In this weekly column, we’ll be selecting inexpensive, discarded titles from still playable consoles for your perusal. They may be games you’ve heard of and remember playing, or they may be games that have flown completely off of your radar. Just know that we love them and they’re available on the cheap. That’s a bonafide win/win situation.
If you have any favorite titles that you consider hidden gems, let us know in the comments below and we might feature your pick in the weekly column.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Original Release: October, 2010
Almost completely ignored during the fall of 2010, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was a wonderfully designed and implemented third-person, action, adventure title from Ninja Theory. The game’s plot is a post-apocalyptic retelling of Journey to the West, the ancient Chinese story.
Enslaved does several things very well, though sales performance not necessarily among them; it’s a beautiful game with colorful and vivid art design, its combat is simplistically deep, its story is well told and the interactions between Trip and Monkey (the two main characters) work to push the game up several notches.
In terms of gameplay, Enslaved offers up a mix of climbing/platforming and combat. While the combat can feel repetitive at times, it’s never done in such huge chunks that it gets either frustrating or boring. As soon as you’re tired of the combat, it’s over for that moment in time.
If you’re looking for a break from shooters and typical post-apocalyptic stories, this steal of a game shouldn’t be skipped. You’ll be able to enjoy a well designed, narrative driven experience from start to finish for dirt cheap.
You can find this game easily at places like Amazon or GameStop for around $10, brand new. You can probably get a used copy at half that price. Either way, this game is practically a no-brainer.
Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of Hidden Gems.