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Metacritic (PC): 70/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 82/100
Metacritic (PS): 80/100
Release: Oct 2010
Reviewed on: Xbox 360

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Site Score
8.0
Good: Interesting game world – Something different
Bad: Controls aren’t perfect
User Score
8.6
(8 votes)
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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a platform adventure originally launched for consoles (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360), the game was eventually brought to Windows three years later. Based on the popular novel Journey to the West it promises quite the adventure.

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It’s a re-imagining of the original novel and takes the story out of China to a post-apocalyptic world that is just starting to retake the land that humans claimed. Now with a much smaller population humans only play a small part in the game world that is now dominated by the war machines of our past.

In this adventure you’ll play as Monkey (representing the Monkey King) after he escapes from a prison ship with Trip through the escape pods. After their escape Trip places a slave headband onto you which forces you to protect her as her death will result in your own. From here you’ll adventure around the post-apocalyptic game world helping Trip under the promise of removing the headband.

The game is played through a third person perspective as you platform around the environment while combating the various mechs that you’ll encounter. Monkey is extremely mobile in both of these gameplay mechanics to ensure your experience is a fast paced one.

Armed with a staff and shield the player has plenty of combat abilities to stun, dodge and damage enemies, you’ll also have a good number of devastating finishing moves to employ against low health targets. Trip will also provide basic support from time to time and she’ll always be near you’re side.

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In addition to combat the player will have to solve various platforming and puzzle sequences which help to split up the gameplay. Players will also slowly collect tech orbs during their adventure to enhance their abilities.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West covers a very interesting angle of an old story and mixes in enough gameplay variety that you’ll enjoy the adventure.

Summary:

  • An interesting spin on the Journey to the West novel.
  • Great settings to explore and an interesting plot.
  • Mixture of platform, combat and puzzles.
  • Fast paced experience.
  • On all major platforms.

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, 8.6 out of 10 based on 8 ratings
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