El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

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PlayStation 3
77
3.5
Xbox 360
76
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The story of El Shaddai takes place in a fantastical interpretation of biblical themes, taking primary inspiration from the apocryphal Book of Enoch. Enoch is sent by God to capture the angels which have lapsed in their duties to watch over the human world. These angels, called Grigori, became fascinated with their charges and renounced Heaven to live and breed among the humans. Enoch must traverse their realms, battle their aberrant Nephilim offspring, finally locating the fallen angels and bring them back into Heaven's fold. As Enoch journeys, he is assisted by the head archangel Lucifel.

El Shaddai is a third-person action game which emphasizes platforming and melee combat. The combat system uses very few buttons, instead relying on button timing to effect light, heavy, and counterattacks. Enoch has no weapons of his own and must rely on stealing enemies' weapons via counterattacks. These weapons degrade and must be periodically "purified" or discarded for new ones. Combat occurs periodically in arena-like encounters, which then give way to either 3D exploration or 2D platforming. The game's art style is primarily watercolor, though each angel's realm has a distinct theme.

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The Escapist PlayStation 3 Aug 24, 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Joystiq PlayStation 3 Aug 16, 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameTrailers Xbox 360 Aug 16, 2011 8.6 out of 10 86
4Players.de PlayStation 3 Sep 08, 2011 78 out of 100 78
Gameplay (Benelux) Xbox 360 Aug 30, 2011 77 out of 100 77
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Sep 08, 2011 77 out of 100 77
4Players.de Xbox 360 Sep 08, 2011 76 out of 100 76
1UP Xbox 360 Aug 16, 2011 B 75
Level 7 Xbox 360 Sep 19, 2011 6 out of 10 60
Gamereactor (Norway) PlayStation 3 Sep 09, 2011 6 out of 10 60

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