Reviews and Problems with El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
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El Shaddai Ascension of the Metatron
6 December 2012
Excerpt: Continuing the current trend for video games based upon ancient religious texts, El Shaddai offers up an exciting hack and slash adventure game that breaks from the mould in a host of ways by introducing as many new gameplay mechanics as it does strip down old ones.
Excerpt: It all begins with a snap, like an illusion. Inspired by the Book of Enoch, an ancient Jewish text, El Shaddai wastes little time whisking its players away to its bizarre, Eastern interpretation of Western religious mythology.
Excerpt: "What the hell!?" is a phrase you’ll utter with alarming frequency while playing El Shaddai, which is funny, actually, given that the game centres around the politics of heaven . It's bonkers, to return to the original point; a delirious blend of conflicting gameplay mechanics, peculiar characters...
Excerpt: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is the freshman directorial effort from the character designer from Devil May Cry and Okami, Takeyasu Sawaki. Drawing inspiration from the pseudepigraphal Book of Enoch, Sawaki presents players with a tight 3D action/adventure platformer that owes much to both...
Conclusion: Despite it's downfalls, El Shaddai is a memorable experience from start to finish. It offers a quirkiness and sense of style that is not only unique, it's surprisingly refreshing. Enoch's adventure is bizarre and often hard to keep up with, but this is definitely a game that should be experienced.
Excerpt: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is a weird game that pays homage to a simpler time of gaming, however the universe of this title features a rich and diverse sensory experience that looks quite stunning and stylised on the PS3.
Conclusion: With each successful strike, you visibly damage your maniacal foes. El Shaddai is played without a HUD (you do unlock an option to use one once you finish the game), though the expertly designed visuals ensure you're aware of all the information you need.
Pros: Incredible, abstract visual design, Streamlined combat is smooth and challenging, Three unique and satisfying weapons, Varied soundtrack deftly enhances the experience, Playing on harder difficulties reveals impressive combat depth.
Cons: Camera makes navigating 3D platforms unnecessarily tricky, Combat on normal difficulty gets predictable.
Summary: Fantastic visuals are unable to save this game from what it is: a dated Japanese PS2 game with shallow combat mechanics; however, if you find yourself interested in the visuals I encourage you to rent or borrow it, you may find it to be well worth your time.
Pros: Stunningly creative art direction is unlike anything seen before., Visually creative and entertaining 2D platforming is where the game really shines., Forgiving yet fair save points keep the gamer on track and interested.
Cons: Dated combat mechanics create a frustrating experience., Lack of camera control and odd viewing angle combine to make the 3D platforming frustrating., Potentially interesting boss battles become tiresome as you fight the same bosses multiple times.
Excerpt: El Shaddai might lurk under your radar, but ever since publisher Ignition officially unveiled the game last year, its whimsical and imaginative art style has turned heads. The time has finally come for El Shaddai to descend into North America.