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El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron by Ignition Entertainment




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  • Animated Blood
  • Fantasy Violence
  • Mild Suggestive Themes
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 5.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
  • Developer: Ignition Entertainment
  • Category: Action

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Long ago, when the seed of mankind was first taking root, God laid down his plans for the human race. He appointed the Grigori, the most human of all angels in heaven, to watch over them from the celestial realm. The Grigori, known to some as the "The Watchers", dutifully continued their vigilance through the ages. Over time, they became fascinated by the lives humans led, with the uninhibited freedom and passions. Subtle at first, the fascination soon led to feeling of longing, desire and lust. Until one fateful day, the Grigori turned away from God and descended to Earth. When Heaven's highest order, the Council of Elders, discovered the Grigori's betrayal, they were furious. Their anger only grew stronger when they learned that the Fallen Angels had taken in daughters of men, deviating mankind from God's great plan. To set matters right, the Council decided to send a terrible flood to wipe out the entire human race. However, there was one man who objected to the Council's decision. His name was Enoch, a scribe whose righteousness moved God to bring him to Heaven while still living mortal. The Council heard Enoch's pleas and agreed to spare mankind on the condition that Enoch capture the fallen angels and bring them back to Heaven to be imprisoned. To prevent the impending flood, Enoch returned to Earth on a mission to escort the Fallen Angels back to Heaven. Upon his arrival he confronted Azazel, one of the seven who fell. However, Azazel refused to return to Heaven and went into hiding along with the others, warning Enoch not to follow. And so, Enoch's long journey begins...

  • Expect the unexpected. El Shaddai defies gaming convention by mixing a wide variety of game play styles including 2D side-scrolling action and 3D exploration.
  • Lose yourself in the compelling storyline based on the ancient apocryphal tome, The Book of Enoch, but told with a modern flare and uniquely artistic approach.
  • Innovative Zero HUD Player Feedback System' utilizes dynamic environment, character, and audio clues to keep the player engaged without cluttering the screen with extraneous indicators and information.
  • The three-button control system is simple to use yet surprisingly deep, delivering exhilarating, flowing action that allows both casual and hardcore players to enjoy the game at their own pace.
  • Fluid environments with constantly dynamic elements create a flowing living world filled with a wide variety of unusual landscapes unlike anything previously seen in gaming. This is enhanced by high production value cinematic cut scenes to an inspirational full orchestral music score.
  • All weapons are forged from crystalline heavenly knowledge beyond the grasp of humanity and possess supernatural powers. Among them is the Arch, a holy blade with the hidden power to slice through anything.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from most awesome game I love this game!!!!! I the unique graphics were amazing, and how you could revive yourself many times, was so cool. The story line was truly interesting too. I highly recommend this game, too many people. I played a demo a few months before I got it, and that;s when I was just hooked. Try it. You'll probably be hooked too. the fighting and game play is sort of like God of War, but it still a really good game. It's especially good for people who like a bunch of action and fighting games.
Date published: 2011-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique gaming experience I had been interested in getting this game as soon as I saw the trailers for it. After it was released in Japan, I watched some more gameplay videos from it and wondered if it would really stack up when I could play it for myself. Personally, I wasn't disappointed one bit. The fighting is fun (though a little repetitive and easy at times) but where the game really shines is in its platforming. The levels are all innovative and designed to perfection. They're all linear, but jumping around on its own is an extremely satisfying challenge. For as many times as I fell in this game, you would think I would have found that an annoying thing - but it was fun in the way that falling in an old Mario game is fun. It makes you want to keep trying over and over, timing your jumps just right. Fighting enemies doesn't shine as much as the platforming, but it didn't do anything to hinder my experience. The only major flaw of the game is in the story. It can be very confusing and feels sort of rushed when much of it is being told through between-level dialog scenes. However, I still really enjoyed the story the game presents and hope there will be a sequel that will follow what happens after the events of the game.
Date published: 2011-09-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Looks good but plays bad This game really accels in the graphics department. The gameplay is horendous. It is a couple little monsters u fight and then a boss battle. You do this over and over. Definitely gonna return this game. Good thing I bought it used.
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't Miss This One! Okay, let me start this with what I DIDN'T like. The fighting isn't all that great, the ending is too short, and some of the platform punishment in this game will have you using language that would horrify your Sunday school teacher. That said? If you want to see more original games; games with an artistic bent; or games that take chances, VOTE WITH YOUR WALLET AND GET THIS GAME, NOW. Put simply, El Shaddai is one of the most beautiful video games in history. There are a couple of places, in fact, where the only thing you're really doing is navigating through a spectacular display of audiovisual art. For instance, early on, there is one scene where all you're doing is making your way up a gargantuan stained-glass window, with a very reverent organ piece playing in the background, as Archangel Michael comments on the stunning visuals you're moving past. There is some very light platforming here, but the point is to immerse you in the beauty of the scene. And that's not the only place in the game where the main point seems to be "look around, and see the beauty." Video games have often been accused of gratuitous violence; El Shaddai, on the other hand, can very credibly be accused of indulging in gratuitous beauty. It is a breath of fresh air to see a game try to walk the fine line between video game and interactive art. Now, that's not to say the game is perfect. In fact, you could say that as a video game, it makes for an impressive art show. Again, the fighting isn't all that great, as it relies on single-button timing and not Maddenesque permutations of multiple controller buttons. It simplifies combat, to be sure, but you can argue that it reduces fights to button-mashing monotony. And then, there's the platforming. Oh, MAN, there's the platforming. Some of the 3D platform sections can charitably be described as brutal. Again, be prepared for frustration on some of those sequences. They can get UGLY. All that having been said, however, this is one game I'm glad I own, and a game that I'm definitely going to be returning to from time to time. This is the kind of game that you'll want to have around to experience again when the mood strikes. Once you figure out the game's secrets, replays are pure experience. But even though the ending does end on a very reverent note, it's just way too short. Heck, there's an in-game exposition scene/credit crawl early on that's longer than the actual ending. A game like this deserves a better ending than it got--although, in all fairness, there are enough "wow" moments throughout the game that one final cut scene probably couldn't top them. And, again in fairness, the music under the closing credits is a terrific send-off to a terrific experience. I know I've given long shrift to what I don't like about this game. But honestly, those are the only real problems I have with a game that is, in almost every other regard, a sublime, top-notch, do not miss this, title. The visuals are perfection; the audio makes me wish I had a better sound system; and the overall experience--gripes aside--is one that I'm glad I'll get to experience anytime I please. So, to summarize: no, the gameplay isn't perfect, and there are parts of this game which will frustrate you. But DO NOT MISS THIS GAME. It's a special game, and one you will be glad you played. It's also a beautifully executed work of gaming art, the kind of game you don't see very often, and the kind of game that deserves to be supported. Vote with your wallet on this game. Buy it new, and buy it now.
Date published: 2011-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Repetitive action adventure & gorgeous atmosphere Im not going to blame this game for trying to be different than gow or dmc.But all they accomplished was the graphics. graphics-wise this game is something u never experienced...but falls short really bad on gameplay. it only give u bare minimum of hack and slash and weakly impliment some new idea which become tedious and repetitive really soon.this game had a huge potential to be great but they blew it.
Date published: 2011-08-22
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