Conclusion: Even if you’re like me and don’t end up getting hooked on the online, Anarchy Reigns is a rock-solid action game with combo-based combat you can really chew on, rad boss encounters, and one of the more ludicrous stories to come along in games for some time. This is a hardcore Japanese action game, through and through. Its rigid, uncompromising mission structure can be less than accommodating but nonetheless charming.
Excerpt: I keep changing my mind on Anarchy Reigns . It’s one of those misleading games that isn’t what it looks like at first. When I picked it up, I was thinking it was a modern take on old-fashioned arcade beat-’em-ups, along with a large amount of that idiosyncratic character design you get from Platinum Games. The more I play it, though, the less I think of it as a beat-’em-up.
Conclusion: Anarchy Reigns is a respectable attempt at reviving the beat ‘em up genre, and at a bargain price of $30, it’s definitely worth a pickup for even the casual fan. The visuals and style presented instantly connect the player with this new IP, but it falls short in the combat’s execution and ends up feeling like a “woulda, shoulda, coulda” scenario. Platinum Games has developed a fine blueprint.
Excerpt: I’m all for over-the-top insanity in my action games. I can appreciate ridiculous amounts of flashy, highly stylized combat mixed with a dash of twisted craziness. If I take on a giant squid and a whole lot of nasty crap happens, I’m gonna giggle.
Excerpt: Anarchy Reigns very much deserves its name. This is one of the most insanely kinetic multiplayer brawlers since Power Stone . If you’re one of the hardcore that isn’t afraid to try new things and face daunting entry barriers in the process, this is the game for you. For everyone else, you might end up walking away in shame, but Anarchy Reigns is a true spectacle of a game that should be explored at least once.
Pros: Superbly fine-tuned mechanics, rad soundtrack, unique cast of characters
Excerpt: Coming out swinging with a budget pricetag and a wild cast of characters, Anarchy Reigns is a forceful beat’em up where distinctively-styled badasses turn their eyes toward brutal online competition. Does this Platinum Games project find the secret formula for a genre that used to dominate the 2D era, or are the good ideas lost in the chaos? Beginning with an altercation in a bar, the game’s offline action begins with a choice between one of two characters, Jack or Leo.