The Official Playstation Blogcast is promoting a “buffet of demos” set to hit PSN next week, which includes the highly anticipated (citation needed) Asura’s Wrath as well as Square-Enix’s latest Final Fantasy.
Asura’s Wrath is an attempt at Capcom to recapture the crown to the “third person character action game” genre (as Capcom calls it,) that they pioneered with the original Devil May Cry, but was later popularized by God of War. While God of War pits you against the greatest monsters and gods of the Greek pantheon, Capcom’s Asura’s Wrath sees it’s titular character battle against the greatest characters of Eastern mythology. The game is probably best known for it’s massive scale, including an already infamous boss fight against an enemy so large, his finger is enough to eclipse the entire planet. Despite it’s over-the-top presentation, buzz about Asura’s Wrath has been positive, and with the Devil May Cry series shooting off into a weird direction, Asura’s Wrath might just become Capcom’s new premiere action game.
Meanwhile, Square-Enix is putting out a Final Fantasy XIII-2 demo, probably hoping to win over fans who were put-off by the original Final Fantasy XIII’s linearity and limited scope. If the upcoming PSN demo is anything like the demo I played at E3, expect to get a town as well as a proper dungeon (with *gasp* branching paths) to explore. Like Asura’s Wrath, early buzz seems to suggest that XIII-2 is a much, much better game than it’s mediocre predecessor, and while adding time-travel to the mix seems like it will make FFXIII’s muddled plot even more confusing, the addition of non-linear exploration and some refinements to FFXIII’s battle system (the one saving grace of the original game,) might be enough to get the Final Fantasy series back on track.
And yes, before you ask, I purposefully put an image of the game with boobies in it because… well, it got you to click on the story, right?