Enslaved has to be the lushest post-apocalyptic game ever – never have destroyed cities looked so good.
However you won't have a lot of time to look at the scenery – this game pushes you forward at a brisk pace as your captor frantically tries to get you to help her find her way home.
There's lots to like about this game, the gameplay mixes and matches activities to give some respite from the onslaught of mechs. The bridge mission where you get to use cloud is just so much fun. Platforming is pretty straight forward and doesn't get overly challenging until the final missions – even then Monkey has very sticky hands and will seldom fall. Combat is fast paced melee and the game doesn't long enough for it to become overly repetitive. A friend who watched me play said Enslaved reminded him of Jak and Daxter style gaming.
Voice acting is very good – Andy Serkis does a good job sounding like he genuinely cares for Trip despite being her slave and Lindsey Shaw does an excellent job as the ‘lost in the woods’ Trip – the story and associated dialogue are above average in my view for gaming.
It took me about 12 hours to complete and I felt it was worth the effort – the story felt right for the time. If you are after all the achievements then it will take another 12–20 hours to collect everything and do the game on hard level.
If there is one more thing worth mentioning it is the soundtrack by Nitin Sawhney – very evocative – it never gets hard to listen to this game music – I loved it.
This is a game that stands out in a small class of it's own, I look forward to playing more games by the developers Ninja Theory.