Summary: With its budget price I whole-heartedly recommend " Anarchy Reigns ". Its fast pace of action, and a good mix of missions, make what could have been a generic fighter far more. Mix that with interesting environments, great music and melodramatic story, and you have a game that anyone looking for a pallet cleanser after the Christmas FPS-a-thon would be crazy to miss.
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Conclusion: Anarchy Reigns is good, clean fun while the appeal lasts, and demonstrates that online fighting games needn't be restricted to just versus fare. There's clearly room for something a little more... anarchic.
An Action-Packed Online Brawler With Some Rough Edges
8 January 2013
Conclusion: Concept: Gonzo characters duke it out in this action/fighting game hybrid. Multiplayer is the main attraction, but a sizeable campaign awaits solo players
Graphics: Character models and their animations look great, but the environments and NPCs are boring and repetitive
Sound: The hip-hop soundtrack has some satisfying beats, but the obnoxious lyrics are grating
Playability: More accessible than most fighting games, but less complex than top-tier action games.
Conclusion: It’s too easy to see where Anarchy Reigns could have been better. Games are made within a budget and Anarchy Reigns' surely wasn't much, but you have to admire the purity of its intentions. In a perfect world it would have a Call of Duty 2-like impact and birthed refined successors, but as it stands Anarchy Reigns is an enjoyable oddity pleading for an elegant sequel. If I may paraphrase Hunter S.
Excerpt: What with the global wars and poisonous munitions, humanity’s made a toxic wreck of the future, but don’t expect a preachy lesson in peace and love. Instead, Anarchy Reigns turns the ruins into post-apocalyptic brawling arenas, and fills them with the likes of Molotov-tossing psychopaths, angry robots, and howling, lizard-like mutants.
Pros: + Hugely enjoyable multiplayer modes, populated by 16 weirdos with unusual weapons., + Intuitive controls make crazy combos easy to do; $30 price; can play multiplayer offline with bots.
Excerpt: It's not every day that you're forced to fight a squid to death, let alone one with vicious, electrified tentacles and a penchant for chewing on aircraft carriers. Nor is it every day that you see said squid get sawn in half by a loud-mouthed pimp, or its squelchy offspring squished into bloody black ink by a man with a rusty chainsaw for an arm. But then, this isn't your typical game.
Pros: Satisfying combat system, Fabulously gory combos, Chopping the head off a giant squid with a chainsaw
Cons: Difficult to follow the story, Some single-player missions get repetitive, Big online brawls don't work as well as smaller ones
Ruling over the chaos — Anarchy Reigns Xbox 360 Review
8 February 2013
Excerpt: I admit that I have a soft spot for Platinum games. They developed MadWorld, Bayonetta, and Vanquish. They were also the team behind Clover who developed Okami and Viewtiful Joe. Their games included something in them to set them apart, whether it was a gameplay mechanic or presentation style. While their games never got the commercial success they deserved, they do have a cult following. Now they have released Anarchy Reigns, a brawler with a budget price.
Pros: Unique multiplayer modes, Nice array of moves, Characters play differently from each other, Plenty of gameplay for a $30 game
Cons: Single-player is a grind, No split-screen multiplayer, Incoherent story, Lack of variety in opponents
Conclusion: And not in the form of cynical cash-ins on nostalgia with pixel graphics, but with a focus on playability, salvaging long-forgotten ideas and outfitting them in new designs. Heritage that recalls smoky arcade halls, crackling speaker systems, classic audio jingles. With Anarchy Reigns, the studio has repackaged the old-school arcade beat 'em up, crossing it with the modern online brawler, multi-path battles fought over, through and above arenas. The result?
Pros: + Awesome online mode + Wonderful characters + Great soundtrack + Lots of personality, + Value for money