Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma Volume 1
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Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma is an irredeemable mess.
I usually hold off on telling people not to get an episodic game until more of it is available, but even after playing the first volume of Afro Samurai 2, I can say with authority, "do not get this."
That Afro Samurai 2's first episode gets so much wrong in such a small amount of time speaks volumes about its laundry list of problems. A disastrous experience all round.
Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma: Vol. 1 is a bad, bad game. I hope the developers take note and fix these issues before releasing the next two volumes, but it almost feels beyond broken. I wanted to love it, I tried to love it, but at the end of the day it just shattered my dreams of continuing the series. Let's hope the original gets backwards compatibility on Xbox One soon. I am really dying to dive back into this world, just not with this abomination of a game.
While the idea of a fresh sequel is enticing, Afro Samurai 2 squanders its material at every turn, boasting horrific graphics and sound design, poor combat and a nonsensical story.
Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma Volume 1 is an unpleasant, deeply depressing experience throughout its short running time. Its narrative is incomprehensible melodrama told through sloppy cutscenes and obnoxious monologues. The levels largely feel unfinished, offering only sporadic opportunities for player interaction. And aside from a few decent tunes courtesy of RZA, the audio and visual presentation is appalling in its lack of quality, featuring hideous textures and even uglier models.
This title plays like a sarcastic version of a real game. I don't mind being mocked if I can laugh along, but this is just mean.
Afro Samurai 2 is a watered down bootleg of the previous game, with its soundtrack being its only redeeming merit.
Afro Samurai 2 is so bad it actually made me physically disheartened to play it.