I'm going to start off by saying ASURA'S WRATH's biggest problem is it's length. It took me somewhere in the ballpark of three hours to complete it on normal, and that includes all nineteen episodes. That alone takes a full point away. The remaining quarter of a point is taken away because, at such a short gameplay length, the $60 dollar price tag feels kind of steep.

That out of the way, I thought ASURA'S WRATH was magnificent fun. The fighting is as intense as any GOD OF WAR title, mixing in moments of pure action with moments of timed button sequences. In between, you get lengthy--and I must say well-done--moments of cinematic storytelling, where you're incapable of putting the controller down in case of the occasional button press. In essence, ASURA'S WRATH plays out like an anime where you get to control the action moments. Even the presentation is like that found in anime, complete with credits, commercial bumpers, and episode teasers. So clearly, if you're a fan of anime, then ASURA'S WRATH is a great title for you.

After that, ASURA'S WRATH has an endearing cast of characters as well. All have a personality of their own, easily recognizable and likable (or unlikable as the case goes), which makes the extended cinematics all that more easy to follow. You'll find yourself enjoying certain characters, cheering for them when the time is right, and when the plot twist happens not only will you be satisfied, but you won't feel it's contrived or forced. And, it's not terribly predictable, as anime story lines tend to be.

Finally, there are the graphics. It's a rare moment within ASURA'S WRATH that things aren't exploding, images aren't zipping across the screen, or larger-than-life enemies aren't attacking Asura. ASURA'S WRATH handles all this action beautifully, with a unique graphical style. In fact, the art style reminds me a lot of Borderlands, only more Japanese, if that makes any sense. 

There really aren't many titles out there to compare ASURA'S WRATH too, besides, and this is a stretch, HEAVY RAIN. The game is definitely cinematic first, with gameplay second, and certain sequences can be changed according to how you respond (i.e. shutting a bad guys monologue up, or looking around a hot spring when all you really need to do is finish a few drinks). Still, ASURA'S WRATH is kind of a one of kind. If not for how short the game was, this'd easily been a 9+ for me. It's definitely not perfect, and I would never recommend outright purchasing it at retail. But as a used or rental game, it's perfect.