Asura’s Wrath released almost 10 years ago and I still think i is one of the greatest games of the 7th generation of consoles. It’s over the top, it’s stupid in the best way and it sticks with me even after all this time. I felt like talking about this for a while and I’m going to take this opportunity to do so right now.
Asura’s Wrath stars the titular demigod, Asura, after beginning the game by defeating a giant monster named Vlitra ( a massive monster who lives inside the planets core) with the help of the 8 Guardian Generals, a team consisting of Asura and 7 other demigods tasked with defending the world from the Gohma who are the main threat of the game.
After celebrating, Asura is betrayed by the rest of the general’s, his wife is killed, his daughter Mithra is kidnapped and they attempt to kill Asura. 12,000 years later, Asura is back to kill those who betrayed him and take his daughter back, no matter how many times he is almost killed, has his arms ripped off, or worse.
Game-play wise it is admittedly nothing overly spectacular for the most part, press O to attack, Triangle is a heavy attack, Square to shoot a projectile attack and you can dodge, pretty basic. While there are a few mix-ups like falling and shooting sections or running and shooting parts, the real fun in this game comes from it’s insanely over the top and epic boss fights, I can’t think of a single game that has boss fight quite like this. From the very beginning this game doesn’t shy away from how stupidly over the top it is, the first boss fight has Wyzen grow bigger than the planet and attempts to crush you with a single finger, only for you to grow more arms and punch your way out and have the literal planet sized boss and have him explode.
Most encounters in this game tend to have a structure of fighting enemies or a boss until your “Burst” meter fills up and let’s you unleash a move to finish it all off, often with quick time events to increase your overall rank at the end of the episode.
The music in this game is fittingly just as epic and huge as everything else, even after so long the music still plays in my head a lot (The opening, Furious, and Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 From the New World being some of my favorite’s)
The game it’s self isn’t overly difficult, even on higher difficulties. You can unlock extra “Gauges” to make things easier to give you special bonuses such as always having your heavy attack with no cool-down, regenerating health, or detriments such as no healing to make it harder. Getting all the trophies/achievements can be difficult occasionally but it’ not something that should cause too much trouble.
This game also has some dlc to get more of a true ending, fight Ryu from Street fighter.
Overall the game really is a lot of fun, pretty much every second of playing it I had a huge goofy smile on my face just because of all the ridiculous fun I was having, I’ve never played any game quite like this before or since. If I had to describe it in 1 line it’s easy, “Over the top anime BS, but in the best possible way.
It really is a shame this game never got more, no sequel, no remaster, but who know’s, maybe for it’s 10 year anniversary Capcom will bring something nice. They have been on a bit of a roll lately and CyberConnect2 (The Developers) are still around, so a new Asura’s Wrath would definitely be welcomed.
This game get’s an 8 out of 10
Hope you enjoyed, I really liked being able to talk about this underrated epic and I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t. It’s a great way to turn your brain off and have fun, unfortunately it can be a bit pricey these days and is physical copy only, all the more reason for a remaster.
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