From a team with Devil May Cry and Viewtiful Joe credits behind them comes what looks set to be one of the most aesthetically memorable titles of the year.
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is a bizarre third-person fantasy adventure that – complete with side-scrolling action – takes players on a 12-stage journey through an alternative take on The Book of Enoch.
The title has received a warm score of 78 on Metacritic, but that doesn’t reflect some of the stronger praise from big gaming sites such as Eurogamer, which awarded it a 9, as did Game Informer.
El Shaddai’s in-game world is in a state of disrepair after a select few angels called the Gringori left Heaven to sample the delights of the world – only to stay, have children with humans, build the Tower of Babel and generally secure a place in God’s bad books.
Players take on the role of Enoch, a man chosen by ‘The Mighty One’ to capture winged rebels by using weaponry and hand-to-hand combat. If he fails, a flood will be sent to Earth.
But what makes El Shaddai stand out from the crowd is its visuals. With colourful cel-shaded characters and landscapes that bleed into different tones, the game really is a feast for the eyes.
El Shaddai gives players a surreal, dreamlike, action-packed experience with more style than you can shake a crucifix at.