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POSTED 23/3/12


ASURA'S WRATH

Capcom
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)

When 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.

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