Enslaved: Odyssey to the West hails from 2010, an era of over-enthusiastic bloom effects, when Uncharted 2 ruled as the go-to model for third person platforming. It's prescriptive clambering sections may lack the fluidity of the Prince of Persia and Uncharted games that inspired them, and the stick-heavy combat is reminiscent of Beyond Good and Evil, but it is set in a glowing, colourful post-apocalypse that warrants exploration, especially at a budget price.
Odyssey to the West? More like Odyssey to the Best... system. Sorry, I need more coffee. What I'm trying to say is that Ninja Theory's under-appreciated post-apocalyptic action game Enslaved has been confirmed for the PC, following a rating from the Australian classification board of a previously unannounced "Premium Edition". This is good news for fans of colourful robot-infested overgrowths, hitting things with a stick, or watching the rubber-faced Andy Serkis do virtual puppetry.
This was supposed to be terrible. One of Capcom Japan’s most revered third-person action game series handed off to Ninja Theory, the Cambridge studio behind PS3 stinker Heavenly Sword. Dante’s white-haired anime cool was ditched, the new model all surly and (gasp!) Western-looking. It was bound to be a stinker, this most hardcore of hack-and-slashers in this most Japanese of genres, passed to a UK studio with an average track record, focus-tested on idiots and dumbed down beyond recognition. An insult to a beloved series. DmC: Devil May Cry, however, is great.
Ninja Theory's DmC: Devil May Cry reboot tells the story of half-demon Dante's quest to figure out why his hair isn't grey anymore. Actually, it's probably about fending off an apocalyptic demon invasion. We'll know for sure when the PC port arrives January 25, Capcom announced yesterday.
There was some extraordinary controversy surrounding Ninja Theory's redesign of Devil May Cry protagonist, Dante. The floppy haired jerk has metamorphosed into a dark haired, well trimmed jerk but the series staple massive sword + choppable demon combo remains intact, which is all that really matters. At its highest points, the Devil May Cry series has delivered wonderfully precise balletic duels driven by hair-trigger reflexes, dainty dodges and ludicrous combos. That's never quite translated well to the PC, mind.
Maybe Ninja Theory can do a better job. RPS note that the new Devil May Cry, or DmC Devil May Cry, as it's known, will be coming to PC sometime next year. Hooray! Check out the trailer above for a glimpse of the sort of kaleidoscopic nonsense that makes Devil May Cry games so entertaining.