Hands-on Preview: Afro Samurai 2
Afro Samurai is a popular manga and anime series, although each platform offered different variations to enjoy the awesome story infused with hip hop. It was not long before Afro Samurai was made into a video game franchise, which is now getting a sequel with Afro Samurai 2. Like the original the sequel is considered to be a hack and slash game with a shit ton of blood. The one thing that made original game stand out was the music, and the fact that RZA contributed to Afro Samurai makes the game even better.
Fast forward to 2014 where Redacted is hard at work on the aforementioned sequel, Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma. I will be the first to admit that I had heard of Afro Samurai, but never played the game or watched the anime. All I knew is that I was tasked with previewing Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma at E3, but I did however know that the RZA was involved in some way.
When I first started playing Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma I instantly started having fun. I am not sure if that had to do with the fact that I was tearing through enemies like a ginsu knife or what, but I couldn’t help but have a blast doing so. Fighting a massive group of bad guys looks like that scene in Kill Bill Vol. 1 where Uma Thurman rips the Crazy 88’s apart. It also helped that the music is incredibly catchy. I say that because at some point all I wanted to do was listen to the music rather than dicing through bad guys. Although the beat that kept causing my head to bob eventually motivated me to keep slicing enemies apart.
The fact that RZA will be providing music for Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma is going to make the game stand out, just like the original, but the story should entertain too. It picks up after the events that took place in Afro Samurai, so it’s a proper sequel and not just a random entry in the franchise. Sure the idea of a samurai with a teddy bear head sounds cool, but there is a story to be told. It is a story about revenge, and Kuma will have it. Did I mention there would be blood? No? Well there will be plenty of red juice to spill, as well as awesome moves to master in Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma.
Kuma is ready for revenge, so you better be when Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma released later this year for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.
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