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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3)
Platform: PlayStation 3|Change
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on 19 November 2015
I really liked Enslaved and pushed through all the little niggles to actually finish it. The acting is great, Monkey sounds like Vin Diesel but very surprisingly is voiced by Andy Serkis, Trip is voiced by Lyndsey Shaw - familiar to anyone who watched Ned's Declassified when they were younger, and of course the ultimate hero - Pigsy played by Richard Ridings.
A few of the elements will be familiar to fans of the 80's Japanese series - Monkey - where he rides around on a magic cloud, has a friend called Pigsy and of course a magic staff, but these are about the only resemblances that I can see.
The story is the real strength of Enslaved as you get more and more behind the characters, following them from triumph to disappointment, success to narrowly averted disaster, this is just as well as the controls can be fiddly and the landscape disorientating. For example jumping should be straight forward but unless you are in the correct spot all you will do is a forward roll, this happens repeatedly and I suppose you kind of get used to it. Check points on the whole are quite lenient, though there are a few which set you back quite a long way if you get it wrong - the final battle is a good example of this, and further increases the frustration of quite a difficult section. The other issue I had with Enslaved was working out what I was supposed to be doing and where I had to go to do this, I had to resort to Youtube videos a couple of times to check.

The game is definitely worth the effort to get to see the end sequence, which is very inventive and quite spectacular, and the journey there is pretty exciting too.

Overall 4 out of 5 with a mark taken off for difficulties which shouldn't really have existed and detract from an otherwise top notch game.
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on 3 February 2017
Beautiful game, well thought out, great fun and a pleasant change from all the killing (your enemies are robots so it's all about smashing them before they smash or kill you). That's not to say that the game doesn't deal with some complex issues - it does and very well - one might say the game is all about how some people deal with loss and fear of loss... or one might just say it's a great action adventure.
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on 16 February 2014
Ninja Theory proved themselves competent developers when they released Heavenly Sword in 2007. Their follow up, Enslaved, was their first multi-platform release and further adds to their credibility in the industry. I bought this game 3 years ago but I have only just had the opportunity to play it now, owing to work commitments and limited leisurely time.

Graphics - There are issues with textures loading before your eyes which are noticeable, however, the environments are lush and expansive. A lot of detail was put into the character models too. Overall the graphics are still quite good, although you will see more better in PS3 exclusives suck as God of War 3, Heavy Rain and Uncharted 1-3.

Controls - The weakest aspect and the only thing to annoy me when playing. This is mainly attributed to there not being a conventional jump button. Pressing X at the appropriate ledges makes Monkey jump, but this is not always successfully depending on how you approach the ledge. This can become very frustrating and battle controls can also be a little unpredictable, with Monkey attacking the wrong enemy, leading to some annoying deaths.

Replay value - You can go back and collect all the glowing red stones and masks, but thats pretty much it. The game can get a little repetitive and I personally had no interest in replaying once I had completed it. The story itself is very enjoyable and was the main reason I continued playing. The games character performances were excellent and the characters were very likeable. Despite this, there is little reason to replay.

Overall, this was a solid release from the promising UK based studio, but it is not without its shortcomings. The game very quickly went to bargain bin prices, and at the cheap cost you can get the game for now it is definitely worth a purchase.
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on 27 October 2014
Bit glitchy & buggy - my son played this more than I did but he got to a level where it just glitched out on him completely & his character was stuck in a wall or something. The control system is a bit iffy - you tend to swing wildly about at first till you get used to it. I like the relationship between Trip & Monkey though. The story's based on a classic Chinese tale, Journey to the West, where Trip is Tripitaka, a buddhist monk, and Monkey is the Monkey King, sentenced to help Tripitaka get to some place of pilgrimage to find some scrolls. I forget exactly - I used to watch the TV series back in the 80s. Anyway, quite decent plot & good bit of mo-cap going on here.
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on 9 August 2012
The game is epic, concerning art/visuals. The characters, the levels and the machines etc are extremely vibrant and I found it almost impossible to find a level that was awful looking and not done well. The game is a button masher, climb here, climb there, tap tap, on to the next part, if you don't mind that great, but it does become quite boring.
The story itself is great, it's not amazing or outstanding, but it is great, the characters are good in themselves and for me personally, I really enjoyed the character progress and the cut scenes, but I felt at times, there weren't enough cut scenes.
The story starts off slow at first, game play becomes quite tedious and I felt quite bored towards the middle, but thankfully the story picked up pace by the middle and I started to become deeply engaged until the end, even managing a few chuckles here and there! During playing the story through, I had to restart my console three times because of the loading screen becoming frozen, this did not affect my enjoyment at all with the game but it can be quite frustrating.
Overall the game is great, for £10 it is a bargain, but the game lets it self down with the boring beginning, tedious gameplay that can become quite repetitive and the lack of cut scenes to give the story more 'weight'.

If you enjoy games such as, LittleBigPlanet and Deus Ex.
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on 24 December 2016
At this price you really can't go wrong. Not quite what I expected after the references to Monkey. Remember the old TV series? Only played a short way through so far but loving it. Excellent graphics on the PS3 and the storyline seems to work. Wondering if Piggsy and the fish guy will turn up later. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 13 April 2016
nice little game i picked up for under a tenner, 3d platforming aventure game, remind me of the Ps2 platformers, this game should be a classic its just a shame it did not get more recognition when it came out, il bet it goes the way tombi is now for the PS1.
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on 31 December 2016
A hidden gem of a game. Not on par with Tomb Raider or Uncharted but in the same general area, with some different ideas and colourful graphics. So if you like this type of game, well worth the purchase at under £10.
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on 8 July 2016
This game is lovely!! I would recommended specially for the ones interested in games like Uncharted and Tomb Rider.
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on 13 August 2017
good buy
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