In Enslaved: Odyssey to the West you are Monkey (performed by Andy Serkis) and your mission is to help Tripitaka reach her wind farming community in a post-apocalyptic America ruled by hostile mechanical beings, guardians of a long forgotten past. Although your ultimate mission will be to free the slaves of the Pyramid, you are a slave yourself when Trip fits a slaver’s headband onto your head in order to enslave you and make you help her. Why don’t you just rip her head off you ask? Because if she dies, you die. Well, as Bob Dylan sings “you got to serve somebody” so the journey to the west begins with you and Trip both trying to escape from a crashing slaver ship.
This game fits 100% in the Action genre. There are also many moments in the game where the term “heart-pounding action” is no exaggeration. You need to escape from certain situations in the game where time is important otherwise chances are that you will be ripped to shreds by the mechanical canine or rhinoceros.
The game is a pretty colorful game which I thought was too much of a console-like game to try on the PC. Well, it would have been the greatest mistake to overlook such a great game, with a beautiful story and gameplay which could have very well been targeted to the PC only.
As you are actually not alone in this game but you get help from Trip there are certain aspects of the game adapted to such a scenario. For example sometimes it will be very important to order Trip to create a decoy so that robots start firing away from you in order to be able to run though a location under heavy fire. In another situation you might throw Trip to a ledge in order for her to help open a door. And of course Trip’s technical aptitude can help you upgrade your equipment and skills.