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Enslaved vs Castlevania: Which Should You Buy?

s rare that two highly touted games release on the same day. However, when it happens gamers have some tough decisions make; especially gamers on a budget, which is likely all of us. Now that Enslave and Castlevanina are available, its likely you'll spend some time sitting at the checkout counter wondering which one is worth of that coveted 64.00 dollars. Well, were here to help you deiced. To aid in your next big adventure, we take the liberty of comparing which of these games will offer the best possible gaming experience, so you wont waste your money. (Enslaved, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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MrMccormo  +   1950d ago
In my opinion:

Enslaved has the better atmosphere and plot, but Castlevania is more varied and challenging.

But let's consider other 3rd-person games this year like God of War 3, Mass Effect 2, and Vanquish.
Chris399  +   1950d ago
Sentient machines bent on destroying humanity - hardly original.
Castlevania is longer, runs beautifully on both platforms and most importantly PLAYS well. Ninja Theory have demonstrated that they make decent cinematic pieces, but not once have they made a competent game. They might want to consider being a CGI studio instead of a game developer.

Castlevania gets my vote, ordered it today after the rather spectacular demo; which was far more impressive (to me) than Enslaved.
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Red_Orange_Juice  +   1950d ago
"s rare that two highly touted games release on the same day"

wtf is that supposed to mean, who tf starts a sentence with a letter "s", and not even capital ?
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JoySticksFTW  +   1950d ago
I was with you until you got to "but not once have they made a competent game"

Heavenly Sword is a great game, let alone just competent

I can't stand Ninja theory, but I love that game

That all said, my money goes to Castlevania. I'll pick up Enslaved when the price drops
Chris399  +   1950d ago
I love Heavenly Sword; one of the best experiences this gen. That aside, the combat was shallow and the game was over in 7 hours, herded you along and had little replay value or side-questing (unlocking character art is NOT a side-quest). The story and characterization were brilliant, but the GAME, the actual part that you play, fell flat.

That's all that I'm saying. And based on the reviews (and my own play-through of the demo), it seems that Enslaved suffers the same fate. Great story and characters, shallow game-play. NT needs to balance this more for their games to be truly defining. Or just make something purely cinematic, like Heavy Rain. Stop making action games and offering pompous interviews about how you're "defining" the craft of video-game creation. The hubris that NT display at times is mind boggling.
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Karum  +   1949d ago
Just on that competent game comment, I have to disagree.

Now I havem't played Enslaved so can't comment on it either way but I personally thought Heavenly Sword was a fantastic game that I only had 2 problems with.

First was that it was a bit short and secondly there were some terrible load times, had to run through a long load time every time you died too which was annoying.

Other than that, great game...certainly competent.

Gonna agree on Castlevania though, if I had to choose between the two (and right now I do have to) I'd choose Castlevania. I loved the demo and keep hearing the game is quite long which is awesome too.
DaTruth  +   1949d ago
"the combat was shallow"
That means you weren't doing it right! The combat was shallow on my first playthrough too; but my second and following playthroughs were a whole different story, especially if you're trying to get the style bonuses!

Literally spent hours on the "Twing Twang" level!(still can laugh at that 3 years later!)
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Elimin8  +   1949d ago
I have Enslaved and I can tell you it's not worth a rental. Maybe borrowing it from a friend IF that friend is unlucky as me to buy it day one and then realize WTF! I Picked up Castlevania too but played Enslaved first cause I knew after all the reviews I would be in for a treat with Castlevania. Not that I purchase based on reviews....

My 2Cents...
Godmars290  +   1950d ago
Lost me when you included GOW3 and ME2
Vanquish might have some relevance since its coming out around the same time, but its still a shooter where they're adventure titles.

As for choosing between those two, while I'm leaning more towards Enslaved for story versus camera and other issues I'm hearing about Castlevania, I honestly don't want to reward NT by buying their game.

As shallow as it sounds they just come off as being too arrogant.
Fan Tastic  +   1950d ago
Castlevania is great so far.

Enslaved demo was boring, I was excited for it until the demo hit. Poor gameplay mechanics (feels a bit laggy even), dull level design on the first level, art style is boring as well.
MysticStrummer  +   1950d ago
I felt the exact opposite. The Castlevania demo bored me, and I played the Enslaved demo four or five times before buying the game.
Sarcasm  +   1950d ago
Same here, I felt the graphics looked great in Castlevania. But it just didn't feel as fluid as I expected.

Not to say Enslaved feels any better.

My pick goes to God of War III

dredgewalker  +   1950d ago
My money's on Castlevania cause the camera and simple combat system in Enslaved turned me off.
wsoutlaw87  +   1950d ago
im getting..... neither. neither one intrests me ill save my money for all of the better upcoming games
kneon  +   1949d ago
I'm also getting neither, yet. I've still got 7 or 8 other games to finish from this year and neither of these games makes me want to rush out and get them right away.
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Graey  +   1949d ago
I'd have to say
At least rent the Castlevania one. Enslaved story wise has me interested, but I think the other aspects of the game will bore me after a bit.

Castlevania on the other hand has me intrigued. I'm playing through the game now. Honestly I'd rate it a 8/10. Can't go higher or lower than that.

I'm currently trying to tweak the move to work well with MAG, but I switch between the two.
jc48573  +   1950d ago
I would buy both since there are special deals going for both games. I pretty much goth both games for 40 each!
albel_nox  +   1950d ago
Enslaved For Me
I got Enslaved the day it came out and it is awesome. I played the demo for Castlevania and it was pretty lame to me.
BillOreilly  +   1949d ago
i rented enslaved and will buy catlevania because its longer. I am almost done with enslaved and i will say i LOVE it. The beggining is amazing and it dets better as you go. The character dev is great, beautiful BEAUTIFUL word, and a very entertaining story. The platforming is great and i enjoy the combat and new skills. There is very good variety. I hope castlevania rocks as much as this does.
Quagmire  +   1950d ago
Enslaved if you want something new. Castlevania if you want something old.
Kewl_Kat  +   1950d ago
enslaved's game mechanics are actually the ones that's old and outdated. although castlevania didn't revolutionize anything, they at least took pointers from the god of war games, which by the way, have a great track record for great gameplay
MysticStrummer  +   1950d ago
Neither game's mechanics are anything new.
Quagmire  +   1949d ago
Sorry, i should have specified it more.

Enslaved if you want something different, castlevania if you want something the same.
ChickeyCantor  +   1949d ago
"Enslaved if you want something different, castlevania if you want something the same."

Eeeehh naaaaa...
Faztkiller  +   1950d ago
Not Played Enslaved yet but from what I've played of Castlevania Its in my top 5 games of 2010 so far
Uzesgelen_Goo  +   1950d ago
i say both! (if you have enough money)
but if you need to choose one then that's your choice not my opinion (^^)
ReservoirDog316  +   1950d ago
Hmm, well said.

But I'd pick Enslaved cause I was never into Castlevania much. And Enslaved reminds me of the games that made me love the PS2 so much, but on steroids.

Sadly I can't afford either at the moment. But I do have 3 unfinished games till I scrape up $60.
young7yang  +   1950d ago
go to play asia and buy them both

if you get the asian version u can save a bit of cash as well
SaberEdge  +   1950d ago
Both games are great but Castlevania wins in my opinion. It is an ideal multiplatform game; it has absolutely amazing graphics, zero screen tearing, and looks and runs very good on both platforms. Sadly, Enslaved isn't that consistent. Gameplay-wise I also think that Castlevania is more varied and is more polished and fun. I think they both have great narratives.

For me Castlevania is the game I would get first, but depending on what you are looking for Enslaved might be the better pick. Obviously, if you can, just get both.
AKS  +   1950d ago
I finished Enslaved today and loved the game. Still playing it, actually. I'm a couple of chapters into Castlevania: LoS. Looks great. Both were well worth buying.
slave2Dcontroller  +   1950d ago
Cas-O-Vay-Nee-Ah FTMFW!
I Even if ur RIIIIIICH! This is such a beautiful, fun, & lenghthy game to play. Its everything a game should be. In a time where developers are chopping games up to sell u DLC mere days after they release, its good to a full blown balls out game. It blew my mind to so many reviiewers complain about the duration of Castlevania. Spend $60 for a game an ok game with a nice story thats 7 hours or a game that looks AMAZING, has a great story with a well designed protagonist and is 18+ hours? Hmm.... Thats an easy answer. Plus I'm old school so a proper 3D Castlevania done brilliantly is a HUGE deal to me. Enslave just didnt do it for me n I hate how Monkey looks so uninpired for a lead character. Castlevania>>>>Ens laved
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MysticStrummer  +   1950d ago
So the generic knight looking guy in Castlevania is inspired? Right.
Servbot  +   1950d ago
Enslaved is a much richer experience and should definitely be played. Castlevania is a good game, but it's not like you'd be missing out on anything if you don't play it.
slave2Dcontroller  +   1950d ago
its Castlevania! what do mean u wont be missing out? Its a classic and loved franchise that has a history dating back to the NES era. NOOBZ R DISSAPOINT
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MysticStrummer  +   1950d ago
I agree with Servbot. Castlevania has never done anything for me. Not everyone likes the same games you do. ARROGANT R ARROGANT.
Tito08  +   1949d ago
@ Servot & MysticStrummer
You two seem like you don't know anything about Castlevania, and NO, ENSLAVED AIN'T NO RICHER EXPERIENCE AT ALL, cut that bullsh!t using the word "experience" for nothing, even Symphony Of The Night is better and longer than Enslaved... I'm not saying Enslaved is a bad game, it's great, but is nowhere near as good, longer or better than L.O.S.!!!!

"Castlevania has never done anything for me" why don't u start playing the old games, then go play LOS, better to the game to please itself and to a series fan than pleasing someone who doesn't like or never played the series!!!
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Manac0R  +   1950d ago
I m half way through enslaved
Really enjoying the ride. Got Castlevania waiting for me afterwards but one thing about enslaved is replay value. Once the journey ends I can't see me coming back, not for a while at least. Where's as what I know of Castlevania there are trails and levels to revisit with new skill sets.

If I was to choose, Enslaved as a rental to enjoy the emotional narrative and Castlevania as something to sink your teeth into :) Pun intended!
1Victor  +   1950d ago
buy them both if your short on cash go online read a few reviews of both game and make a opinion on witch fits you better,also ask your friend what they liked about them.
Spawn-KING  +   1950d ago
SexyPrawns  +   1950d ago
I've been playing both all week.

Personally, I have enjoyed Enslaved more.

Castlevania is an amazing game though.

If you have the means, get both of them.
DanteKnightsTemplar  +   1950d ago
Best darn 3D Castlevania,And Im feeling the love for it even more after that crap DmC fact,I will buy Castlevania to do my part in letting NT know they suck! If I bought Enslaved...besides being disappointed,I would fuel NT's ego.and ego,frankly they shouldnt have!
SexyPrawns  +   1950d ago
Rage all you want. I love Enslaved.

Devil May Cry will probably be good too.
SexyPrawns  +   1950d ago
I hope they make an Enslaved movie.

James Cameron...please?!?
Ult iMate  +   1950d ago
I have a job, so I'm buying both. ))) .
They are both descent games I'd like to play.
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Acquiescence  +   1950d ago
I got Enslaved, enjoying it a fair bit so far...
I glossed over Castlevania because I am so done with hack 'n' slashers these days. You play enough of them, you've played them all. Plus Kojima's involvement didn't exactly instill me with faith. If the cut-scenes in Castlevania are anything like they are in MGS4, then I'm avoiding that game like an army of Rosie O'Donnell's.

Enslaved is great. It's always fun to see Andy Serkis do more motion capture, you can tell the guy gets an absolute thrill doing it.
The Meerkat  +   1949d ago
"army of Rosie O'Donnell's"

I'm feel the same except I avoid ALL Japanese developed games now because i'm scared of Japanese cut scenes and the consequential damage they would cause to my TV and my controller.
Baka-akaB  +   1949d ago
the game isnt even developed by japanese , so that silly argument , if it ever truly had a valid poin anyway , is moot .
gillri  +   1950d ago
Castlevania and then Enslaved further down the line
TheMutator  +   1949d ago
stupid post anyway i have Castlevania Limited Edition right now :)
darkequitus  +   1949d ago

Enslaved today, MoH next week. Then Castlevania, Fable III and Bond before black ops arrives.
wwm0nkey  +   1949d ago
Castlevania, I beat it and it was worth all of the money, great story that took 14+ hours and high replay value. Seriously though that game looks jaw dropping at times.
Whackedorange  +   1949d ago
Got Enslaved yesterday but did not get castlevania since i had not arrived but will get it when it does
BinkyStalls  +   1949d ago
Baka-akaB  +   1949d ago
Castlevania and Vanquish ...
Shield  +   1949d ago
Who's to say your wrong for buying what you like!?
This would be a hard decision if there were no playable demos. Both games are very different so, try them both and buy the one you like best. Done!
dorron  +   1949d ago
I think Castlevania will show up to be the better title...
divideby0  +   1949d ago

Castlevania... just a title rip off from the old series.. what the heck does the new game and the old series have in common besides the title....go play GodofWar.. its 10x bette than Castlevania (unless you dont have a PS3). Camera angle is so far back, it really distracts from the game.

Enslaved... just didnt care for it after playing the demo.

just rent the above
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