El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron reviews full of praise

Wednesday, 17th August 2011 08:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Near universal acclaim has greeted Ignition’s biblical action games, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron.

With remarkably little dissent from reviewers, El Shaddai is currently holding a Metacritic average of 78 on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

As ever, let us know in the comments if we’ve missed any.



  1. AHA-Lambda

    metacritic score of 78? unforutnately for us 78 MC is considered bad nowadays, 7 is not a goddamn average -_-

    anyway pedantry about reviews scrores aside i can agree with some of the opinions. I foudnthe game very mediocre from the demo. Stunning aesthetic and visuals but crud gameplay tbh =/

    #1 3 years ago
  2. NeoSquall

    Of course IGN has to be ridicule every time.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. marijnlems

    Kill Screen review (or rather, critique):

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Kuwabara

    fucking ign, i seriously dnt understand them.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Fin

    Ya bros, fuck the IGN guy for having his own opinion!
    They should’ve just got in line and rated it the same as everyone else.

    Journalists ain’t got no integrity these days.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. StolenGlory



    #6 3 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    I quite liked the demo. Solid game with great visuals. The problem with it I think was more how much we expect from full price titles these days. The quality of PSN/XBLA titles has ramped up considerably and this unfortunately felt like a very good quality XBLA title and not a full release.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Blerk

    I loved how it looked, and Shane did a magnificent pimping job of the story on Weekend Confirmed this week, but I just wasn’t particularly sold on how it plays. I might give the demo another go.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. NeoSquall

    @5 IGN is more like “What is the general consensus? Ok, let’s make a radically opposite review to attract more page views.”

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Fin


    Or maybe IGN is like “Hmm, don’t really enjoy this game…5/10″

    PROTIP: Sometimes people have different opinions. They don’t intentionally do it to annoy fanboys.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. The_Red

    Love how GameSpot review says some things that are exact opposite of IGN’s works.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Deacon

    Come on Edge.. review this motherfucker already.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Blerk

    Edge reviewed the Japanese version a few months back. Can’t remember what it scored, though.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Deacon

    thanks Blerk.

    Looks like I’ll be waiting till this is sub-£20.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Just checked, they gave it an 8 in issue 229.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. The_Red

    Thanks. I haven’t tried the demo or the final game so it would be unfair for me to bash IGN’s review but 8 from Edge against 5 from IGN!? Damn.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. stretch215

    Yeah, I didn’t like the demo at all. Found it pretty.boring tbh.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. overboost

    Missed a few…

    PlayStation: the Official Magazine – 9

    Eurogamer – 9

    GameFan Magazine – 9.5

    Planet Xbox 360 – 8.8

    Inside Gaming ( – 8.5

    EDGE – 8

    Sci Fi Magazine – A+

    Game Informer gave it two 9.0s (main review and Second Opinion)

    #18 3 years ago
  19. LOLshock94

    i thought this was an rpg, and does anyone know why ignition cancelled that robot game that was beening made?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    Yeah this game is not doing it for me. Its a simple button masher no real complexity with the combat. I understand the book of Enoch so that’s not the issue but the story is weird and all the art is abstract. The good thing about this game no HUD and the music is pretty good.

    I would never buy this game but its definitely rentable.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. overboost

    El Shaddai is NOT a button masher by any means. Mashing buttons gets you killed in this game.

    The combat system is very, very deep. Your combos are based on rhythm, not mashing. With just one attack button and a modifier (R1 or RB) you can pull off chain combos, charge attacks, parries, guard breaks, dodges, launchers, and various combinations of the above depending on your timing and whether you’re on the ground or in the air.

    Easy to learn, difficult to master, tons of fun to learn new combos throughout the game.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Phoenixblight

    “El Shaddai is NOT a button masher by any means. Mashing buttons gets you killed in this game.”

    Uh You press a single button that does all the attacks its a simpler version of DMC, God of War, Bayonetta, etc. Its a button masher you just have to pace yourself on the mashing. The story is the Japanese interpretation of the Book of Enoch. Which the book itself made much more sense then this games version of it.

    Also you can never die you just press the four buttons bam back to life every time if you have the time right.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. overboost

    Mashing = X, X, X, X, X

    El Shaddai combos = LB, X, X, RB + X, jump, X, X, RB + X, X, hold X, tap X repeatedly

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    You can easily get through the game with just mashing, the only time you can’t by mashing a single button is when its boss which those are few and far between. I have already beaten the game on Normal. The game is a lot more forgiving than Bayonetta,DMC, even God of War with the button mashing. I clocked in at 6 hours and 37 minutes.

    W/e this all subjective I call it a button masher because 85% of the game is exactly that.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    “I have already beaten the game on Normal.”

    Says it all.

    *slow clap* Well done, you beat it on the “I don’t have to use much skill to win” difficulty. Complaining about the difficulty on “normal” is the equivalent of *walking* up a mountain in a bicycle race, coming last, and still expecting to win a medal.

    Try playing it the way you did on Normal on a higher difficulty, and see how long you last. These kind of games are *meant* to be played on higher difficulties for the full experience.

    If you wanted a challenging, don’t fucking play on “Normal”. Good lord.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. IL DUCE

    @23 aka non-hardcore fighter players will be mashing buttons and not memorizing extremely long combos…

    @9 That’s usually Giant Bomb or Destructoid…

    @Fin…you got the right idea, people’s opinions differ…you should probably more be looking at everyone now following with the very good review scores once the initial one’s came out if you’re looking for some sort of conspiracy…in the end though, it is people reviewing them and reviews are fact based opinions, nothing more nothing less…and their content will tell you what that number means to that reviewer in their review…

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Phoenixblight

    “*slow clap* Well done, you beat it on the “I don’t have to use much skill to win” difficulty. Complaining about the difficulty on “normal” is the equivalent of *walking* up a mountain in a bicycle race, coming last, and still expecting to win a medal.”

    I wasn’t expecting a medal I was simply stating that compared to DMC and the other games I have mentioned its much more forgiving on Normal. I typically play a game starting on normal and go to Hard unless I want to play the game for its story which this is what I was playing the game for. I wanted to see what they did with the Book of Enoch and how they tied it to a game. Its great visually with the color and sound but everything else is forgettable at best.

    #27 3 years ago

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