El Shaddai: The Rise of Metatron
Last night I downloaded a playable demo for my PS3 El Shaddai: The Rise of Metatron:
According ot the game makers: “El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is a potentially special title because it is based on the Book of Enoch, one of the documents that are part of the Dead Sea scrolls, a cache of documents that offer an alternative take on the history of early Christianity and on the person of Jesus himself.”(Just for the record the DSS do not offer an alternative take on the ‘history’ of early Christianity and Jesus himself).
It looks to me that while some characters may have been taken from the Hebrew Bible and 1 Enoch the story line might be more influenced by 3 Enoch. Which is too bad because a Fall of the Watchers game in which Enoch assists the heavenly archangels in defeating the giants and rounding up the fallen angels to throw them in a pit in the wilderness would make for an epic video game. Also the cosmological backdrop of the second half of the Book of the Watchers would make for amazing scenery in which to set the story.
Also, in this game, apparently the Nephilim are giant penises:
I would say they got that one wrong, but maybe the game directors have been reading their Animal Apocalypse?!?
Anyways, it’s hard to judge a game adequately off of one level, though it seemed to be a bit of a button masher developing a story that randomly takes characters from a variety of different ancient Hebrew stories to create a story line, e.g., “Goldilocks was wearing a red-hood when she entered her mother’s ginger-bread house…”