A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is a fantasy romp, but some of the themes woven throughout the game are good vs. evil, survival, trust, love and companionship. Monkey is gentle to Trip and the two develop a respectful love over time.
Positive Role Models
Monkey, an ex-slave who fights against evil creatures, relies on his physical strength and agility to get through a wasteland peppered with enemies and puzzles. Trip, on the other hand, is a tech whiz. The two rely on each other equally. They are decent role models, though Monkey is quite violent.
Ease of Play
Despite some camera issues that can make the jumping sequences more difficult than they should be, the game is fairly easy to play. The controls are taught to the player gradually near the beginning of the game.
Violence & Scariness
The violence is both weapon-based and hand-to-hand, as Monkey, the hero, attacks creatures big and small. Some are killed dramatically with slow-motion close-up camera views. Some show some sprays of blood, too.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Monkey's attractive female sidekick, Trip, shows cleavage, a bare stomach and tight pants. There is also some outwardly sexual dialogue, including that which references the touching of certain body parts.
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In addition to the sexual references in the dialogue, the game also has a few swear words including "sh*t," "damn" and "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a violent game -- a third-person adventure that's placed in a brutal post-apocalyptic world. However, its protagonists are clearly good guys fighting against evil, and the enemies are machines and monsters instead of humans. That said, the hero, Monkey, uses weapons to slice, smash and impale creatures. Some of the finishing moves are particularly violent, such as jumping up and smashing down on the enemies.
Is It Any Good?
For a game that didn't have a lot of buzz leading up to its release, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West shines with intense gameplay, high-production values (including great graphics, convincing voice talent, and a good soundtrack) and a story worth getting into -- not to mention evolving character development, especially the relationship between Monkey and Trip. The controls are fairly easy to pick up, but the camera angles can prove frustrating at times, especially when it's too close to Monkey's back and you don't get a sense of where the enemies are or where you'll have to jump next in a platforming sequence. But overall, this game is a surprising and gratifying pick for fantasy fans.
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