Since their first game released on the Nintendo Wii, Platinum Games has made quite the splash in the video games industry. They proved to be much more than your typical Japanese developer, releasing many games that consistently pleased both Eastern and Western gamers. Their latest title, Anarchy Reigns, is the spiritual successor to MadWorld and appears after a six-month delay. Now ditching the black and white look and focussing on being an online multiplayer brawler, Anarchy Reigns delivers another surprising game from Platinum Games.
In Anarchy Reigns, the crazy, over-the-top world from MadWorld is back and so is its main character Jack Caymen. Alongside Jack, there are a few other characters from MadWorld, but there are also plenty of new characters introduced to tell a new story. It focusses on Jack and newcomer Leo Victorion, as they look to find a deadly man named Max. The story is split up into two different campaigns, with Dark telling Jack's story and Light focusing on Leo's side.
Compared to MadWorld, the story takes a more serious approach. Still this does not mean that the story in Anarchy Reigns ever takes itself too seriously. Before a heavy-handed cutscene can drag down the mood, you are thrown back into the many different arenas to completely massacre hundreds of enemies. Still, the story is completely passable as you can tell the main attraction here is the gameplay. However, if you need an extended tutorial then the story is place to go before the real game begins.
Anarchy Reigns is unlike most online games out at the moment, offering large scaled battles while having a big focus on close quarters combat. You control a character of your choice from a third person perspective and you will notice that while most of the characters may be huge, the gameplay is still very fast paced. There is a basic offering of fast, strong and grab attacks to soften up your opponent and as you learn more, you also have a limited number of killer attacks to damage your opponents severely.
Top this off, with learning when and how to evade and when to use items/power ups, you might find yourself overwhelmed at first. This is where getting yourself familiar in tutorial and story mode really pays off. Once you familiarize yourself with everything you can do and when to do it, you will be ready to hop into the even more hectic side of the game.Once you get tired of slicing and dicing computers up, you can then challenge the rest of the world online. Along with offering many different modes, that have competitive and cooperative elements to them, the multiplayer arenas are vast in length and height. This allows for large teams of playera to challenge each other in marvelous ways. Different variables will also happen that really change the dynamic of the match. This can range from something like a black hole sucking up players, cars crashing towards you off the highway, planes crashing towards the battlefield, and much more to keep you on your toes.
Elements like this can help to make an online brawler like this truly addictive and with a surprisingly large community at launch. In a game like this, the netcode is very important for players not to ever notice any lag or delay while playing. Thankfully Anarchy Reigns surprisingly has one of the smoothest net codes to come out of an online brawler in years. It is a true testament to the talent the team over at Platinum Games have for making great action games.
As a sequel to a Wii game, Anarchy Reigns is above and beyond as far as graphics are concerned, but the stylistic look from MadWorld leaves more of a lasting memory. Now the over the top action still translates over to HD consoles just as well and pops onto the screen dramatically. While the looks will not impress you right away, the soundtrack offers a great variety. Songs are a great mix of rap and electronic that fit the world well. Fans might find themselves being surprised about how much they like these songs.
A different kind of 3D brawler is always welcomed especially when it has started to seem like it was on the verge of disappearing into mediocrity. Stupid mindless fun is never a bad thing and can be a good way to mix up between AAA releases. If the community keeps the interest it has had in its launch period Anarchy Reigns will continue to offering an addicting online bloodbath.
At a budget price and packed to the brim with content Anarchy Reigns is a good offering from Platinum Games fans. For everyone out there new to these types of games, with such a low price point you have little to lose and all to gain. Sadly, despite its earlier release in Japan, don't expect to see anything new coming to Anarchy Reigns with its release worldwide. What you see is what you get and that is a crazy, cool online brawler that provides some solid entertainment.
|Addicting online modes|
|Graphics could have been better|
|Passable story mode|
|Bayonetta is DLC|