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Asura's Wrath

Asura's Wrath

Asura's Wrath

Asura's Wrath is an action video game collaboration between CyberConnect2 and Capcom that was first announced at the Tokyo Game Show in 2010. It was developed to be released in Japan, North America, and Europe for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It was released on February 21, 2012 in North America and February 24, 2012 in Europe.

The game follows the titular character, the demigod Asura as he seeks revenge on the other pantheon of demigods who betrayed him. The story is presented in the style and format of an episodic series of cinematic shorts, including opening and closing credits, with the gameplay being integrated into the cinematic where players switch between third-person combat and interactive sequences with player input in the form of quick-time even button prompts. 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 Hinduism and Buddhism and blends them with science fiction, with the main character based on the ever combative and superiority-seeking beings of the same name that are part of the Hindu and Buddhist cosmology.

Part I: Suffering
Asura’s Wrath takes place on the world of Gaea, a world inhabited by human tribes. The game opens as the world is overwhelmed and under threat by a demonic, destructive race known as the Gohma. Attempting to "purify" Gaea of their presence, the powerful and technologically advanced demi-God like beings known as the Eight Guardian Generals, led by Emperor Strada lead an immense fleet of warships to fight the Gohma. The protagonist Asura is one of these generals along with Deus, Olga, Sergei, Wyzen, Kalrow, his training master Augus and Yasha, brother to Asura’s wife Durga. As the generals engage in battle with the Gohma, Asura and Durga’s daughter Mithra acts as the priestess of Shinkoku who has the ability to enhance their power. With this aid, Asura is able to defeat the most powerful and the source of the Gohma known as Vlitra who literally tears open the planet when it reveals itself. While only subdued, the generals claim victory over Vlitra.

Back on Gaea, Asura is summoned by the Emperor only to find him dead upon arrival. Guards storm the palace and accuse him of murder and treason. Asura, distraught breaks out from the palace and even does battle with fellow general Wyzen. Back at Asura’s home Durga has also been killed and Mithra kidnapped. Asura eventually locates Mithra who is guarded by the other generals, where Deus defeats Asura and reveals that he killed the Emperor and that Mithra will be used to save the world. Asura is then thrown from a height and killed. Asura finds himself in Naraka, a realm between life and death. There a mysterious Golden Spider talks to him, who appears to have suffered memory loss. After some goading, Asura begins climbing back into the mortal world. When he returns, 12,000 years have passed and Gaea’s situation hasn’t improved with Gohma still causing destruction across the planet. There he confronts Wyzen who claims that the remaining generals have become the Seven Deities through the power of Mantra, a cosmic energy collected with the souls of their now human worshipers. Filled with rage upon remembering his past, Asura is consumed with rage and battles Wyzen. Wyzen quickly begins to lose and calls upon the power of the Mantra to make him larger, even to the point of being the size of the planet itself. Asura destroys him however, yet also his own arms. Yasha appears and easily defeats and kills an armless Asura, dropping him into molten rock.

Part II: Rebirth
500 years pass where Asura’s body has been excavated and worshiped by a small village. As a young girl prays, the Golden Spider once again takes Asura back once more. It is not long before they are under attack from Gohma and the deities’ forces, lead by Kalrow. Here Asura witnesses the blatant slaughter of humans for Mantra. Asura manages to destroy Kalrow’s fleet before crushing him inside his own escape pod while he begs to Asura that their efforts are for Deus’s plan for "the great rebirth", their attempt to eradicate the Gohma for good. Following this, Asura falls back to earth where he encounters Augus, his old master. Augus however convinces him to instead drink and relax before their fight, while calling Asura the same as him. Afterwards, they have a duel on the moon before Augus impales Asura with his sword, with enough force to send him back into and through the planet. Asura however manages to break the sword and briefly wield it to gut Augus. He dies shortly after, content with having enjoyed the fight. Asura returns to the village with the little girl from before, but it is shortly bombarded by another fleet led by Olga. While Asura survives, the little girl is killed, causing his rage to overwhelm him. Fuelled by his anger, he transforms into a demonic version of himself, allowing him to destroy Olga's fleet with ease. Terrified by Asura's power, which has eclipsed the powers she and the other Deities have gathered for twelve thousand years, she instead prepares to fire the deities’ planet sized super weapon known as the Brahmastra, which is powered by Mantra. Yasha however feels that using the weapon this soon will waste Mantra and hinder Deus’s cause against the Gohma, causing him divert fire. Following the initial blast however, Asura goes missing.

Part III: Karma
Following his actions, Deus orders Yasha under the supervision of Sergi to strike at the Gohma who are about to attack a human city. Despite Yasha’s best efforts, the Gohma, Sergi bombards them yet also the city for more souls. As Yasha had commanded from space most of the time he only now realizes the needless mass slaughter of humans for Mantra. Asura then reappears, still consumed by rage and kills Sergi, who before death reveals it was him who killed Durga. Realizing that Asura has become uncontrollable with rage, Yasha fights him while also becoming more powerful in the process, similar to Asura. He is able to subdue Asura who then returns to normal before both of them travel to Deus’s ship. They confront Deus where Yasha states that the cause is worthless if trillions had to die in the process while also at the cost of Mithra’s own suffering, shown to be drained of the Mantra she can collect and manipulate. Deus had apparently in the past warned the Emperor over Vlitra’s return but was dismissed, thus enacting his betrayal. Both Asura and Yasha battle Deus, with Asura nearly being uncontrollably consumed by rage once more but instead resists it despite indirect encouragement from the Golden Spider. Following a defeat, Deus with his last breath claims that only he could save Gaea where upon Vlitra returns once more, this time larger and more powerful. Asura and Yasha agree to battle it even at great odds, yet Mithra manipulates the Mantra in their aid where both of them break into the center then defeat and destroy Vlitra’s core. While Asura does not know whether it was truly been defeated, he and Yasha return and reunite with Mithra.

If the player attains five or more S Ranks for each episode, the ending continues where Olga, saddened over Deus's death, attempts to kill Mithra in front of Asura. The Golden Spider however appears and kills Olga as to not destroy his "vessel". The spider then weaves a golden web around Mithra. Reappearing in his form as a "true god," he claims to have been testing Asura the entire time, and tells Asura that he has succeeded. Asura's wrath however has not yet subsided before ending once more.

Part IV: Nirvana (Downloadable Content)
The Golden Spider reveals himself to be Chakravartin, and refers to Asura as the Redeemer. Chakravartin states that he unleashed the Gohma to test the inhabitants of Gaea, in the hope of finding a successor and ending his need to watch over the world. Asura and Yasha however attack Charkravartin only to find themselves outmatched. Asura is once again consumed by his wrath, fully unleashing it in hopes of saving the now imprisoned Mithra, but to prevent his destruction, she sends him falling down to Gaea along with Yasha. Chakravartin proclaims the world a failure and prepares to cleanse and remake it once more. He seizes the Karma Fortress for the cleansing and detaches the Brahmastra, causing it to crash down to Gaea. Awakening on the surface, Yasha realizes that the still-unconscious Asura is the only one who can save the planet. From the wreckage of the Brahmastra, Yasha installs the key Mantra Reactor into Asura, which will prevent his wrath from consuming and destroying himself while also augmenting the combined powers of the Seven Deities to stand against Chakravartin. Yasha also removes and installs his own Mantra core to revive Asura. As he awakens Yasha forces him into battle to see his new potential.

The reactor will prevent Asura from destroying himself in the final battle, and can augment his powers to stand against Chakravartin. Yasha removes his own mantra core to revive Asura, and prepares to battle him as a catalyst for Asura's new potential. Though confused, Asura accepts. After the fight as Asura prepares to land the final blow, he realizes what Yasha has done for him and stops, yet Yasha is already beyond help and dies with a smile on his face. Before departing, Asura admits he had always considered Yasha as a brother rather than an enemy. After meditating before his final confrontation he sees visions of Durga who reminds him how he always fights for the better. While he heads into space, Chakravartin fires a doomsday blast at Gaea but Asura transforms into a near-godly form called Asura the Destructor and deflects it. Asura engages Chakravartin, who once again requests that Asura become the new god of the planet only to be rejected once again. The very fabric of time and space begins to come apart as they duel for the fate of creation. Chakravartin is eventually brought down by Asura's sheer force of will. As Asura prepares to kill him however, Mithra breaks free and urges him to stop since if Chakravartin is killed, all mantra will cease to function, including keeping Asura alive. Asura chooses to destroy Chakravartin nonetheless, so long as Mithra can live free from danger. As the landscape around him collapses, Asura shares his final words with Mithra and vanishes, free of his wrath for the first time. Mithra is sent back to Gaea, where she integrates with the surviving humans. She spends many years recounting the tales of her father to the mortal children on Gaea.

In a post credits bonus scene, 870 million years later the world resembles modern day Earth with Asura, Durga, Mithra and the Seven Deities have possibly been reincarnated in present form. Suddenly, a giant meteor appears in the sky. Feeling a strangely familiar urge to defend the helpless, Asura stands prepared for battle.

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