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    El Shaddai: Get High with the Metatron

    If you ever told me I would play a game based on a bible story and thoroughly enjoy it, I would laugh at you, then proceed to slap you across your face and run away screaming incoherently. El Shaddai: Ascencion of the Metatron has just proven me wrong. The sea isn't boiling, the sky hasn't turned red, nor have any other signs of the apocalypse surfaced. El Shaddai has taken a bible story and flipped it into a truly awe inspiring game.

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    Everything's Fine with El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

    I've said it before, I love games that have enough balls to twist and challenge the perception of religion. I'm not talking about the title that mixes bible mini-games such as herding animals into Noah's ark, or quick-time events to part the Red Sea. I'm talking Jesus throwing fireballs at Roman soldiers and performing a miracle that clears the screen of all incoming projectiles, or Pontius Pilate raining MIG 29 vulcan rounds onto the city of Jerusalem. Maybe not to that extent, but El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metratron seems to trail down the course of the latter, while still maintaining enough religious context to be loosely informative.

    The first thing you MUST notice about El Shaddai, is the incredible visual style it employs. In the time I spent raining holy hell down onto my enemies, I heard many a PAX Easter look at the game and make a positive remark about the visuals. If you're some sort of recreational drug-user, El Shaddai will probably bring you to a state of inebriated nirvana. Even if you're the straightest edge in the congregation, you're still going to love the detached, ethereal backgrounds. And though the actual graphics may be lacking -- the PS3 demo I play looked almost like it could be run on a Wii -- I didn't care, because the style was enough to simultaneously capture and blow me away.

    The control scheme is so basic, I'm sure even the Pope could pick up the controller and start chaining combos. One button for attack, one for jump, one for block, one for purification. Different attacks are executed by keeping the button held or timing your button presses, for instance, tap tap tap performed a light hitting chain of attacks, whereas tap, pause, tap brought out a more devastating attack. The intuitive control scheme makes it easy enough while discouraging button mashing. Purification -- the act strengthening a weapon by ridding it of it's defiling essence -- can be performed on a downed enemy, treating you to a slick disarm animation. Each of the games 3 primary weapons has it's own disarm sequence, and different enemy types allow you to perform a different purification.

    I worried this game would be a little too much for devout Christians. Though Shane Bettenhausen, UTV Ignition Director of New Business Development, pleasant dude, and lover of all things El Shaddai, informed me that the hardcore religious who played it the demo at PAX East for the first time were not only cool with it, they enjoyed it. Total plot twist!

    El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron will be available in North America this summer, with the PAX demo available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 shortly before release. Until then, stay tuned.


    El Shaddai US & European Release Dates Due "Shortly"

    El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is a visually striking action-adventure title telling the religion-twisting tale of Enoch and friends. One of those friends is a guy named Lucifel (yes, they mean Lucifer), who will apparently be voiced by Jason Isaacs. How does this guy get all these devilish roles? 

    Development on El Shaddai has completed, descending on Japanese turf on April 28th of this year. North American and European release dates "will be announced shortly." At one point, I was convinced El Shaddai was not coming to our shores. Luckily, the publishers know a game that looks this fresh will be well received here. I'm looking at you, Mistwalker and Nintendo!

    Ignition Entertainment -- sacrilegious developers of this sweet, sweet looking title -- plan on exploring and announcing strategic marketing partnerships as they come along, and this time they won't be limited to Japan. Didn't you hear about the "Enoch" and "Lucifel" styled jeans that sold out online in three minutes? Sorry, must have been too busy to write about that one. At any rate, we need some new jeans up in here! 


    El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

    If there's one thing I'm a sucker for in pop culture, it's new takes and redesigns of one of the oldest things we know; religion. More often than not, reimaginings of religious lore turn out to be half baked and sad attempts, but for some godforsaken reason, I dig it anyway. So that brings us to this game, El Shaddai, created in part by the dudes who brought you such games as Devil May Cry, Okami, and Viewtiful Joe. Nice resume.

    El Shaddai casts you in the role of Enoch, out doing Lucifer's bidding, who in turn is doing God's bidding; having you round up fallen angels. Yep, Lucifer is still an angel. And there goes the plot: last boss battle pits you against a fallen Lucifer, calling it now! But really, this game looks like an acid trip, meets Okami, meets the Old Testament. And that is totally a good thing. The trailer is on the long side as it's pretty story heavy, but I promise the dreamy and tripped out visuals will keep you entertained for the duration.

    So let's recap; we have an interesting plot based upon religion, trippy graphics, smooth platforming, a flowing battle system and Lucifer wearing a two-piece suit. Hmm.. Move over Katamari Damacy, I think recreational drug users have just found their new game of choice.