Asura's Wrath First Impressions

Can a man stop a gigantic hand the size of a continent descending from space from crushing him? This new game from Capcom wants to find out.

Capcom is no stranger to over-the-top action games. After all, the Japanese publisher is the company behind the Devil May Cry series, God Hand, and several other action spectacles. It seems the company is now trying to best all of its previous efforts with Asura's Wrath, a brand new IP that, if the trailer Capcom released at the Tokyo Game Show is any indication, could come close to being one of the wildest and flat-out insane brawlers out there.

Capcom is promising a new type of action game experience with Asura's Wrath but has released few details at this stage as to how it is hoping to achieve that promise. From the trailer, it seems like the game will be a full-on third-person action brawler. We first see the game's battle-scarred protagonist on a battlefield, impaled by several wicked-looking spears. A red-faced enemy we're assuming will be the game's main baddie orders his army to unleash another volley of spears, but our hero manages to forcefully remove the spears skewering him before charging full speed into his foes.

What happens afterward is a series of fast-paced action scenes where the game's protagonist takes on foes using weapons, such as a large stone column, blocking a swinging broadsword with his shoulder, grabbing two opponents, crushing their skulls together, and more. The trailer's craziest moment comes at the end. An enormous, planet-sized foe dwarfing the planet Earth pushes its hand into the atmosphere, extending its finger to crush our hero. The protagonist sets himself for the attack by stomping his feet, before two more arms suddenly appear from his torso.

While we found the trailer for Asura's Wrath exciting, there are plenty of mysteries still to be explained. With Capcom saying that the game will make players question if they were even playing a game at all, we can't help but wonder exactly how the gameplay in Asura's Wrath will play out. There were certainly hints of quick time event-like action in the trailer, but we're hoping the game turns out to offer much more than that. Asura's Wrath will be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with a release date yet to be confirmed.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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105 comments
gangsterlax
gangsterlax

If only i had a dollar for everytime he screamed " Uhhhooouahhhh!" Thats alotta Taco Bell

feleas
feleas

@tproudmoore The story was explained right there in the article. A god stripped of his powers is out for revenge against those who plotted again him. Wait, this sounds like another game series I've played.... Dear lord it's God of War! Lol

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

also, some hater said something about a imax screen to play this.............any one like that idea? i sure as hell do. lets see if we can persuade some rich dude to let us have a imax theatre of a few weeks, and play some of the most epic games ever on it (Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2 when it comes out, Fable 3 when it comes out, and so many others, plus this when it comes out.) it would be like watching a movie for everyone but the player, for the player.......it'd be the most epic gaming experience ever.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

0_0 holy ****, how many spears went through him. also, can we get it here in the states please?

tproudmoore
tproudmoore

Shame, it's not for PC. So, I might never play this game. I actually like these stories.

tproudmoore
tproudmoore

It's actually Buddha. (Again, it's a proper noun. So, who cares?)And no, we are not sure if they are incarnations of Buddha. All we know is that those guys look like Shoguns (more like Chinese imperialists genertals). Legends (and the holy books) tell us that Asuras were more of demons and Budhas were embodiments of light (goodness) based creatures. What looks like is that the Budhas might have been arrogant and ticked off the peaceful Asura (hmm, imperialism). That's why it is named Asura's wrath...??? Is this guy the last Asura..???

savagehulk
savagehulk

@ RitsukoEX Sorry for the misspelling yes he was fighting a budah on the planet and the Planet sized one but he wasn't losing to the Budahs he got beat by the guy who summoned the planet sized budah. If this game turns out the way we all hope with a deep fighting or combat system combine with the over the top power asura seems to have this could truly be the most over the top action game EVER even more so than Bayonetta which is the only game I can compare it in the over the top department.

Mar28jw
Mar28jw

nice,i love all that crazy japanese over the top beat em up sh*t,just hope theirs a deep combat system with a large repertoire of attacks and a close up dramatic camera angle for the more mental brutal moves

Storm_Marine
Storm_Marine

You know? I don't think this game is ridiculous or over the top enough.

aveus128
aveus128

so friggin retarded, pile of crap

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

That is just ridiculous! How can he be not dead with a few dozen spears piercing him like that. He got rid of them all in like a few seconds? WTF? Planet sized Buddha? Wow we need an IMAX screen to play this.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

i freakin loved it, put him in marv vs cap 3!!!!!

Caroutaro
Caroutaro

I nominate him to be the next reveal for Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, he's just too badass. It'll be like SC4 when they put Starkiller in there even though he was brand new.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

CyberConnect2 is developing... >_>

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@savagehulk you mispelled my name. its not Retsuko its Ritsuko. and the video shows. hes fighting two buddahs one on the planet and one bigger than the planet.

sussmeyer01
sussmeyer01

That's so odd... that happened to me lastnight

Altis
Altis

wow.....Liked the part where he has all those spears.... when the big buddha came out I just started laughing... LOL (also reminded me of Kung Fu Hustle)

zerobeo
zerobeo

lol how are we supposed to fight that super mega gigantic buddha out there

Death_Lord_2004
Death_Lord_2004

So THAT'S where Dante's epicness went too...Looks outstandingly great, a must buy when it comes out

oneEnigma
oneEnigma

the announcement of this game and with El Shaddai game in the horizon, the dissapointment of the new Devil May Cry is already forgotten

marceleleco
marceleleco

WOW!Till now this and dmc are the best from tgs. I think the music is the theme of cyberconnect2 cause this is the same music of naruto ultimate ninja 4 and 5.

Shinkada
Shinkada

"Was that... The arena theme from .hack//GU?" "DEVELOPED BY CYBERCONNECT2" My mind has been blown.

jjdomo
jjdomo

Eh. I bet it ends up sucking.

Killa_Commando
Killa_Commando

No doubt it looks cool but a heavy rain fighting game ? i'll pass.

SteelBallsBill
SteelBallsBill

That angry dude makes the incredible hulk look like a tame kitten.

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

@mwmars Super Mario Galaxy... Just sayin' At any rate - wow, any I thought Vanquish was over the top O.o this is just rediculous...

Spyder_V
Spyder_V

Definitely want. The game has sick style!

rob_dAmAgE
rob_dAmAgE

never been too into capcom games, but this, this is simply incredible. i want this right now!!!

zeifel
zeifel

this is hardcore...

a_leo_a
a_leo_a

another mad guy...wtf, so powerful

jvsexy
jvsexy

holyy shiiiitttt !!!! this is one angry guy !

raza3
raza3

well kratos you are not the only powerful guy

Huskypaw
Huskypaw

At the beginning it looks quite cool. When he's pulling out the spears animations aren't so good anymore it seems, but the music and the idea of Asura's Wrath are splendid. All in all looks like an 8.5 game so far?