Anarchy Reigns is a game that most people don’t know about or if they do, they’ve forgotten about due to it’s Japan year long exclusivity. Off the bat this game is a contender for “Slept on game of 2013″ and I say that because well, it is. The game did not receive much advertising here aside from a few YouTube videos, but beyond all that the game was closely followed.The game is developed by Platinum Games the people responsible for Bayonetta, Vanquish (My favorite!) and the soon to be released Metal Gear Rising: Revengence. I found out about this game from my friend Rikuson of STFUandplay.com dating back last month all I remember was Riku going on and on about this Max Anarchy (which is what the Japanese version is called) Anarchy Reigns game. I was interested, and then he said the game was releasing with a $29.99 price tag! “What a deal!” I said, and thus begun my adventure into this wonderful world of chainsaws, guys that look like piggies, and a robotic bull that seems to be bent on me joining it’s batch of thugs.
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Anarchy Reigns follows two characters Jack Cayman of the MadWorld series and Leo a new character in the MadWorld universe. The story itself revolves around a man that both Jack and Leo are searching for; a man named Max. They both have very different reasons for finding the guy. Jack Cayman is searching for Max in order to complete a job Max’s daughter hired him on for which was simply to find Max, and bring him to her. Leo on the other hand is apart of a group called Strike One, a Cyber Military Unit in the story-line. Leo’s quest for Max is set around the Bureau’s need to retrieve Max after he suddenly disappeared, but the story quickly unfolds in the first scene showing that Max is Leo’s mentor and leader of his unit. As the story unfolds you meet a whole cast of characters, ranging from an ex-bureau member, a ninja, and 3 sisters with different styles of kung-fu. You even get to see the main characters of both arcs clash from time to time. To unlock the entire roster in game, you must go through the story mode on both sides. The story is actually a nice length, I checked my log and it took me roughly 6 hours to go through the entire story on normal difficulty.
The gameplay of Anarchy reigns is is definitely enjoyable, especially if you’re looking for a game that can be classified as having hardcore and casual mechanics. The game has 17 characters to choose from once they all have been unlocked (18 if you pre-ordered. Pre-order bonus was Bayonetta as a playable character). Each character has their own fighting style and different finishing moves. The animations are smooth and are really cool to look at each with their own type of flare to really make you feel like you bodied your opponent.
The controls are unique because it has a similar feel to a fighting game. Normal attack is your fastest attack, but also your weakest. Heavy attack is your strongest but slowest and can also be charged to break guard. Guard is 360 Attack: maneuver used when pressing both Jump and Normal attack at the same time.Killer Weapons: Each character has a unique weapon for example, Jack Cayman’s Chainsaw also known as “Gator Tooth” is available after you’ve accumulated a certain amount of meter. Normal and Heavy Attacks use a different percentage of meter, so be aware or you might find yourself in a situation where you can’t use your killer weapon. You can gain meter back by doing damage and taking it as well. Rampage: your character becomes invincible to enemy attacks for a short duration, you do more damage, and your Killer Weapon meter will not deplete. Items: Various items are laid out in battle for you to pick up, depending on what you find, you can either get anything from an over-shield, to a sniper rifle. These can be accessed through usage of the left and right buttons on the D-pad.
The game a really interesting flow in terms the combat. The game has traditional style combos which you will have to learn about, different inputs allow you to perform other moves for instance, if you do normal attack and then delay your next input, you get a different move depending on the character you’ve selected
The game also offers a tutorial mode to people who want to figure out the all the mechanics the game has to offer, detailing the use of all these moves and different situations where you might want to use one over another. If you’re just getting into the game, this is a great place to start, as it teaches you the basic fundamentals of Anarchy Reigns in depth combat system.
When jumping into multiplayer, this is truly where Anarchy Reigns shines. 13 game modes ranging from Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Deathball, a mode where you score goals in order to win while also fighting the opposite team for supremacy. Eight versus eight Team Deathmatch can become chaotically fun. The Max Level Crew along with our friend Rikuson went on a rampage mowing down a flurry of people. Battle Royale mode is a 16 person free-for-all deathmatch where the person with the highest score wins. You can obtain points in various ways like, using the most items, racking up the most kills, or having a long survival rate. In all, the game’s multiplayer has an abundance of content to offer people who want to constantly play against real opponents.
Anarchy Reigns is a serious toned beat-em’-up with a little bit of everything from comedy to a strong sense of honor and revenge thrown into it. At first glance, you feel like you’re in a Quentin Tarantino film with robots, carpet bombers and crazy kung fu sisters who have some rather “interesting” post-finishing move taunts. The level designs are very intricate especially when it comes to multiplayer and single player missions. Each stage sets a tone for this free roam brawler leaving much to be discovered. Additions such as launchpads and portals are a nice touch to maneuvering around the stages.
In all Anarchy Reigns is great game with a lot of content to keep you busy. The best part is you get access to it for half the price of your standard newly released PS3 or Xbox 360 game. If you like fighting games, multiplayer battles, combos, over the top animations, Platinum Games and one liners, Anarchy Reigns is just up your alley. If you do decide to pick it up, drop us a line here and we’d be more then happy to spar with you.
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