While the Apocrypha and ancient Sumerian stories may be a bit over the heads of some gamers, UTV Ignition is betting it’s not. At the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, earlier this month they showed their upcoming offering for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, ElShaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. El Shaddai is inspired by a somewhat obscure book of the Apocrypha, the Book of Enoch. Without getting into too much detail, the Book of Enoch starts off with the story of the fall of the watchers, the renegade angels who fathered the Nephilim and a man Enoch, caught in the middle.
If you didn’t make it to E3, a playable demo for El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatronis now available as a free download on Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Network. The demo is the same version that was playable on the show floor at E3. In the demo, players jump into the game’s third chapter where protagonist Enoch enters the Tower of Babel and faces Ezekiel, the first of seven Fallen Angels whose souls he must capture in order to prevent a great flood ordered by Heaven. In this level of the tower, designed by Ezekiel to express her obsession with nature, players are immersed in an element-inspired, gorgeous and constantly moving watercolor world.
In the full game players will take on the role of Enoch and harness his natural combat skills to master a range of powerful and Heavenly weapons under the guidance of the watchful Archangels. El Shaddai is a mesmerizing combination of combat, 2D and 3D platforming, and even racing. Each level comes from the imagination and fancy of the particular fallen angel. The player, as Enoch must deliver the souls of the Fallen Angels to spare the world from the great flood ordered by Heaven.
El Shaddai is developed by a Tokyo-based team headed by the legendary Sawaki Takeyasu of Devil May Cry. While this may seem like strange subject matter for a video game, many Japanese games are based on ancient eastern stories. This highly stylized adventure game shares much with classics like Okami and Jet Set Radio and as those games it may not find universal acceptance, but those looking for something a little different than the latest Call of Duty game, should give the demo a shot. This fantastic, water colored and otherworldly journey to the beginning of time will be available July 26th.
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