After a recommendation and 12 hours later I was sucked into the world of this new war-torn New York City. The scenery is simply amazing painted vividly and strikingly by the producers compare to others of the gloomy outlook that war have inherited. The game is nonetheless well written and moves so fluidly without noticeable screen lags.
If you had read one of the four great classical Chinese literatures, one of them is called Journey to the West. Haven’t yet? Well, I haven’t also but I have watched it twice on my telly in two different kinds of versions. The story talks about a monk on a mission to retrieve the scared Buddhist scriptures for China from the lands known as the western region, India.
It’s quite popular to air these kinds of folklore fantasy shows in the Asia region. Trust me, even some of those who are not Chinese themselves enjoy the series too. I was a wee lad back in the days when I first come upon the show which feature more comedy and fun, coming from Hong Kong actors at that time. However, around last year I spotted another version of it was made in China. Both versions are well done in their own respective ways of directing the storyline and acting
It does bear similarity to the ancient classic with our game but the objective here is different. From getting Buddhist scriptures to just getting home in one piece as the man, Monkey. A very athletic fellow who’s name matches his overall looks can climbs like.. well, like a monkey can. On the other hand, we have our female protagonist, Trip. Whom I think is a genius around computer systems as she freed herself off a slaver’s ship. On the other hand, Monkey is forced to help her on the journey to get back home – thanks to a slaver’s headband she uses to control his every action.
Early on in the game you might think of Trip as a kind of dead weight but as you progress she quickly become a very helpful girl as she can help you to perform varies deeds to help you out when battling some evil Mechs. You should be warned! She can’t defense herself like Monkey can but she can definitely sent out an EMP blast if any nearby enemies are around. Thus, giving you enough time to save her.
Monkey can look brutish and thuggish at times especially when he’s pissed but he has his soft sides too. His choice of attack is an extendable glowing golden pole that sticks under his right arm but in the classical novel it should be stored inside his right ear. You can even shoot plasma and stun blaster at the tip too which effectively make him deadly at long and close range combat.
To me it does feels like playing Assassin Creed because of all the climbing and holding on the edges. The system is build to disallow a fall from any situation so rest assure to keep spamming that ‘A’ button on your 360s controllers to move him from one location to another. The gameplay, at times disguise itself as a puzzle game to figure out how to move what in order to cross over the bridge for example. Oh, don’t forget to collect as much orbs as possible for upgrades.
The controls can be a bitch sometimes if you mistakenly pressed wrongly can quickly rendered your own demise while franticly killing all the mechs. Usually the bigger Mech’s can take away quite a chuck of HP while they attack back at you if you slipped. So, track wisely and quickly finishes your foes as fast as possible and stunning them is always a good start to disable them.
I enjoy the game from the starts till finish and I’m gonna rate it at a 9 out of 10. It’s too bad that it’s a one-off-deal with no sequels to continue their adventures.