We're not entirely sure why being an 'E3 TRAILER!!!ZOMG' makes a bit of video footage of a game more exciting than an ordinary trailer would be, but it does. Ninja Theory's Enslaved knows this, and so, a week before the show, we have its E3 TRAILER!!!ZOMG. And all exciteable trade show flapping aside, we like it a lot. Even if it doesn't show off as much interesting gameplay as the last, normal, non-E3 one did.
But ZOMG, eh? Yeah, ZOMG.
It's almost depressing when we get a game that looks like this. Because being as bright and colourful and eye-poppingly gorgeous as it all is, Enslaved instantly makes every other game we thought looked good appear incredibly drab. Yes, the likes of Mario and Ratchet give us a break from all the gritty monotony, but rarely do we get this kind of visual flair in a game of less cartoony ilk. Enslaved, we already want to hug you on principle.
It is then, a bit of a shame that this new trailer concentrates on background story and combat rather than the element that really got us interested in the first place, ie. Enslaved's acrobatic bodyguarding concept. As Monkey (and yes, his name, extending battle staff and the game's subtitle do mean that Enslaved is inspired by a certain 16th century Chinese novel), it's your job to protect physically useless partner Trip.
Above: Oh go on then, have an old trailer as well
Rather than just bashing up kill-bots though, you'll be Prince of Persia-ing your way around huge city environments while also working out ways to get her around safely, via throwing, piggybacking, helping over ledges and solving environmental puzzles. Yep, it's PoP meets ICO, and with looks like this to boot, consider our eyebrows calibrated very much in the upper position.
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