Pickles Recommends- El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Let me start with this: This game is not innovative. At best, it is a generic beat-em-up game/platformer, and not a very long one (the game took me about 6 hours, maybe 8. But there is replay value. More on this later). There are even only three weapons! This game should have sucked so much.
This game is like… It is hard to explain what it really even is. But you don’t play it for the gameplay: you play it for the experience. And what an experience it is.
The story of this game is based on the fake book of the Bible known as Enoch (1 Enoch specifically, as there are two other books, albeit barely related to the first); a man named Enoch is made immortal, and begins his quest to find a tower and capture the seven fallen angels that reside within. It takes hundreds of years to find this tower, because it is hidden in an interdimensional shroud… or something like that. You play as Enoch as he climbs the tower, each room containing an entire world created by one of the Fallen Angels.
Each of these worlds is an artistic masterpiece, and this is where this game shines. It makes the game an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. I don’t want to give away what is in store for you in each of these worlds, but I can say that they are gorgeous. Even on a SD Television, which is what I have. There is one world where some of the filters make it a little hard to do some of the platforming (you will know which one it is), but even if it is frustrating, it looks good while being so.
The combat, while extremely simplistic, is also something that must be experienced. There are three weapons, the sword-like Arch, the projectile-based Gale, and the heavy weapon Veil, and each of them play very differently. Even after 6 hours of fighting, it never became monotonous, at least to me. After beating the game, you unlock a Score Attack mode; you might actually replay some of the game right after you just beat it to try it out!
Also, the story is nothing to scoff at. It combines classic faux-Biblical storytelling with some really trippy sequences throughout, and a ton of Anime influence (this would be the reason that you are fighting robots and that the Nephiliim are cuddly yellow guys). The story is obviously predictable, but that is the case with almost every older story.
Yeah… uh… I don’t have a conclusion. Play this game bro.