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7.9

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  1. 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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  2. Jan 8, 2013
    10
    platinum delivers again. great game, fantastic music, fantastic art. characters and combat are amazing. for $30 you can't go wrong. lots of over-the-top fun.
  3. Jan 10, 2013
    10
    A good game to release the start of the new year, there was no good beat em up game that release to the PS3 nor xbox 360. I'm happy that Platinum release another of their masterpiece into the PS3. Insane, chao multiplayer is what make this game awesome! The Campaign is okay, it let you choose to be the White side or the black side with each different enemies and story . You can also train you character of your choice by training mode (Highly recommend to play the Campaign first) to improve your skill with the character to be prepare for multiplayer. In case your a beginner in this game which everyone is, there the tutorial in the main menu where you can get to know how the game is play & once your get used to the control, you be having a one hell alot of fun. There also alot of modes in multiplayer, that keep you entertaining. Other than all i say in this game is, highly recommend to purchase this game if you want something different and fun. It only 29$ and have a lot of content than other 60$ game, no joke. Go out and get now for just 29$! Expand
  4. Jan 10, 2013
    9
    Aside from the odd glitch (none game breaking at all), Anarchy Reigns is another no-brainer buy from Platinum Games. And with a $30 price tag? Good online, decent campaign. Power Stone meets Mad World with a killer sound track to boot.
  5. Jan 14, 2013
    10
    It is a Platinum game! They truly do make games for the gamer. I have loved every title they have produced and Anarchy Reigns is no different. At a discounted price, there is no reason not to buy this fresh new IP. While you are at it, pick up Bayonetta and Vanquish. The latter being greatly under appreciated. You should grab Suda 51's games Shadows of the Damned and Lollipop Chainsaw as well.
  6. Jan 20, 2013
    9
    I love Platinum games, as like Clover before them, they come up with exciting games, that manage to pack in well-worn ideas, yet, give them a veneer encusted with jewels of amazing gimmicks. Anarchy Reigns is no different!! In what would be the best way to describe it as a pseudo-sequel to Madworld, Jack Cayman and friends are back, but in a much more open-world brawler, without the artistic visual directions of Madworld, and with many insane game directions that feel at times like an episode of Power Stone. Graphics vary from good to occasionally scrappy, sound is the usual biffs and clunks accentuated by some great musical interludes, but they both contribute towards a distinct 'arcade' feel - its almost as if you can see the cigarette burns and soft drink stains on the arcade cabinet as you're playing the game!! The Campaign is good fun and satisfying, but the multiplayer is where its at!! Initiallly you'll be owned, but perseverence is the key, and you'll find yourself advancing (and lasting longer than 30 seconds a time!!). Anarchy Reigns perhaps has a few flaws here and there, but they're forgiven; what you have here is a true bona-fide arcade experience and a treat for videogame scrappers everywhere. At its cheap price (£20 here in the UK, $30 in the US) its a bargain for sure, and you should be looking it up now!! Expand
  7. Jan 9, 2013
    9
    Great Game, and even better for just 30$. Online Multiplayer is the main focus of this game, while the story isn't that great, so you love it or hate it. I'm currently loving it. Music's very nice too. A good mix between a hack'n slash and a fighting game.
  8. Jan 15, 2013
    9
    Anarchy Reigns is a game I picked up alongside another certain action game released in January
  9. Jan 15, 2013
    10
    Punch a giant robot bull with your chainsaw arm while a plane smashes into the level and kills everybody. If that doesn't sound amazing to you, it's your loss.
  10. Jan 17, 2013
    9
    Anarchy Reigns is a breath of fresh air in what seems to be an industry striving to come up with good ideas. A game that isn't afraid to have fun with it's content and try and give gamers a hectic experience where they can sit back and enjoy the craziness of it all, or get competitive with it, and while the game lacks polish, it more than makes up for it with the heart and addicting gameplay, and for 30 dollars I can't help but encourage others to give it a try. How many other games offer the chance to pile drive a helicopter into a cyborg cop while playing as a giant robot bull? Don't miss out, and jump into the **** Expand
  11. Mar 12, 2013
    9
    Yes, Anarchy Reigns is. A great game. Filled with bloody cult humour the game is so good you will not want to give it up. Reasonably this game has some fixing issues but lets face this this game is great.
  12. Jan 23, 2013
    0
    This review contains spoilers. Anarchy Reigns has an amazing story mode, memorable fighters, great frame animation, AWESOME soundtrack, and loads of battle modes offline and online. BUY THIS GAME NOW! Oh and fans also get to play as Bayonetta if they pre-ordered it. Collapse
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Mar 15, 2013
    80
    Anarchy Reigns is an over-the-top beat 'em up adventure with a half-baked single player mode. The multiplayer makes up for it, though. That is, when there are enough players. Anarchy Reigns desperately needs automatic playlists. [March 2013]
  2. Mar 5, 2013
    65
    An interesting idea – a 3D brawler focused on multiplayer. The combat system seems simple but offers quite a bit of depth. Unfortunately it is hard to find people to play with over the Internet and the single player mode is dull as hell. [CD-Action 03/2013, p.64]
  3. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    Anarchy Reigns is the last act of the relationship between Sega and Platinum Games. The final seal is not a masterpiece like Bayonetta, but quite a brawler game that transports the world of Mad World in multiplayer arenas.