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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 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
    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
    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. Dec 19, 2010
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  4. Oct 28, 2010
    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
    Foibles aside, Enslaved is an engaging fusion of genres with a flair for characterisation. [Issue#64, p.92]
  6. Oct 20, 2010
    As an experience, it might go down as a near-cult classic, sometimes mentioned in the same breath as Shadow of the Colossus or Beyond Good and Evil, but I doubt many people would put Enslaved on the same level.
  7. Oct 20, 2010
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 75
  2. Negative: 5 out of 75
  1. Oct 15, 2010
    Do yourself a favor and buy this game. You know, in a gamer's life, there is a time when you ask yourself, do I want more from my games than just mindless shooting? Do I want an amazing story, believable characters, incredible dialogue, super graphics and fun gameplay? If you answered yes, please support this game. You won't regret it. Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2010
    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. 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.
  3. Nov 16, 2010
    Really fun game with a rich narrative and superb voice acting, the game play is fun and rewarding but is a little shallow but story is the order of the day here but that ain't a bad thing Expand
  4. Dec 8, 2010
    One the most over-looked games of the year. Enslaved absolutely sets a new bar in how videos game voice actors should deliver a performance. It's a great game with interesting characters that was just released at a poor time with little or no marketing. Lindsey Shaw and Andy Circus should both be up for voice actors of the year. Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2013
    This game has everything it needs to be a classic. The most breathtaking visuals in this generation's consoles. Fantastic story. Deep and well written characters. some pretty good platforming sections.

    So why didn't it do better? In my opinion it was due to poor marketing and also the actual gameplay (the combat in particular) was rather bland. A real shame as this game is such a gem to experience.

    A stunning game that really shouldn't be overlooked. If you ever wanted a game that showed off your TV's HD capability, then this is it.
  6. May 18, 2011
    great storytelling, great characters. The gameplay is good but occasionally janky. the combat is really limited at the beginning but once you begin to unlock moves it gets complex enough. i really enjoyed it, this game doesnt get enough love. Expand
  7. Dec 8, 2010
    What 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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