Capcom and Cyber Connect2′s new hit Asura’s Wrath is a game that mixes episodic story telling with anime inspired action. The unique story that Cyber Connect2 tells with Asura’s Wrath is a hybrid between science fiction and Hindu mythology. It’s main character Asura is a strong willed demigod who’s rage can never be quelled, a rage that just grows u until he becomes something the world of Gaea has never seen before, and shows them what an unrelenting determination fueled by anger can accomplish.
The story’s main characters are inspired by Hindu mythology and written into a science fiction space war which has been going on between Vlitra (a massive parasitic creature that resides in the planets core) and the 8 guardians each with their own corresponding army fleets. The story is dramatic and does not lose sight of the main plot of the destruction of Vlitra, all while Asura deals with the betrayal of the other seven Demigods that destroy his life and have him branded a traitor.
The game is very fast paced as you fight through deity after deity, with a majority of the action sequences being quick time events mixed in with a combat style that feels similar to the Dragon Ball Z games. Small break ups between battling with the seven Deities are composed mostly of cut scenes and very small linear battles between the seven deities’ foot soldiers or creatures infected by Vlitra. Though these fights all seem the same and don’t really differentiate between each other, it is a nice little touch to have added in to break up constant epic battles and Panzar Dragoon type shooting mechanics. The aforementioned shooting sections have been set up in portions of Asrua’s Wrath where you will be expected to annihilate anything in the sky/space.
The controller layout for Asura’s Wrath is very simple and can be picked up in a few minutes, even the most novice of gamers can get into this game fast. With that being said, the only thing that will have people losing their cool will be some of the quick time events where you will have to mash the B (or Circle) button till you break your controller, or one of your fingers. The controls are very smooth when it comes to the combat system, but could use a tiny improvement with the movement of the character. Asura is beyond simple with it controls for how complex the movements being preformed in the game look and offer a layout that all gamer types can pick up and enjoy.
Asura’s Wrath is one of those rare games that come around once in awhile and are easily over looked, the graphics and game play mixed together gives you the feeling that your are controlling the main character in an anime series. Asura offers a few hours of game play that will leave you stunned and wanting more, Capcom and Cyber Connect2 really out did themselves with the look of this game, and non stop action that they jammed into it. Although they had a decent story, it did not meet the level design or design of the characters and left you with the look and style of Asura’s Wrath being as deep as the game was going to get. The game is a must play and the story is enjoyable even though the dialogue is lacking on a lot of fronts. If you can, it’s highly suggested you wait a bit for this game to drop in price a bit, but it will be the best anime you ever played guaranteed.
- Jaw dropping battles
- Colorful and stylish character designs
- Burst! mode
- Smaller linear Battles are repetitive
- Very Short Game
- Not much replayability