El Shaddai Ascension of the Metatron

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                                                                                                                                                        Weapons have to be
                                                                                                                                                      purified or replaced in
                                                                                                                                                      order to stay effective.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As Enoch takes damage, his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          armor drops off, eventually
                                                                                                                                                                                    Those who want to simply experience El Shaddai’s lavish world can lower the                                                                                           revealing his designer jeans.
                                                                                                                                                                                 difficulty so the game is a cakewalk. On tougher levels, though, it’s punishing!




                                                                                                                                 Enoch’s strength, so it wasn’t until


 El Shaddai Ascension
                                                                                                                                 roughly three hours into the game that
                                                                                                                                 we actually faced one of them.
                                                                                                                                   Though not every floor leaves
                                                                                                                                 players with an epic fight against the


 of the Metatron                                                                                                                 Fallen, each one provides numerous
                                                                                                                                 obstacles, including giant armored
                                                                                                                                 pigs and at least one particularly

     A worthy leap of faith                                                                                                      angry Nephilim.

                                                                                                                                 Sweet Simplicity

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                                        s children, our parents warned           engulf the world in destruction, leaving        The combat itself is ingenious in its
     Info                               us to avoid broaching the topic
                                        of religion. El Shaddai: Ascension
                                                                                 God no choice but to unleash a great
                                                                                 flood to cleanse the planet should
                                                                                                                                 minimalism: Using two attack buttons
                                                                                                                                 along with the jump or guard buttons,
                                                                                                                                                                                 sense of accomplishment when we
                                                                                                                                                                                 eventually emerged victorious.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             10                                   focused on uncomplicated controls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that we can’t even move the camera
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           We jumped from 3D environments to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2D platforming and back again, and it
                                of the Metatron has taken this advice            Enoch fail in his mission.                      we were able to create numerous fluid             Even death is made easy with the                                                                               outside of battle. We found ourselves    always felt natural. The shifts in
                                under consideration and politely                    The game spans hundreds of years             attacks. Timing is everything in El             Revive system. The game eschews                                                                                  getting frustrated when a poorly         gameplay styles—along with the
                                declined to pay heed.                            as Enoch searches for the hidden                Shaddai, both in the platforming and            any kind of heads-up display, opting                                                                             placed camera left us unable to          escalating level of difficulty—kept the
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                                   Based on the Dead Sea Scrolls,                Tower of Babel built by the Fallen. He          the combat. A pause mixed in with               instead to chip away at Enoch’s armor                                                                            discern the distance of a jump we        game from ever feeling stagnant.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Alice: Madness Returns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dante’s Inferno
                                El Shaddai mixes third-person action             eventually discovers and scales the             rapid button presses can mean the               to indicate deteriorating health. When                                                                           needed to make.                             Because the environments are




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        God of War III
                                and platforming with the story of                tower with the aid of the angel Lucifel         difference between a heavy combo                all of Enoch’s armor has broken off,                                                                                                                      constantly moving, however, there are
     Format PS3
     Pub Ignition Ent.          Enoch, a heavenly scribe tasked with             and the four Archangels. It would               finisher and a punishing guard break.           we have a brief window to mash the                                                                               Isn’t She Lovely?                        points where levels feel overcrowded.
     Dev Ignition Tokyo
     Price $59.99
                                sealing away the souls of seven Fallen           make sense for each of the seven                   Though the combat is highly                  four action buttons and bring him                                                                                If ever there were a game that           Attempting to make a timed leap onto a
     ESRB Teen                  Angels whose unholy union with                   Fallen Angels to occupy one of the              dynamic, it was easy for us to fall into a      back to life. The window gets                                                                                    embodied “visually stunning,” El         moving platform while a giant Nephilim
     It’s like the gods
                                humans has given birth to the adorable           Tower’s seven levels, but El Shaddai            routine of using only specific moves for        progressively smaller until we can’t                                                                             Shaddai is it. Traveling through each    is jumping in the foreground can be nigh
     have gone artsy.
                                Nephilim. Left to their hunger, the              loves to defy our expectations. The             specific weapons, which is why El               revive in time and are sent back to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ScorePole                                                   level is akin to jumping from one        impossible due to the vexing visual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      El Shaddai shines
                                Nephilim will consume each other and             Fallen prefer striking at random to test        Shaddai employs a Triad of Balance              most recent checkpoint.                              brightly in the realm                                       psychedelic dream to another, mainly     clutter. Thankfully, missing a jump did
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of allegorical action
                                                                                                                                 (read: rock-paper-scissors–style                  Unfortunately, El Shaddai is so                    platformers.                                                because each floor of the tower in       little more than send us back to the last
                                                                                                                                 balancing system) to ensure no single                                                                                                                            some manner represents the Fallen        stable platform.
                                                                                                                                 weapon is all-powerful. For example,                                                                                                                             who rules it. A fight on the back of a      Much like the fallen angels who we
      Heaven’s Helpers Enoch isn’t alone on his journey                                                                          while the shield-like Veil is ideal for                           What we did in… El Shaddai                                                                     motorcycle should seem out of place in   must defeat, El Shaddai is not without
                                                                                                                                 defending against the Gale’s projectile           34% Tried and failed to                           15% Ogled the                                                a game set centuries ago, but                     flaws. But its consistently
                                                                                                                                                                                        master the art of                            environments and
                                                                                                                                 attacks, it doesn’t fare as well against                    platforming                             forgot we were fighting                                      in this case it embodies the                         fascinating story and




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                                                                                                                                 the bladed Arch’s guard breaks. This                 20% Stole weapons                              11% Abused the Revive                                        utopia of a fallen angel                              ever-evolving world—along
                                                                                                                                                                                     from our enemies and                            function and shouted
                                                                                                                                 forced us to steal weapons from                     laughed in their faces                          “We beat death!”                                             obsessed with human                                    with its minimalist and
      Lucifel acts as Enoch’s    Michael, leader of the   Archangel Gabriel’s   The strongest of the     Raphael is the fourth   enemies mid-fight (the only way to                  14% Discovered new                              6% Rode a motorcycle                                         evolution, so speeding                                 elegant gameplay—make
      sartorial guide as well    Archangels, is one of    voice warns us of     Archangels, Uriel aids   and final Archangel                                                         combos and delivered                            through a TRON -esque
      as his save point.         the voices we hear.      impending doom.       Enoch in combat.         advising Enoch.         acquire weapons), which created                         some righteous                              landscape                                                    through a futuristic                                  saving the world a magnifi-
                                                                                                                                                                                              vengeance
                                                                                                                                 challenge, strategy, and a genuine                                                                                                                               metropolis is oddly fitting.                        cent endeavor. ANNE LEWIS

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