Enslaved Preview
October 22, 2010, 10:50 am
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You shouldn’t read this preview. Really. Play the game when it comes out, sure, but please try not to read too much about it. Even the smallest details will spoil the experience. So thanks for clicking, we appreciate it, but you can close the window now. Thanks.

Still here? Ok, but don’t say we didn’t warn you

Our reluctance to share the our experiences with Enslaved: Odyssey to the West comes from the fact that the story is just so good we want you to discover it for yourself. We played a sizeable chunk of the game at Namco Bandai HQ recently and we’re already hooked. Honestly, we don’t remember a time when a videogame narrative had us so intrigued.

So let’s start with the stuff you probably already know. Enslaved takes place on a distant future Earth, many years after a mysterious robot invasion has driven all but tiny pockets of humanity. Since then the cities have been reclaimed by nature. Vines dangle from collapsed concrete flyovers, lush grass carpets the cracked pavement, and thick, twisting tree trunks sprout from the tip of half-toppled skyscrapers.

Crashing into this oddly beautiful graveyard come Monkey and Trip, escapees from a passing slave ship. Trip, or Tripitaka to give her full name, is an ecological-minded yet tech savvy young woman, used to living her wits. You, meanwhile, are Monkey, a hulking brute of a man more used to expressing himself with violence than sitting down and discussing things over a nice cup of tea.

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