. The sound is also incredible. I really love the epic soundtrack. The voice acting is extremely well done and made me really care about the characters. Perhaps one of the best aspects of the game is the story. For me it's a tossup between Mass Effect 2, Alan Wake, and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West for best video game story of the year.

    Don't take this game for granted. You need to play Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, especially if you enjoyed Uncharted 2 or Prince of Persia 2008. Really can't express enough how enjoyable this game is. On "Normal" settings the game took me about 10.5 hours to complete. I'm looking forward to another play through on "Hard" settings.
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  3. Nov 14, 2010
    9
    Outstanding and charming new IP with quite a few flaws. Amazingly well told story with excellent cut scenes and facial animation. The story isOutstanding and charming new IP with quite a few flaws. Amazingly well told story with excellent cut scenes and facial animation. The story is simply a treat. The pacing is perfect although it has an ending you either love or hate. The combat and controls are sloppy with a pretty annoying camera but it's still fun albeit feeling broken. The game is fun though, it mixes several sloppy mechanics together so the variety compensates for it. It has drawbacks but a game I do not hesitate to recommend. I give it a 9 even though it has shortcomings because what it does it does amazingly well. Also pretty vibrant visuals. Expand
  4. Jul 20, 2011
    9
    Graphics: 10
    Gameplay: 9
    Story/characters: 10 (after thinking :P ) Music: 9 Overall: 9.5 VISUALS/WORLD: Not since Beyond Good and Evil
    Graphics: 10
    Gameplay: 9
    Story/characters: 10 (after thinking :P )
    Music: 9
    Overall: 9.5 VISUALS/WORLD: Not since Beyond Good and Evil have I been simply flabbergasted at the quality of the world I found myself in. The vistas are comparable in awe inspiring quality to Red Dead Redemption. I've read a significant deal about pop up in this game, but for me, I didn't notice it once. GAMEPLAY: is my only gripe and what keeps this from a 10. Whilst the fighting is fun, the combos are extremely limited with respect to the animations. Also, when fighting multiple enemies you have to know where they are so that the spastic camera doesn't hide them. This isn't so much of a problem once you get past the first few hours. The climbing mechanic is fluid and the un-lockables for fighting and movement later on are simply awesome. STORY/CHARACTERS: Is to an acquired taste. For me the monkey/trip relationship was executed brilliantly as was the ending... though please, please, don't dismiss it at face value like so many on the forums I've read... and that's all i'm saying without spoiling anything :P The voice acting is sublime. Nothing more needs to be said about this really. The set piece action is also something that has the be experienced as it doesn't overcompensate ala Call of Duty but finds the sweet spot between repetition and pure unadulterated fun.
    MUSIC: Perfectly orchestrated. Fits the mood of a post apocalyptic world, but playful at the same time.
    Overall: Small, and may I emphasise: *small* gameplay gripes are what hamper this otherwise masterful example of game design. I don't give it a 10 because a 10 is reserved for games I believe don't break the immersion and are, for lack of a better word, perfect. This game, if metacritic allowed for it, would easily be a 9.5.
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  5. Dec 4, 2014
    8
    I played this game solidly for several evenings, and I enjoyed it enormously. Apart from the excellent gameplay (though repetitive in parts),I played this game solidly for several evenings, and I enjoyed it enormously. Apart from the excellent gameplay (though repetitive in parts), the storyline was terrific, with moments of drama, humour and pathos. Of course, with a story from Alex (The Beach) Garland, a great story was only to be expected. Visuals were superb, the dazzling brightly-coloured landscape a refreshing change from my previously-completed Resident Evil 6, which was entirely dark! Expand
  6. Oct 31, 2012
    8
    This game is brought to life by its stark colour contrasts and lush post-post apocalyptic world. The game environments are a main character inThis game is brought to life by its stark colour contrasts and lush post-post apocalyptic world. The game environments are a main character in itself. The platforming is seamless yet not automatic and the level designs feel rich with texture. The story is what drives this game to be a very emotional experience. The main two main characters exchange dialogue organically throughout their adventure. The facial animations have been done perfectly, with Andy Serkis giving another emotional motion capture performance. This game is a linear experience but provides a level of detail in the writing often absent in larger open-world experiences. Its unfortunate this game did not sell commercially well. It deserves a larger fan base. The game industry itself needs to make more experiences similar to this game. Overall pick this up, I am sure it will be heavily discounted in retailers near you. Expand
  7. Dec 8, 2010
    2
    What the....is this? An interactive cartoon? An introduction for very young kids into adventure games - but unfortunately rated? Or a veryWhat the....is this? An interactive cartoon? An introduction for very young kids into adventure games - but unfortunately rated? Or a very long trailer to an upcoming TV series? Challenges? Na. Interesting visuals? Please. Overpriced and overrated? For sure. I assume Uncharted fans laugh hard when seeing this attempt to catch up. Expand

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