Enslaved: Odyssey to the West in on offer right now in the current Deals with Gold sale for Xbox gamers for £2.99. Hell, if you're Gold sub has lapsed, it's only £3.95 compared to over £10 for a disc version.
I'd like to think that The Last of Us owes some of it's visual design to Ninja Theory's Enslaved, as the game is rocking a very similar aesthetic where nature has reclaimed urban landscapes. There are slight similarities in the story too as you're tasked with protecting an AI partner as you journey together through dangerous wastelands. The game includes melee brawling, stealth and platforming mechanics, with a bit of hoverboarding thrown in for good measure. It's the beautiful visuals and stunning story that really cement the game's status though. Andy Serkis plays the lead and delivers his best gaming performance since the delightfully evil King Bohan in Heavenly Sword. Don't miss out, you won't regret it.
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Gamersgate have launched a Bandai Namco (it still feels weird to say it that way round) sale, knocking off up to 75% on selected titles. Dark Souls II on PC for £15 is a bit rubbish, but here are a few highlights:
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For many gamers, this will be what is known as "the right price." Enslaved was a commercial flop- but it’s really rather good in an overly linear, cinematic kind of way. An extended escort mission may sound like a miserable premise for an entire game, but epic vistas, solid combat and surprisingly interesting characters make Enslaved: Odyssey To The West well worth checking out. Having said that, the platforming is hyper-linear and replay value is at an all time low, so go in with your eyes open.
Slowly but surely, this price of this one continues to drop. The latest slash of the price isn’t as large as previous ones, but Zavvi’s reduction means that you can pick up the game on either the Xbox 360 or PS3 for less than a tenner, and save yourself over £2 in comparison to the next best with stock over at The Hut and Amazon. The game itself didn’t set the world on fire at release and was criticized for its repetitive nature and less-than-ideal control system, no-one can deny that Enslaved is a visually gorgeous game with fantastic cinematic and motion-capture presentation (largely thanks to Andy Serkis.) Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD!
Based on an old Chinese legend, which has been twisted a little bit to fit into a stunning post-apocalyptic world, Enslaved's story is enthralling thanks to a pretty good script. It also helps that Andy Serkis, aka Gollum and King Kong, heads up the cast list for this one! Unfortunately, it does get a little bit repetitive and the controls aren't brilliant either. For £9.99 though, it's worth a look, and'll save you just over £2 on the next best offers. Thanks to Zuulan @ HUKD.
Last May, Killzone 2 won the prestigious Ivor Novello for Best Original Videogame Score. Now it's time to turn our attention to this year's candidates, which include Ninja Theory's post-apocalyptic epic, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West; the now defunct Bizarre Creation's 007: Blood Stone; and Creative Assembly's historical retelling, Napoleon: Total War.
If you're smarting from an omission or two from that list, remember that the Ivor Novello is a British award, and as such one-third of the nominees must be British or Irish. The winner will be announced on the 19th of May, and personally I hope Bizarre win, if only so we don't forget one of our favorite studios to fall by the wayside. [Joystiq]
Take one thousand-year-old Chinese legend, turn it into a visually stunning action platformer with a little Ninja Theory magic and Enslaved is what you get at the end of it. The Hut currently has both versions of Enslaved down at £12.85, two quid cheaper than the competition. However, the Xbox 360 stock looks a little dicey - delivery estimates standing at 4 weeks - PS3 fans should be alright for now, though. Thanks to chrisvenn at HUKD.
Beating the nearest competition by almost £4, Zavvi’s reduction of the latest creation by Ninja Theory brings the title to below the £15 mark. The game itself didn’t set the world on fire at release and was criticized for its repetitive nature and less-than-ideal control system, no-one can deny that Enslaved is a visually gorgeous game with fantastic cinematic and motion-capture presentation (largely thanks to Andy Serkis.) For the price Gamestation are offering it at, it’s definitely worth a look if you haven’t yet tried out the adventures of Monkey and Trip. Be sure to check out Neil’s review for the full scoop. Thanks to toughnumber @ HUKD!
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West features terrific visuals, amazing mo-cap work and stunning sound. A pity, then, that the combat is simple and stilted. It's by no means a bad game, it's just that the gameplay lags behind the production values somewhat. However, if you're looking for a good old fashioned hack and slash adventure across the surprisingly verdant post-apocalyptic ruins of New York with the guy who played Gollum pretending to be all big and muscled, then look no further than Zavvi's cut-price offer on both 360 and PS3. Only £14.85.
Enslaved was a commercial flop- but it's really rather good in an overly linear, cinematic kind of way. An extended escort mission may sound like a miserable premise for an entire game, but epic vistas, solid combat and surprisingly interesting characters make Enslaved: Odyssey To The West well worth checking out. Having said that, the platforming is hyper-linear and replay value is at an all time low, so go in with your eyes open.
Enslaved: Odyssey To The West may not be selling particularly well, but that has nothing to do with its quality. Despite the fairly facile nature of the platforming mechanics, Enslaved delivers consistent wow factor and energetic combat. Motion-captured animation and lip syncing make for realistic action, and surprisingly capable voice acting turn what could have been a grindy extended escort mission into a very nifty little game. Zavvi have now dipped their prices well below the magic £20 mark, providing an even more attractive proposition.
One of the best adventure games this year, although a little short at around the eight hour mark. This post-apocalyptic tale has you controlling the brutish Monkey, who is forced to protect the vulnerable Trip at the cost of his own death if anything happens to her. The world is surprisingly colourful throughout, making this the best-looking apocalypse yet. Expect lots of robot fighting, climbing and some epic scenes of destruction. The story and cast make this an essential purchase, with Andy Serkis starring in the lead role.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is Ninja Theory’s latest effort after the often-overlooked Heavenly Sword. Set 150 years in the future when humanity has almost died out and nature has reclaimed our concrete jungles, you play as Monkey, a huge brute of a man, who is forcibly made to team up with Trip, a hacker, as the pair journey to escape slavery and danger filled with robot aggressors. Although the game may be a little on the repetitive side and it’s not a breakthrough in adventure games, Andy Serkis’ motion capture direction and breath-taking backdrops filling the screen ensure it is another visually-rich and entertaining game from Ninja Theory. Xbox 360 owners can also get it for the same price at Gameplay here.
Another day, another Enslaved deal- but this one's for the Xbox 360. I'm sure that you already know that it chronicles an ancient and beloved Chinese folk story and lends it an awesome apocalyptic twist- and that it's a great platformer that doesn't quite deliver imaginative gameplay to match its imaginative premise. But at least you won't have to go in blind. Not only do we have a detailed review courtesy of Neil Davey, but there's also a demo available on XBLA if you want to try before you buy.
Enslaved: Odyssey To The West takes a classic Chinese yarn and gives it a postapocalyptic makeover. It's a capable platformer featuring deeply impressive character animations and lip-synch thanks to extensive motion capture work. A unique visual style with immense whoa factor has been slightly squandered on some by-the-numbers gameplay mechanics and a control scheme that seems streamlined for the sake of it- but it's the perfect game to fill those troublesome "Hmm, I've got thirty quid and I fancy something a little different" periods. And you'll get some change.
Enslaved: Odyssey To The West managed to whip up a storm of high expectations with its unique visuals and exciting premise- and actually manages to deliver by and large. Quirky controls and some repetitive core gameplay is all but nullified by an immense wow factor and a cracking story that provides more jawdropping moments than entire seasons worth of games. It might well be a classic "once a year" title, but it's an intense ride that's definitely worth checking out.