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El Shaddai Ascension of the Metatron; IGN Review

IGN's Colin Moriarty writes;

For better or for worse, it's always nice to see a developer try something truly different. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is one such attempt. It's a third-person, story-driven action game that depends upon a unique setting and an interesting graphical flair to grab the gamer and pull him or her into the experience. The thing is , El Shaddai is one of those attempts gone wrong, a game that simply doesn't come together despite everything it throws out there. It's more pretentious and muddled than fun and coherent, which effectively ruins its high potential.

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JellyJelly1723d ago

That's how I felt about it after playing the demo. It got lots of hype for its art direction, but the game itself felt pretty crappy.

Dipso1723d ago

I think its going to be one of those polarising titles, so far...

Eurogamer (import review) 9
GameInformer 9
Gametrailers 8.6
IGN 5

I felt from the demo that the combat could be deeper, but I'll happily reward Ignition for what they have done right, best art direction and soundtrack so far this generation..they've got my money.

JellyJelly1722d ago

That's how I felt as well. Perhaps the full game offers a deeper experience. Just watched the Gametrailers review and the art direction surely is breathtaking. I hope it does well too. We need more original games.

thereapersson1722d ago

But, it also ended at a point where it was just getting good. I was really interested to see what sort of effect the weapon that the big boss had.

I dunno... I didn't really get the game at first. But that's because I didn't realize you could steal weapons and that the buttons did different attacks when pressed a certain way. There are also a few platforming segments that I didn't expect.

Psychonaughty1722d ago

Agreed, Enoch deserves better.

Troll-without-Bridge1722d ago (Edited 1722d ago )

Lol IGN fails again. The Demo gameplay was sublime.

Acquiescence1722d ago

That's the first negative review of the game I've happened upon. It's alright though, 'cos it's IGN and theirs is hardly an opinion I respect. Even Edge - who are tough to please - gave it an 8.

Incidentally, this is the first game I've imported for my PS3. Couldn't wait 'til September; I simply must have this gorgeous looking game now.

Kyosuke_Sanada1722d ago (Edited 1722d ago )

PSM gave this a 9 in the August issue and was game of the month (just thought to give it a mention even though alot of disregard their scores.) I'm pissed that this is released so close to No More Heroes Paradise so Ill have to miss out in purchasing NMH until next pay day but I know its worth it.

5 is way too harsh of a score for this game though.

Cpt_kitten1722d ago

course ign would give it a 5 its good and its not call of duty, and has one of the best art styles so clearly its horrible lol stupid ign

jacksonmichael1720d ago (Edited 1720d ago )

I don't like when reviewers dock points for nonsensical story. I didn't get Fight Club, but it was still awesome. And Metal Gear Solid is a great franchise, right...?

Oops, didn't notice I was still under your comment. I was originally planning to say that IGN doesn't just review shooters well... They review Nintendo games well, too. Oddly enough.

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