Asura’s Wrath

by Mackenzie M. February 24th, 2015 | Game Reviews
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Game reviewers across the Internet are highly anticipating an upcoming video game that is poised to “redefine the action genre” of video games by completely overhauling and delivering an “unprecedented” level of drama, “dynamism,” and gamer interaction.

Developed by the Japanese company CyberConnet2 and Capcom, this Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game is sure to skyrocket in popularity following its February 21, 2012 release date. This single-player game combines themes of Asian mythology, science fiction, and the graphic art style of anime, to add uniquely Japanese elements. Asura’s Wrath is a necessity for gamers in the spring of 2012.

Asura’s Wrath, as seen in some teaser trailers online, plays out like an episode of an anime television series. Each chapter is filled with action and a continued storyline across the levels. The Japanese flair to the game does not stop there. The storyline is loosely based on Asian mythological themes.

The main character, Asura, was once a god figure that was responsible for protecting heaven and earth from the evil force known as Gohma. One day, after returning from battle, Asura finds that the emperor has been murdered, and he is being accused of the crime. Asura also discovers that his wife has been murdered, and his daughter, Mithra, has been kidnapped. The storyline revolves around the quest for justice for the murder of the emperor and Asura’s wife, as well as to locate and rescue Mithra.

As many reviewers have pointed out, the storyline and game play of Asura’s Wrath goes far beyond the normal level of the action genre. Players assume full control of Asura, and they are put in the middle of all of the drama unfolding in Asura’s life. The player discovers alliances, betrayals, and even other realms of gods as the sinister storyline progresses. The player must also build up a meter that allows them to “burst” through the storyline to make any progress in the mission. This becomes extremely difficult for Asura, as he has been stripped of all of his god-like powers, and he must use only his fury and desire for revenge to defeat his enemies. As the title suggests, once Asura and the player learn to channel the rage and wrath into attacks on the enemy, Asura will be able to battle successfully against the deities who have wronged him.

Once through most of the drama of the storyline, the chapters of the game all culminate into a spectacular and wildly cinematic ending. Naturally, haunting classical music plays in the background, and the final moments of all of Asura’s work will prove whether or not he gets his daughter back, and more importantly, revenge on his enemies. For gamers interested in Asian culture, anime, or who simply want to experience the intense drama of the game, Asura’s Wrath will not disappoint. It will be released in the United States on February 21, 2012 for a price of around $50-60.

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