El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron at E3 2011 made quite the showing and impression on us here at G4. We've been whispering around the office about how excited we are over the game's trippy visuals, bold direction, and novel approach to Western religious interpretation. If you've ever wanted a Bible game with tastes from Okami and Devil May Cry, and yes I did just say Bible game, maybe you'll agree with Jeffrey Matulef's impressions:
"Ignition's upcoming action-adventure title, El Shaddai, may not have the highest budget, but it's an artistic tour de force that, for my money, looked more beautiful than any other game at E3.
This should come as no surprise given that it's directed by Takeyasu Sawaki, a character designer for Okami, which, despite its PS2 origins, I find better looking than most games on current consoles. Where Okami opted for a water colored painted look, El Shaddai goes for a psychedelic spacey 70s cel-shaded style, drawing inspiration from Logan's Run, Alejandro Jodorowski, and Michael Jackson videos. Oh, and the bible. Don't forget the bible."
Now, I got kicked out of my Confirmation Class back in Iowa when I was 12 for proposing that humans ought to ride lightcycles and wield anime-inspired swords while fighting fallen angels, so I'm glad to see that at least I wasn't alone in those beliefs. If you're not afraid of (maybe) a little blasphemy and an ambitious, artsy game, make sure to check out the full El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron E3 hands-on preview.