Asura’s Wrath is a game brimming with excellent ideas, most of them involving punching, and while complaints that it’s more cutscene than gameplay are valid, it also features what could be the greatest scene-skipping mechanic in gaming history.
Video games (and popular fiction in general) are filled with villains all-too-eager to have a little chat before doing away with our heroic alter-egos. They want to wax poetic, wax diabolical, wax maniacal, while all we want is to get to the point where we hit them three times and they die.
With the single press of a button, Asura’s Wrath skips past the fluff and makes with the fighting. This is a feature every single game needs to employ.
Yes, even Tetris. I realise it has no cutscenes. I want to punch it anyway.
Hell, let us punch our games using Kinect, or the PlayStation Move. Let us use our Wii U controller’s screen as a punching bag. I’d appreciate the hell out of it, and publishers can add another blurb to the front of the game box.
I will not be satisfied until cutscene punching becomes so prevalent that game reviews have entire sections dedicated to how well the feature is implemented. “The graphics are fine, but the cutscene punching just didn’t have the same impact as the original game. I would have expected more from a Pokémon game.”
One day my glorious vision of the future shall become a reality.
And then I will punch it in the neck.