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Follow Jinno on his path of vengeance, his transformation into Kuma and the birth of hatred against Afro.
Afro Samurai already was an amazing Manga, Anime and also had a pretty decent first video game. Afro Samurai, created by Takashi Okazaki, is an amazing mixture of Japanese folklore, western voice acting, mature violence and unbelievable Hip-Hop music produced by the RZA. All these things make Afro Samurai a unique and worthy franchise which makes use of multiple media outlets like the Anime produced and voiced by Samuel L Jackson. Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma, developed by Redacted and published by Versus Evil, is the action-packed sequel to the original story and picks up where the first game left off. However, this time the story follows the path of Kuma, a cybernetically enhanced killing machine with a bear’s head who was actually once Afro’s closest childhood friend called Jinno.
When they were children, Jinno saved Afro from certain death. At the the orphanage/dojo where they lived together, Jinno acts as Afro’s big brother, and together with Otsuru, their little sister, they form an ersatz family. But, after witnessing Afro’s selfish actions lead directly to the gruesome murder of their beloved Master and the slaughter of everyone they love, Jinno’s love for Afro turns to hatred. Broken and emotionally destroyed, Jinno is found by the evil genius Daruman and sadistically transformed into a powerful samurai, named Kuma.
Kuma being a Cybernetically enhanced killing machine has some chips in his head which gives him mastery over certain fighting styles. In volume 1 of Revenge of Kuma, Kuma has three fighting styles to choose from and often has to mix these up during battles to defeat enemies. All three of the fighting styles have their own Skill Tree and promises to even have a ultimate upgrade in the next volume of Revenge of Kuma
A true samurai master is a skilled match for 1000 soldiers. With this style, speed and movement are key for taking on hordes of enemies.
Taking advantage of Afro’s speed and agility, this style was developed to dodge and deflect enemy attacks and is particularly useful in 1 on 1 combat.
Impervious to pain, Kuma’s style is focused on heavy damage-dealing strikes and massive executions with little regard for his own well-being.
Since fighting is a huge part in Afro Samurai it’s good to know that the gameplay mechanics needed to slice some poor bastard in half is working just fine and looks cool, it’s probably not the best mechanics you have ever set eyes on, but most definitely works as it should. Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma isn’t the most beautiful or technologically advanced game you or I have ever played but, in my opinion Revenge of Kuma doesn’t need to be the next GTA V or The Order: 1886, Revenge of Kuma is in a league of its own. The Afro Samurai franchise is a mixture of all kinds of awesomeness and therefor gets away with not having the best graphics, gameplay and tech. However, I can’t help but wonder what brilliant kind of game we could have if the budget behind the game matched the budget of GTA V.
Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma feels a bit short, with just 3 hours of gameplay and no actual replay value I can’t help but needing more of the game. Revenge of Kuma is however separated into 3 volumes and only volume 1 is out as of now, the other two volumes will come on a later date and I’m certain that with all three volumes combined the total game time will be more than enough for the price of the game.
Volume 1 of Revenge of Kuma was certainly an experience worthy of my time and I absolutely can’t wait for the second volume. Volume 1 just introduced us to the character Kuma and it was an emotional introduction which was beautifully told through Music by RZA, Manga pages in between gameplay and pretty good voice acting. Kuma is on the hunt for Afro and so am I, I want more.
Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma volume 1 is available now on PS4 and Steam. On October 9, 2015 Revenge of Kuma will also be available on Xbox One.