Which to get: Heavenly Sword or Enslaved?

#1 Posted by Sweetz (453 posts) -

I'm primarily a PC gamer that just bought a PS3 about 2 months ago. Playing through a bunch of console exclusives and enjoying the system a lot.

Playing Journey (which was awesome) has given me a hankering for a more traditional game that is visually stylish. Heavenly Sword and Enslaved would both seem to fit the bill and neither came to PC. I may eventually get both, but my gaming time is limited right now and it could be a while before I get around to the other (even accounting for the fact that Heavenly Sword is short).

Between these two games, which do you think is the better or more unique title? It doesn't necessarily need to be limited to gameplay; I appreciate artistry in games and will still enjoy games that perhaps don't play the best, but have interesting imagery or concepts. Though that's not to say gameplay doesn't matter at all.

#2 Posted by cannonballBAM (593 posts) -

I prefer Enslaved although I own both.

#3 Posted by JasonR86 (9372 posts) -

Of those two Enslaved. But there are better games out there then both of those.

#4 Posted by csl316 (7345 posts) -

Enslaved was probably a better game overall. But Heavenly Sword had plenty of memorable story stuff worth experiencing.

#5 Posted by Milkman (16225 posts) -

Enslaved, easily.

#6 Posted by NoCookiesForYou (737 posts) -

Enslaved wins my vote. Great characters and interesting story.

#7 Posted by Fuzzypanther (12 posts) -

Another for Enslaved. I suggest going back to Heavenly Sword later though.

#8 Posted by EVO (3780 posts) -

Heavenly Sword.

While not a bad game, Enslaved is a poor man's God of War/Uncharted.

#9 Posted by Rabid619 (1078 posts) -

I think I'd also suggest Enslaved over Heavenly Sword, though I think you should definitely go back for HS later. The story and acting in both is top notch.

#10 Posted by bushpusherr (714 posts) -

@EVO said:

Heavenly Sword.

While not a bad game, Enslaved is a poor man's God of War/Uncharted.

This is exactly how I feel about Heavenly Sword. It felt like a God of War but with more of a focus on defensive play.

I own and have played both, and had a much better time with Enslaved.

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#11 Posted by Sweetz (453 posts) -

@JasonR86 said:

Of those two Enslaved. But there are better games out there then both of those.

I already picked up most of the big titles for the system that gel with my gaming tastes. Uncharteds, Ratchet & Clanks are in the library and I'm (slowly) working my way through them. Also picked up a few weird console exclusives like Asura's Wrath (which I think is great - I consider myself very much a "casual" gamer despite playing a lot of games). Any sort of hallmark multi-platform title I would have already played on PC.

Right now I'm specifically looking for a title that has a stylized fantasy aesthetic. If you can think of another game that never game to PC and fits the bill, I would certainly welcome recommendations.

Looks like it's Enslaved unanimously at this point, thanks for the recommendation duders.

#12 Posted by Fuzzypanther (12 posts) -

By that criteria you should definitely pick up Valkyria Chronicles. It has an incredible style and is vastly different from any other game on the system that I know of.

#13 Posted by MEATBALL (2783 posts) -

Enslaved, the combat is simpler, but I enjoyed it more (it is an absolute must to play on Hard, though - and this is coming from someone who basically exclusively plays on either Normal or Easy). I also enjoyed the gameplay outside of the combat more in Enslaved.

#14 Posted by Hunter5024 (5168 posts) -

I think I like Heavenly Sword more but Enslaved is probably an objectively better game. Still if your gaming time is so limited Heavenly Sword is a perfect weekend game.

#15 Posted by TeflonBilly (4722 posts) -

I haven't played Heavenly Sword, but I really enjoyed Enslaved. And the Pigsy DLC for it is fantastic as well!

#16 Posted by Marz (5608 posts) -

I don't own any of them, but i'd go with Enslaved because the it seems like a competent game from the demo.

#17 Edited by falserelic (4941 posts) -

Haven't played Heavily Sword I heard that game is super short. But I have played Enslaved its a decent game that lacks gameplay variety. But overall its still a pretty fun game to play. But be prepared to see a ending that's out of this world.

#18 Posted by Jrinswand (1692 posts) -
#19 Posted by guiseppe (2833 posts) -

Heavenly Sword is good, Enslaved is great. So go for Enslaved. Hell, Go for both, they should be really cheap these days.

#20 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

If you just got a console play Red Dead Redemption.

#21 Posted by laserbolts (5309 posts) -

Heavenly Sword is terrible so I'd go with enslaved.

#22 Posted by RazielCuts (2711 posts) -

Did Heavenly Sword ever get patched with Trophy support?

#23 Posted by MachoFantastico (4295 posts) -

Haven't played Heavenly Sword, but really enjoyed Enslaved.

#24 Posted by Zaccheus (1770 posts) -

@RazielCuts said:

Did Heavenly Sword ever get patched with Trophy support?

No.

I played both recently and I liked them both. If you really have to choose I'd go with Enslaved.

#25 Posted by Sweetz (453 posts) -

A little late to be asking this, but people recommended Enslaved - you played the PS3 version? It's ok? Seeing a couple reports indicating framerate issues and significant tearing in the PS3 version. Tearing kind of drives me nuts.

#26 Posted by lmenzol (271 posts) -

@Sweetz: enslaved

#27 Posted by wrecks (2125 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

If you just got a console play Red Dead Redemption.

This.

#28 Posted by IrrelevantJohn (927 posts) -

Enslaved is way better.

#29 Posted by StarvingGamer (7558 posts) -

Both, play Heavenly Sword first. Good to see where performance capture in games started.

#30 Posted by Hizang (8534 posts) -

Heavenly Sword, its short but now its dead cheap.

#31 Posted by Carryboy (589 posts) -

I Preferred Heavenly sword quite abit more then enslaved.

#32 Edited by Sweetz (453 posts) -

@Hizang said:

Heavenly Sword, its short but now its dead cheap.

Pre-owned I guess, but I don't buy pre-owned. New copies are Amazon are hovering just under $30. I thought for sure it would have been a Greatest Hits title, but I guess it didn't qualify. That said, price isn't much an issue, but it is very nice to go into a console generation late and pick up all the best games for cheap.

#33 Posted by SecondPersonShooter (580 posts) -

I played both and I can vouch without a doubt that Enslaved is the better game.

It's vision of the post-apocolypse is completely different than all modern games, and all of the environments it puts you through are beautiful. The setting of the story reminded me of Final Fantasy X, with it's use of nature combined with architecture, and the complex-yet-rudimentary-looking machines that you see throughout the adventure.

It's really just a game that I recommend to anyone, it's one of the most slept-on releases this generation.

#34 Posted by ScreamingGhost (201 posts) -

Enslaved for sure.

#35 Posted by xXxLYNCHxXx (162 posts) -

I played and enjoyed both when they came out. I would suspect Heavenly Sword doesn't age as well as Enslaved. I'm sure you can get each for a song, but if you are only picking one, I might suggest Enslaved.

#36 Posted by Lukeweizer (2508 posts) -

Enslaved is great. One of those few games where I was sad when it was over because I loved the characters so much. Sad to see them go.

#37 Posted by deepershades (1 posts) -
Both games are arguably very character driven, although Enslaved felt like a consequence of less than expected sales for Heavenly Sword, in that the move set was narrower with a pitch to a more simplified audience. The irony is that Enslaved arguably had a very intelligent ending which was lost on some of the masses. Whilst Heavenly Sword is much more inconsistent the highs topple anything that Enslaved ever did. Maybe you should consider which game has the more sought after sequel, and why........
#38 Edited by Spoonman671 (4371 posts) -

I sat here trying to decide which game to tell you to get, but all I could think of is other games that you should be getting instead of either of these.
 
@deepershades said:

The irony is that Enslaved arguably had a very intelligent ending which was lost on some of the masses.
Ha!
#39 Posted by Quarters (1547 posts) -

They're both good. Enslaved is probably the more polished of the two, but you won't be boned either way.

#40 Posted by procrasturbate (277 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior: I agree with this. Play RDR. 360 version rules though.

#41 Posted by Jeust (10334 posts) -

@deepershades said:

Both games are arguably very character driven, although Enslaved felt like a consequence of less than expected sales for Heavenly Sword, in that the move set was narrower with a pitch to a more simplified audience. The irony is that Enslaved arguably had a very intelligent ending which was lost on some of the masses. Whilst Heavenly Sword is much more inconsistent the highs topple anything that Enslaved ever did. Maybe you should consider which game has the more sought after sequel, and why........

I liked Heavenly Sword much more than Enslaved. The gameplay got over-simplified from HS to Enslaved, and the story at least to me was less memorable in Enslaved.

#42 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1225 posts) -

Enslaved. Very good game.

#43 Posted by Lego_My_Eggo (914 posts) -

I haven't had the chance to play Heavenly Sword but Enslaved was worth a play through. I would also recommend maybe pick up Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom because it looks like the type of game you are looking for, but i haven't played it so i cant totally recommend it. And games with an engrossing world or interesting art style that i would recommend are Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, Red Dead Redemption, 3D Dot game heroes and Mirrors Edge. I would also recommend Demons souls, Dark Souls, Bioshock and the Dead Space games also if you haven't played them yet, but for a much darker enveloping world.

It may be worth browsing PSN and checking out something like Unfinished Swan or Papo & Yo.

#44 Posted by AuthenticM (3672 posts) -

Heavenly Sword. Both games are comparable in quality, but Enslaved has got to have the shittiest ending this generation.

#45 Posted by kindgineer (2484 posts) -

Enslaved. Heavenly sword was a fun game back when I played it, but I think you'll get more of your money's worth with Enslaved.

#46 Posted by Gradev (43 posts) -

Enslaved was very good & so was the DLC Pigsy's Perfect 10, can't speak for Heavenly Sword

#47 Posted by DharmaBum (1060 posts) -

I hated the sister portions of Heavenly Sword where you had to guide her arrows with the Sixaxis. Enslaved has excellent writing (Alex Garland), the cloud, and Pigsy! One of the few games where I loved reaching a cutscene to see the characters interact.

#48 Posted by buft (3298 posts) -

enslaved

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