El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is an interesting action game in three dimensions, but with some two dimensional levels, too. The graphic style of the game is very original and pleasant to look at. Generally we play as Enoch, God’s servant. Our boss sends us to earth where we have to chase down and destroy all the fallen angels. The game is brought to us by the creators of Okami and Devil May Cry, so its omnipresent atmosphere is not a surprise.
The story is loosely based on the Biblical Book of Enoch. Enoch, How’s ancestor is the only human that was let a place in heaven as a servant and a writer. Some of the celestial inhabitants, angels, get fascinated by the human kind. They decide to move to earth, where they have children with mortals and adapt themselves to the earthly way of living. The children are called Nefelimes and God is very much against their existence. He decides to bring a Great Flood to Earth to reset the situation. Enoch, however, receives the last chance of saving the human world. He can go down there in order to try and eradicate the fallen archangels. Archangel Lucifel is his connection with God. He gives Enoch his missions and helps him save hits progress by using a mobile phone.
The most of the game is spent fighting the servants of the angels. Levels are quite linear, but interesting, with occasional breaks from grinding in form of boss fights. We can also play through two dimensional levels that are quite Mario like. Sometimes we need to choose the corridor we wish to follow in order to find an important item in the end. The controls are very simple, there are actually only four buttons serving for jumping or attacking in various ways. In order to achieve attacking in a more complicated and powerful manner, though, you have to push version buttons in a specific rhythm. Thus, the system is easy to learn but difficult to master. There are three available weapons, but we can only carry one at a time. Each of them is good for specific encounters, but useless in the others.
- Developer: Ignition Tokyo
- Publisher: UTV Ignition Entertainment
- Genre: Action
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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