Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
If you enjoy story-driven single player games & science-fiction, you have to play this game. I finished my first playthrough of the campaign in around 8 hours on hard difficulty, unlocking the majority of the achievements, without a guide.
I’ve just completed my achievement clean up playthrough (3-4 hours max), collecting the couple of achievements that aren’t possible on Hard
and finishing off some of the cumulative achievements where I did not use a specific power enough times on the main playthrough, but mainly collecting the missing Masks and Energy Orbs that I didn’t collect on the first playthrough. I’m really not a lover of “collect everything” type achievements as a rule, but this is one of the cases where it’s done pretty well. 95% of the orb are in plain sight, and the few that aren’t are not that difficult to find. With the difficulty turned down to Easy and a guide it didn’t take me much time at all to locate the orbs I was missing, and it gave me an excuse to watch all the cutscenes again
I’m going to get the Pigsy’s Perfect 10 DLC pack as I’ve read that it offers another 2-3 hours of gameplay, I think it’s a tad overpriced at £7 given the core game cost me just £10, but that’s the thing with DLC; unlike retail products, supply and demand do not factor into the pricing. This is why I will never understand why consumers want digital downloads to take off, it’s just not in our interests.
The last year has been pretty good for single player games despite the industry seeming obsessed with throwing multi-player into anything and everything they can. Vanquish is next up on my playlist; another game where it would have been so easy to waste development time on a multi-player component. Of course, the good news continues with upcoming releases such as Saint’s Row 3 having confirmed it’s dropping the terrible multi-player from previous games and focusing on the single player/co-op campaign.