Back in July of this year I started playing El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. I’d heard nothing but fantastic things about it from plenty of sources that I trusted, and figured that I’d forgotten about it long enough. I’m happy to say that every bit of praise that had been heaped upon it was true: The game was fantastic. My understanding of it coming in was that it was sort of an arty 3D beat-em-up, which was completely fine with me. What I wasn’t expecting was all of the other elements from other game genres that were thrown in, and for the most part, very well executed. The 3D platform could be a bit frustrating at times (perhaps that’s due to me not being so great at 3D platforming sometimes), but I was thrilled with the 2D platforming and motorcycle stages. I would not hesitate to recommend this game to anyone.
That being said, why did it take me so long to finish this game? It isn’t exactly a long game by any stretch of the imagination (unless you’re going for all of the achievements/trophies, which is a multiple play through affair), and in fact I was already at the final chapter before I put it down for about 2-3 months. This is completely the fault of a time sucking beast known as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Though I played World of Warcraft a little on and off, I have never been very big on MMOs. Obviously FFXIV ended up being a big exception to this rule, but that’s another story.
I, like a lot of gamers, sometimes have a bit of a forgetfulness problem. I’ll be legitimately excited about starting a game, and play it for some time. A new and shiny game comes out, and I completely forget about that original game that I was so excited to start in the first place. Sometimes it’s due to feelings of wanting to keep up with the latest games that your friends are all playing, sometimes it’s just about needing a break from that first game. Either way, actually being able to look at a game and say “I finished this” is still a fairly satisfying feeling to me. I’m going to try to be less forgetful without getting burned out. After all, we all do still need breaks from things sometimes.