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Review: Pigsy's Perfect 10

I hope I packed enough cheesecake.

Cast your mind back a few weeks and you may remember my review of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. Whilst I absolutely loved the game, it had a few niggles that dragged the score down a couple of points. When I first heard about the DLC ‘Pigsy’s Perfect 10′ I was intrigued; could the slower, ranged based attacks of the rotund Pigsy remedy my complaint  about Enslaved’s combat?  Would the glitches be fixed?  Would the camera still drive me insane?  With these questions floating around my tired brain I booted up the disc once again.

The DLC takes place before Pigsy meets up with Trip and Monkey in Enslaved, and starts with a rather sad scene indeed. You see, despite being an all-round super dude, Pigsy has no one to talk to. The monotony of  his predictable daily grind is getting him down, and all he really wants is a buddy to spend time with. In a ‘Eureka’ moment (that involves a light-bulb actually smashing him upside his head) Pigsy decides to build a friend; his ‘Perfect 10′. After slaving away creating blueprints, sourcing parts, and eating whole chickens it turns out Pigsy is missing three key items for making his perfect pal.  With a tangible sense of excitement he packs his trusty grapple hook, gun, and some cheesecake and heads out to track down what he needs.

Being on the slightly large side, Pigsy can’t perform the deft athletics that Enslaved’s Monkey can; instead he relies mostly on his grapple hook to traverse the many structures that stand in his way.  You can’t attach your hook to just anything though, and dotted throughout the landscape are points that glow green, indicating that you can grapple there.  Pigsy can jump, but only very short distances, and it also takes him an age to hoist his keister up ledges.  Fair play to him though, he can run pretty damn quickly when he needs to, and there are a few occasions when he really, really needs to.  Remember the terrifying robot dogs?  Let’s just say they enjoy the taste of bacon.

In Enslaved combat mostly relied on physical attacks using Monkey’s staff. It wasn’t the best implemented part of the game, and coupled with an appalling camera left many players more than a little disenchanted. This has all changed for Pigsy’s Perfect 10; as Pigsy is useless in hand to hand combat. When I say useless, I really mean it, and a couple of hits will see you heading off to meet your maker.  Luckily he carries a whacking great gun, which also doubles up as a sniper rifle. Taking out the mechs is now a tactical affair as you scurry from cover to cover, taking pot shots and finding vantage points to unleash your awesome sniping talents. As a last resort you’ll also be able to deploy a one shot electric charge that will stun a nearby enemy.  If you’re surrounded by a group of enemies and try to use that it’s too late, you’re already dead.

Being a mechanical kind of chap Pigsy has also created a number of gadgets to use during the adventure. ‘Trouble Vision’ makes the screen go green and will highlight any grapple points, exits, and enemies. You are also accompanied by a robot companion, ‘Truffles’, who will point out things of interest; think Zelda’s ‘Navi’ but without the constant “HEY LINK”. In terms of weaponry, you will eventually unlock a holographic distraction which will allow you to divert the attention of the enemy; an EMP blast that will disable the mechs for a short period; an explosion that will turn all in the blast radius into an ally, and a large bomb that is powerful enough to destroy armoured turrets. For the most part the combat works really well, and is immensely more satisfying than what came before it. The single gun feels meaty and packs a real punch, with well-aimed shots decapitating the enemy with ease. Things can occasionally get a bit fussy though when you need to quickly use multiple items, and on a few occasions I really wished I had been blessed with a third hand.

Visually the game is as gorgeous as ever, perhaps more so than Trip and Monkey’s outing. The colour palette and use of materials create some beautiful vistas, and never has a bunch of rusty girders looked so good. Thanks to the slower pace the camera is much better behaved; in fact I didn’t curse its mother once! The voice acting is top notch, and Pigsy gets some great one liners throughout.

The main downside is the length of the quest; in my opinion it’s too long!  I’m all for value for money, but the parts towards the end really dragged on and resorted to what happened in Enslaved; just wave after wave of enemies to the point where it’s a struggle to muster up the interest to continue. Ninja Theory would have been better off coming to a natural conclusion rather than artificially padding out the story.

Pros

  • A good story
  • Top notch animation
  • Great voice acting (as usual)
  • Looks beautiful

Cons

  • The final part drags on

Once again Ninja Theory has created something magical.  Pigsy’s perfect 10 is a great example of how to do single player DLC.  Whilst I felt it did become a bit of a chore towards the end, there’s no escaping the fact that there’s at least three and a half to four hours content for your £7.99.  Add in the lack of camera woes and what we have here is something that surpasses the main games.  Perfect 10?  Not quite, but my word it was close.

Score: 9/10

25 Comments
  1. Kovacs
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    By the time I get around to Enslaved, this will probably be free. Glad to see a studio creating some single-player DLC, though. Too often DLC is just recycled and regurgitated online stuff very few are interested in.

    Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:00.
    • MadBoJangles
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      I’m in the same boat, I really wanna get it, but I have waaaaay too much to play as it is.

      Cheaper games/DLC is one perk to not playing everything day one though I guess :)

      Comment posted on 29/11/2010 at 14:33.
  2. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    I rented the game from love film and absolutely loved it. If we owned it, i’d definitely buy this for some extra enslaved fun. Sadly it’s no longer in my possession so i wont be playing it. Wonder if it’s worth re-renting just for this?

    Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:01.
    • Dan Lee
      Common like the rest of us.
      Since: Jun 2010

      Well you definitely get your money’s worth, and it’s an interesting change of pace from Enslaved.

      Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:07.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      Thinking about it now though, what i really enjoyed about enslaved was the development of the relationship between monkey and trip. That kind of interaction presumably isn’t in this, so just on gameplay alone i’m not so sure.

      Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:14.
  3. Teabags
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    I picked up a copy of Enslaved on Friday night, and though it starts off a little average, I’m really getting into it. Haven’t ran into Pigsy yet, but if the game keeps getting better, I may have to get the DLC.

    Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:17.
  4. Moakesice
    Member
    Since: Jan 2009

    I just picked this up from Tesco for £24 brand new, get yourself there and get yourself a bargain!

    Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:17.
    • Moakesice
      Member
      Since: Jan 2009

      the full game that is, not the DLC :)

      Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:18.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Oh? I seen Vanquish to around that price I defo need to buy both of these before Christmas

      Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:50.
      • SpikeyMikey23
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Dont really mean to gazump Moakesice here but both enslaved and vanquish can be bought for £17.99 each online. Type find-games, frugalgaming, postabargain and ukgamedeals into google and you’ll find yourself new deals every day! (i dont work for any of the mentioned ;) )

        Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 12:07.
      • ii3illy
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        same at zavvi with free p&p

        Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 18:26.
  5. Dan Lee
    Common like the rest of us.
    Since: Jun 2010

    Nice to see people buying Enslaved. Easily one of my games of the year.

    Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:30.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      Everyone i know who’s played it, myself included would agree with you. Shame that such gems like this don’t get the acclaim they deserve. I’m really hopeful for a 2nd, but after that ending i’m not really sure how they’d go about it.

      Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 12:00.
    • Jim H [Teabags]
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Only a few people I know have played it and they seemed to really like it, though they keep telling me that the ending is a little naff.

      Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 17:51.
      • rht992
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        oh man the last chapter is on a epic scale. some people won’t care for the last cut scene though

        Comment posted on 30/11/2010 at 14:39.
  6. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    It’s great to see developers providing decent single player content like this and i commend Ninja Theory for that. I stopped playing Enslaved during the last chapter and haven’t had any urge to finish it but Pigsy’s Perfect 10 sounds like a worthwhile addition and i might check it out.

    Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:37.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      You really should finish it off. Great ending. Well worth the time invested to get to it.

      Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:58.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        I probably will finish it eventually but i’m currently distracted by GT5 and NFSHP so it might be a while yet.

        Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 14:23.
  7. SpikeyMikey23
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Looking forward to finsing out who this pigsy guy is on christmas day! ;)

    Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 11:56.
  8. poorwretch
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Does anyone know if they fixed the 5.1 sound through the optical cable on the PS3 version?
    Because they said they would have a patch for that around the time the DLC hit.
    Thanks.

    Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 12:46.
  9. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    First ever Fat boy dlc.

    Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 15:59.
  10. Origami Killer
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    currently playing through ensalved, its a bit repative and the camera angle is truley awful and annoying. apart from that it has great visuals and very good story and voice overs,

    Comment posted on 28/11/2010 at 18:46.

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