Because you asked for it, or at least one person out there might have, Ninja Theory’s quickly forgotten action-adventure Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has silently crawled onto the PlayStation Network and Steam in a brand new Premium Edition for $19.99.
Follow the oddly named protagonist Monkey, a reference to the ancient Chinese tale Journey to the West from which the game is inspired, as he grumbles his way through this martial arts and stealth epic. He is a very angry man who finds himself hostage at the hands of an overly ambitious woman thanks to an explosive headpiece she controls. She demands he take her home, and when be begrudgingly agrees, hilarity ensues. These two do not make a good couple.
Together they journey west across a robot infested post-apocalyptic America and meet a host of colorful characters along the way. It’s basically The Last of Us but with robots and martial arts instead of zombies, morals, or a demand to think.
Much of the draw lies in the supporting cast like the character Pigsy. His DLC package Pigsy’s Perfect 10 looked like a lot of fun and actually changed the game’s mechanics. All the DLC for the game comes in the Premium Edition package, including some new character skins for Monkey as well.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has its fans, but I couldn’t bring myself to go any further than the demo. Perhaps a $20 price tag can give the game a second life and the exposure it demands. Is it a forgotten gem or was it forgotten for a reason? I’ve heard claims on both sides, and it seems to be one of those “yet to be determined” cases.
Let me know below, because it might be due for a long overdue revisit, especially if the price is right during a Steam sale or as an Instant Game Collection addition.