El Shaddai Review

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Oh my god, awesome art direction! I've not heard of this game until now. I'll have to check it out.

DustyDrB:
Oh my god, awesome art direction! I've not heard of this game until now. I'll have to check it out.

Really? I guess you haven't noticed the metric ton of ads on the site without PubClub memberships. Hell, I can pretty much repeat the whole trailer I've seen it so many times.

Tempted by mankind, the corrupted angels fled from the heavens to create their own utopia on Earth. Now, a mortal returns to reclaim the souls of the fallen!

Eh, it looks pretty, but I'm not interested at the moment. And Greg, you sounded sorta zoned out during the video supplement.

Good review, this game looks great. I've been keeping an eye on it for a while and I think I've finally decided to get this game, but not right away. I think the game's price will drop quickly because the game won't sell because of it's unusual themes and aesthetics.

Seeing all the different reviews out there for this game is quite amusing. The first review I saw was the one by IGN, who totally panned the game. After reading that I was disappointed and it turned me off the game a bit, but every other review has praised it to no end. As time goes on I'm starting to value IGN's review opinions less and less, although they usually are still the best place for news, and sometimes previews.

I played the demo to this game and good God the visuals are amazing! Really, every video of it doesn't do it justice. If you haven't tried it already you should really download the demo and see it yourself, it's totally astounding. As for the gameplay, from the little I got from the demo it seems okay but not amazing. The platforming was good but the combat wasn't that brilliant. It seemed a bit limited in what you could do, and the combos weren't particularly varied. Perhaps that's just because you don't have access to much in the demo. It wasn't broken and was still relatively fun, but wasn't the most engaging or original system out there. Maybe that would be different on higher difficulties, but again the demo doesn't give you that option.

Either way, I think I'll get it, but I'm going to wait. There's other games coming up soon that I want more.

And yeah, seriously, download the demo just to see how the game looks. It looks like nothing else out right now, and it's completely mind-boggling.

Holy... crap... This (along with many other non PC, console exclusives) is a serious excuse to get a console... NOW!

I played the Xbox demo and although the game was enjoyable and the art style really good, combat was repetitive. Maybe it's the demo, maybe not, but that was enough for me to decide not to pay full price for the game.

Also regarding IGN, I'd rather take advice from my evil twin out to kill me than take any review by IGN seriously.

Though the games looks great... I seriously hope I'll never see an add campaign like it ever again...

Every time an El Shaddai add popped up, my web browser jammed. Tried it on several computers and still fucked up. I'm just glad it's out so I can comeback on the Escapist again...

Based on the demo this is overrated by at least 4 stars. I know reviewing games based on demos doesn't really work but some acknowledgement of how awful it is at the start would add credence to this viewpoint. As it stands I can't believe this is worth the perseverance.

I'll admit to me the graphics look really busy, but maybe within the game itself it works better.

Soviet Heavy:

DustyDrB:
Oh my god, awesome art direction! I've not heard of this game until now. I'll have to check it out.

Really? I guess you haven't noticed the metric ton of ads on the site without PubClub memberships. Hell, I can pretty much repeat the whole trailer I've seen it so many times.

Tempted by mankind, the corrupted angels fled from the heavens to create their own utopia on Earth. Now, a mortal returns to reclaim the souls of the fallen!

Eh, it looks pretty, but I'm not interested at the moment. And Greg, you sounded sorta zoned out during the video supplement.

I had to watch that several times before I had any idea what they were talking about. I didn't think angels had souls, and other lines confused me as well. For better or worse I did get the opportunity to watch it many many many times.

Really? I guess you haven't noticed the metric ton of ads on the site without PubClub memberships. Hell, I can pretty much repeat the whole trailer I've seen it so many times.

Tempted by mankind, the corrupted angels fled from the heavens to create their own utopia on Earth. Now, a mortal returns to reclaim the souls of the fallen!

Eh, it looks pretty, but I'm not interested at the moment. And Greg, you sounded sorta zoned out during the video supplement.

I feel exactly the same way: El Shaddai marketing fatigue.

I couldnt get over the combat. Just too uninteresting. Beutiful game but the gameplay is just meh...

The lack of a PC port makes me cry.

Gammaj4:
The lack of a PC port makes me cry.

What makes me cry is that a figure who can be pretty much be assumed to be Arab has been bleached, been given blond wig and made to wear blue contacts. -.-

inb4 Dragon Age 2 review

Nice, I was looking forward to this one. Fuck, yeah. Nice to see that it's playable.

Elementlmage:

Gammaj4:
The lack of a PC port makes me cry.

What makes me cry is that a figure who can be pretty much be assumed to be Arab has been bleached, been given blond wig and made to wear blue contacts. -.-

Yeah. In a game where you're running around on rainbows etc...thats pretty unrealistic. Its called artistic freedom.

The implications can be a bit ugly, if you care to interpret it that way. But I dont.

i played the ps3 demo and if i wanted to quit playing the demo because i was so bored, i cant imagine playing the full game. this to me was an example of putting all focus into visuals and then making gameplay an afterthought. the combat was sooooooo boring

I'm surprised everyone likes the art direction. It seems like an interesting idea to me, but horribly shallow. There seems to be no depth or detail to the environments. Now, I like things being minimalist and not cluttered, but El Shaddai actually looks unfinished to me in places. Funny, because I love impressionist paintings and total abstractions, but I'm not sure this nails it.

Plus, I can't get on board with that kind of gameplay. It looked like they found something that was solid, fairly original... And then just spammed it for the entire game. I can't see much depth in the fighting system either.

Bleh.

Thespian:
I'm surprised everyone likes the art direction. It seems like an interesting idea to me, but horribly shallow. There seems to be no depth or detail to the environments. Now, I like things being minimalist and not cluttered, but El Shaddai actually looks unfinished to me in places. Funny, because I love impressionist paintings and total abstractions, but I'm not sure this nails it.

Plus, I can't get on board with that kind of gameplay. It looked like they found something that was solid, fairly original... And then just spammed it for the entire game. I can't see much depth in the fighting system either.

Bleh.

I agree to the gentleman above...the art style doesn't really appeal to me either (and neither the gameplay).

Briney-:

Really? I guess you haven't noticed the metric ton of ads on the site without PubClub memberships. Hell, I can pretty much repeat the whole trailer I've seen it so many times.

Tempted by mankind, the corrupted angels fled from the heavens to create their own utopia on Earth. Now, a mortal returns to reclaim the souls of the fallen!

Eh, it looks pretty, but I'm not interested at the moment. And Greg, you sounded sorta zoned out during the video supplement.

I feel exactly the same way: El Shaddai marketing fatigue.

Don't watch Checkpoint anytime soon then. They're STILL running adds for it.

I'll see if I can't get even further off topic and start talking about Evangelion and how much of a holy shit that's really in the bible I got from it.

I think the concept of the game is right, but the marketing barrage was so terrible I don't want to play it out of spite. If they had more than one add for the game, I probably would have thought about it. They only ever had one add for it. I'm also not really a fan of the concept of the game, so I'll pass.

An abundance of advertising, and now the most one-sided review in Escapist history. Anyone else feel that maybe the makers of El Shaddai threw a little money The Escapist's way, if you know what I mean?

Kiereek:
An abundance of advertising, and now the most one-sided review in Escapist history. Anyone else feel that maybe the makers of El Shaddai threw a little money The Escapist's way, if you know what I mean?

yeah i found this game to be pretty but highly flawed, but i think that the gaming journalism community as a whole is pulling for this game so that it can push the medium. Ironnically the most honest review i have seen was at IGN.com go fig

This didn't even mention that you can use the Japanese voices too, I feel that's a pretty big oversight.

I love the game, I only wonder if all the low reviews it's getting elsewhere is due to it depicting religious content which some may find offensive. I mean, Lucifer being on your side may rub people the wrong way lol.

Raziel_Likes_Souls:
inb4 Dragon Age 2 review

If people are still pissed about that then I feel sorry for them. They need to let it go and just not like the game in peace.

I'm pretty excited for this game. Loving everything about the art direction and I'm a big Devil May Cry fan. I'll have to wait to buy it though since my last big game purchase was Catherine and college just started up again. :/

The drastic difference between reviews and user comments has left me conflicted with whether or not I want to play this game. Part of me wonders if people are being overly harsh because the ad campaign, but part of me wonders if most of the praise it gets is solely based off aesthetics. This review said almost nothing bad about the game, which is weird, but I've read others that have, yet still praised it. Color me confused.

DJDarque:
The drastic difference between reviews and user comments has left me conflicted with whether or not I want to play this game. Part of me wonders if people are being overly harsh because the ad campaign, but part of me wonders if most of the praise it gets is solely based off aesthetics. This review said almost nothing bad about the game, which is weird, but I've read others that have, yet still praised it. Color me confused.

Honest opinion

Platforming- average and slightly flawed but ok

Combat- frustrating, boring, repetitive, and outdated

Aesthetics- Amazing, almost makes it all worth it... almost

if you are a fan of action brawler types like God of war, ninja gaiden, etc then this will leave you wanting, but if combat entertainment isnt all that important and you just want to breeze through for the games experience then go for it. After the demo and some time with the real game, my plan is to cop a used one and play it on easy so i can breeze through it to take in the games beauty.

Ya it's a great looking thing but the gameplay itself is rather poor, combat is really shallow and platforming is very fuzzy because the art and world physics don't match up, it makes a great 20-30$ game, but at 60$ hell fucking no.

Looks nice, but play the demo first. Boring, generic fighter. Nothing is interesting apart from the art style, but even that cant save it. How you can rate it so highly is beyond me. Id give it a 2 out of 5, maybe a 3 if you are a person that likes that type of game.

The problem here seems that a lot of people come into this game wanting Bayonetta or DMC (the older ones) and fail to realize that this game is all about the story and environments and art style.

People should stop trying to have fun in the same way with their games, they should experience them in the terms they were meant to be experienced. We should get rid of the confines of genres, we shouldn't be saying "you're an action game, you should be like THIS", we should be saying, "wow, an action game not focused on the fighting but doing something different...I wonder how that experience will be!".

CezarIgnat:

Thespian:
I'm surprised everyone likes the art direction. It seems like an interesting idea to me, but horribly shallow. There seems to be no depth or detail to the environments. Now, I like things being minimalist and not cluttered, but El Shaddai actually looks unfinished to me in places. Funny, because I love impressionist paintings and total abstractions, but I'm not sure this nails it.

Plus, I can't get on board with that kind of gameplay. It looked like they found something that was solid, fairly original... And then just spammed it for the entire game. I can't see much depth in the fighting system either.

Bleh.

I agree to the gentleman above...the art style doesn't really appeal to me either (and neither the gameplay).

Gotta agree I've seen ps2 games with more details in their graphics, to me it looks like it lacks polish almost seems half finished.

I have to be honest on this one. I played it for about 30 minutes and then proceeded to throw demon's souls back in because it was so boring. I didn't like the camera and the combat was very bland early in the game. It lacked any substance to keep me entertained for long but I have to admit the story interests me and the art style is somewhat refreshing.

Kiereek:
An abundance of advertising, and now the most one-sided review in Escapist history. Anyone else feel that maybe the makers of El Shaddai threw a little money The Escapist's way, if you know what I mean?

Yeah, unfortunataly I don't trust a review that has paid advertising on the same page.

I don't know this game looks a bit pretentious, and I have "The Pretentionist" badge so I know what I'm talking about.

Seriously though, the aesthetics are nice but they're not supported by good mechanics. It's like if they took the Sistine Chapel ceiling and held it up with cardboard walls. If you want to make a thing that's based entirely on aesthetics then why not just make a painting or a film. Videogames are primarily an interactive medium and thus one ought to focus on the interactive bits when making a game. When a shallow work of art tries to make itself seem deep, that art is pretentious. I think that may be what we have here, mind you, I haven't seen very much of the game so maybe it'll surprise me with some clever musings on the patriarchy of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic god or something like that.

If you played this game would you please tell me your thoughts on it?

Dreiko:
The problem here seems that a lot of people come into this game wanting Bayonetta or DMC (the older ones) and fail to realize that this game is all about the story and environments and art style.

People should stop trying to have fun in the same way with their games, they should experience them in the terms they were meant to be experienced. We should get rid of the confines of genres, we shouldn't be saying "you're an action game, you should be like THIS", we should be saying, "wow, an action game not focused on the fighting but doing something different...I wonder how that experience will be!".

I dont think its misguided to ask the game to have an adequate and fun combat system. Bayonetta, God of War, and Ninja Gaiden all have unique but almost equally entertaining combat systems, El Shaddai simply does not. If I wasnt meant to have fun with the Combat then i should be able to skip it, regardless of our opinions and hopes for the medium games are supposed to be fun first, art second. This game really got the art part down pack but is pretty weak on the game part.

Arisato-kun:

Raziel_Likes_Souls:
inb4 Dragon Age 2 review

If people are still pissed about that then I feel sorry for them. They need to let it go and just not like the game in peace.

I'm pretty excited for this game. Loving everything about the art direction and I'm a big Devil May Cry fan. I'll have to wait to buy it though since my last big game purchase was Catherine and college just started up again. :/

See two posts above yours.

Strangely enough, my impressions for the demo are pretty much the same as the reviewers. Yet no bags of cash have been sent in my direction, sadly.

The game so far is gorgeous. The combat, while repetitive is infrequent enough to not be a drag. Also the platforming sections are also a really nice showcase for the games designers.

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