@dvorak: In what way? I am a devout atheist and the book that this game is based on is a collection of bronze age desert fables... wouldn't be any different from playing a lord of the rings game or a comic book game, you know, something else that is made up :)
I would consider myself an atheist as well, in the way that I don't really give a fuck about religion. Putting aside the fact that no one can be a 'devout' atheist, there a virtually infinite quantity of quality fiction-based content out there that doesn't deal with poorly translated pseudo-religious bullshit. Of course it's all made up, but it's also just fucking dumb on top of that.
It's not even as much the content, but the approach they took. I'd just like to remind everyone what that dude showing off the game in the QL said: "Well if you know your bible..."
Fuck. Right. Off. (not you, whoever that dude was)
It's not a bible-thumping game. I'm nowhere close to Christian. I was born a Hindu. What I loved about El Shaddai was its interpretation of the source material in a literary sense. I think theology is fascinating, but not in a religious way. I find the literature and its metaphors to be rich and interesting.
It's a shame you're offended by the game because it's vaguely connected to Christianity.
The guy, btw, was Shane Bettenhausen, who used to work for 1up. His point was the adherence to the source material, not that it's the game that will bring your closer to Jesus. Despite the sharp left turn the game constantly takes aesthetically, it still adheres largely to the material its based on , which is pretty commendable for such a bizarre game.
@dvorak: Thing is, to know literature, you really do need to know your Bible, whether you're Christian or not. It's, you know, the first widely-published book. It shapes most of our narrative today. I'm not saying I know mine, but I acknowledge the importance of knowing the Bible to really get most literary allusions.
I think that Quick Look also largely misrepresents El Shaddai. There's a goddamned Tron level in that game. You ride a light cycle for an almost absurd amount of time. My jaw literally was dropped throughout the entire sequence.
Also, this loading screen has that one track that sounds EXACTLY like the jam at the end of Another Brick In The Wall (Part I).
This is precisely what I was getting at. Whether or not you're a religious person, theological literature has a huge impact on writing in the western world.