Enslaved: Odyssey to the West : Premium Edition

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is the somewhat unappreciated action-adventure platform game developed by Ninja Theory and Published by Namco Bandai Games in 2010.

When I originally heard about this game over 3 years ago, I’d expected some old world Chinese adventure game based on Wu Cheng’en’s Chinese novel, Journey to the West. But I was stunned by a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world set in a mecha ridden, overgrown New York.

Even though it was visually beautiful, had fantastic storytelling and positive reviews, Enslaved didn’t do as well at it should have in the sales and was surprisingly, for unknown reasons, republished as a Premium Edition on PC and PlayStation Network in October 2013. This includes the original game, the Pigsy’s Perfect 10 downloadable content and character skins Ninja Monkey, Classic Monkey and Sexy Robot Trip. The whole package costing £14.99 / €19.99 on Steam and £15.99 / €19.99 on PSN.

To read Twinstick’s original ‘Play or Eject?’ review on Enslaved: Odyssey to the West click here.

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In the Pigsy’s Perfect 10 DLC you play as the chubby, comical sidekick from Enslaved’s main storyline, alongside his robotic pal Truffles on his quest to build a friend from scrap parts to save him from the loneliness of the junkyard.

Pigsy’s world is visually very different from the original adventure, everything is still set in the familiar wasteland but it’s so much more colourful and bright. Even the music has a much more quirky whimsical feel to it, presumably to go alongside Pigsy’s unique personality.
The view isn’t the only thing that’s different, the combat style has been drastically altered to that of, main character, Monkey’s. Don’t expect Pigsy to be swinging from the rafters and doing backflips, he’s much less athletic! That doesn’t mean he can’t get around! He has his trusty hook shot to get him to high places and he can crawl on all fours to squeeze under small gaps.

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Pigsy uses his rifle to take down mechs. You can either aim and fire small bursts at the target, which I found is simpler to use while moving in and out of cover, or you can switch to sniper mode. This takes a little longer, but you can take down mechs effortlessly with a well-placed headshot and if the enemy gets a little too close for comfort, Pigsy has a ‘taser’ melee attack to stun enemies for a few seconds, along with a distraction device, and an EMP bomb to help him get away.

Don’t expect this DLC to be some fast paced, first person shooter though, it’s a much better idea to use Pigsy’s ‘Trouble Vision’ to scout out the area for mechs and to avoid being overwhelmed, plus it also helps you find the Pin-up collectables and hidden food items, so make sure to use it often.

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Overall I thought this DLC was a fantastic addition to the original game, 3 to 4 hours of fun gameplay, plus a fantastic insight into Enslaved’s most unlikely loveable character, which, in all honesty, left me a bit emotional at the end.

I’m usually not really interested about character skins as additional bonus content, and it isn’t something I’d usually pay extra for. But Enslaved’s Ninja Monkey, Classic Monkey and Sexy Robot Trip skins are nothing to be sniffed at.
Each one has special abilities which become unlocked after you complete the game, so don’t expect an easy ride the first time you play – just because you paid for it, you’ll have to work for these bonuses!

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Classic Monkey –This visually traditional skin channels the fearsome warrior-spirit into Monkey’s melee damage, allowing him to strike with double the power.

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Ninja Monkey – This skin shows off some tribal style tattoos and awesome ninja pants! More importantly, it gives Monkey access to unlimited stun and plasma staff ammo.

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Sexy Robot Trip – while probably showing a little more skin (and metal) than is really necessary, this skin doubles the duration of all stun moves for both Trip and Monkey. It also makes trip look like one of Chris Cunningham’s robots from Bjork’s ‘All is full of love’ video – and that can only be a good thing!

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In my personal opinion, I’d say the Premium Edition for Enslaved is definitely worth buying. It enhances an already beautiful story and fun game while giving you more of what you love.

And my biggest hope is that the re-launch of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West will lead the way towards a sequel or a similar game based in the same universe.

 

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