I don’t know about you, but I actually thought DmC: Devil May Cry (that’s the new one, for those not well-versed in entirely redundant acronyms) was pretty great. Dumb, stupid, and also dumb but very pretty, its brand of stylish bravado won me over with a mix of fast action and sly, creeping smiles. So then, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. It was developer Ninja Theory’s previous game, and it’s been console-only for agonizing eons. It is, however, a lovingly crafted, exceedingly well-acted tale set in an actually-beautiful-looking-for-goddamn-once post-apocalyptic world. I played it on one of them Exbawkseseses back in the day, and I really liked it a lot. Maybe you will too when it comes to PC later this month.
The action-adventure – which is rooted in ancient Chinese classic Journey to the West – is finally embarking on an odyssey to PC as part of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – Premium Edition, according to Polygon. Presumably, that will also include DLC side story Pigsy’s Perfect 10, which is actually pretty strong in its own right. The whole package will be out sometime later this month.
I’m looking forward to having another go at it, too. Gameplay-wise, think Uncharted but with an emphasis on serviceable melee over hunky, clunky gunplay. Characters, however, are the real centerpiece of this one’s show, with the interplay between Monkey and Trip making for an excellent duo dynamic. Monkey’s the muscle given that he is likely the son of Gears of War and a mountain, but Trip outwits and initially controls him with a device that’ll fry his brain if she dies. It’s a solid setup, but what happens afterward is what turns the tale into a real heartstring-plucker. Also, Monkey was mo-capped by Andy Serkis, aka Gollum, who really should just be every game character.
So yes, anticipation is warranted. Do that.