Category: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Our story begins on a crashing ship in a post apocalyptic world. Girl breaks out, boy breaks out, girl crashes ship, boy chases girl, girl fires an escape pod with boy clinging for dear life on the outside, girl enslaves boy and forces him into servitude. Pretty standard tale. I met my fiancé in a fairly similar circumstance. Okay so it was yelling about Christmas Carols in a fraternity house in Ohio…it’s similar.

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How could you not think this is awesome?

You assume the role of Monkey, a brutish shirtless man with a large pole that enjoys beating up gigantic robots that force humans into slavery. Anyone who has ever thrown a controller or smacked a computer monitor in frustration will absolutely relate to his facial expressions when throwing a beat down on a over sized intelligent can opener. I say over sized though I’m fully aware that an intelligent can opener may in fact be six feet of walking sharp metal. It is possible, right?

No Monkey is complete unless it’s got its goofy looking organ grinder calling the shots. In this case “goofy looking” is replaced with “attractive” and  “organ grinder” is replaced with “ginger kid”. Trip is a timid, entitled pain in the ass who will quite literally ride Monkey to get her home. The strange part is she actually becomes quite endearing despite the whole “forced into servitude” aspect.

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – Controls

The controls are nothing short of standard. Enslaved seems to adhere to the concept that everyone needs to be able to play it and play it well. It’s button mashing at its finest. There is almost no creativity involved.  If you can mash a button you can play Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. It would have been very nice of them to include a way to make Monkey run a bit, but that seems to be as much thought into original, interesting, and fun controls as there was put into making this paragraph interesting.

That being said, they aren’t bad controls. They are the tried and true control scheme that every gamer should feel more than comfortable with. But they are still pretty average.

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West’s controls get a 3 out of 5

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – Gameplay

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Most of the game involves Trip running or being carried and thrown. GINGER TOSS!!

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West does a very good job of masking loading screens with cinematic sequences. While not every one of them is interesting there is at least something going on that takes your attention away from the fact that the game is loading. Anyone who has been to this site before knows that I’m not a fan of boring loading screens.

While the main flaw of the gameplay stems in the fact that it is quite literally a collection of loaded rooms with phenomenal backdrops that’s more or less the mood of the game. You’re not in this game to look around and take your time. You’re always trying to get the attractive ginger somewhere.

Add to that the intense sense of urgency in certain situations. In some instances you will reach a hand hold and it will begin to crumble beneath your hand. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West goes balls out and actually makes you move quickly.

Early in the game when you’re clinging to the outside of a crashing plane you see a building getting closer in the distance. Twenty seconds later and it’s crashing into you. Some video games allude to a sense of urgency that doesn’t really matter. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West flat out says “get it done and get it done now.”

The downside comes in that after a while the video game becomes rather stale. It falls into the Assassins Creed pitfall of repetition.  After a while I caught myself thinking “okay this again”. Climb, flip a switch, kill a robot, toss a ginger. That’s not to say the entire game is repetitive and has some genuinely fun pieces throughout the entire game. But the same 5 glowing hand holds and common tasks just become stale after a few hours.

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West’s gameplay gest a 4 out of 5

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – Graphics

Much ado has been made about the graphics in Enslaved: Odyssey to the West but its really not the up close graphics that make it borderline majestic. In fact the foreground much of the environment are just trying to do a little too much. It’s quite nice , mind you. It’s just that…well…it almost feels like that kid that everyone likes but he just tries a little too hard.

The real beauty in Enslaved: Odyssey to the West comes in two big aspects. 1.) The Background. Yes the foreground isn’t anything to write home about, but the backgrounds have the feeling of a living breathing world that you can almost feel. As smoke billows out from a crashed slaver ship you can almost smell the air carrying the smoke.

2.) The faces. Ninja Theory took a tip from Heavy Rain and seemed spent time looking at the subtleties of a human face and how we look while we interact with one another. It’s these minor cues of  emotions conveyed in each facial expression in every interaction speak volumes more than the words spoken.

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West’s graphics get a 4 out of 5

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – Story

The story is the true gem of the video game. It will absolutely catch you off guard with how emotional it is. Some credit goes to the actors for helping to convey this in some otherwise mundane scene’s of “Go from Point A to Point B”. For instance at one point Trip essentially has a breakdown and Monkey is chasing after her showing obvious concern.

Ultimately its the story that helps reinforce this strong attachment between the two. Through every step of the story there is always something to illustrate the caring and bond between Monkey and Trip. This makes what you are doing far more important than the “do it or you fail” mentality present in some games.

On top of the emotional attachment the story is just fairly epic. There are unique and memorable characters, deep understandable motivations and though the tasks are somewhat repetitive the reason for doing them is always present and wrought with actual motivations. Especially when you have a fat man named Pigsy hanging from a sub about to get put into a spinning fan.  Yeah, got your attention now didn’t it.

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West’s story gets a 5 out of 5

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – Overall

It took a while to get fully immersed in. After all, no emotional attachment happens in a snap. However once you’re in, you’re totally in. There are pieces that include fantastic surprises and delightful dialog. Graphically this game is sound and quite intriguing. While it may not be for everyone it is absolutely for people who want an interesting adventure with an entirely different story. Sadly though, you won’t find an innovative or interesting control scheme.

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West gets an overall score of 4 out of 5

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Well it’s been a while since we posted a Pin Up. It’s not that we don’t love them, really we do. We’ve just been busy as hell lately and PtC has taken a back seat. Well not anymore. It’s time to get rolling full steam with this weeks installment of Video Game Pin Ups. Lets kick things off with the hottest ginger since Ron Howard. Awww crap…things just got awkward. Anyway lets get it rolling with Trip from Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

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Who wouldn't mind a Trip in that...see what I did there?

Okay sure, the relationship began by her running away and locking a door on him. Happens all the time. Okay sure…then she rockets off in an escape pod with him clinging to the outside…then crashed into a wall. Happens all the time. Then she took advantage of him while he was passed out….okay this tends to happen in reverse in some places and its just not right.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West comes out Tuesday, October 5th thanks to the fine people at Ninja Theory and Trip is absolutely the right individual to bring back the long unused PtC Video Game Pin Up. She’s tan, computer savvy, and smokin’ hot red head. As a ginger I would normally go on a rant about how tan gingers are an abomination but I just can’t seem to bring myself to do so while looking at her.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West takes place in a post apocalyptic (because there aren’t enough games that take place after the world goes to hell) United States as Trip…well lets just say the “commandeers” the burly man Monkey to take her 300 miles west of New York. Okay she enslaves him for her journey west. Yeah…the name pretty much tells the premise.

First impressions for Enslaved are that this is going to be one fantastic game. We’ll keep you posted once we finish it. But until you can pick it up for yourself lets tide you over with some images of Trip, below.

We almost went with Peter Molyneux so you can consider yourself lucky. I won’t…don’t know why Kat wouldn’t let me play with Photoshop.

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