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  • Summary: Once a revered deity, Asura was betrayed by his fellow gods and stripped of all his powers. Consumed by anger at the injustice he has suffered and swearing vengeance, Asura discovers he can use this fury to his advantage and turn it against his enemies. By channelling his inner rage, Asura is now able to unleash devastating attacks and wreak havoc as he battles against the deities who have wronged him and their earthly forces. Inspired by episodic dramas, Asura's Wrath will be split into distinct sections with gameplay and narrative unfolding as one and building to a final climatic conclusion. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 54
  2. Negative: 2 out of 54
  1. Feb 22, 2012
    Asura's Wrath is a glittering, golden starchild of incredulity, and I love it.
  2. Feb 29, 2012
    In terms of story and presentation, the tale of Asura's Wrath is one of the best of this console generation, but a scant six hours of gameplay and lengthy cutscenes holds it back from being perfect.
  3. Mar 12, 2012
    Asura's Wrath is a definite explosive and engaging experience on the first time through but falls short when it comes to replay.
  4. 70
    Asura's Wrath begs for negative criticism. But no unhelpful intellectualising about the boundaries of TV and videogame can magic away the wide grin that sat on our face for most of the game. If you're a fan of massive-attack anime and characters who are only mortal when the battle ends, Asura's Wrath is Naruto for post-pubescents. It's not great value, but it is spectacular entertainment.
  5. Mar 11, 2012
    It's such a tough sell, as it's so short and so little of its running time can actually be defined as 'gameplay'. It's such a maverick, though, and such a bananas way to spend eight hours, that it's almost certainly something everyone should experience. Just don't go expecting the Earth. Asura's already smashed it to pieces.
  6. Mar 23, 2012
    Asura's Wrath is an incredible experience, but not exactly a great game. You spend as much, if not more, time watching cut-scenes as you do actually controlling Asura. There is a lot of promise to this concept, but I am not sure it's implementation belongs in a full-priced, retail game.
  7. Apr 8, 2012
    Those expecting a God of War type experience within Asura's Wrath are bound to be disappointed. Hell, those expecting a game are likely to feel some letdown because the bulk of Asura's Wrath is spent watching things instead of doing them. Hardcore anime fans will probably find something worthwhile here, but those looking for a solid action brawler would be well-advised to keep searching.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 5 out of 43
  1. Mar 8, 2012
    Unique, fun and compelling. A non stop action ride in the vicinity of dbz and gow but if you don't like qte then you might not enjoy it as it's a very large percentage of what makes this game so special. Expand
  2. Mar 24, 2012
    You must play and watch it - it's so unique and enjoyable!
    It's a "story heavy" game, which will keep you with your pad in hand, amazed and
    curious what next, till the end. The story is amazing, the graphics one of the best I've seen on XBOX360, the animation is something that is very hard to see in any game - it's so freaky fantastic, and music is really, really great.

    For me best game I've played in last year or two - compared to many games that received so much better reviews for ex. GOW3, Portal2, for me it beats even Skyrim!

    Many people said that this is not a game - because of it's "actual" gaming being too short. I don't agree. Game must entertain me - and it did in the best way. Playing and watching was the best entertain time I've had in long time.

    The good: - story - graphics, animation - music - fun - innovation

    The bad - last only about 12-14h (on hard and with second ending) - repetition in second ending
  3. May 1, 2012
    You have to know what kind of game this is going in. It's basically an anime series with Quick Time Events, small pieces of on-rails shooting segments like rez and small pieces of brawler combat segments. It has a well driven story, good graphics, decent voice acting, and an impressive soundtrack. Each episode is action-packed, with lots of yelling, over-the-top battle sequences that put DBZ to shame, and it just continues with climax after climax after climax, and just when you think it's dying down, it gets intense again. It's an excellent game.

    The story is intertwined with Quick Time Events to keep you on your toes. I have to stop here and say that I am a firm HATER of QTEs, however, they felt very good in this game, because it's not meaningless button mashing, it all makes sense. Certain buttons do certain type of QTEs, so it's not just random guessing or memorization, there is a flow you can get the hang of that makes it fun. It's also not nearly as distracting from the action as I thought it would be. They position the QTE buttons onscreen in a way that you see them without them interfering with you watching the show. Then when you get into the battle segments. Before I explain the different kinds, I'll explain the goal of battles. It's not to whittle down your opponents HP. The goal of the battle is to build up a "Burst Gauge", which basically fills by attacking, doing God of War style finishers, and successful counterattacks. OK, so there are 3 kinds of battle segments. The first is what I'd call the Rez style shooter. You're basically on rails, and you have a lock-on button for "missiles", a "rapid fire" button, and a dodge button (to put it into shoot em up terms). You just shoot stuff and dodge until your gauge is full. The second type is the brawler style, where they keep throwing a bunch of weak enemies at you until you can fill your gauge and continue. The third type is a fighting game style, comparable to Naruto games. On Hard, it requires lots of careful dodging, jumping, and perfectly timed counterattacks, no frontal assaults at all. It takes lots of patience and skill (for those who don't want it too boring). On Normal it's more of a punch each other and throw in some cool dodge moves every once in a while. On Hard you can also lose over 1/2 your life bar in one hit if you're unlucky. On Normal it's pretty easy.

    I did get all the DLC to finish the game out, basically adds another 1/3 to the game with all 3 packs. I played through the game 2 times. Once on launch and once when all DLC was complete (on Hard). I have to say I enjoyed the story without the DLC, it doesn't feel like the blatantly ripped out part of the game. However, they add a teaser at the end to link to the DLC. This last DLC adds a 2nd, even more climactic ending. The only gripe I have is having to pay 3 times for an extra 1/3 more content. I definitely think this is well worth a 9. I don't give 10, so this is basically the highest a game can get! The score is based on me knowing what kind of game it was, knowing it was a QTE movie, so I wasn't disappointed by thinking it was something else. Don't let people through you off with bad reviews because they didn't understand what kind of game it was.
  4. Mar 11, 2012
    Action action action, this game was made for those who suffer from ADD. If you know Anime and grew up on The Fist of the North Star, love the close up action of Street Fighter 4 and watch John Woo films over and over then this is your cup of tea. Great effort and its nice to see Capcom doing something refreshing again like they did with Clover Studios back in the day. Great interactive Anime that gives you feeling of kicking butt like an over the top cut scene from releasing a GF in Final Fantasy. Expand
  5. Nov 4, 2013
    Asura's Wrath is essentially an over-the-top, interactive anime. With an amount of yelling and powering up, only second to Dragon Ball Z, this game is one heck of a ride. The graphics are superb and present a uniqueness about them. The game play itself consists mostly of button mashing and timing. Those who can't mash with the best of them, can still enjoy the game, but are fated to get a lower score.

    Scoring consists of 3 categories: Time, Battle, and Synchronization.

    Time is, of course, the amount of time it takes you to complete an episode.
    Battle is how well you perform in open movement fighting.
    Synchronization is how well you do during the button sequences.

    The sound quality, music tracks, and voice acting are all superb. Some of the best and most prestigious voice actors, such as Liam O' Brien (Asura) and Steven Blum (Sergei), lend their voices to this title. The only problem is that you can't always hear them so well. With only a primitive, master volume sound control, you are best off leaving subtitles on.

    With too much watching and not enough game play, this one shoots itself in the foot. The game is unlike anything I've ever played and I am glad that I did. I recommend this to any fans of anime or Capcom.
  6. May 2, 2012
    This is like action anime without ankward cuteness, just how I like it. Awesome action clips are really epic, but gameplay isnt very good. Fighting is basically just smashing one button and sometimes using strong attack or shoot, but not anything like Bayonetta or Devil May Cry. Quick Time Events are mostly easy and it wasnt problem for me like hard QTE's in God of War. Mostly QTE's affects only score and only sometimes animation is different. There has come some DLC out. Episode 11.5 (160 live points) is just crappy 10 minutes long anime cartoon of fighting against some gohma with useless QTE's and not actual gameplay. It was so bad I dont even wanna know what Episode 15.5 (160 live points) is. But there is now more!
    At the end of april came DLC episodes 19-22 (560 live points) and oh boy. This completes the game and those should have been in the game at the first place! When I played Asuras Wrath without DLC I was after ending like "Meh.. Game had its good parts, but I probably never play this again." After DLC and real ending I had big smile on my face and whole game felt better. I recommend DLC for everybody who didnt actually hate this game. Overall this is average, but still good and short game. Definedly buy if you like epic fights.
  7. Mar 14, 2012
    Ok so i bought it and thought i was buying a game.... i didn't get a game, i got a naff anime cartoon with terrible voice acting, a boring story and absolutely zero fun. Theres 3 parts to the game and each part has 6 episodes. each episode varies in length but is mostly all video... one episode lasted 15 minutes and the time i actually played in this episode was 58 seconds....... it's structured horribly, doesn't feel like a game, definitely not challenging at all, and if you skip every movie cutscene in it you can complete it in 1 hour and 30 minutes. utter tripe. it gets a zero for vaguely representing something that could of been great. bad form Capcom.. bad form. Expand

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