PS3 (also on Xbox 360)
is a videogame not a videogame? When it’s a sandwich!
Well, a metaphorical one.
First, take a generous helping of anime – Star Wars-styled
space opera (including soundtrack fat ladies) with a dash of
Akira, some Hindu spiritualism and lashings of ‘WTF?’ thrown in
for good measure. Next, chuck in shooterness that’s reminiscent of
Space Harrier, but with targeted firing like hyper-trippy
Child of Eden. Now, add
more quick time events than a Space Ace marathon. You’ll also
need some fighting action – fairly rudimentary 3D minion combat,
with the odd boss battle.
When we say “odd boss battle”, we mean it, man. As you’ve likely
surmised, you’re the titular Asura, and you’re pissed off. Why?
Well, it’s kind of akin to another great pop culture tale, that of
Oasis. One member fought with another, one left and formed another
group whilst the other tried to soldier on alone. Actually, that’s
not what happened with Oasis. Shit.
Anyway, you’re a demigod who’s found his wife killed, daughter
kidnapped and, to complete your shitty day, you’ve been framed for
the murder of some old emperor or other. You’ve been thrust down,
down, deeper down and must gradually climb an engineering miracle
tower in search of ‘The Seven Deities’. These are seriously BIG
fuckers, but through the marvel of QTE you can defeat them. Even if
you don’t feel you did much – probably because you didn’t.
Asura’s Wrath is a periodically interactive movie; a sneaky
one, as occasionally it will lob random QTE amidst the regularly
invading credits. It’s also goes on – it makes Gone with the Wind
seem like a blipvert. If you dig OTT Japanimation tales then you’ll
be clapping like a seal at fishy time, but if you prefer meaningful
interaction and don’t give a damn about story then you’ll find it
yuckier than a shit sandwich.