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Enslaved: A Thorough and (Slightly) Retro Review

I�m sure many of you glossed over Ninja Theory�s Enslaved: Odyssey to the West when it came out last October. I know I passed up its release in order to save some cash, but having finally gone back and played it I�d say it�s a shame that anyone missed it.

As you may know the story is a futuristic take on an ancient Chinese Buddhist text called Journey to the West, which centers on a mischievous monkey god who is forced to accompany a Buddhist monk on a journey to retrieve sacred texts from the dark and dangerous �Western Regions�.

The monkey � known as Sun Wukong � is fitted with a magical headband that shrinks upon the monk�s command, should the rascal get out of line. So in order to be freed from his bondage he must protect the monk on his journey, and return him safely home.

(�Monkey can I ask you a question. You use a lotta hair product?�)

The story�s progression is mostly swift and satisfying, with only a few hiccups that cause it to drag here and there. I found myself not wanting to stop when it was time to go to bed, and was profoundly curious about how it would all wrap up. I won�t spoil it here � it�s too good. Consider this a long-winded foreplay, intended to get you in the mood. Pick it up, try it out � it�ll cost you a few dollars and a few hours and it�s totally worth your time. Then, if you like, come back here and discuss ;)
This game does its predecessor a great modernizing service, and I�m thinking I might go play it again, real-life obligations be damned.

Can't seem to embed the video but check out the trailer here if you're not familiar with it already.
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About Keelut2012one of us since 9:32 PM on 06.07.2011

I love video games.
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22-yr old male gamer.
Student of creative writing/journalism.

Mostly I play PS3, but get down on some Wii and am often jealous of XBLA (*cough* Super Meat Boy *cough*).

I'm an avid reader of GameInformer, Marvel comics, and energy drink cans.
LOTS of energy drink cans.

Oh yeah and I drink them too. Like, every day.
Sleep is for dirty chimps.
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