Game: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Platform: Xbox 360/Playstation 3
Developer: Ninja Theory
Publisher: Bandai-Namco Games
Released: September 2010
There seems to be a pattern about games with female protagonists, in that regardless of quality they are almost universally doomed to fail.
You can make her a souless unlikeable shrew (Wet), fun and lighthearted (Bayonetta) or even a well-rounded and genuinely believable character (Beyond Good and Evil), but no matter what you do someone's going to be offended or just turned off by the horrifying prospect that they might run the chance of relating even slightly to the opposite sex by proxy. And thus, the game is relegated to doing poorly with the possible hope of an unreliable afterlife as a 'cult favorite.'
The reason I bring this up is because a similar fate of lousy sales afflicted the quite decent "Heavenly Sword," Ninja Theory's very first game, and after learning this truth the hard way, their newest game "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West" almost seems like an avengement on Nariko's gender more than a few times.
( Andy Serkis is really starting to look like the Doug Stone of mo-cap actors, and the guy definitely as a good vocal range.Collapse )