El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron was originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360 ten years ago. The game was not a big success back then, so to see the game re-released was a bit of a surprise. Being a fan of action-adventure and fighting games then I was naturally curious about how it would fare in today’s modern gaming. This has been made available on Steam, so without waiting any further let us see if it plays as beautiful as it looks.

Developer: Crim
Publisher: Crim
Release Date: 2nd September 2021

CPU: Intel Core i5-4200U / AMD Equivalent
GPU: Geforce GTX 960, AMD Radeon HD 7970
RAM: 4 GB
HHD: 8.2 GB

Thanks to the publisher for the review code.

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is a third-person action game that is based loosely on The Book of Enoch, but a fan fiction version. The main protagonist is Enoch, who is like a warrior from heaven whose job is to purify the fallen angels on Earth. This is achieved by fighting them as they are the end of level bosses, but before these you have a lot of fighting and puzzle solving.

The game is set tens of thousands of years back before modern day. The time line appears fluid and an example of this is you see a pre-fallen Lucifer. The visuals are stunning cel-shaded graphics with amazing landscapes and contrasting colours. Each level has different themes and they are very atmospheric varying from volcanic reds to a black and white underworld. It is these that makes the game stand out from similar style games on the market.

The gameplay is good, but it feels like a ten-year-old game. If I was to pick a play style I would say Devil May Cry and the opposite to Bayonette which is not a bad thing. El Shaddai tries to keep the control scheme simple and does it well with few buttons. You got three ranged weapons which are effective depending on the type of attack you are defending against. You steal these from enemies as you go along the levels.

The arenas are fun when you are running around bashing and killing enemies. Fighting them when you get their energy low enough, they glow blue and you can steal their weapon. The only drawback is that the same three enemies are reused over again. This leads to boredom after the first few hours of the same battles again and again. To break this up there is a section that’s weird and sees you riding a bike through a futuristic city with combat thrown in. There needed to be more of this stuff to break up the boredom

The soundtrack is very atmospheric and compliments the visual great. The only slight disappointment is the voice acting. While the cast is talented, they don’t seem to portray the characters with any real conviction.

Final Thoughts

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is a good game. The visuals are beautiful and the soundtrack is smooth. Yes, there are a few minor points and the game does feel like a ten-year old game at times. If there was more variation to give longer playability and re-playability then this would have been a great game. Still worthy of a play and a title that should be considered adding to your collection.

The Verdict

7.5Good

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