Enslaved pre-order conundrum: ninja Monkey or sexy robot Trip?

We were already planning to buy publisher Namco Bandai’s upcoming third-person action adventure Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – it played well at E3 and it looks even prettier than developer Ninja Theory’s last game, the PS3 exclusive Heavenly Sword. But now we have to decide where to buy it.

Walmart/Walmart Canada has called dibs on the "Classic Monkey" getup (pictured above), which harkens back to the original Chinese roots of the character and doubles his melee damage.

GameStop/EB Games Canada has locked down the "Ninja Monkey" – an option that offers bottomless stores of plasma staff blast and stun ammo.

That said, the most attractive option - at least in our flesh-targeted minds - is sexy robot Trip, a sort of techno-flirty getup that bares some skin and adds extra cybernetics, granting her stun attacks that last twice as long as normal, courtesy of Best Buy (yep, both in the US and Canada). For those keeping track, that means both her EMP blasts and Monkey's ranged/melee stunners get a double dose of effectiveness. There's a terrible joke about her being so hot she double-stops enemies in their tracks, but that’s just too easy so we’ll skip it.

But wait – there’s more! Lest you think plunking down cash early can only earn you digital bewbage and fancy-pants stat boosts, think again sir and/or madam. If you head online to grab a copy from (or their .ca variant if you're in the Great White North), you'll get a soundtrack bundle courtesy of one Nitin Sawhney … who we’re told is a composer of considerable skill. Finally, over in Future Shop Canada and Target-land, bundles include a whopping 40-page Marvel prequel comic that delves into the characters' backgrounds.

It's not a bad set of options, honestly. And while we wish this sort of stuff were available in one place, at least you know there are a few perks for preordering it from your usual retailer before the game drops this October. Us? We're tempted by the soundtrack, but we’ll probably end up going that whole Best Buy route - purely for the extra stun effects, of course.

Jun 28, 2010


  • LostSeraph - July 20, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    If you check up on the pre-order bonuses you'll find out that they don't take effect until after you beat the game. So it's not as if someone without a stat altering pre-order bonus will have an easier time on their first play through. They have to earn it by completing the game. Plenty of games give you perks on your second play through, like Resident Evil, or borderlands. This is just another form of that tradition. I just wish that All pre-orders were available at one location or made into DLC at a latter time so that everyone could enjoy the same perks. I hate having to choose especially when my husband and I want different pre-order bonuses. At least as DLC we can compromise and purchase the other bonus separately. Don't blame the gaming companies. It's the retailers that push for bonuses because it boosts sales. Why buy a game at one store if you get cool extra stuff if you purchase at another?
  • pin316 - June 30, 2010 11:39 a.m.

    crumbdunky made some good points... I think there's a place for pre-orders, but this sort of thing that has been cropping up for a while now is completely messed up: 1) The game isn't even out and yet if you want to pre-order you have to choose between a bunch of completely different game mechanic changes that you don't even know how much you will use yet. 2) you aee getting things like double damage - basically makes the game a lot easier, breaks the pace the designer intended it to be played at and most likely ruining the experience (or at least, if the game is good then it will ruin it) it's unbelievable that these sorts of things are there just for pre-ordering the game. They should be either DLC (lesser of two evils), or rewards for completing the game. I do like things like the Soundtrack CD or the marvel prequel comic - those are wicked and don't change the game but rather enhance the experience. At least it's not exclusive multiplayer items - those are the most annoying things ever, especially when they're restricted to one location
  • FingeredPope - June 29, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    Did you seriously have to ask this question? Granted I probably won't be picking this game up, but for the multitudes of bewbie obsessed game playing kids its an obvious choice.
  • RebornKusabi - June 29, 2010 7:43 p.m.

    I don't care about the pre-order stuff (Though the half-naked Trip is enticing) but I am definitely picking this up on day one since I really loved Heavenly Sword and since I loved both Journey to the West and Dragonball (not Z or GT, just the original one based... somewhat... on Journey to the West) then I'm extremely looking forward to this game.
  • ryno - June 29, 2010 4:05 p.m.

    woooooo ya trip is friggen hot
  • db1331 - June 29, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    As long as tards keep pre-ordering games for bonus content (lol AvP) there will continue to be pre-order "bonuses".
  • EnragedTortoise1 - June 29, 2010 2:12 p.m.

    Boobies, soundtrack, comic, or ninja. DAMMIT, DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE!
  • FunkSoulBrother - June 29, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    Huk Huk Ah shucks she's perrrrrdy
  • Felixthecat - June 29, 2010 7:01 a.m.

    Classic Monkey looks like a pimp.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 29, 2010 6:24 a.m.

    It's kind of weird that there are pre-order consequences to a game that's completely unproven, it's a new IP and the developer of a decent though not great past game. Odd. I guess Sony is planning a really big push.
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 29, 2010 4:36 a.m.

    If it were me, I'd go with Journey to the West Monkey, because I'm Chinese...and the colors pop. Robo-Trip's design is a little boring, even if the perk is good.
  • crumbdunky - June 29, 2010 3:19 a.m.

    I'm with johnnymaverick. Preorder exclusives shouldn't exists and especially NOT when they do more than merely offer a different skin to play through in. Extra powewr to attacks, weapons etc should be a no-no as they change the game itself rather than being a cosmetic change. Altering the gameplay from one store to the next gimps the game as a whole as we're just NOT playing the same game. It's BS and evidence of a world where the profit margin is more important than the actual experience we gamers are paying for. Why should my experience be different from anyone else's just because of WHEN my paycheque arrives or, even more unfairly, where I live. Plus, I expect more from sites like yourself than to publicise and pander to non gamer centric business practises. Seriously, this alters the game you'll be reviewing for us all rendering your work pointless, in some part, for a portion of your readership. I don't LIKE different costumes, tbh, but they're infinitely preferable to better attacks and gameplay additions. I just think it's a crappy way to incentivise gamers.
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 29, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    Pre-order shit should be banned and those responsible for it's existence drawn and quartered. That's all I have to say on the matter...
  • 8bitBaby - June 29, 2010 2:40 a.m.

  • MassSaber - June 29, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    thats all well and good for the US what about the UK and the rest of Europe
  • Cleanser247 - June 29, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    I really hate Pre Orders sometimes. This looks fine, thought, but some can be a joke.
  • ApplePieHitlerStevenson - June 29, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    This is a hard choice, boobs, comic, or a soundtrack? ya i know boobs!
  • oufour - June 29, 2010 1:04 a.m.

    thank god msot pre-order bonuses come out as DLC. probably go with the first option, since red and gold are my favorite colors.
  • Valcrist - June 29, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    I dont have any particular cons against pre-order bonuses, but I`d like to see them available for other countries as well. I dont know how much uf the videogame market lives outside the US/Canada area but id like to think that we would be taken into consideration too..... v.v
  • JohnDagger - June 29, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    Methinks ye best go with the perdy lady

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