|Engine||Unreal Engine 3|
|Release date:||NA February 21, 2012|
JP February 22, 2012
AU February 23, 2012
EU February 24, 2012
UK March 9, 2012
|Genre:||Action, Beat 'em up|
Asura's Wrath (アスラズ ラース, Asurazu Rāsu) is an action video game collaboration between CyberConnect2 and Capcom that was first announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2010. It was released in Japan and North America for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It was released on February 21st for North America, 22nd for Japan, 23rd for Australia, 24th for Europe and March 9th for the UK. The game is also playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S via 360 backwards compatibility, and the PlayStation 4 and PC via PlayStation Now.
Because of its unique style, the game has been described in the media as an "interactive anime". According to the game's producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya, Asura's Wrath takes elements from Hindu and Buddhist mythologies and blends them with science fiction.
Long ago, the mighty nation of Shinkoku Trastrium, sole super power and center of civilization, dominates the world. It is a hybrid civilization melding modern industrial technology with spiritualism and religion. The upper class, known as demigods, rule over humankind in a strict hierarchial society.
But even the great demigods of this world have a vexing problem - the Gohma. Monstrous creatures borne of defiled land instinctively attack demigods, humankind, and civilization itself. Virtually powerless, humankind is at the mercy of daily attacks by the Gohma. Their only hope lies with the demigods.
Eight demigods known as "The Eight Guardian Generals" battled to protect civilization from the destructive force of Gohma. Asura and his comrades ultimately led the Shinkoku Army to victory over Gohma Vlitra, the source of all Gohma, after many bloody, hard-fought battles. Thus, Shinkoku enjoyed a brief moment of peace. But this tranquility is shattered during the victory celebration, by the assassination of the Emperor of Shinkoku and the blame of the crime is placed on Asura. Asura's comrades, the other seven Guardian Generals, were behind it all. In the middle of the commotion, Asura's wife Durga is murdered and his darling daughter Mithra is abducted by the Guardian Generals. With everyone turning against him, Asura is stripped of all his powers and defeated, and banished from Heaven down to Naraka. Awoken by a voice after 12,000 years, Asura vows revenge on all those who have betrayed him, and to reclaim his daughter.
Main article: Asura's Wrath Gameplay
Players take control of Asura, with each chapter in the game playing out like an episode of an anime series, including opening and closing credits. The game incorporates various gameplay elements, which require the player to build up a meter at the top of the screen which will allow them to activate a 'Burst' which allows them to progress through the story. Whilst the game mainly features cinematic sequences which feature quick time events, there are various different types of gameplay available. Examples include players fighting one on one against opponents, or dodging enemy fire in shoot 'em up sections.
Main article: Asura's Wrath Episodes
Each level is played out like an episode more akin to an anime television series, with subtle introductory and closing credits at the start and end of each episode. This is then followed by a brief promo with cut together footage for the next episode, along with a narration recapping and previewing upcoming events. In between episodes, there are also interludes of additional narrative and back story that are presented in the form of a series of illustrations, with each different segment drawn by a different credited artist. The entire "series" is split into four chapters, each cutscene is overlaid with lengthier production credits.
Main article: Asura's Wrath Soundtrack
The game's original soundtrack is scored by Chikayo Fukuda, and was released on March 7, 2012. In addition to the lead recording artist, other composers and pieces of music outside of development were involved. Chikayo Fukuda composed the main theme and its variation, entitled "In Your Belief" while the vocalized version was sung by Tomoyo Mitani. The game also featured Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor From the New World in the set piece battle between Asura and Augus on the Moon.
Episode 11.5 is the first downloadable episode and provides players with an insight into what happens between two episodes from the full game. Episode 15.5 is set to be released on April 3rd, 2012. Both offer a completely new artistic style taking their inspiration from the world of anime and will each be available to purchase for 160 MS points on Xbox Live and $1.99 on PlayStation Network.
On April 24 another downloadable content pack will be released, bringing players a bundle of four brand new action and rage packed episodes that continue the story of Asura’s Wrath and reveal an extra twist. The episodes bundle will be downloadable for 560 MS Points and $6.99 on PSN.
Arriving in May, the last of the Asura’s Wrath DLC promises Asura’s ultimate battles. Players will be able to take on Street Fighter's favorites Ryu and Akuma. Asura will take on Ryu in a battle of the angriest on May 9 before competing against the strongest, Akuma, on May 16. Each of these DLC packs willcost 160 MS points on Xbox Live and $1.99 on PlayStation Network.