What Are You Playing This Weekend?
So, I managed to break away from pick-axing one meter square digital blocks in Minecraft and get myself a copy of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. It has turned out to be very solid, and I haven't found myself this engrossed by a platformer since 2003's standout Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. In fact, it may be the similarities between that two that drew me to Enslaved in the first place. It has that same spooky, empty world feeling that I loved so much in Sands of Time, which was sadly abandoned by later entries in that series. And like The Prince and Farah, the interaction and eventual rapport between Monkey and Trip is a breath of fresh air in games. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have Andy Serkis (Gollum, King Kong) lending his voice, face, and mo-capped body to fill out Monkey's persona. Trip is voiced by relative newcomer Lindsey Shaw, but the chemistry between the two is spot-on, which lends gravitas to the savory, post-apocalypse (robot apocalypse!) story from writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine). I have heard complaints that the platforming and combat are too simple and repetitive for some people's tastes, but for me the writing and characterization mortar those cracks just fine. And in a time when many big game titles are followed by 2's and 3's, Enslaved provides a top notch balm to relieve that franchise fatigue.
How about yourselves? Are people coming down from the Halo: Reach high, or is it still all multiplayer, all the time?