The 10 Minute Review: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Overall, I found Enslaved to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.  The physical performances by the digital actors were really impressive and the voice acting was top notch.  Andy Serkis delivers a good performance as Monkey and Lindsey Shaw shows great chemistry with him as Trip.  The game play was basic albiet mindelss fun.  While there are some upgradable moves via the game’s upgrade system, it’s fairly bare bones for this style of game and doesn’t hold a candle to games in the same genre such as Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and God of War III in that department.

Where the game does shine is in its presentation and story telling, which was all top notch.  Ninja Theory did a good job of making you care about the characters and how their story was going to progress.  I thought the ending was pretty good and wasn’t what I expected, which I suppose is a good thing.

I would like to see Ninja Theory create DLC to flesh out the world they created here and perhaps give more insight into what happened in the Epilogue.

I don’t know if it would be worth paying full price simply because the game play is fairly simple and you can blow through it in 8 hours or so but it’s most definitely worth playing.  I say wait until a price drop or perhaps rent it.  Either way you’ll definitely have an entertaining and enjoyable experience with it.


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