Enslaved: Odyssey to the West - Xbox 360

Game Description: Ninja Theory has moved on from Heavenly Sword to develop an all-new, multi-platform action franchise called Enslaved for Namco Bandai. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Enslaved should carry over fan-favorite elements of Heavenly Sword.
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Gamescom 2010: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Preview

Gamescom 2010: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Preview

By Jake Gaskill - Posted Aug 30, 2010

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Preview

What We Know:

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Ninja Theory’s action-adventure follow up to their PlayStation 3 exclusive Heavenly Sword, follows the adventures of an unlikely pair of convicts—the brutish Animal and the brainy Trip—as they journey through a gorgeously abandoned world on their way to freedom. I spent some hands-on time with the game back during E3 2010, but for Gamescom, Ninja Theory was, sadly, all about the hands-off walkthrough.

What We’re Seeing Now:

The Gamescom demo of Enslaved showed off a level that occurs about two-thirds of the way into the game, and finds Monkey and Trip teamed up with the frumpy and lovelorn Pigsy to navigate their way through a massive mech-strewn junkyard known as the Titan Graveyard. Team Ninja has a great affinity for characterization and compelling and believable relationships between characters. 


While the partnership of Monkey and Trip is the primary focus of the game, the walkthrough showed off the wonderful dynamic between Pigsy, Monkey and Trip, which all stems from PIgsy having known, and been in love with, Trip her whole life, and now feeling threatened by Monkey and Trip’s new companionship. This tension plays out beautifully in the interactions between the characters, made all the more so by the stunning facial animations and voice work.

Gameplay wise, Pigsy also brings a unique element to the table thanks to his grappling hook, which lets him navigate around the environment with ease, and gives him perfect vantage points from which to provide cover for Monkey and Trip. Moving through the graveyard, Monkey dispatched a series of mechs through a combination of hand-to-hand combat and ranged attacks thanks to his trusty, electrified staff. 

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Preview

Eventually, we faced off with a giant mech boss called the Rhino. This rusty chrome-domed beast battle really showed off the game’s spectacular sense of scope, and demonstrated how the game’s various gameplay mechanics work in concert with one another. When you aren’t shooting Pigsy’s strategically placed mines tossed into the mech debris-lined arena, you’ll be using your hover board made of light to navigate around the Rhino’s charge, or climbing up a hundred foot tower to release the final explosive fingertip needed to bring down the metal bastard.

Of course, just when we thought we had the Rhino where we wanted, he absconded with Trip, and the scene transitioned from boss battle to high-speed, hover board chase through a lush jungle in pursuit of the kidnapping bot. Maneuvering through, over, under, and around trees, trunks, and vines was fast and fluid, and continued the demo theme of gameplay variety. In the end, Monkey catches up with the Rhino and rescues Trip, much to the chagrin of Pigsy.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Preview

Each time I see a little bit more of Enslaved, I say exactly the same thing, “I can’t wait to see more.” There’s just so much character and craft put into the world and its inhabitants that you can’t help but be completely drawn in by them, and the dichotomy of Monkey and Trip is just fantastic. I know I say it every time, but I can’t wait to see more of this supremely promising title. Luckily, we won't have to wait too much longer as the game hits PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 5.

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  • Zzanzabar

    From what I'm seeing I get the feeling that there should be a LOT more talk about this game and its release. It REALLY looks good (yeah I know that can be deceiving), and has a unique style and game play, so, where is the catch? I was never into heavenly sword but wasn't that a mass beat'em up game with some platforming thrown in? I didn't get that vibe with this one.

    Posted: September 1, 2010 8:12 AM
  • tamacula

    Man, she looks a lot like the lead character in Heavenly Sword. The game looks good so far.

    Posted: August 31, 2010 9:47 PM
  • Da_Reverberator

    Can't wait until october. I really love that more than one of the g4 staff are providing updates on what they've seen and played. don't know if this always the case but can't wait to read more.

    Posted: August 31, 2010 7:05 PM
  • Flight_Eagle

    This game looks REALLY FRIGGIN' COOL. And i LOVE the way they did the trailer, i felt like it was a movie trailer. Gotta keep me eye on this one.

    Posted: August 31, 2010 5:47 PM
  • BPVonErich

    Can't wait for Ninja Theory's next project! Heavenly Sword is my second all time favorite PS3 game.

    Posted: August 31, 2010 4:31 PM
  • shyguy

    First day buy, for me.

    Posted: August 31, 2010 4:19 PM
  • Bass.EXE

    I am really looking forward to this game. Andy Serkis does AMAZING mo-cap work. Also, Heavenly Sword and Enslaved are Ninja Theory games, not Team Ninja. A parapraxis, I'm sure

    Posted: August 31, 2010 3:55 PM
  • MartiansfromUranus

    Total "In a world!" type trailer. This game looks a little corny, but it looks pretty good. At least the person your escorting doesn't seem incompetent.

    Posted: August 31, 2010 11:03 AM
  • trugamer83

    Correction to this Article. Heavenly Sword and Enslaved are both Ninja Theory games, not Team Ninja.

    Posted: August 31, 2010 10:34 AM
  • Faythdream

    "I spent some hands-on time with the game back during E3 2010, but for Gamescom, Team Ninja was, sadly, all about the hands-off walkthrough."

    Strange that Team Ninja even gave you that much, considering they have nothing to do with this IP. But I'd wager Ninja Theory's PR team is no stranger to this confusion.

    Posted: August 31, 2010 9:38 AM
  • stonesk

    I have a horrible feeling this game will flop, although I'd really rather it succeed. It just doesn't stand out enough I guess, at least compared to the other ... 20+ games I've been watching. The names "Trap" and "Monkey" don't help either.

    Posted: August 31, 2010 3:12 AM
  • cwhas2godhands

    This is some what related. I was streaming Arrested Development on my 360, and I realized that Jason Bateman and Anna Torv look alike. BTW, If this game is as good, or better, than Heavenly Sword, I'll will buy it.

    Posted: August 30, 2010 11:27 PM
  • EdSabre

    Totally excited for this. Picking up this and Castlevania on the same day and my head's gonna explode when I try to decide which one to play first.

    Posted: August 30, 2010 7:42 PM
  • jparril113

    It seems like a movie more than a game. Either way I'm not terably excited.

    Posted: August 30, 2010 7:25 PM