AFRO SAMURAI 2: REVENGE OF KUMA
By Kevin "Methodone89" van Dongen on September 29, 2015
Follow Jinno on his path of vengeance, his transformation into Kuma and the birth of his hatred for his former friend, 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 a makeshift 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 give 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 promise to even have an ultimate upgrade in the next volume of Revenge of Kuma. The three fighting skills Kuma utilizes are:
A true samurai master is a skilled match for even a thousand soldiers. When using 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 to no 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 work just fine and look cool while being used. It's probably not the best set of fighting mechanics you have ever set your eyes on, but it most definitely gets the job done. And although Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma isn't the most beautiful or technologically advanced game I have ever played, in my opinion Revenge of Kuma doesn't need to be the next GTA V or The Order: 1886. No sir, it soesn't! Revenge of Kuma is in a league of its own; the Afro Samurai franchise is a mixture of all kinds of awesomeness and therefore gets away with not having the best graphics, gameplay and tech. However, I can't help but wonder what brilliant kind of game it could have been if the budget behind the game matched the budget of a game like, for instance, GTA V.
Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma feels a bit on the short side; with just 3 hours of gameplay and no actual replay value I can't help but needing more of the game. However, Revenge of Kuma is being released in three separate volumes and only volume one is out as of now, with the other two volumes being released on a later date. 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; a 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.