I will sway away from my normal style of reviewing for this title and head into something more straight forward. Enslaved caught our attention with its very colourful, detailed environment and extremely appealing characters that are voiced pretty much to perfection. The storyline is loosely based on the ancient Chinese novel entitled Journey to the West. Enslaved is pretty much set 150 years in the future where a global war has overcome the Earth, wiping out most of the human race and leaving the world overrun by robots. Although they are from way back when, they are still following their ancient programming to seek out and destroy humanity.
Enslaved starts off on a slave ship, where the main character Monkey awakes in a containment cell. This area gives a nice feel of the control style of the game as well as showcasing some really awesome graphics, when you eventually hit the outer shell of the slave ship. Once that’s done you are pretty much “Enslaved” by your female counter-part named Trip who manages to place a slave headband on Monkey, which forces him to follow her orders. Trip tells Monkey that she wants to return to her village, which is 300 miles away and that she needs his help to get there. Monkey is angry, but in no position to bargain his position (when a girls mind is set, its set!).
Monkey see, Monkey do:
The game-play is very fluent especially in combat, which can be fairly intense, especially when faced with 4-6 enemies. Monkey moves graciously for someone of his size and his attacks are pretty powerful, which impressed us. Enslaved is a really great game with beautiful graphics and probably the best voice acting we have come across. The only downfall is that the game is repetitive, which was slightly disappointing. It would have been great if they added a little more depth into the game-play, although the stunning graphics and voice acting seem to outweigh this fact. It was still a little annoying as I believe a lot more work could have gone into some seriously cool NPC’s and towns.
Back to the Voices:
Andy Serkis brings life into a really great character, which keeps the gamers focused on the storyline instead of skipping through cut-scenes. If you are not too familiar with who exactly Andy Serkis is, pop in a Lord of the Rings DVD and watch his amazing voice acting as Smeagol. Trip’s character is voiced by Lindsey Shaw check this video out, which is really in-depth.
Overall, Enslaved is great but unfortunately repetitive. Beautiful graphics and great voice acting assist this title to greatness, although it could have been longer with far more interactions. Hopefully if a sequel is made they will include these elements.
Predominantly reviewed on Xbox 360.