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El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron - Playstation 3

by Ignition Entertainment
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews) 78 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0054INKOG
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,281 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: PlayStation 3

Product Description

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.

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El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is a third-person, single player action-adventure game in which players must subdue rogue angels, loose on the Earth in order to uphold God's divine plan and prevent the destruction of humanity. Loosely based on the apocryphal Judaic works concerning the pre-flood biblical patriarch Enoch and his role in some traditions as Metatron -- the angelic intermediary between God and his people -- El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron features a compelling storyline; a distinct visual experience; combat, platforming and exploration gameplay; unique weapons and feedback systems; and controls that are designed to suit all levels of players.

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The Story of Man, Angels and God

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 feelings 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.

Enoch, the game hero of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Join Enoch's battle against fallen angels in which the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.
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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.

Key Game Features

  • Gameplay: Expect the Unexpected - El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron defies gaming convention by mixing a wide variety of gameplay styles including 2D side-scrolling action and 3D exploration.
  • A Compelling Storyline - A compelling storyline based on the ancient apocryphal tome, The Book of Enoch, but told with a modern flare and uniquely artistic approach.
  • A Distinct Visual Experience - Immerse yourself in beautiful dreamlike game environments that seem to morph around your movements and that reflect watercolor anime animation style.
  • Unique Feedback System - 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.
  • Controls - 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.
  • Unique Weapons - 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.

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Enoch leaping through the air during combat in El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Free-flowing combat.
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Enoch performing advanced platforming moves in El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Platforming gameplay.
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Enoch battling a bizarre foe in El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
A bizarre range of foes.
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Enoch using one of his holy weapons against an enemy in El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
A heavenly weapon set.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tight Action Controls and Unforgettable Style May 6, 2012
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is inspired by the Biblical character Enoch, and in the game he is sent to Earth to bring back the souls of 7 fallen angels to remove their influence so that there is not another great flood. Despite its inspiration, the game merely uses the Bible (and other ancient religious texts) as source material for the fictional (and often psychedelic) world; it's definitely not preachy, and some very religious/conservative folk may even find some of the references/jokes/suggestions offensive. (Lucifel talks on a cell phone to God, jokes about being mistaken for God, etc.)

On the surface, El Shaddai is an action/platform game offering a mix of 3D combat (i.e. God of War, Soul Reaver, etc.) with 2D platform elements (Mega Man, Super Mario Bros, etc.) and offering a variance of art styles between each stage. Controls are simple: there's jump, attack, block, and "purify," the latter of which will be detailed later. (The controls are also programmable, which is really a feature all games should have.) Gameplay in the 3D world largely consists of traversing (mostly) linear areas (there are a few branching paths, and some side/hidden areas), and being locked into combat arenas where the player will have to defeat a variety of enemies before continuing to the obligatory boss. (There is also another style of gameplay featured in one level, but I won't spoil the surprise.) Be prepared for a few instances where gameplay is minimized for cinematic effect or for transition between areas, as seen in games like the Metal Gear Solid series. (Slow walking areas, etc.)

Combat is based off a concept which is popular amongst many Japanese games: Roshambo, or Rock, Paper, Scissors. There are three weapon types, and each weapon is respectively weak to one and strong against another.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully confusing December 29, 2011
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The basic storyline for El Shaddai is you play as Enoch, a priest sent by heaven to seek out seven fallen angels who have abandoned God and fled to Earth to capture them before God floods the Earth. The story can be very confusing throughout the game and I wasn't sure what was going on for a lot of the game but it's the music and the visuals that make this game shine.

El Shaddai is visually stunning and different than any other game I have played before which caught my attention. Each level's design changes drastically and never left me bored with what I had to look at. The music is very good as well.

Combat is hack and slash in the same vein as God of War, Dante's Inferno, and Devil May Cry but more simple. You start the game off barehanded and gradually get three different weapons to steal from enemies. Attacking is about as simple as it comes since you just have one button to press and then can do two different moves with each weapons which just involve a press of two buttons. To become effective at combat you have to time your button presses and make sure you are using the correct weapon since each weapon has a weakness to a different one. You can of course go through the entire game and try sticking to your favorite but combat will take longer that way.

Overall I would say the game was worth the purchase and would recommend it to people who are interested in something different to play. The visuals and music are both stunning, game play is fun and can be challenging as well but if you are looking for an amazing story than this might not be your first choice since it can be confusing.
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42 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A beauty that runs only skin deep. August 26, 2011
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I was hyped when I saw the initial trailer for this game and was blown away by the crisp looking frame rate, art style and music. I'm a fan of games like okami, odinsphere and others that have their own unique flair and dare to stand out from the crowd with something new. El Shaddai, while beautiful, failed horribly to deliver on every other aspect. The story is there but not as fleshed out as it should have been and is non-sensical at times. Gameplay consists of one attack button, one jump button and block. At first I thought there were two jump/block buttons but they both essentially do the same thing with the one exception of the jump+guard/jump+attack button presses which still do little to add to the shallow and repetitive combat.

If you hated running through a corridor in Final fantasy 13 repeatedly and killing a small variation of enemies then you will HATE this game. I pushed myself onward until I beat the game telling myself maybe it will be different but it doesnt get any better. Each level consists of running through a linear pathway whether its 2D or 3D... killing enemies in an enclosed area...rinse/repeat until you encounter boss.

The music was my other gripe. I loved the music i saw in the trailer which is a single track on the game and then the rest seems pretty much like forgettable elevator music. I will say I've been spoiled by games like demon's souls that have musical scores that are equally as characteristic and layered as the game is... El Shadai's is ...just bland most the time.

I would like to end with the fact that this is just my opinion, some people I have seen on various message boards thoroughly enjoyed it, I didn't.
My advice to anyone even considering plunking down 60$ of their hard earned cash on this short and half baked game would be to download the demo first from PSN, Rent it or wait until the price drops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
A gorgeous game with fun hack and slash gameplay in unique artistic environments. One of my favorites because it's just so unusual. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Great Game! one of the Best games ever about Faith and God!
Excellent! Great Game! one of the Best games ever about Faith and God!
Published 1 month ago by Carlos R. Herrera C
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Game
I wanted to love this game but it simply had too many flaws and was extremely repetitive. The game wasn't very challenging either. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kezins
3.0 out of 5 stars It's such a beautiful game...
...that it's a shame I actually have to play it.

Ascension of the Metatron has some of the best art design and concept I have seen in a video game. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Adrian Jenkins
2.0 out of 5 stars Good...if you like Japanese mess
I had such high hopes for this game! It was such a neat concept: Bible-related, stunning visuals, and epic scope. Then I actually played it. Well... Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Budzik
4.0 out of 5 stars Not religious, but great game.
I'm not religious, but I thought that this game was absolutely beautiful. It had many colors and cool effects. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kyle Witzel
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it, but not everyone will.
I'm probably in the minority, but I absolutely enjoyed and loved and my time playing this game. Here's why:

1. GRAPHICS. Beautiful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Henry Pichardo
5.0 out of 5 stars rare gem of this gen!
I "platinum-ed" this game. A game has to be awesome for me to go into OCD mode and go for the plat. So let me start. The story of Enoch is really good to begin with. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Johann Puentes
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! Simple and fun.
Hey, this isn't SUPPOSED to be a game that's going to lead to 20 spin-offs and a feature film. It's an oddball, trippy, easy-to-play, VERY PRETTY game that while I am not compelled... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Franquixote
2.0 out of 5 stars below average
Very repetitive game pattern. Basically all your doing is to slash and dash. It gets boring immediatly after you realize this fact.
However its an interesting bread. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Naser Alsulaihim
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