E3 First Impressions: Anarchy Reigns
Posted on Thursday, June 16 @ 13:44:31 Eastern by Daniel Bischoff
Platinum Games have become the media darling of Japanese game development. Maybe not in Japan where Capcom, Square Enix, and games like Monster Hunter 43rd still reign supreme, but in the west Platinum Games is carving quite the niche.
Games like Bayonetta and Vanquish get split decisions from journalists, but sales figures show that SEGA is doing well by Platinum Games. The publisher behind Sonic and... more Sonic have quite the mountain in front of them with Anarchy Reigns, though.
The easiest way to describe the brawler from the far east is by calling it Power Stone. It seems fitting that AR is being published by SEGA when the game is so similar to the Dreamcast brawler. Four players face off with different characters in an arena that can play host to various environmental traps, multiple levels, and four walls to savagely beat opponents up against.
Each character has the now-expected Platinum Games bend. One fighter has huge gold boxing gloves and is dressed like a pimp. Another fighter is wearing a skin-tight catsuit and does a ton of damage with her high heels. Jack from Madworld also makes an appearance.
The fighting system is about as deep as Super Smash Bros so it's easy to grasp and difficult to master. Players can build up their rage meter to inflict a ton of damage. Knockdowns, combos, and grapples allow for several different fighting styles. Anarchy Reigns looks to be as accessible and as deep as any other brawler, so the real selling point is the Platinum Games attitude the title is drenched in. We'll have more on Anarchy Reigns before it releases in early 2012.
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