Reviews and Problems with El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
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2 September 2013
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 a team of people from all three of those countries. The cross-cultural appeal doesn't stop there.
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. The result is a fresh experience that may be intimidating and confused in some respects, but it concentrates its efforts on streamlined gameplay mechanics and an amazingly high degree of visual polish to...
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. Seven angels have fallen from Heaven, and God has chosen Enoch to subdue them before they're able to unleash a terrible flood that would wipe out humanity. Loosely translated, the term 'El Shaddai' can be taken to mean 'God Almighty'.
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 and strange imagery.
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 of his previous efforts in both its visual style and mechanics.
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. It all comes back to the question I posed at the start of this review. How many games can be considered art? On a mechanical level, this title is simple and repetitive.
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. The story revolves around Enoch, the protagonist of this game who has been given the task of capturing the renegade angels called the Grigori... seven to be precise.