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GF Rating
5.7

864 ratings

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

A piece of art

posted by profkilljoy7z (SANFORD, FL) Jan 26, 2012

Member since Jan 2012

1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

This game is absolutely gorgeous. But not for everyone. Every new area I found was like running around and fighting enemies in a new piece of artwork. If ever there was a game in favor of the "Games as art" movement this should be one of the poster children.

But again, it isn't for everyone. The story is based on a story from the Bible. But the game is not trying to preach or convert. It is simply telling a story. The gameplay works very well, and transitions from 2-d side scroller to 3-d brawler. Combat is very fun and you can steal any weapons your enemies have and use them.

If you are looking for a surreal experience unlike any offered by another game I highly recommend this title.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

EPIC VISUAL STORY

posted by C_H_O_C_O_B_O (ROCKLAND, MA) Nov 13, 2011

Member since Aug 2011

This game is always changing and keeps you hooked from start to end. The visuals are amazing and the music is superb. The combat can be a little tedious at times, but they let you switch around. The platforming aspect of the game is where the gameplay shines. This game is all about enjoying it's beautiful artistic storytelling.

10 Story
10 Music
7 Combat
9 Gameplay
11 Graphics/Visuals

If you want to play a game that's different than the rest than look no further.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Beautiful, but Not For Everyone

posted by DeOh (ANAHEIM, CA) Mar 14, 2012

Member since Mar 2012

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I can easily see this game will have a very narrow appeal.

The obvious and most attractive part of this game is the acid-trip visuals; along with appropriately epic music. For me, that's part of the experience, but if you are a trigger happy type of gamer that needs to "do" something you won't like this game. There are lots of moments where you are just walking as the voices of the Archangels/Lucifel advance the story or describe characters and you take in the visuals. Sometimes, you're just walking. Sometimes you're doing some mild platforming. Or attacking some easy enemies, but you don't have to.

And on that point, the entirely of the gameplay is like God of War / Devil May Cry; fighting the same 3 enemy types over and over, boss sections, and all this action is broken up with some easy to hard platforming (i.e. Mario, etc.). Sometimes, the perspective changes from 3rd person to side-scrolling to change things up. Typically in these sections it emphasizes the platforming more.

Fighting the same 3 enemies can get repetitive in long sessions as these enemies don't die easily. But the real fun comes from the boss battles and there is quite a few of them. There are some battles with the Watchers that don't seem to have any point to them. You lose, you move on. You win (can you win?), you still move on. Most of the time the Watchers will KO you in 1-2 hits, basically interrupting the game for no reason. But I guess it's to help foreshadow these bosses and give you a chance to feel out their weaknesses before you fight them "for reals."

Besides that, I disagree with others that the story is hard to follow. The story is pretty much summed up in the info box on this page. The details during the game aren't hard to glean either.

Overall, I find the game's visuals and atmosphere very appealing and the gameplay, especially boss battles, satisfying even if not the greatest ever. You really just have to see this game for yourself.

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