Review of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West for Xbox 360

This game received almost no hype at all due to other big releases overshadowing it, but eventually I heard about it and thought it would be an interesting game to check out. Is it any good, or does this game deserve to stay hidden away and forgotten? Read on to find out!

Sound: The soundtrack for this game is great, due to the amazing orchestrated bits and overall composing. On the voice-acting front, this game is mind-blowing. Andy Serkis ( from King Kong, Lord of the Rings, etc.) does a great job voicing “Monkey”, and all of the other characters are voiced just as well. Sound: 9.5/10

Presentation: The visuals are very impressive, although I noticed a quite a bit of lag in some of the more demanding areas of the game and quite a few terrible camera angles. Presentation: 7.5/10

Gameplay: Extremely simplistic platforming, a generic combat system and quite a few glitches haunt this game. The platforming is initially fun, but eventually it gets boring constantly tapping “A”. The combat is no different, with there only being two attack options, those being heavy attacks and light attacks. These are enjoyable at the beginning, but near the end of the game when the difficulty ramps up the combat system just dampers the fun. And after all of that, the worst gaming problem occurs: glitches. Sometimes the game refuses to let you hop to an area because it doesn’t register that it’s accessible, or you’ll get stuck on a platform because the game thinks you’re trapped, and quite a few times the controls just didn’t respond at all. But in the end, there is still a fair amount of fun to be had if you manage to look past the flaws. Gameplay: 6.5/10

Multiplayer: N/A

Length: Enslaved has a campaign that clocks in at about eight to nine hours, making it a decently long game. There isn’t much replayability though, considering that when you beat the game once all there is left to do is go back and find hundreds of hidden orbs (which gets boring awfully fast). Length: 7.5/10

Overall: This game gets a 7.8/10! Although the gameplay has a handful of flaws, there’s a few technical shortcomings and there’s virtually no replayability, Enslaved is still extremely fun because of its compelling story and excellent voice-acting. It feels more like a story with a few video game mechanics thrown in, but the tale it tells is so gripping that you never lose interest in playing.

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