El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (Xbox 360)

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GamesCollection (Sep 13, 2011)
Seguendo una fortunata scia di titoli artisticamente molto coraggiosi ed ispirati, questo El Shaddai è dinamico, divertente e molto impegnativo da giocare, un capolavoro sotto molti aspetti. Sia gli scontri che le sessioni platform sono sufficientemente impegnativi da dare un forte senso di soddisfazione una volta superati e la spettacolarità grafica è un vero toccasana per gli occhi e lo spirito. Assolutamente consigliato!
GameTrailers (Aug 16, 2011)
Many games aspire toward aesthetic sophistication, but only a precious few manage to emerge as great game in the process. El Shaddai achieves this, and it leaves you smitten and awestruck. It's both simple to grasp and rich enough to keep you coming back for more. Those seeking something refreshingly different will be well rewarded by this rare and original experience.
XboxAchievements (Sep 08, 2011)
El Shaddai has its frustrations and annoyances making it something of an acquired taste, but if you can get a feel for the rhythm-based hack and slash gameplay, and if you find the game's eclectic and achingly beautiful art style as arresting as we did, then you'll be in for a divine treat that's unlike anything you've played before.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Aug 30, 2011)
El Shaddai is een typisch voorbeeld van een spel dat stijl boven inhoud plaatst. De meerwaardezoeker die hier geen problemen mee heeft staat een onvergetelijke tocht te wachten.
4Players.de (Sep 08, 2011)
Das Artdesign ist wie schon bei Okami eine Klasse für sich und wird meist von stimmungsvollen Kompositionen, Chorälen und Folkloreklängen perfekt untermalt. Auch spielerisch wird man trotz spärlicher Gegner-, Waffen- und Aktionsvielfalt gut unterhalten. Vor allem der Wechsel zwischen 3D- und 2D-Passagen sowie gelungene Intermezzi wie das furiose Motorradrennen in Azazels Hightech-Welt stechen heraus. Die Brachialität eines God of War oder die Eleganz einer Bayonetta werden allerdings nie erreicht, während die Spielansicht aufgrund ungünstiger Blickwinkel und irritierender Effekte gerade bei Sprungpassagen oft unnötig an den Nerven zehrt. Actionfans mit einem Faible für ungewöhnliche Geschichten und Darstellungsformen sollten sich davon aber nicht abhalten lassen, auch wenn der Inhalt nicht annähernd so fasziniert wie die Verpackung.
1UP (Aug 16, 2011)
El Shaddai: The Ascension of the Metatron feels like the most unconventional action game I've ever played -- this is especially true when I examine each part of the experience. Visually, it strikes me as one of the most colorful examples of surrealist art I've ever seen in a video game. Mechanically, it presents a one-button combat solution that empowers me with everything I need to succeed early on, encouraging me to switch between three weapons to fend off foes. And from a pacing perspective, it swaps me back and forth between vicious 3D battles and two dimensional platforming stages. Yet for all of its successes, El Shaddai also brings along a unique set of baggage that I don't quite understand.
411mania.com (Sep 09, 2011)
El Shaddai is a game that should be applauded for trying something new, and criticized for making such fundamental design flaws. The beautiful art style and unique soundtrack cannot save a game with such poorly designed combat. By the end of the game I was begging for it to be over, because combat became such a chore. If you want to experience a unique story, a unique art style, and a unique atmosphere, give El Shaddai a shot. If you want fun and engaging gameplay, go pick up a different action game. The action genre is filled with amazing experiences, while El Shaddai’s only claim to fame is its art style. True beauty is more than meets the eye.
Jeuxvideo.com (Sep 06, 2011)
Au final, on est en droit de se demander si El Shaddai tient davantage de l'œuvre d'art ou de la supercherie. Il s'agit sans doute un peu des deux puisque le titre de Ignition Entertainment peut aussi bien nous enchanter par son ambiance et par ses graphismes splendides, que nous frustrer et nous ennuyer par son gameplay peu abouti. C'est certainement un jeu au design original qui mérite amplement le coup d'œil, mais, passé l'effet de surprise, on se rend finalement compte qu'il est plus banal qu'on ne l'aurait espéré.
Level 7 (Sep 19, 2011)
El Shaddai är en grafiskt intensiv upplevelse som imponerar med sitt ambitiösa yttre och som förvirrar med sitt typiskt japanska berättande. Att faktiskt spela det är inte lika intressant då dessa moment känns för simplistiska och oslipade. Det kan liknas vid en interaktiv konstutställning där inträdet vid skrivande stund går för dryga 500-lappen. Frågan är om det är värt en biljett till fullpris.