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  • Summary: ANARCHY REIGNS is a heavy-hitting, action packed multiplayer brawler that puts players in the middle of the battle simultaneously.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Feb 8, 2013
    90
    If the prospect of playing an online fighting game that strikes a satisfying balance between old-school brawlers and modern action games appeals to you, I honestly can’t imagine that Anarchy Reigns will disappoint.
  2. 80
    Leave the inner critic at the door and dive into Anarchy Reigns without cynicism. Anyone hoping to do some soul-searching will be sour by the end, but if you've got a need for anarchy SEGA and Platinum have this dish piping hot. Anarchy Reigns is violent, vulgar, and a confusingly hilarious, all within a tight budget.
  3. Jan 24, 2013
    80
    If you don't take Anarchy Reigns seriously, it's worth a look, and it's got a nice discounted price tag to boot. It's a big, colorful, ridiculous brawler about a bunch of cybernetically-enhanced idiots who don't realize how ridiculous they are, and while the single-player campaign's about five times as frustrating as it needs to be, the multiplayer's decent once you get a handle on it.
  4. Jan 16, 2013
    70
    Anarchy Reigns may not have an incredibly in-depth story and also has some nagging flaws that detract from its otherwise entertaining gameplay, but it's enjoyable enough to warrant a playthrough.
  5. Feb 13, 2013
    70
    Anarchy Reigns is one of the cheesiest games in recent years. It’s limburger, gouda, mozzarella and various other assorted dairy products rolled up into one package of lactating violence and rap songs that will leave your head spinning and your thumbs broken. But if you happen to take a bite of that cheddar, you might just fall in love with it.
  6. Jan 17, 2013
    60
    Surely not one of Platinum Games' best moments, but as a budget title this online brawler can offer some enjoyable mindless action.
  7. Jan 14, 2013
    40
    Anarchy Reigns is disappointing. The story is almost non-existent, the single player is repetitive and boring, the fighting is shallow and the multiplayer is decent at best. The only plus point is the awesome hip hop soundtrack.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jan 16, 2013
    10
    Extremelly great game! Likeable characters and fun gameplay! Another excellent job made by Platinum Games! Multiplayer makes this game more fun!! I wish Story mode would be longer, but it´s ok... Collapse
  2. Jan 11, 2013
    10
    Anarchy Reigns was originally set to launch in North America early-mid 2012, but it was then delayed until 2013, even though the game was finished. While the game was really close to cancellation for North America, a date was finally set, but it was a long wait to endure. However, the wait is over and Anarchy Reigns is here, but was it worth it? Two words: Hell yes!

    Anarchy Reigns is a 3D brawler at its core that combines brawling and fighting like God Hand or Fist of the North Star, hence my comparison to those games. But the difference is that Anarchy Reigns has the unique and quirky flavor of Platinum and Sega games. While everything that makes a Platinum game their own is on display, it also feels like one of those gems you'd play on the Sega Dreamcast back in the day.

    The single player campaign has two interwoven plots, offering two different characters to play as (Jack Cayman, Leonhardt "Leo" Victorion), which allows you to play in two different ways with two different takes. This gives you replayability for the single player content. Speaking of the single player, you're given hub world environments to roam around, beat up bad guys, collect things, and just have fun in-between the story and side missions, so it's not just a straight up linear mission-to-mission game, but it's also not a large open world, just hub environments that give you a little more sense of freedom.

    The other part of the package is the multiplayer, which is truly unique and unlike anything else out there. It's fast and hectic, but it all performs admirably online and hasn't been plagued with issues or anything from my experience. While there are some incredibly skilled players out there, I'm not one of them yet, but it's even fun to play when you're losing. It's just so different, which leads me to believe this'll maintain a community for a good while. There are a bunch of different modes to enjoy in the multiplayer package, which includes the established modes like DM and TDM. You can choose from 16 different characters in multiplayer, all of which have their own fighting styles, signature kill moves, etc.

    Also, since I haven't mentioned it yet, I must say that the combat in this game is awesome. You could compare this game to Madworld, but it's really a lot deeper and more satisfying in terms of the combat. It's almost impossible to say how it feels, as it feels entirely different depending on who you're playing as, but if you're playing as Jack Cayman, the game's combat is meaty and focused on more of a brawler style, but you can play as one of the more quick and agile characters in multiplayer, which includes Bayonetta if you pre-ordered the game elsewhere. Hopefully SEGA will release Bayonetta as DLC sometime in the near future for everyone else.

    As far as the graphics go, Anarchy Reigns isn't the most beautiful game or anything, but it gets the job done. Also, lip syncing doesn't sync up perfectly since the mouths animate with the Japanese VO and they just put English VO in without reanimating the mouths on the characters. The animation work, though, is spectacularly well done, and I don't want to imagine the work they put into all 16 characters.

    Anarchy Reigns is a new IP that's fresh and interesting, as it offers something new to gamers who are sick and tired of the status quo. This is a ridiculously fun game that offers a meaty single player with two campaigns, an online multiplayer that isn't an FPS, and just a load of fun for anyone wanting some originality. It certainly has its comparisons to God Hand (Anarchy Reigns developers worked on this), Fist of the North Star (which hasn't had a good game), and Madworld (Same developer, one of the same main characters), but this does it so well and brings it to the online arena, allowing you to share the fun with other gamers worldwide. Bravo, Platinum Games, bravo!
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  3. Jan 10, 2013
    10
    A good game to release the start of the new year, there was no good beat em up game that release to the PS3 nor xbox 360. I'm happy that Platinum release another of their masterpiece into the PS3. Insane, chao multiplayer is what make this game awesome! The Campaign is okay, it let you choose to be the White side or the black side with each different enemies and story . You can also train you character of your choice by training mode (Highly recommend to play the Campaign first) to improve your skill with the character to be prepare for multiplayer. In case your a beginner in this game which everyone is, there the tutorial in the main menu where you can get to know how the game is play & once your get used to the control, you be having a one hell alot of fun. There also alot of modes in multiplayer, that keep you entertaining. Other than all i say in this game is, highly recommend to purchase this game if you want something different and fun. It only 29$ and have a lot of content than other 60$ game, no joke. Go out and get now for just 29$! Expand
  4. Jan 14, 2013
    9
    You wanna live life fighting in the fast lane? Brawling like a God hand on a mission for revenge? Take down all the monsters and be king of the streets? You wanna play Anarchy Reigns, an arena-style fighter by Platinum Games. It's got no good story to speak of but it's got enough characters for a book series. The focus of the game is taking a character, learning how they fight and going online to put punks in their place. The campaign mode for the two major starting characters serves as a long-running practice session where you learn how to brawl, dodge, use your powers and become the incredible hardass you're supposed to be. And if this sounds like a good game, a $30 price tag makes it even better. If you want to play what amounts to the most gangster post-apocalyptic Fist of the North Star anime, buy this game. If you want something technical, something with a good story or something realistic then you can try the soundtrack, one of the best compilations of hip-hop battle music there's been since Madworld. Expand
  5. Jan 12, 2013
    8
    Not bad for a brawling fighting game, but I think Platinum Games puts the icing on the cake on that one. I've played Bayonetta, but I didn't play MadWorld yet. Reigns may not be as good as both games, but $29.99 at Gamestop? Wow, I thought it was $59.99, but then the price was dropped after it was delayed because it was supposed to be in stores July 2012. Now it's 2013, this is gonna be a sleeper hit or a cult following. I was sorta confused that the story may look cheesey, but all the action and kick-ass gameplay is awesome. I like the single-player campaign, but multiplayer took one step backwards and it nearly cost them. Sometimes it's half-Dynasty Warriors and half-Devil May Cry, but if it fits then I'll enjoy the dogfights and other features. Bayonetta, on the other hand as a DLC, look pretty amazing. I mean, I get to play her and features some of her new moves that didn't make the cut from the original Bayonetta game in 2010. Like I said, for around $30, Anarchy Reigns might be a bit challenging, but I'll give it a shot. Quite possibly my favorite game to kick start the new year. Thanks, Platinum. Expand
  6. Jan 24, 2013
    8
    Anarchy Reigns has had a lot of negative reviews from some of the bigger gaming sites and its paid staff off reviewers. But its positive gamer score proves that this infact is actually a good enjoyable melee combat game. It is not perfect by any means but does exactly what it says on the cover. A minimal story mode that introduces you to the controls and timing needed to pull off different moves and combos prepares you for battle in the chaotic play of the online modes of which there are many from horde mode co op killing rounds of hellish minions of which there are a wide variety is a good challenge, death match,tdm,cage match 1v1,capture the flag which can be tactical to the hella fun deathball try to score or mash youre opponents stop them with a great goal animation for each character. There are a lot of characters and these are unlocked as you rank up along with skill perks to attach to youre character over-all its well balanced and only Big-Bull seems slightly over powered at times. If you feel like a change and want to try an online melee battle then you wont regret picking this game especially as in europe its low rrp is half price for a new title dont let this put you off this game is good and easily value for money.Platinum Games are making a name for themselves for producing solid good melee battle system games also check out there next release msg-Rising Vengeance for more melee combat but with swords. Over-all a good try at creating something a little different and online code is solid. quick connects too freinds good lobbies stable gameplay without random disconnects. Expand
  7. Jan 25, 2013
    5
    There's a little bit too much Anarchy in Anarchy Reigns online multiplayer. Free for all brawls against other players are too chaotic and frustrating to enjoy. The single player mode fare's better. A very simple but addictive combat system makes for plenty of button mashing fun. Unfortunately the small levels feel empty and it's not long before you've seen everything the game has to offer. The game remains fun for a single play through but there's little incentive to sit through it's forgettable, long winded cut scenes for a second time. Expand

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