Sometimes gamers can get caught up with popular titles and they tend to overlook the less-advertised games. This week I would like to put on display a hidden gem named Asura’s Wrath for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
This game was released in early 2012 and it lost its hype very quickly. This was surprising not because it was a bad game but because it was not what most gamers wanted to play.
The plot revolves around a divine god named Asura and his path to vengeance. The art and characters were inspired by the Hindu religion and science fiction. The presentation, however, is displayed as a Japanese animated cartoon which is commonly referred to as anime.
Coining the term “interactive anime,” Asura’s Wrath combines many various elements from all sorts of gaming genres. Throughout your adventure you will control your character in third-person combat but during certain fights you will switch into quick-time event button smashing.
Gameplay overall resembles the beat ‘em up style that focuses on defeating opponents in close combat with attacks, counters, dashes and projectiles. To toss in some variety, there will be moments where you will have to play similar to a rail shooter game. These elements involve moving along a fixed axis while dodging and shooting back at your enemies.
I don’t want to give too much detail about the story but I can say it has some depth to it. Early on as you play, the plot may seem shallow but you will be caught off guard at how intriguing the characters are.
You will be hit with surprises and funny dialogue that will keep you entertained. Also Asura’s Wrath is rated T for teen, so you can expect as much contact similar to a PG-13 movie in regards to violence and language.
I was shocked that this game didn’t have a huge following. As a fan of anime, I throughly enjoyed playing this when it first came out. After doing some research, it made total sense as to what happened.
In Japan, this game is regarded very highly and it received many perfect scores whereas in America we gave it mixed reviews. Some people simply said that it was more cinematic and less focused on actual playing. Others enjoyed the fact that it was hard to put down because you always wanted to know what was next.
Even those who gave Asura’s Wrath a negative review complimented it on how much fun the gameplay was. Maybe it is time to put down some of the shooters and enjoy a nice “knock the bad guys around” game.
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