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Backloggers Anonymous Asura's Wrath Part 2

He came in like a wrecking ball...

Welcome back to Backloggers! We're waist deep in Asura's wrath in this episode. Before listening you should have played up to the end of episode 9. Come join Julian, Angelo, and special guest Erika Szabo as we talk all about Asura.

We start out by getting Angelo and Erika's initial impressions on this very divisive game. Angelo is pleasantly surprised at how much he likes it, but at the same time is frustrated by its shortcomings. Erika is 100% on board with what Capcom and Cyber Connect 2 pulled off, and both agree that they can't wait to finish the game. Even Angelo's wife has been enjoying it!

We close out with an episode by episode breakdown of the story. As the discussion flows, we end up finding some more depth to the character of Asura than what's explicitly depicted on screen. Like any great anime, there are plenty of talking points and elements to disect, and that's exactly what we do.

Next episode, we finish the game! If you're playing along with us (or played the game in the past) , throw some comments our way and we'll try to work them in to our closing discussion. Until then, enjoy Asura's Wrath, and check out Erika's impressions of Bravely Default. Not really related, but it comes from Japan as well, so, yeah!


 

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bobbywatson

01/19/2014 at 01:43 PM

Was there an error with the podcast? It's only 8 and a half minute long in the Podcast app on iOS, and it's the same when listening from this page...

Julian Titus Senior Editor

01/19/2014 at 02:29 PM

Thanks for bringing it to my attention! Yes, there was an issue with the upload process that I hadn't noticed. It's fixed on the site now, and hopefully the change is reflected on iOS, but it usually takes a bit of time for the podcasts to show up once I've updated the feed.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and enjoy the show!

DaraD

01/21/2014 at 11:51 AM

Hey guys, I just made an account today so I could comment here. I'm so happy to hear about others playing Asura's Wrath. When it was first announced, I downloaded all the trailers and watched them over and over. When the demo came out, I didn't like it at all.

Eventually I watched some Let's Plays and thought it was amazing and ordered it off Amazon for really cheap. Love it more than anything, and I'm more into games with complex fighting mechanics like DMC. But Asura's Wrath is still fun. And you can get by with some creativity in combos.

Anyways, two points I wanted to make. I believe the original gameplay design had much more interesting combat as you can see in this TGS 2010 early build. More interactive weapons, and grabs like God of War.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsYZqXV2CUw

And if you want an in-depth analysis of the artstyle of the game, I stumbled on this site. I found it pretty neat to go through after playing the game.

http://art-eater.com/2012/01/a-buddhists-guide-to-asuras-wrath/

Lastly, I didn't know the the illustrations in the game had descriptions if you push X (On PS3). You can get some cool tidbits looking there. Like how Augus is actually a blind swordsman.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

01/21/2014 at 09:10 PM

Wow, thank you, Dara! It means a lot that you liked the show enough to register and post. I will be checking out these links, and we will definitely be talking about them in our wrap up episode.

transmet2033

01/21/2014 at 06:32 PM

I may have to unpack my 360 to play this game.  It sounds AWESOME!!!

Julian Titus Senior Editor

01/22/2014 at 12:36 AM

Wow, you packed up your 360 already? I packed up the Wii to make room for my PS4, but I know there will be games on PS3 and 360 I want for the next couple years so I kept them hooked up.

transmet2033

01/22/2014 at 09:31 AM

I finished up the big games that I wanted to play on the 360 that I currently owned.  I guess I was just ready for the next generation of gaming, or I was ready to say goodbye to Microsoft.

gensurvivor

02/10/2014 at 04:23 PM

Loved this game so much I bought the DLC. I never do that. Gonna check out the podcast now.

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