El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

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El Shaddai announced for Android

El Shaddai announced for Android

Mobile version is 2D side-scroller.

Offbeat biblical beat-'em-up El Shaddai is to be shrunk onto phones wot use Android.

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (Android Versions), as it's called, will be a 2D side-scrolling affair, reported Famitsu (via Andriasang).

There will also be a version for Sony's Xperia Play.

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The Making of El Shaddai

How the most stratospherically mad game of the year came into being.

El Shaddai is a wonderful thing. It's brimming over with hyperactive creativity, as stylistically varied and interesting as any game of modern times. It's also totally insane, something that I really hope will help it make an impact on the charts when it belatedly comes out over here this Friday.

Out This Week - 09/09/11

Island! Fox! Resistance! Marine! Shaddai!

Your wallet is no longer safe. The games releases arrive thick and fast this week, with two platform exclusives, two hotly anticipated multiplatform releases and a unique Japanese thing - all fighting for your money.

EU PlayStation Store update 10th August

EU PlayStation Store update 10th August

Resistance 3 beta! El Shaddai, Driver demos!

PlayStation Plus subscribers are offered early access to the Resistance 3 beta test today. You'll have a seven day head start on the general public, who'll be invited in on 17th August.

For the general PS3 public today there are three worthy demos: Driver San Francisco, El Shaddai and madden NFL. Eurogamer's Japanese import El Shaddai review awarded a sky-scraping 9/10. Do try.

Full games today are Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, Galaga Legions DX, Spelunker HD and, as we told you yesterday, the Spinter Cell HD Trilogy.

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El Shaddai UK, EU release date

El Shaddai UK, EU release date

New trailer, screenshots.

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron launches in Europe on 9th September, publisher UTV Ignition has announced.

The game launched in Japan at the end of April.

Keza MacDonald turned up a 9/10 in Eurogamer's El Shaddai review. "Like Bayonetta, like Rez, like Okami, it changes the way you think about games - and yet it's remarkably unpretentious," she wrote.

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El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

Shaddai or shouldn't I?

Editor's note: This import review of the Japanese version of El Shaddai was originally published in June 2011. We present it again to mark the game's release in the UK and Europe today. There are no differences between the versions significant enough to affect our opinion of this great game. Be sure to check out our article on The Making of El Shaddai, too.

El Shaddai has everything you could ever want from a Japanese game. It has a transforming robot made out of motorbikes, a moonwalking dance master throwing shapes in front of the screen whilst you try desperately to fend off his minions, doves with boxing gloves for heads that gently but assertively butt you out of the air mid-jump, and so much more. Anybody who has ever spent time rummaging hopefully in the import section - it's out in Japan now, with a Western release planned for later this year - was hoping to find something like this.

And despite the fact that everybody's clothes come off as they take damage, there are absolutely no uncomfortably young-looking ladies in improbable outfits. Instead, there are topless blonde angel hunks and eerily naked humanoid blob-things. And giant, masked and armoured pigs. And monocular pyramid-headed Guardians that turn into giant bats. And and and.

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El Shaddai gets Japanese release date

El Shaddai gets Japanese release date

Madness begins in April.

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron launches in Japan on 28th April, Ignition Entertainment has announced.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 action game will set you back 7980 (60), Andriasang reports.

Last year Ignition confirmed a 2011 European and North American release for the game, but has yet to firm it up.

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El Shaddai

Angel may cry.

"Calm and soothing" isn't exactly the most common design aesthetic among the creators of game booths at the Tokyo Game Show - which is perhaps why UTV Ignition's booth for El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron stands out so prominently.

El Shaddai confirmed for Europe

El Shaddai confirmed for Europe

It's heading to PS3 and 360 next year.

Ignition Entertainment has confirmed that El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is heading west.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 game has already been a big hit in Japan, and now there are plans to bring it to North America and Europe next year.

El Shaddai is a third-person fantasy actioner inspired by the Old Testament, specifically the Book of Enoch. It's all about battles between heaven and earth, fallen angels and great floods. Look out for red-eyed angel Lucifel, always there to offer a wise word or a quick quip. That sort of thing.

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