Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

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Ninja Theory's Enslaved is a story-driven action adventure title which is quite rightly being compared to genre heavyweights Ico and Uncharted 2, but studio co-founder Tameem Antoniades has told VideoGamer.com that such talk rests uneasy with him.

"I think there are similarities, like, just because they're making a cinematic game and we're making a cinematic game," explained Antoniades. "Ico, the comparison is valid because that's one of my favourite games. And Another World on the Amiga was one of my favourite games, and Ico was actually based on Another World. So, there are definite comparisons, but they're comparisons that I'm uneasy with, because it sets an expectation. But those are some of my favourite games and I do want our game to be up there."

He added: "What Another World did really well was establish this relationship with another character that was quite emotional at times, and what it also did well was tell a story visually because there was no dialogue - and it did that really well. And I think that actually it's just taken time to figure out how to do that: they've done it in first person shooters like Half-Life, but not quite so much in adventure games. I'd say Uncharted 2 was the first real kind of eureka moment of actually achieving that cinematic quality in an adventure. I think we're just behind them, really - we're aiming for that same level of cinematic quality."

That's not to say Enslaved won't be its own game, as Antoniades was keen to stress.

"I think our game has enough differences: it's got its own twist, it's got its own characters, it's melee-based, the story's unique - there's enough unique about this game that it'll have its own identity," he said." It's not a knock-off."

Enslaved is scheduled for release October 8 for Xbox 360 and PS3. You'll find the full interview with Tameem Antoniades right here.

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I think this game will be good, but just fall a little short of being a real masterpiece. I say it will most likely be a 8 out of 10, just as a guess.

On the other hand I loved Uncharted 2, so similarities are very welcome for me.
Posted 22:48 on 27 July 2010
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This sort reminds me of I Am Alive which to me was possibly inspired by the film I Am Legend.
Posted 22:19 on 27 July 2010
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Fair 'nuff. Heh. :p I suppose we need an industry think tank to create new and original action sequences. ;) The world does look very nice in Enslaved...
Posted 15:35 on 27 July 2010
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thompo555@ scaz2244

A uc2 clone wouldn't be a bad thin IMO. A different story and same gameplay? That's the sort of thing I like! :p
Posted 15:29 on 27 July 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ scaz2244

Yeah the environments look amazing. A refreshing take on apocalyptic. Instead of all this doom and gloom look and feel to the game world.
Posted 15:28 on 27 July 2010
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if you are gonna rip 2 games off though I can't think of many better ones to do it too
Posted 15:27 on 27 July 2010
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either way it looks great and hopeuflly will play a different from uncharted rather than it being a total clone of uc2
Posted 15:26 on 27 July 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu@ Clockpunk

If you have played it then you will see the similarities even to which side he clings on to before falling to his doom. Even though it's not bad copying certain elements from successful games (in fact it's a good thing) maybe they could change it up a lil' bit.

I'm really looking forward to this game.

Edit: This is the bridge scene from UC2, don't know who the guys are lol

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Posted 15:22 on 27 July 2010
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Of the things Enslaved does remind me of, I must admit, Uncharted was nowhere near the top of the list. Or even ON the list, come to that...

And hell, I remember bridges collapsing on Super Mario games... happens in many-a game:p
Posted 15:16 on 27 July 2010
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Yeah I noticed that. Think they've obviously taken some "inspiration" from Naughty Dog but thats fine by me. I'm always up for more UC2 style action.
Posted 15:16 on 27 July 2010
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Theres a section in gameplay where a bridge collapses and is almost identical to uncharted 2...
Posted 15:09 on 27 July 2010

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Release Date: 08/10/2010
Developer: Ninja Theory
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 15,708 167
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