Excerpt: If history has taught us anything, it’s that you should absolutely not mess with demigods, especially if they have anger issues. This definitely includes not betraying them, killing their wives and /or kidnapping their daughters. But video game antagonists seldom learn and we find ourselves back to yet another revenge saga where good guy gets betrayed, goes mental, sprouts six hands and beats the living crap out of everyone and everything.
Excerpt: One thing I’ve always loved is when you get so proficient at an action game that you are practically unstoppable. When the controls work well you feel invincible, almost god-like, as you cut a swath of destruction through the enemies you face. Heavenly Sword and the Ninja Gaiden series spring to mind. Of course, then there are the games where you play as a god, and are given powers beyond your wildest dreams to smite your foes.
Summary: Yet another WTF slice of Japanese myth based on strangely juvenile nonsense.
clearly owes a huge debt to
, but only in the worst aspects. You have crazy, over the top fights, endless power-ups, plenty of constipated grunting, screaming and groaning, and lots of crazy hair.
Pros: DBZ fans and dyspeptic adolescent boys should presumably enjoy it…
Cons: Short., Nothing for a gamer to really do, other than watch long, boring, convoluted and uninterestingly nonsensical cutscenes., Sorry, mythology and sci-fi just don’t mix, unless you happen to be the original, Star Wars, trilogy., There is no way you could possibly care about or relate to the characters., QTE thrown in at random just to see if you’re paying attention while scenes ramble on…and on…and on…
Excerpt: Asura’s Wrath is part Hinduism, part Star Wars, part Panzer Dragoon, part Dragon’s Lair and part Streets of Rage. Let that sink in for a second. That concept, by itself, should be given some kind of award. Maybe the “Most Awesome Idea of Forever.” So yes, in concept, Asura’s Wrath is amazing, but the full [...
Excerpt: Graphic novels and videogames seem to go hand in hand these days, with fans of either medium generally being connoisseurs of the other. Many action/adventure games and RPGs have ventured into comic-style presentations, but few have really nailed anime. Until now. Asura’s Wrath presents an incredible anime style and an appropriately wonky hero’s plot, giving you the feeling of playing an anime episode like no other game before it.
Conclusion: Asura’s Wrath is a title that’s light on the undeniables, but foremost among those is that there’s nothing else quite like it right now. That’s not an entirely good thing, as Asura’s exploits are likely best suited for other gameplay styles, or even other media. Nevertheless, Cyber Connect2 has crafted a story so endearingly bugnuts that it deserves to be played by everyone, if not truly celebrated.
Excerpt: With all the hyperkinetic action and vibrant design of the average action anime, you'd think they'd translate better into gaming. Decades of wonderful series turned into low-budget crap has shown otherwise, but there's always hope that maybe this time, this favorite series will be the one to escape the curse of licensed gaming.
Excerpt: Capcom delivers another unique title with Asura's Wrath. A title that includes both Asian mythology and some of that famous Japanese sci-fi we've all come to know and love from the anime that comes out of there. But is it any good? Does it compare to some of the other games that mix action with some other kind of mythology? Well let's find out.
Conclusion: Like them or loathe them, quick time events are another string on a developer’s bow and it seems churlish to deny their existence. When used correctly they can genuinely add to any gaming experience and Asura’s Wrath is a perfect example; it ladles them on in heavy doses, but this is done so with such care and attention – and with such sublime pacing – that the journey is almost irresistible.