Asura’s wrath demo Impressions

Posted: January 10, 2012 by Tony Polanco in REVIEWS

The demo for the highly anticipated Capcom game, Asura’s wrath was unleashed onto the Playstation network and Xbox live.  Does the demo live up to the hype?

In short…

No.

The demo lets you play two chapters from the game.  In the first chapter Asura (the main character) is facing off against a dude the size of a mountain who eventually grows into the size of a planet.  In the second chapter, Asura faces off against some dude who is roughly his size and kinda looks like him too.  Both chapters have ridiculously over the top action.  I mean come on, you face off against a guy who could make Unicron look like a wimp!  It doesn’t get crazier than that.  The action is fast paced and very well choreographed.  Too bad the same can’t be said of the gameplay.

Now, I’m not sure if the entire game will be this way, but the demo was about 95% quick time events.  Here you are, in control of a bad ass dude with six arms and you can’t do much with him except what the button promps tell you to.  In the second level you do control Asura directly but the controls are extremely unintuitive.  You can’t actually use your fists for some reason.  Asura can only shoot energy out of his hands or do an attack that sends enemies back.  I can understand wanting to create a different kind of control scheme but this interface just didn’t make much sense for this type of game.

I was looking forward to this game since its art style and story seemed pretty unique but alas the demo left me pretty disappointed.  All I wanted to do was run around with this powerful character and beat the crap out of stuff but that didn’t happen.  At least not directly.  I’m hoping that the rest of the game isn’t like the demo because if it is then I’m gonna have to skip it and I’m sure a lot of people will too.

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