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Scheduled release date:

January 2012




Platinum Games

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Release Date:

January 8, 2013

Platinum Games knows how to make action games. Their latest two titles, Vanquish and Bayonetta, proved the team’s capability beyond a shadow of a doubt. Now, ironically enough, they’re working on a multiplayer-charged action bash-fest entitled Anarchy Reigns, which features a singular style and design most reminiscent of MadWorld. I say “ironically” because neither Vanquish or Bayonetta featured any multiplayer option at all; now it seems the studio is performing an almost complete 180. But can they pull it off? Will the action aficionados settle into this new format with ease?

To start, we should probably clarify that Anarchy Reigns is in no way a sequel or spiritual successor to the aforementioned Wii game, MadWorld. It boasts a few of the same characters (like Baron, for instance), but the storyline and game type is very different. The game does offer a single-player option and there, the story is about the competition between the Black and White factions. Characters from each clan will do battle, which will consist of one controllable character and several AI fighters. One of the ways multiplayer becomes a focus is that when you defeat a boss in single-player mode, that victim becomes playable in multiplayer.

See, that’s incentive to play both modes in the game. Plus, it’d be a mistake to assume that all one does is mash buttons and engage in constant confrontations. Some missions will have different objectives, such as retrieving certain objects or exploring about on a map. But once again, things do sort of come back to the multiplayer angle: while the single-player mode always remains the same, you can only customize combat abilities in multiplayer. You will earn experience when fighting online, which can be used to unlock fresh skills, although you’ll only be able to equip one skill at any given time. You can even spot some semblance of shooter influence in the multiplayer, as kill streaks make you stronger and offers bigger rewards. It's good reason to perform well, obviously.

As for the controls, they seem pretty straightforward. You can alternate between normal and strong attacks, grab and toss opponents, and lock on with one of the shoulder buttons. You can also block, jump, and rip off special devastating moves with a character’s weapon by hitting L2. The key is to balance your attacks and become a skilled, effective fighter, capable of surviving for long periods of time. Lastly, all of this will be taking place in quite an intriguing setting and atmosphere; for example, the soundtrack will be handled by those who contributed to the Madworld music. So yeah, some rap and hip-hop will be included, which isn’t common.

Anarchy Reigns is set to arrive in January, so it’ll miss the crazy holiday rush. And given Platinum’s success with action games in the past, we strongly expect a winner.

6/23/2011 Ben Dutka

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 9:40:23 PM

Are we gonna see a review of Shadows of the damned Ben - thus far I've seen some really positive ones.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 10:16:46 AM

Review coming soon.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 9:58:00 PM

man, I don't know about AR.
Art design looks suck. And the game just sort of looks cheaply made and not impressive at all. Maybe it'll have it where it counts in rewarding game play.

Last edited by Temjin001 on 6/23/2011 9:58:18 PM

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 10:43:41 PM

I heard that it was like power stone which got me interested.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 10:51:30 PM

OK, If I get this game, first thing I'd have to do is turn the sound off, that song's just way too frigging painful for me to listen to.......

I'd rather listen to dual cluster of zombies grunting in unison at the full moon in an empty warehouse where the acoustics bounce off the walls in every which direction, followed by a chorus of their undead nails slowly scraping across 10,000 chalkboards. And throw in 7 cat's getting their tails yanked repeatedly, just to give all their musical moaning's a little 2-part harmony.

Last edited by BikerSaint on 6/23/2011 10:53:05 PM

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 3:46:21 AM

And who says that a picture is worth a thousand words? It would be pretty damn hard to convey THAT thought in a picture.

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Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 11:30:10 AM

Yeah, Not sure how much money it all comes too, but I wouldn't mind having just one 5th of that & I'd probably be set for life in hawg heaven.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 3:47:45 AM

Good to hear that the game has a single player campaign, I was really worried about that, but now I'm left wondering whether it will be up to the calibre of their other games. Damnit.. Must get Vanquish!

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Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 4:08:10 AM

bayonetta and vanquish sucked, so ive completley lost interest in there games.
plus i hate online only games.
one game i think that would suit these guys really well is a tong in cheek deamon hunter game, like shadows of the damned, except with the crazy speed and artistic flair of vanquish or bayonetta.

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Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 7:30:10 AM

According to the article, there is a single player mode, too, through which bosses/characters and modes are unlocked in multiplayer mode. Give it a read, at least.

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Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 9:53:10 AM

sorry, online focused.
gee, talk about crying over spilt milk!

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Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 11:11:44 AM

get HYPE!!! slowly and quietly...

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