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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: 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...
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...
Summary: El Shaddai is not Spanish for "the Shaddai." In fact, Latin America may be one of the only regions not represented by El Shaddai in some way. The game features British and American voice actors (including at least one Harry Potter alumnus), is directed by a fine artist from Japan, and is produced by...
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: The single player adventure game El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is inspired by the apocryphic/ Deuterocanonical Book of Enoch and follows the adventures of Enoch and his God-given quest to return seven fallen angels to heaven – or else God will flood the Earth…again.
Pros: high production values, intriguing plot/characters, outstanding visuals, simple controls keep players looking at the spectacular environments, musical score
Cons: medium replay value after conquering, unexplained events, open ended elements
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.