Anarchy Reigns: Tips for the practicing Anarchist

There's nothing the inhabitants of Anarchy Reigns' post-apocalyptic world love to do more than fight. A lot. Here's our guide to surviving the chaos.

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We recently managed to get our hands on a Japanese copy of Anarchy Reigns, or Max Anarchy, as it's known there. The game comes to North America and Europe in early 2013, according to publisher Sega, which is a painfully long time for fans of Platinum Games to wait. So what does the prolific studio behind Bayonetta and Vanquish have in store? Here are some gameplay clips to whet your appetite.

Punch Drunk

Anarchy Reigns' street fights are the macho fantasy of every combative barfly who has ever been slung through a pub door. The part where cybernetic mutants are sent soaring 20 feet into the air with an uppercut and then sliced in half by a protractible chainsaw, however, is probably best left to burly heroes like Jack Cayman, and not some bleary-eyed wino. Random events, such as a fiery tanker truck barrelling through the level, are out of your control and will do you serious harm if you don't dodge them.

Seeing Red

On your way through the game, you'll cross paths with a cast of colourful characters whose sole purpose is to put you down. One of the first is Big Bull, a severely antagonistic foe who deals in bad cattle-based puns. He also likes bashing you into pools of flaming lava, so watch out for that. Later, you can take on the role of Big Bull yourself, as well as several other story characters.

Taken by Force

The world of Anarchy Reigns contains a lot of useful pick-me-ups and aids. They're usually introduced in the hands of your enemy, but they can become yours with the right amount of persuasive force. A hovering vehicle with an attached flame-thrower is something you'll want to commandeer, for example. Plus, keep an eye out for box-carrying enemies running through the world--they're holding random loot such as rocket launchers and grenades.

Worldwide Anarchy

Anarchy Reigns' all-important multiplayer component means there's frenzied combat for up to 16 players. As you level up, you unlock a series of abilities for your character, granting you specific perks, such as an increase in your basic combo damage or being able to prevent other players from damaging you with certain moves. The action gets more hectic as the player count rises, often to the point where the screen is entirely filled with pummelled bodies and flying debris. Things move fast in Anarchy Reigns' adversarial arena--you'll need to be quick on the uptake to stand a fighting chance.

Discussion

25 comments
-aumaan_anubis-
-aumaan_anubis-

game is amazing. The usual high quality expected from platinum games. finished the campaign an hour ago. Very very cool. I wouldn't compare this with dynasty warriors tho. Honestly it's pretty much MAD WORLD but updated for the 360 / ps3. I wish more games like this would still be made :(. Imho this ranks along side jet set radio future in underappreciated japanese awesomeness. Bring on metal gear rising.

Boo-dendorf
Boo-dendorf

They didn't speak much in this review about the gamemodes of multiplayer, the biggest part of the game. Each and every gamemodes are crazy, all of them being unique. With 16 different characters, and even for those who hate online, they can fight in those gamemodes against CPUs offline and do campaign once they finished once with any character they like. If you want to see gameplay of online multiplayer, there's plenty here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Boodendorf

ThyDavideth
ThyDavideth

Dynasty Warriors comes to mind. GREAT!!!!!

bakasora
bakasora

Oh.. this is nothing like Bayonetta. That's too bad.

Gomtor
Gomtor

Gamespot, you are cruel! I cannot wait for this game and you have to showcase it here! WTF is wrong with SEGA?

HD_audio_CoYotE
HD_audio_CoYotE

Does anybody know if Max Anarchy is region-free on X360 ?? I think about picking a copy from overseas. Can't wait till 2013. SEGA are you kidding me ??

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Very good tips, I'll remember these when I finally buy this game.

suplax
suplax

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!! 

I want to play this game , ffs , 2013 really ?

Getesh
Getesh

I can get if you don't like brawlers, but this game is far from boring. The games meat is in the multiplayer which has substance. Not only that but even the bots in the simulation mode (which you can play every multiplayer mode) is no slouch either. Let's say you love puzzle games. I don't find them top of the line exciting, some people do, more power to them.

 

Personally i love brawlers and am waiting my copy to come in.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

I didn't like the early videos, played the demo and did not like it at all.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I don't know. Technically it looks pretty good, just what you'd expect from Platinum, but watching these videos just didn't excite me. I was actually quite bored. Struck me as a less populated, better weaponized, more combo'd Dynasty Warriors.

krunkfu2
krunkfu2

I'm enjoying the game.

 

Thanks for putting content out Gamespot despite the game not being released globally yet.

paradicio12
paradicio12

looks sick, I love bayonetta and vanquish

Darrogamer06
Darrogamer06

@HD_audio_CoYotE Yes, both formats are region-free and have English support as well I believe so import away!

krunkfu2
krunkfu2

You should do some research.

krunkfu2
krunkfu2

 @PlatinumPaladin Single Player isn't too much of a challenge and is somewhat similar to Dynasty Warriors because the common enemies rarely attack you, even on hard.

 

The meat of this game is in the multiplayer modes, and there are quite a few of them.

HD_audio_CoYotE
HD_audio_CoYotE

 @Darrogamer06  @HD_audio_CoYotE thank you for the fast reply!

Yes they said specifically in the Preview that all the ingame menues as well as the voice over is in english.

But I wasn't sure about the region support. So Thank You!!

Cheers

Plataea
Plataea

 @krunkfu2 

Yes, I was puzzled by the way the common enemies in the videos seem to be just handing around doing nothing.  What's the point of enemies that aren't a threat?

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @letario 

I might go buy it again to kick angel butt on it :3

krunkfu2
krunkfu2

 @Plataea not really sure. Even in large numbers they don't really pose a threat. I guess they just serve as sandbags to practice your combos on until you start missions.