Hate me if you wish for this, but I have to knock this game down a few pegs. I herd good things about this game, never really saw a low score for it....well it only gets 5 out of 10 from me since there was almost no game play.
For such a huge epic story to tell, with wonderful graphics and well put together use of dynamic cinema angles and effects. this game just hit with a hollow thud. For the bulk of the game its nothing but cut scene after cut scene, with "quick time" button mashing, and they really got carried away with it. When you final get your hands on controlling the game, less then a few minutes your back into cut scenes and waiting to push a button again.
For the love of god, I was ready to decapitate my own head with a shovel by the time i made it into the 3rd chapter.. oh yea and the whole "episode style" break downs after each chapter was freakin stupid, and made me feel like I was waiting for next weeks episode of a TV show...would have been better if I was.
Its just sad that this title had all the right notes to be something great but the ones composing the arrangement of those notes were tone def.
A game like this should put your right in the middle of it all. taking control of the avatar and experience the world as if you were there living it. This was more of a 5 hour long interactive movie with max 20 minutes of real hands on game play, broken up into 2 minute intervals.
Graphics- 10 (looked great, wonderful art styles)
Sound and Music- 10 ( on par with a major motion picture)
Controls- 6 ( no way to customize, cant invert the aim, and you aim with the left stick not the right which is a real pain)
Story- 10 ( theres alot there but i wanted to play it not watch it)
Overall game play- 3 ( what game play?)
To wrap this all up I would advise to not wast your time, rent something else and your better off watching someone else play this on youtube and youll get about the same out of it, as if you played it yourself.
Asura's Wrath is an anime wrapped in the guise of a video game. Broken into 18 episodes, the story plays out like a weekly TV show complete with a plot summary prior to every episode.
Episodes are short - 15-20 mins each - and you can expect to be actually playing the game for less than half those minutes. Gameplay consists mainly of QTE (quick time events) where you press/mash different button prompts on screen. On-rail levels similar to Panzer Dragoon/Star Fox where you fly around and shoot enemies, and levels where you run from location to location fighting enemies (think God of War-lite) help add some variety, but overall you're mainly watching the story unfold and pressing buttons from time to time.
Interesting and worth a look if you're a fan of anime, but if this doesn't interest you and you'd rather play your game than watch, avoid.