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Mixed or average reviews - based on 54 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 54
  2. Negative: 2 out of 54
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  1. Mar 19, 2012
    73
    If you can take it for face value, knowing it's a QTE heavy experience and you like the Japan and anime style, you'll without a doubt enjoy your time with Asura. For everyone else though, it has charm, amazing visuals and sound, and a certain uniqueness that's a spectacle to be soon, albeit a short one.
  2. Feb 24, 2012
    72
    The stylish art design and the story are convincing while the gaming experience falls short.
  3. May 12, 2012
    70
    Asura's Wrath proves how awesome anime can be, but at the same time also how ridiculous it is. With exaggerated quick-time events, absurdly long battles with bosses and a lack of actual gameplay make this the perfect translation from anime to a game. Unfortunately this doesn't automatically create a perfect game.
  4. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Apr 2, 2012
    70
    A surprisingly immersive experience. We doubt you've played anything like it. [Issue#83, p.88]
  5. Mar 11, 2012
    70
    A truly bold combination of anime and simple fighting game. It's a perfectly worked out audio-visual piece of work, albeit a short one; its gaming part is even shorter than its anime part. This hybrid is counting on three things: stylization, drawing you into a story, and a fact that you like anime, in which you have a desiring opportunity to hack all those bad guys to bits.
  6. Mar 11, 2012
    70
    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.
  7. 70
    A wonderfully imaginative and beautifully presented interactive anime, but one that cannot maintain a regular enough supply of surprises to justify even its short running time.
  8. Feb 29, 2012
    70
    It can be incredibly exciting, but also quite boring. We like it because it's brave, but even if it tries to Asura's Wrath is not exactly what we'd call a videogame.
  9. Feb 28, 2012
    70
    As an anime CyberConnect2 has done a remarkable job in crafting a very intriguing mythology that is worth watching until the end-credits. Unfortunately gameplay in Asura's Wrath seems like an afterthought which depends a lot on QTEs.
  10. Feb 28, 2012
    70
    There's definitely an audience for a game like this, a story-driven interactive experience that opts for bombastic action and spectacle as opposed to taking place in the real-world as a police or crime procedural, and for that reason, and that particular audience, Asura's Wrath comes highly recommended.
  11. Feb 27, 2012
    70
    The game may be short, but it ends before it outstays its welcome. There's some unfortunate repetition of a few moments as a result of its emulation of TV episodes, and the combat itself isn't too deep, but there are few dull moments and the screen will be constantly filled with action.
  12. 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.
  13. Feb 23, 2012
    70
    It's easy to be seduced by Asura's Wrath. This CyberConnect 2 creation has amazing things like phenomenal art and epic boss fights, along with good story. But it is impossible not to look to the best games in the genre and see that they didn't need an incredible amount of QTE's to deliver an amazing experience.
  14. Feb 22, 2012
    70
    An interesting experiment, an interactive anime full of style but short in substance that can't compete with better alternatives in the Beat'em Up genre, but that manages to impress with its audiovisual approach.
  15. 70
    Fans seeking deep, involving combat shouldn't put down their copies of Kingdoms of Amalur or Mass Effect for Asura's Wrath: it's a game chock full of style but little substance. Nevertheless, we can't deny that Asura's made us jump, scream, and pump our fist in the air just as often as the game's crazy warrior hero, even if it was a byproduct of not having to press any buttons for dozens of minutes at a time.
  16. Feb 20, 2012
    70
    Whilst it's definitely not a game that will stay with you for the action then, it's still worth noting that Asura's storyline is engaging and absolutely spectacular in comparison to most other titles.
  17. Games Master UK
    Apr 3, 2012
    68
    Needs to be seen to be believed. If only it needed to be played to be believed, too. [May 2012, p.77]
  18. Mar 23, 2012
    67
    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.
  19. Feb 29, 2012
    66
    If you're looking for something different, then Asura's Wrath is unique enough that it's worth a rental, but I can't justify spending full price for a game that's literally as long as the movie it's so desperately trying to be.
  20. Mar 7, 2012
    65
    Don't get me wrong, I liked the story, I just didn't like the lack of emotion that this game evoked. With a name like Asura's Wrath, and being heavily story driven, its disappointing to not feel Asura's pain.
  21. Feb 23, 2012
    63
    With its high-production values, there's nothing else like it. Provided you don't approach Asura's Wrath as you would a typical game, you won't be disappointed.
  22. Mar 15, 2012
    62
    Despite its short length and overall lack of interactivity, Asura's Wrath is quite a spectacle; one that all anime lovers need to experience at least once, but for now you can get that done with a one-day rental. Everyone else can wait for a huge price slash or just go watch some of the great anime they are adding to Netflix each new week.
  23. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 25, 2012
    60
    Very, very strange action beat'em up would probably make your eyes pop-up, yet you'll be attracted to play it – if only to find out what madness is hidden in next part... [Apr 2012]
  24. Mar 13, 2012
    60
    Asura's Wrath is a novel idea with some poor implementation. It often feels strained into too many directions, but there is something undeniably fun about certain outrageous moments. There really isn't much else quite like Asura's Wrath.
  25. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    It's very clear that they wanted to make an anime, but somehow wounded up making a video game instead. It's a short game that you will watch more than you play, only taking about 6 to 7 hours to complete on the hardest difficulty setting. Replay value is laughable, with the only unlocks to be found are different looking health bars.
  26. Feb 21, 2012
    60
    Asura's Wrath is an interesting experiment with huge balancing issues. This cool anime-style action game is too story-oriented, with tons of animated sections and just a little bit of gameplay. This could be a good starting point for CyberConnect2's future projects, but next time the developers should aim for a more balanced experience.
  27. Feb 28, 2012
    55
    Asura's Wrath isn't much of a game, but its over-the-top, anime-style story makes it easier to overlook its shortcomings.
  28. Apr 13, 2012
    50
    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.
  29. Feb 22, 2012
    50
    It's like gaming through proxy, and I don't like it.
  30. Feb 21, 2012
    50
    Asura's Wrath would have been a superb anime or an excellent videogame. However, it couldn't decide what it wanted to be and instead served up tiny slivers of both, pulled together in a fashion so clumsy that you can see the stitching from miles away. It's not so much a game as it is a collection of concepts, roughly thrown into the same box and jumbled around in the vain hope that something good would come out at the end.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 163 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 163
  2. Negative: 32 out of 163
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    7
    Great graphics and soundtrack, with a story told in anime-style by chapter, but with simplistic (and confuse) gameplay, consisting of QuickGreat graphics and soundtrack, with a story told in anime-style by chapter, but with simplistic (and confuse) gameplay, consisting of Quick Time Events and simple figthing sequences mixed into the story.

    Looks like a mixture between Dragon Ball Z and Shurato, if the gameplay has been more substantial, would receive a score 8,0 - 8,5.
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  2. Feb 24, 2012
    3
    Giving a score to this, in lack of a better word, "game" is hard because it's not a game.

    It's some kind of an interactive japanese anime
    Giving a score to this, in lack of a better word, "game" is hard because it's not a game.

    It's some kind of an interactive japanese anime with some short and poor session of play between them.

    On on hand you got incredible cinematics that drive a very immersive story that is unfortunately filled with qte (i hate qte, it's not fun and prevent us to really appreciate the story.... and above all they have no impact on how the stroy evolve, it's just scoring), and on the other hand you got very boring, allways the same session of playing that includes poor railshooting, beat'em all and boss fight that you can resume in dodging until the small weakness window allow to hit him.

    So how can we score this ? well as it is sold as a video game (with the price that came with it) it is just plain bad. Gameplay wise it's a disaster, 90% of the said gameplay consist in qte and the rest is always the same boring action. Story wise it is superb, too bad it's not an just an anime, it would have been way better.

    As a video game, witch is what i judge here i can only give a bad score of 3.

    As an anime, i would give it a 8.

    Too bas it's a video game....


    PS : french user here, sorry for bad english/spelling.
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  3. Jul 4, 2012
    7
    Asura's Wrath sets itself apart by seismic animated cinematics and some stirring audio presentation. It's too bad that it fails to incorporateAsura's Wrath sets itself apart by seismic animated cinematics and some stirring audio presentation. It's too bad that it fails to incorporate the player as it does the extraordinary presentation because Asura's Wrath is otherwise an extremely ambitious game with wonderfully constructed set pieces and an over the top style similar to Asura's angry and aggressive demeanour. So if you pick up Asura's Wrath you really are plonking down the cash for a cinema sized experience. However this is one such game where Quick Time Events are forgiven because the game is unlike anything else out there. Full Review »