Ninja Theories new demo of their latest game Enslaved: Odyssey To The West , which out today, launches the player into the first chapter of the game, there is no story opening cinematic nor does it explain why Monkey, the guy you play as, is imprisoned. After the familiar lady with red hair breaks out of the chamber she sends the whole ship into anarchy, blowing up sections of the air ship, yes airship…a flying prison, eventually releasing you from your imprisonment by accident of course, otherwise I’d wonder why she would let loose a convict. Maybe she likes a good chase?
It seems that your more interested in her rather than your own freedom so you chase her, like a good convict would do. This is where it becomes more troublesome for the player, the ship explodes sending large sections of the ship in your direction creating obstacles and more reasons to jump and climb. Now most of the comparisons with this area of gameplay have been compared to 2009’s wonder child Uncharted 2: Amongst Thieves. And hey to be honest, Ninja Theory has only done right by having a similar style of gameplay. More Uncharted the better in my books. So fans of Drake will only have a greater reason to go back and play Uncharted 2 after this demo.
During the chase, a voice-over sounds with an alarm notifying the amount of escape pods that are left for existing members onboard to scurry off into. This gives more reason for the chase as the red haired demon seems to be preventing you from gaining access to the last one. And from this and a little further into the demo, an almost combat tutorial like stage initiates as you are pit against robots which seem to be the only type of enemy in the game or at least in this demo. The fighting be sweeeeeeeeeet. Yeah it’s one area of this game in which I personally thought it would fall down. So I’m pleasantly surprised to see such polish on the fighting in a demo.
Although I was disappointed with the audio quality, I sometimes couldn’t make out what Monkey was saying at times which was a little annoying.
The environments were awesome although I feel that they could of done a better job on the close up of the textures, specifically the rusty areas as it looked like faeces and sick mixed together, I also felt the controls were a bit misleading, Press X to jump, which you can’t unless there is a reason to jump but that’s nit picking at its best though.
It was so cool jumping from wing to wing on the outside of the aircraft, especially the point in which you have to climb a certain section before hitting an oncoming building. Felt rather tense knowing that i could be roadkill, roadkill from a building. Monkey Roadkill.
I won’t go any further into the demo, because I want you to experience it for yourself but the only thing is that the demo was frustratingly short for how big the download was, I really wanted to carry on. I wanted to find out more on the story of Monkey if there is one.
So yeah it’s awesome, a real nice treat which adds another element to the Uncharted gameplay so I’m expecting it to be even better once it’s out. I’m seriously considering playing through Uncharted 2 once more after playing this.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is set to be released on October the 8th 2010 for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms. Click here to preorder the game for special pre-order bonus!