El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is far from the religious games of old, nor does it have anything to do with the Amy Grant song of the same name. And I should know, as growing up in a religious household, I was more than familiar with fantastic titles like Bible Adventures. It is based upon the story of Enoch, a book that is rarely considered a part of the Biblical Canon, but is still important to Biblical theology. A tale of a young holy man, Enoch is ascribed by the grandfather of Noah, and the book describes the fall of holy angels.
However, when we say that El Shaddai is a loose interpretation of the Book of Enoch, we definitely mean loose. After all, the Director and Character Designer is Sawaki Takeyasu and the Producer is Masato Kimura, and between them and their 100-person team they've worked on titles like Devil May Cry, Okami, and Viewtiful Joe. That is one hell of a pedigree.
Assisting Enoch is the charismatic and dashing Lucifel, who guides Enoch to the heavenly weapon of the Arch, a sort of blade/bow used for attacks. Archangels Micheal, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel will also offer support, images of apples evoking the garden of Eden show up, and a female figure showed up that is apparently a Biblical woman. My impressions? El Shaddai looks like an impressive title that offers an insanely interesting take on an interesting and unique topic. If the gameplay lives up to the promises, this should be fun.
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