If you had asked about this game about 1 month ago it would of been hard to find anyone who knew anything about the game but now it’s everywhere. Enslaved has been developed by Ninja Theory and has got some big names who also worked on it.
Alex Garland (executive producer 28 weeks later and wrote screen play for sunshine) co-wrote the story for Enslaved and helped the guys at Ninja Theory make it a cinematic experience from start to finish. In the developer session Tameem Antoniades spoke about the scenes and how with the help of Alex they went through them and simplified what was going on. Tameem also spent along time going back over the game and changing camera angles to create tension in the game.
But waits there more stars in these game, Andy Serkis (Golem from LOTR and King Kong) directed, motion captured and voiced Monkey in the game. Ninja Theory have developed the game using a lot of motion capturing to bring the characters to life. They also spent a long time looking into a solver which helps capture real actors face into the game and it looks they got a good one. Now let’s get into the game itself as I am sure that’s what your hear to read.
The game is built using the unreal engine, in the developer session at eurogamer expo they talked how they were worried that the unreal engine can make things look very grey. Well they have cracked that cause the game looks fantastic with huge levels and good looking characters (aimed at Trip). You play as Monkey a brute character who Trip has fitted with a slave band to help her get back to her home. Through the levels you will need to watch out for Trip aswel as yourself cause if she dies then you do to. She has got a EMP which will help her get of a sticky situation but that wont stun the Mecs forever.
While traversing the landscape you’ll find alot of Mecs, there are different kind of Mecs which have to approached in different way. You have got your normal attacking Mecs but also Mecs with sheilds and my favourite the Dogs.
They have put alot of work into making this a cinematic experience with a moving story and great action scenes. The action scenes put real tension into what’s going on around by taking the camera away from you and focusing onto what’s going on around you. They just don’t use this on action scenes but also to show the relationship between Monkey and Trip. While playing through the story you will find a mix of action and puzzles to reach where you need to go. You will find that you cant always use the normal path and you will have to jump, swing and climb.
The controls are very simple with 1 button to jump, 2 buttons for your heavy and light attack, 1 button to jump, 1 to block and one which turns your staff into your very own stun or pain stick. There is also a command button where it will show you a list of commands for Trip for when you want her to be a decoy and also this is where you can level up. Like with most guys you are able to level up your health, shield and gives you some extra attacks. There aren’t too many variations for when attacking and can sometimes feel like your just mashing buttons but this didn’t ruin anything for me cause on some of the bigger bosses you still have to work out how to kill them.
Now the game has no multiplayer just a single player campaign with 3 difficulty’s. Now a few weeks ago news was leaked that some DLC is being created for Enslaved with a completely different story so it doesn’t clash with the main story. When we spoke to Tameem about the DLC we were given what to expect from this DLC and a little information about what’s it about but we cannot say yet. If you have seen our interview you would of seen that we had to cut a section of it out until a certain date, now don’t worry that information will be coming your way soon but not just yet. If Ninja Theory keep bringing DLC out with the same cinematic experience the main games has brought us then it will keep the game alive and also keep the story of Enslaved going on.
Overall Ninja Theory’s Enslaved is a cinematic masterpiece you wont want to miss, with a story that can bring a smile onto anyone face your have a great experience and will long for me. It may not have the same kind of action or levelling up systems that other games bring you but it’s the story which makes this game as good as it is. With the promise of DLC coming out aswel it’s a great reason for anyone who loves to be taken away from your living room into a world that will keep you hooked until the end.
A Cinematic Masterpiece which will keep you longing for me – 14/16bits