[Update: Per Namco Bandai's request, the video of the game's intro has been removed; an edited version of the intro -- which we believe still contains some of the most epic moments of the game -- has been put in its place.]
"Ever play a game and within the first 15 minutes you just want to toss the controller down and declare "Game of the Year"? Just happened," I wrote on Twitter last week.
Enslaved's first chapter, "The Escape," finds the game's two key characters, Monkey and Trip, hurrying to escape from a flying slave ship fast-descending upon the city of New York. Once freed from his pod-cage, Monkey chases a mysterious young girl (soon revealed as Trip) through the ship which is crumbling around him. Monkey runs through the burning corridors of the aircraft, scurrying around and climbing broken pieces of the massive jet. Throw in some melee combat against aggressive machines and breathtaking outdoor platforming on the wings of the ship as it hurls itself towards the Big Apple, and you easily have one of gaming's best opening hooks.