With Bayonetta’s creators off developing Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and no date in sight for DmC Devil May Cry, fans of epic beat-em-up action are left without a lot of short term choices. Thankfully, Capcom itself is coming to the rescue with Asura’s Wrath, a distinctly Japanese take on the genre developed by CyberConnect2.

The game is just about a month away, but curious players have a chance to take a test drive thanks to a two level demo currently available on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. A newly released trailer for the demo should be all it takes to put gamers in the downloading mood.

CyberConnect2 is hardly a household name in North America, but the developer is responsible for a string of graphically stunning games, headlined by the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series (check out this Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 trailer for refrence). Asura’s Wrath pairs the developer with the Unreal Engine, with interesting results. Asura himself is textured as though drawn for a comic book, while the game is quick to change graphical styles depending on the on-screen action.

Take a look at the Asura’s Wrath demo trailer below.

Recognize the voice? That’s right, Asura is voiced by Liam O’Brien, who also starred as War in Darksiders.

While the story driving Asura’s Wrath — a betrayed god stripped of his powers takes vengence on those responsible — bears more than a passing resemblance to the God of War games, Capcom‘s latest is nothing if not idiosyncratic. Combining shooting elements, loads of quick time events, some straight-up brawling, and a heavily melodramatic story (which, to be honest, doesn’t always make a ton of sense, at least in the demo), Asura’s Wrath may appeal to God of War fans, but it’s no clone of Kratos’ adventures.

Two levels are available in the demo, Epidsode 5: Hollow Victory and Episode 11: The Final Lesson. Both are (vaguely) boss encounters. While not exactly blistering on the action front, the levels unfold in unexpected ways, and the game is not without humor. The highly segmented nature of the encounters makes it tough to get a sense for the flow of the gameplay in the full title, but the demo is more than enough to peak our interest.

Ranters, have you checked out the Asura’s Wrath demo? What did you think of it?

Asura’s Wrath releases February 21, 2012, for Xbox 360 and PS3

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