True, but the story and world are interesting enough that it's at least a decent effort. I played it recently on my computer, but I'll be waiting for the PS3 version before I go through part 2. I don't think I can suffer through the bugs I experienced a second time. I haven't seen it mentioned much, but Enslaved deserves credit where credit is due. Bioware gets rated for good dialog and voice acting, but as much as I enjoy their over-baked monologues, it really looks like child-play compared to the excellently choreographed and fully realized story that Ninja Theory is capable of. Naughty Dog (with Uncharted) and Ninja Theory seem to be the only two game developers around that understand that it's not how much you say that matters, it's how much you don't say. If we're going to be forgiving games for mediocre performance and uninspired gameplay, then I think Enslaved deserves easily as much credit as Mass Effect does. If you bother to play it, give it a serious try. It doesn't take too long to complete, and I think many will really enjoy the superbly-acted characters, even if their designs don't really jive with what the gaming population generally laps up slavishly (though I suspect no one would turn down a busty red-head in a tube top). Excellent review of Enslaved: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...he-west-review
Again, there are a few clichÃ©s. But, unlike so many games, Enslaved resists the temptation to make the characters endlessly explain what's going on and how they're feeling about it in long, convoluted sentences no one would ever say in real life. Cut-scenes are short, well-paced and brilliantly acted, both in terms of the voice performances and the facial animations. The relationships between the characters are believable and there are some genuinely touching moments.