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: Beat ‘em ups have been all but down for the count for the better part of a decade now. Long gone are the days of Double Dragon, Streets of Rage, and Final Fight, and with them, the prominence of this once beloved faction of gaming has dwindled. After nearly a year wait, Platinum Games’ latest offering has finally made it to western shores and with it, some hope of a revival.
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: 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: It has been a long time coming, but Platinum Games’ Anarchy Reigns is finally out here in North America (and at a sweet $30 budget price point to boot). This latest brawler builds upon the foundations laid by the the studio's first release, MadWorld , and turns them into something special. Anarchy Reigns takes a page from the Smash Bros.
Excerpt: I think the reason we're all so hesitant to call Anarchy Reigns a sequel to MadWorld – which it is, by the way – is that despite featuring a nearly identical control scheme and most of the same cast of characters, the game has been stripped of nearly everything that made Platinum Games’ Wii exclusive so immediately striking.