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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Review

While playing through Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, I came to the realization that we are finally in the golden age of this generation of consoles.  Developers have now had time to perfect game engines and they know all the ins and outs of each console. They have also created new high marks in the gaming industry. Game

Engaging Story

 

Enslaved starts off with a bang. You play as an extremely athletic hero who goes by the name of Monkey. Monkey finds himself captured aboard a slave ship that is going up in flames due to another captive

Copied Gameplay

 

As far as gameplay goes,  Enslaved is one part exploration and acrobatics and one part combat. Monkey must keep Trip alive and so he spends a large part of the game protecting her and looking for ways to safely traverse the decaying New York landscape. Monkey is extremely athletic and can jump from hand-hold to hand-hold and pole to pole with the best of them. Finding the next spot to jump to is fairly straight forward as any object that you can jump to will glow.

The combat in Enslaved consists mostly of hand-to-hand fighting. Monkey uses a futuristic bo staff which can shrink down to fit snuggly on his arm (Similar to the original tale’s staff). The actual fighting is fast paced and only uses three buttons. One for light attacks, one for heavy attacks and one to block. There is a small element of a combo system, but don

Monkey Progression

 

Players do have the ability to level up Monkey as the game progresses. Killing enemies results in experience orbs dropping. You can also collect orbs throughout each level by exploring every nook and cranny. The orbs can be used to power up Monkey

This leads to my second main complaint. The movement controls in Enslaved aren

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).

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