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You should have played… Asura’s Wrath

You should have played… Asura’s Wrath

All games involve a suspension of disbelief. The average game features a staggering amount of events which could never happen in real life. In an FPS you heal a thousand times faster than in reality, you can survive falls that would leave you with shattered ankles and you can survive 100% more bullets to the head. Actually, thats not quite right. You can survive infinitelly more bullets to the head.

In this way games allow us to gloss over all the unwelcome aspects of reality and in return we get to live out more exciting fantasies. Its not really possible to jump higher by shooting a rocket at your feet but it is a lot of fun. When this technique is applied in reality though, the results may remain entertaining but its certainly not an effective strategy to apply to real world combat scenarios.

Some games try to increase the levels of realism to make the game world more immersive. If a game like ArmA II could talk, it might say to Asura’s Wrath, “I’m one of those types of games that values realism”. If Asura’s Wrath could talk, it might reply, “I’m the other type.” It would then Dragon Punch ArmA II into the moon.

It can be hard to describe the sheer OTT spectacle of Asura’s Wrath. Instead of trying, I’ll showcase some personal high points. As you work your way through this post, my goal is to make you stop reading. You may be saying, “Well that’s a strange goal Tom”. Well not really. Smart arse. You’ll have stopped reading because you’ll be saying, “Shit, I gots to get this game!”.

Before I do that though I’ll offer some provisos. Asura’s Wrath is not for everyone. If you don’t like anime and ridiculous fight scenes you might like to bail out now. Similarly, if you are looking for value for money then know that this is a short game AND the last chapter is DLC that’s not included. Additionally, the parts that most closely resemble a game often feel like a cut price God of War with none of the balance and even less depth. Despite all that, it is a stunningly original and ridiculously bombastic title. Let me show you!

Burst!
Lets start with the rather good trailer. You see those parts where Asura flies towards an enemy and powers up a huge punch before sending them flying into the distance? That’s called a “Burst”. In Asura’s Wrath, when you charge up a Wrath Meter you have the chance to use a Burst. Generally this involves some epic moment of Asura flying forward in slow motion before punching an enemy over the horizon. Not always though. Sometimes you have your arms ripped off. When this happens, you head-butt them over the horizon instead. Also, you see that part where a buy the size of a planet tries to squish you with a continent-sized finger? That happens at the start of the game…. when things haven’t got too crazy yet.

Epic Fights
You know those moments in a martial arts movie or manga or anime where the big fight that the story has been building towards is just about to kick off? Well nothing handles those moments quite so well as Asura’s Wrath. Its rare that a game makes me talk to myself out loud when alone, but over and over again during these tense moments just before a big battle, an “ooooooohhhhhhh shiiiiiit” would slip out. At times, this built all the way up to a, “Fuck yeah!”. As this clip isn’t in English, let me set the scene: Asura has just awoken from a 10,000 year coma and in that time the seven generals have increased in power to become more like Gods. Despite their power, Asura defeated the first of them but at the expense of his arms. He must now fight his rival Yasha, now far more powerful than he ever was before. Yasha’s theme music is very reminiscent of movies about the old west, and you can hear it throughout this clip overpowering Asura’s theme in the same way that he overpowers Asura in combat.

Insane Capcom Cross Overs
Now’s the time to bail out. If you really haven’t played Asura’s Wrath yet then you should leave now and go play it. Have you left? No? Go Dammit!

Fine then, stay. But if you’re really never going to play Asura’s Wrath you still need to see this shit. So it turns out *massive ultra spoilers* that Asura’s Wrath is set 870 million years before the present day. In fact, it seems that its (kind of) the origin story for the world of Street Fighter! Or something! Its weird anyway, check it out:

If this wasn’t enough, DLC was then released featuring Street Fighter characters travelling back in time. Even more insanely, the Ryu DLC basically plays like Street Fighter 4 for the first half. Ryu then gets punched all the way to the moon and proceeds to fight within the gameplay of Asura’s Wrath. Mind ultra-blown!

So basically this game is nuts. Nuts in a way that so many modern titles aren’t. Its the kind of thing that shouldn’t come from a big studio. Its too weird and original and unpolished, and that’s what makes it brilliant. BURST!

MOAR FROM CALMDOWNTOM!

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  1. RGDubz says
    05/21/2012, 8:03 PM

    “the last chapter is DLC that’s not included”

    I’m tired of stupid people.. the game has a full ending as is, the last chapter is an extension to the game the only reason this game receives flack is because idiots said the ending was cut from the game which is a fail on their part.

    The extension DLC extends the story & was NEVER apart of the full game, the reason these idiots say this is because if you manage to get 5 S ratings they give you an EXTRA ending which is basically the set-up to the DLC, it lets you know DLC is coming, had Capcom not included this those whining little kids would have nothing to bitch about & the reality is they’re bitching over nothing.

    If you idiots really want to bitch then bitch about games like Street Fighter X Tekken & Operation Raccoon City, they’re actually selling you idiots DLC that is already on the disc & most these idiots still buy it, yet they bitch about another game assuming Capcom did the same.. FAIL, do some real research if anybody says Capcom ripped us off like they did with SF X T & RE: ORC they are purely talking out their ass & have not played the game simply going off anothers speculation.

    As much as I dislike the way Capcom is handling itself this Gen, they did us no wrong with Asura’s Wrath & unfortunately the sequel will not see the light of day thanks to this bullshit rumour which really hurt the games sales, badly.

    Too many stupid people in our society & on the internet today, hence why Call of Duty is the #1 selling series when it is clearly designed for mainstream no skill having casual gamers & 5 year old little girls, god I can’t wait for the next-gen when most these casual gamers will be gone playing shit I-Phone, I-Pad & cheesy Facebook games instead of flocking to consoles & I say good riddance.

    Don’t get me wrong Asura’s Wrath is not a game where you need a lot of skill either but it was very unique, some developers finally get the balls to try something new & this is how it’s received.. No wonder Microsoft & Nintendo don’t take chances making any original games.

    Casual gamers & Developers programming games for casual gamers has ruined so many games this gen.. & don’t even get me started on you Trophy/Achievement whores, you idiots need to get a life already or die off.. Pick one & leave gaming to the core gamers out there.

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