If you are planning on playing Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and are living in the UK then you are in luck. Namco Bandai has some great pre-order bonuses that will come with the game depending on which retailer you purchase them from. If you are not living in the UK then play Enslaved, because if the game looks half as good as Heavenly Sword then you are in for a treat, but pre-order wise there is nothing for you so far except the satisfaction of receiving the game three days earlier.
Now that we have those silly Americans out of the room I can give you the rundown. There is quite an extensive set of pre-order goodies available, so choose wisely. Here we go.
- Play.com will offer their pre-order customers a code for “Sexy Robot Trip,” a literal mesh of lady protagonist Trip’s feminine and technological wiles. This hybrid Trip is both visually and functionally stunning, doubling the duration of all stun moves in the game including Monkey’s ranged stun blasts and melee stun charge attacks, as well as Trip’s own EMP blasts.
- Game UK will offer “Classic Monkey,” adorned leading man in a striking red and gold ensemble that pays homage to the game’s classic Chinese novel influence. This traditional variant also channels the fearsome warrior-spirit into Monkey’s melee damage, allowing him to strike with double the power. Game UK will also offer a comic published by renowned entertainment specialist, Marvel. The custom-created 40-page comic book focuses on Monkey and Trip’s origins, with an eye-opening glimpse into their backgrounds which won’t be seen in the game.
- HMV will have exclusive access to the official soundtrack for the game, which will be offered as part of a limited set of ‘Talent’ bundles with the game and a copy of ‘The Tesseract’ book by writer Alex Garland. World-class musician and composer Nitin Sawhney, whose versatility and talent have helped him score more than 40 films and release eight studio albums, has created the game’s captivating, poignant score. Alex Garland, writer of a number of hugely successful books with film-adaptations including The Beach, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Sunshine, The Tesseract and Coma has co-written Enslaved.
- Amazon.co.uk gives pre-order customers a code for deadly, ebony-clad “Ninja Monkey.” With access to unlimited amounts of otherwise rare stun and plasma staff blast ammo, Monkey turns into a bona fide assassin against his enemies.
- Gamestop in Ireland will have a hard-backed high quality art book featuring concept art and exclusive images documenting the development process of the game at the studios of Ninja Theory in Cambridge, UK.
Seems to me like the best deal money-wise can be found at HMV. Receiving the soundtrack as well as a copy of a book by a really talented writer ups the game’s value considerably. If you are looking for your more straightforward pre-order bonuses then the rest of the retailers, excluding GameStop, give you a super-powered version of one of the game’s two playable characters. Make your decision accordingly!
For those not familiar with Enslaved here is a quick overview of the story. Developed by Ninja Theory, same developers as the aforementioned graphical beauty Heavenly Sword, Enslaved is set on Earth some 150 years in the future post robot take-over. I hate when that happens. The story’s main character, Monkey, fights his way through rundown cities and lush jungles as he and his new found partner Trip attempt to stay alive amidst robot infested locales.
And for those visual learners out there, ignore that previous paragraph and just watch the trailer. Enslaved is on its way to consoles soon in about a month so make those pre-order soon my readers with awesome accents. You don’t want to miss out on all that Enslaved has to offer.
Okay UK Ranters, here’s a question just for you. Which pre-order copy are you going to purchase? Are you more of a fan of tangible goodies or are you a fan of ones that impact gameplay? Let us know in the comments below.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is set for an October 8th release in the UK and an October 5th release in the US on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.