El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
A mesmerizing mix of animation, color and sound...
Ive been playing games since 1979 (showing my age) and as games evolved to what we have today, I was completely shocked when I bought El Shaddai. I was immensely blown away by the morphing and ever changing colorful animation of the stages. Ive never seen such intense imagery capture me like this game has. The story line was fresh, unique and surreal. The action was indeed action which was wild and engaging to satisfy a multitude of gamers at any level. Of course the music was as real as any orchestra that melded with the creative backdrops to drown you into a world that was fresh and timeless... purchase this game...!!! The companies need to create alternatives as this title to free up the first person genre. I still love first person, but this title will always stand alone in a class by itself... Heres to, I hope, possibly more games that will break the genres in the near future...
Spizzarri, Chicago IL.
A religious sheep in a (stylish) wolf's clothing
Reading all of the rave reviews about this game, I decided to pick it up and give it a shot. That was my first mistake. El Shaddai is a mix of beautiful scenery, well orchestrated music, a fairly generic assortment of special moves and slashes and a fairly epic set of villains. But those issues were not the problem I have with El shaddai. MY problem is with the incredibly deep religious overtones. You would think this game was sanctioned by the church itself (seriously, check it out if you don't believe me). After playing for about three hours, I just couldn't continue facing the onset of religious nonsense this game was continually spewing. It's like playing "bible games" circa 2011. If you can get past this, you have yourself a fairly linear game with a rather bland storyline and a set of enemies that you will get no satisfaction from killing. If you're still curious, Give El Shaddai a shot. But don't say I didn't warn you...Just remember, Magazine and internet reviews of video games can sometimes be deceiving.
The most beautiful game ever made.
I've been following El Shaddai since E2 2010, and after completing the demo six times, I can't wait for this game to come out! I'm a huge fan of Clover Studio and the El Shaddai team is led by ex-Clover guys, including the art director from Okami. Basically if you loved Okami's beautiful art style and the combat systems from Devil May Cry and Bayonetta, you need to buy El Shaddai. We need more games like this in the future!!
I was worried the full game wouldn't live up to the standards set by the demo, but then I saw the motorcycle stage on G4TV during E3 and saw Eurogamer's 9/10 review score and I was sold. If you haven't played the demo yet, GET IT!
El Shaddai - A Beautiful & Unique Adventure
Sadly, games are all too similar these days; when we're lucky--which is very rarely--we get a game like El Shaddai, an artistic and unique experience that revitalizes my hope for the future of the video game industry. Combining 3D action combat like a Bayonetta or Devil May Cry, 2D side-scrolling platforming levels like a Mario game, and unique visuals brought to you by one of the artists for the cult classic Okami, El Shaddai brings a fresh approach to a genre that doesn't get enough play these days, and I welcome it. El Shaddai is a must-play title.
A refreshingly different type of game
Keeping in mind this game is based on dead sea scrolls book of enoch; its a refreshing change of pace from the gritty shooters/actiongames of late with the same generic shaved headed hero with a scowl (looking at you gears of war, infamous, force unleashed, etc etc :P). and honestly it does a great job of story telling, with scenes of lucifel and enoch in game engine, rendered cutscenes etc etc. keeping in mind its based on a JEWISH text, not a christian text, and its not preachy, i found the story to be fascinating myself. but they way it is all portyayed the graphics are absolutly mind blowing and prove truly games can be art. the colors chosen explode off your screen, if you have 1080p you'll be in visual heaven. the gameplay is easy to pick up but the battle system does have nuiances that are necessary to truly have fun (button mashing will get you only so far). the music is sweeping and perfectly suited and very memorable .but another thing to keep in mind is if your looking for a dmc/gow clone look elsewhere this game is much more than just a hack&slash. but i truly have to say, if we can make games about greek, roman & Japanese religious themes for games, why not jewish and christian? definatly give this a shot if your looking for an action game that is delightly different.
This is the most beautiful game ever. Just beat the demo and loved it. The art of the game blends so well with the gameplay. Even the simple music with the soothing surroundings is amazing.
Shockingly stunning and absolutely breath taking.
I downloaded the Demo and am rather inclined to say it was well worth the wait. As if the graphic detail of this game didn't blow me away enough, the gameplay is simple yet new and imaginative. You have armor to protect you from blows, that fractures and chips away as you get hit, and can get power ups to recover it between battles (sometimes during). To acquire weapons, you stun your enemies and take theirs, making them your own. Utilizing a gift from God, you can purify your weapons AND YOU WILL NEED TO DO SO as they become tainted as you slay more and more enemies. The plot was a little difficult to follow (it was really late) but I am excited about the game. Would I pay $60 for it? Heck no.
Breath taking graphics dude!
Although it is +750 mb for the demo it was TOTALLY worth it. The only downfall of the game is that you don't have indications/hud to help out but dannng the graphics were freaking unbelievable! I was so wowed over the entire scenery that having zero hud didn't really bother me. For people who care a lot about game play, this isn't the game for you-- you don't have many attack buttons or menus for your items.
Fun in a weird way
For one, I know that this is not a popular game at all. None of my friends have ever heard of this game. The storyline is a little confusing and has to do with religious concepts which I do not like in a game. The graphics are weird but are good. The game has a better start than end.
I plan to pick this game up today, I have played the demo on Xbox live and i was sold. I love the graphics and the game play, Some people on here gave this game bad reviews because they don't understand the true nature of this game. But I for one after experiencing this game first hand and hearing some of the other reviews will be purchasing this game for keeps. Don't let the bad reviews fool you go try it for your self if you have Xbox live, its in the demo section.