Discussion in 'Xbox 360 - Scene Releases' started by FAST6191, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    The only other release was a Japanese region dupe of Alice: Madness returns in <b>Alice_Madness_Returns_JPN_XBOX360-Caravan</b>

    Region locked US only by the looks of things. Japanese release hit as <b>El_Shaddai_Ascension_of_The_Metatron_JPN_XBOX360-Caravan</b> back in late April. Eu release is set for early September.

    iMARS are back after a fairly long break from 360 DVD releases (their last release was Alpha protocol last yeay) with what might be called an arthouse game. Joining the trend of having a couple of people from somewhat legendary franchises make a game together we have the person behind Okami and viewitful joe as well as the person behind Devil May Cry making an action platformer supposedly with some new ideas. Reviews have been somewhat mixed thus far (some might even say polar) which is usually quite interesting to see if nothing else.

    Game description from amazon
    El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is a third-person, single player action-adventure game in which players must subdue rogue angels, loose on the Earth in order to uphold God's divine plan and prevent the destruction of humanity. Loosely based on the apocryphal Judaic works concerning the pre-flood biblical patriarch Enoch and his role in some traditions as Metatron -- the angelic intermediary between God and his people -- El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron features a compelling storyline; a distinct visual experience; combat, platforming and exploration gameplay; unique weapons and feedback systems; and controls that are designed to suit all levels of players.

    The Story of Man, Angels and God

    Long ago, when the seed of mankind was first taking root, God laid down his plans for the human race. He appointed the Grigori, the most human of all angels in heaven, to watch over them from the celestial realm. The Grigori, known to some as the "The Watchers," dutifully continued their vigilance through the ages. Over time, they became fascinated by the lives humans led, with the uninhibited freedom and passions. Subtle at first, the fascination soon led to feelings of longing, desire and lust until one fateful day, the Grigori turned away from God and descended to Earth. When Heaven's highest order, the Council of Elders, discovered the Grigori's betrayal, they were furious. Their anger only grew stronger when they learned that the fallen angels had taken in daughters of men, deviating mankind from God's great plan.

    To set matters right, the Council decided to send a terrible flood to wipe out the entire human race. However, there was one man who objected to the Council's decision. His name was Enoch, a scribe whose righteousness moved God to bring him to heaven while still living mortal. The Council heard Enoch's pleas and agreed to spare mankind on the condition that Enoch capture the fallen angels and bring them back to heaven to be imprisoned. To prevent the impending flood, Enoch returned to Earth on a mission to escort the fallen angels back to heaven. Upon his arrival he confronted Azazel, one of the seven who fell. However, Azazel refused to return to Heaven and went into hiding along with the others, warning Enoch not to follow. And so, Enoch's long journey begins.
    Key Game Features

    Gameplay: Expect the Unexpected - El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron defies gaming convention by mixing a wide variety of gameplay styles including 2D side-scrolling action and 3D exploration.
    A Compelling Storyline - A compelling storyline based on the ancient apocryphal tome, The Book of Enoch, but told with a modern flare and uniquely artistic approach.
    A Distinct Visual Experience - Immerse yourself in beautiful dreamlike game environments that seem to morph around your movements and that reflect watercolor anime animation style.
    Unique Feedback System - Innovative "Zero HUD Player Feedback System" utilizes dynamic environment, character, and audio clues to keep the player engaged without cluttering the screen with extraneous indicators and information.
    Controls - The three-button control system is simple to use yet surprisingly deep, delivering exhilarating, flowing action that allows both casual and hardcore players to enjoy the game at their own pace.
    Unique Weapons - All weapons are forged from crystalline heavenly knowledge beyond the grasp of humanity and possess supernatural powers. Among them is the Arch, a holy blade with the hidden power to slice through anything.

    <b>Video</b> Japanese gameplay.

    <img src="http://pix.gbatemp.net/32303/els-360-imars.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

  2. deathking

    deathking GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Mar 15, 2009
    United States
    i am so getting this
    joystick gave it 4.5/5
    this is a must buy for me
  3. Nujui

    Nujui I need something to do.

    Aug 12, 2010
    United States
    I tried the demo on the PS3, looks good.
  4. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    I was really excited for this and would still welcome the chance to play it but any desire I had to procure it has vanished for some reason. I know I should as there is at least one game a week I (or has a multiplayer that friends will be interested in) have more than a passing interest in coming out for the rest of the year.
  5. Depravo


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    Oct 13, 2008
    Played the demo a few days ago. Certainly one I'd buy budget/special offer/second hand.
  6. Fudge

    Fudge Remember that death is not the end, but only a tra

    Aug 26, 2009
    United States
    New York
    Really nice game thus far, I love the graphics and the platforming elements. The combat is cool too.