Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a 2010 action-adventure video game developed by Ninja Theory and published by Namco Bandai Games. It was released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with a PC port released later.
Why It Rocks
- It's set in a post-apocalyptic United States where Humans have been enslaved and having cities filled with programmed Mechs. In fact...
- The game is inspired by the Chinese novel "Journey to the West."
- Likable characters like Monkey, Trip and Pigsy.
- Great and emotional story. It helps to reinforce the bond between Monkey and Trip who threatens her frequently at first but eventually sees her as a daughter.
- Lots of humor and funny moments between them, especially from Pigsy. This again helps to reinforce Monkey and Trip's relationship.
- Awesome platforming gameplay, making it one of the few modern games to still support this genre. It's very precise and makes good use of the environment.
- Various collectibles to find like the Tech orbs for upgrades and Masks for seeing past events.
- Tech Orbs and the main collectibles that are scattered all over the levels of the game which allows Monkey to upgrade his skills.
- The Masks (or glitches as Monkey call it) allow Monkey to view flashbacks at how the world was before the post-apocalypse happened.
- Addicting and swift combat that flows really well. It's also a massive improvement over Heavenly Sword.
- Awesome and fun boss fights, with the final boss being the main highlight.
- Even though you have to escort Trip, it really isn't as bad as other games make it to be. She's also has useful skills in combat such as setting up distractions or stunning the mechs.
- As mentioned in WIR #7, Trip can open up a shop to Monkey's headband that allows him to upgrade his skills to have more health, regenerate health faster, improve combat or increase his staff's Plasma and Stun blasts.
- Colorful and vivid graphics, making it one of the best looking games of the 7th generation.
- The Pigsy's Perfect 10 DLC, where you get to play as Pigsy himself, is just as fun as the main game.
- Though while fun, the combat can be clunky at times due to not having a lock on mechanic.
- Pretty short clocking in about 9 hours (10 if you count the DLC). Thankfully, you can replay missions to find collectibles you've missed or play on a higher difficulty.
- The game ends on an unsatisfying cliffhanger, leaving certain plot points unresolved.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West received generally positive reviews form critics and gamers alike for its great story, likable characters, breathtaking graphics and swift combat while criticizing the technical issues and performance.
Despite the positive reception, the game ended up selling abysmally at around 730,000 copies sold. Ninja Theory had plans to make a sequel but due to the game's lackluster sales, the planned sequel was scrapped, further leaving the cliffhanger ending unresolved.