El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, a videogame

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron” is a new video game for PlayStation3 and XBox360 by UTV Ignition Games. The official description (on its Facebook page) read:

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is an epic original adventure inspired by an alternate telling of biblical mythology as narrated in the ‘heretical’ Book of Enoch, part of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The game has been developed by a ‘dream team’ internal Japanese studio whose former credits include iconic multi-million selling franchises such as Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, and Monster Hunter.

I learned about it in The Press Democrat’s review, which was of mixed opinion, but at least it gave more information than the official page

[It] takes its inspiration from the Book of Enoch, a non-canonical Old Testament-era text. Enoch, a human scribe for God, travels to Earth to retrieve seven Watchers, powerful fallen angels who have fallen in love with humans and begotten a race called the nephelim. These Watchers have taken up residence in an enormous tower and, in typical video game fashion, have constructed their own distinct worlds. At Enoch’s side is Lucifel, yet to become the Prince of Darkness and still very much God’s right-hand man.
When firing up “El Shaddai”, you’ll immediately notice its lush visuals….
The gorgeous levels are complemented by a majestic, celestial soundtrack befitting an epic quest to hunt down rogue angels and spare humanity the purge of a great flood….
That’s not to say “El Shaddai” isn’t enjoyable. The track record of video games based on religious texts is dominated by the Bible and isn’t a good one. The source material, gorgeous levels and stirring soundtrack will mean the game appeals to players on the lookout for something new. But its flaws are noticeable and frustrating enough that for many players it will be a more appealing buy at $30 or $40 than its current $60 price tag.

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