El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
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Game Reviewed: El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
Developer: Ignition Tokyo
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: PS3 (also on Xbox 360)
ESRB Rating: T
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El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is a third person action game very loosely based off of the ancient Jewish religious text the Book of Enoch. In the game, the player takes control of Enoch, a human living in heaven. This is the same Enoch from Genesis 5:24 where it says “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” In this game, God has sent Enoch back to Earth to capture seven fallen angels and bring them back to Heaven to face judgment. Other parts of the story also include setting free the souls of the Nephilim (the offspring of the fallen angels and humans) and also helping a young girl named Ishtar.
The game is played from a third person point of view. For part of the game, the player will be fighting against the minions of the fallen angels and for the other part of the game the player will be platforming (getting from point A to point B). There are also some challenges the player can do to earn scores on Online Leaderboards once the player has finished the main storyline of the game.
The thing I enjoyed most about this game was the artwork. This game has some of the most artistic visuals I have seen in a game to date. Great visuals, however, do not necessarily make a great game. Personally, aside from the visuals, I did not think there was anything real special about this game. The action is decent. The platforming was average at best. There were also some camera issues that made for some frustrating parts. Still, there are many people who are going to want to try this game out and if your kid is one of them, then hopefully the information below will be useful.
What Parents Need to Know
For the action parts of the game, Enoch can use his fists or steal one of three different heavenly weapons from his enemies. One weapon is called an Arch, it works like a sword. The second weapon is called a Gale, which is in the shape of a ring and shoots projectiles at enemies. The third weapon is called a Veil. It is a shield-like weapon that can come apart and act like two strong gloves that Enoch can punch with. The more Enoch uses a weapon, the more it becomes corrupted causing the weapon to become weaker. With a simple press of a button, however, Enoch can purify the weapon and make it strong again.
Once defeated, enemies vanish. There is not a lot of blood and gore. There is occasionally, however, what appears to be blood. For example, in one boss battle, Enoch has to battle two giant pigs. The pigs wear masks and there appears to be blood flowing down the eyes of the masks. Also, one scene shows a girl after battle, she appears to have blood on her.
I only heard the word Hell used once.
Some of the dialog contains suggestive material. For example: “You defiled your bodies and bore the Nephilim through the blood of the flesh' and 'I granted wives to satisfy their lust and that they might bear children.'”
As already stated, this game is loosely based off of the Book of Enoch which is considered a religious text in some Jewish faiths.
There is also an angel named Lucifel who throughout the game is talking on a cell phone with God. When you encounter him you can save your game progress. I have to admit, this part of the game came off as a little weird because he would be saying things to God like “You worry too much!” or he would say other things that made it look like God did not know what was going on.
In addition, while I personally found it to be difficult to tell in the game, some sources I have read claim that this character is supposed to be Satan (of course Lucifel is very similar to Lucifer).
There is one area in the game referred to as The Darkness. It is said to be beyond even the authority of God Himself.
I found El Shaddai to be a decent action game, with some awesome art work. Having graduated with a Theology degree, however, I found much of the story to be off. I can think of many Christian parents that will not allow their children to play this game on that merit alone. If, however, you are interested in checking the game out, I would recommend it as a rental. Save your money for one of the many other big games coming out this fall.