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Videogames Club House
Dec 26
// Phil
It's that time of the year again where we, as gamers, like to look back and reflect on what we most enjoyed in the games we played. With all these game of the year posts floating around we over on the Clubhouse have also gott...
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Bayonetta DLC

Bayonetta DLC now available for Anarchy Reigns on PSN


Bugger! And I didn't make any time for pillow talk.
Apr 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Bayonetta has arrived once again on PlayStation Network, this time as a downloadable playable character for Anarchy Reigns. After enjoying months of exclusivity as a GameStop pre-order bonus, the Umbra Witch is now freel...

Anarchy Reigns: it's all about music with Platinum Games

Feb 21 // Jayson Napolitano
"MDK's"[embed]245924:47033:0[/embed]Composer Naoto Tanaka:"This track might be the perfect example of our conceptual approach to Anarchy Reigns music. Like MadWorld, Anarchy Reigns' soundtrack features hip hop; however, I wanted to bring something different to Anarchy Reigns. I thought it would be boring to just copy MadWorld's feel of black and white visuals and underground hip hop, so I gave Anarchy Reigns a taste of electro to fit its gritty, full color SF world. Vstylez also has an unusual style that made me take a step back the first time I heard it, but this track grew on me almost like an addiction."Lyricist Vstylez:"For me as an artist [this track] presented a challenge initially, but after finally getting the melody down I had to figure out what I wanted to call it because Platinum Games allowed me to actually be a part of the game by allowing me to name the song 'MDK's.' My man Shuzz at Joint One Radio sent me  the script and track for the game and it had instructions like what I could and couldn't say and things that were offensive to the Japanese culture. Salute to them, it was like studying for a movie role in a way [Laughs].I was at my parents' and I fell asleep on my mom's favorite recliner. I woke up at 2am and Demolition Man was on, and every time in the movie when someone got killed a lady on the intercom would come on and say, "Murder, Death, Kill," and when I heard that it stuck and 'MDK's' was created. That's what the script described so I wrote the hook first and the lyrics followed, and they loved it and allowed me to do another joint, "Days of Old." It wasn't hard, but was more of a challenge. I'm just honored to be a part of a videogame and Anarchy Reigns is dope!""Play For Keeps”[embed]245924:47034:0[/embed]Composer Naoto Tanaka:"This track is actually a combination of reworking two unfinished tracks together. It wasn't just a simple matter of copying and pasting though; all the tracks needed to be broken down to individual phrases and entirely reconstructed. The track that resulted was a complex mix of both tracks' musical phrases. Composing it was like putting together a puzzle, which I found to be an interesting experience. Of course, I also have to mention how talented SickYG is at writing lyrics. The 'ichi, ni, san, shi' in the middle of the track means '1,2,3,4' in Japanese. This follows with SickYG saying 'go,' which in Japanese also happens to mean '5.' Was this an intentional play on words on just a coincidence? You'd have to go to him to make sure, but I think that this play on words between the English and Japanese was intentional."Lyricist Sick YG:"Well, when I had gotten the news from Joint One that we going to go another round in the Platinum Games saga, I was excited and all for it. Jack was a character that had grabbed my interest from the beginning; so, when I was granted a chance to make another appearance in a whole new game, but, with familiar characters, I was ready to write.The track titled, 'Play For Keeps' grabbed my attention immediately. When I first heard it, I had sat and wrote the song in about 15 minutes, that's how much I liked the track. I was mesmerized by the script and a had a sense of familiarity with the story line. Thus, the challenge for the writing of the first set of tracks for MadWorld as opposed to Anarchy Reigns was the use of the imagination factor. Although I was handed a script to adhere to in MadWorld, it was more like I was creating the ambiance for the track from sheer imagination of my interpretation of what I thought the game may be like.Working with the music for Anarchy Reigns set me on edge with the discovery of the fact that the game would now be in color and on two different gaming platforms that weren't included in the availability of the first title.  'Play For Keeps' is a song that stands out to me as being 'above the law-esque,' which fits the title perfectly. Also, I had a lot of fun recording 'Play For Keeps' as you can hear in the energy of the performance. I love what Platinum Games is doing as far as game development and hope to be on board for future projects. In all, I wanted everyone to enjoy a track that was strictly created, crafted, and sculpted for the game that they, the consumer, was playing in contrary to pressing the mute button and resorting to listening to their own collection of music which in essence may have altered the experience of the game play.""Testin’ Me”[embed]245924:47035:0[/embed]Composer Naoto Tanaka:"This track serves as the theme for Leo, one of the game's protagonists, and has a relatively more serious tone than the other songs in the game. I remember during the selection process that I wanted an artist with a more serious tone, so we went with Doujah Raze. He met expectations many times over. I was particularly impressed by the choice to sing in the chorus rather than rap. It increased this song's appeal immensely. Also, instead of just copying his performance for the last chorus, Doujah Raze does things like stepping up the emotional tension in his singing, which really speaks to his dedication to the recording process."Lyricist Doujah Raze:"I'm glad to be able to write about 'Testin' Me' because it was probably my favorite track to write out of all the work I've done for [Platinum Games]. When I first started writing for MadWorld, I liked that I got to step outside of my box and write in a new genre... horrorcore! I had never written anything like the MadWorld tracks before, and it was fun to get more in touch with my dark side and write some material that was way outside of the scope of my personal work. I took to the challenge and was pretty impressed with the new music I created. I liked it more than I thought I would and I even gained a new following strictly from the work I did on the first MadWorld game.When I was asked to participate in the second game, I figured it would be more of the same - killing for fun and themes like that. And I was asked to do a couple songs in that vein, but then also asked to do something else... a song about being sick of the killing. The scope for 'Testin' Me' was way different than the other scopes. In fact, it was pretty opposite to the other scopes, but that meant it was a lot closer to home and easier to write.In 'Testin' Me,' more of the real Doujah Raze shines through - it's like something I would have written for an album of mine. It was definitely a lot more natural than writing about gruesomely killing people, and it made sense. Tough guys are tough guys, but they are human. And if someone went through everything that the character in the game went through, he'd have a lot of conflicting feelings. Being sick of the death, and caring about finding your loved ones are very human emotions - emotions that 99% of the people on this earth could relate to if they were in that situation. Taking someone's head off with a chainsaw... not quite as universal. So yeah, writing 'Testin' Me' was actually a breath of fresh air. The first several tracks I did for MadWorld allowed me to step outside into the horrorcore genre, and 'Testin' Me' allowed me to reel it in and bring it back home. I'm glad that the MadWorld fans got to see that side of Doujah Raze.As far as the chorus, I'm no singer, but I do play one on CD sometimes. If I'm writing a singing hook, it's gotta be pretty simple - simple enough for a guy without any vocal training like me to sing. Luckily, the chorus came to me really easy, kinda like the chorus of my first song ever, 'Hard Times.' I was just listening to the beat and it started flowing. First just the melody, then I filled it in with the words. Hooks aren't always that easy to write - in fact, most of the time they are the hardest part of the song. But I was lucky to find it so quickly with 'Testin' Me.' When you write that great hook, it makes it easier to write the rest of the song.Anyway, yeah - 'Testin' Me' is my favorite of all tracks I've done for [Platinum Games]. Sorry to any fans that like the murder, murder, murder, kill, kill, kill side of Doujah better, but that's not the real me. It is fun though! Peace..."  
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Commentary from composer Naoto Tanaka, rappers, with samples included
We had a blast with the Anarchy Reigns both in our soundtrack review and later with some music samples. I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I wanted to speak with Platinum Games composer Naoto Tanaka (MadWorld, Anarchy R...

Anarchy Reigns Achievement and Trophy Guide

Jan 11 // Chris Carter
General Tips: Complete both campaigns to unlock every character in the game -- it's a lot faster than ranking up slowly in mutliplayer. Then, try every character offline in "training" (bot) mode until you find whichever one suits your playstyle best. If you're looking for newcomer-friendly characters, Rin-Rin and Big Bull are safe bets. If you kill 20 enemies while you're roaming the map in the campaign, a special enemy will appear. Kill it to grab a random item. Pay attention to your surroundings online. This sounds obvious, but when I say that, I'm mainly referring to the fact that you need to look around at your local combatants, and assess the situation. If Big Bull is romping around and creating a bloodbath, hang back and find a good time to strike, so that you can pick off everyone else one by one. Use the lock-on system to your advantage (L1, or LB) and scout out everyone's health meters when you're figuring out who to pick off. Get items whenever you can -- make a point to go grab them. Whenever the game highlights that the roulette wheel is giving out items, run (hold the walk button) towards it and grab an item. It can very easily turn the tide in your favor. Achievement Guide: Redundant Achievements (such as "complete Black Side stage 1") will be ignored, as they are self explanatory (you need to beat stage 1 as Jack for that, one by the way). It's only possible to get all of the Achievements by playing through the game fully, twice at a minimum (once on Hard and once on Normal), and using the game's stage select mode afterwards to clean up everything you didn't complete. Once you beat both the Black and White sides, you will have the option to use stage select on every level for that difficulty. Thankfully, there are no multiplayer or rank Achievements -- I'm a huge fan of this, as people who pick the game up years from now will be able to achieve the full 1000g/Platinum even if the multiplayer servers are dead. Anarchy Training Complete Complete all tutorials The tutorial option can be accessed from the main menu and in the first level of the Dark Side story. Ending Anarchy is Endless Starting on Black Side, complete the Campaign on normal difficulty. An easy way to get this achievement/trophy is to play the game first on Hard Mode through Black Side, and again on Normal Mode White Side. Then you can just use the stage select option to finish the rest. As a note, this Achievement also has a hard version. Just repeat the same process -- you can use stage select. Dead Anarchy Starting on White Side, complete the Campaign on normal difficulty. An easy way to get this Achievement/Trophy is to play the game first on Hard Mode through Black Side, and again on Normal Mode White Side. Then you can just use the stage select option to finish the rest. As a note, this Achievement also has a hard version. Just repeat the same process -- you can use stage select. The Best Defense is Anarchy Defend against an enemy attack 10 times. (Campaign Mode) Earn this right away in the first stage. Just hold R2/RT and wait -- the initial batch of enemies won't do enough damage even if they burst your guard to give you trouble. In Anarchy, Timing is Everything Evade 10 times. (Campaign Mode) The easiest way to get this is to just wait for a slow-moving Mutant, and dodge their giant hammers or choreographed claws. You should earn this one naturally through the campaign mode against bosses. Path of the Weak isn't Anarchy Defeat 30 enemies with throw attacks. (Campaign Mode) Just mash circle on easy enemies. You can earn this one in the very first campaign stage if you make a point to go for it. Anarchy is a Killer Weapon! Defeat 50 enemies with Killer Weapon attacks. (Campaign Mode) Killer Weapon attacks are used by holding L2/Left Trigger, and pressing Square/X or Triangle/Y. The easiest way to earn this one is to do the first mission on the first stage, and use the Square/X killer attack to face-melt three to four enemies per attack. Rage! Rampage! Anarchy? Defeat 50 enemies while in Rampage mode. (Campaign Mode) This is a really easy one. Just pop Rampage Mode after earning it (click the left and right analog sticks), and go to town on enemies. The first mission of the first stage for each story is ripe for grinding this one (against regular ol' enemies), since most people will save all of their Rampage Mode bursts for hard boss fights, and thus, only kill a few people over the course of the game with it. Duel of the Anarchies Counter 5 enemy attacks. (Campaign Mode) The counter mechanic comes into play when you use the same attack as an enemy. One of the best ways to earn this is to use Rampage Mode in a boss fight against another character NPC, when they use their Rampage Mode -- you'll run into each other fairly quickly and pop the Achievement/Trophy. Massage with an Anarchy Ending Evade 5 throws. (Campaign Mode) I didn't understand how to get this at first, but by "evade," the game means you need to press Circle/B when an enemy grabs you.This one may take you a while to get, but playing other boss NPCs is the easiest way to earn it -- they throw the most. Just use stage select or replay boss fights. Nikolai and Max in particular tend to throw fairly often. Big Combo Anarchy Defeat an enemy with a combo of 100 hits or longer. (Campaign Mode) Combos don't necessarily have to be built into the same chain -- they can be initiated within a certain time-frame, against different enemies. The easiest way to gain a combo count is to use Rampage Mode, and press the light attack button repeatedly (Square, X). Meet the Anarchy Butcher Kill 20 mutants via the mutant execution technique. (Campaign Mode) Whenever you beat down a mutant, try and take notice of the giant "Press Circle/B" prompt on their character model as they near the end of their health. If you're vigilant about watching, you should be able to do this without grinding over the course of both campaigns. The main problem arises when two other NPCs are fighting mutants with you (which happens on occasion), and they steal your kill. If you're having trouble with this, try using Rampage Mode to get the Mutants down faster, and rip them apart then -- or grind the few missions that don't have NPC helpers. The Plural of Ninja is Anarchy Throw 10 enemies from behind using stealth. (Campaign Mode) This one took me a while to figure out. In essence, you need the stealth item. All you have to do is use the item, and grab ten people from behind (Circle, B). As is the case with all item based Achievements/Trophies, save the item until you face a large group of enemies. Stage 1 Free Mission 1 is a good bet on both sides. Guy Dead Missile Anarchy Destroy a Helicopter Drone by throwing its missile back at it. (Campaign Mode) You can achieve this task in any stage with helicopters, but the easiest way to do it is Black Side Stage 1, Main Mission 2. Just press Circle/B right when a missile is about to hit you. Throw The Anarchy Already! Defeat 20 enemies with thrown objects. (Campaign Mode) I actually didn't get this one for a long while, because I never throw anything. Just start Stage 2 and go for the forklifts to unlock this Achievement/Trophy fairly easily, as those explode. Barrels work great too -- just wait for groups of enemies to patch up and throw away (Circle/B). Frozen in Time for Anarchy Defeat a frozen enemy. (Campaign Mode) I didn't unlock this for quite some time. The easiest way to get it is to grab a cryo tank (blue), throw it at an enemy, and use a Killer attack to shatter them in one hit. Anarchy Clockwork Drone Defeat 5 enemies by throwing a self-destructing Drone before they explode. (Campaign Mode) The easiest way to find drones is in Black Side Stage 3, Free Mission 1. Just throw them into enemies and you'll unlock this one fast. Someone Set Up Us The Anarchy! Defeat 10 enemies by throwing an explosive Pyro Killseeker before they explode. (Campaign Mode) Black Side Stage 1 Free Mission 1 has Pyros right off the bat. Beat on them a little bit and wait for their siren to go off -- then grab them and throw 'em at an enemy. Baron von Anarchy Defeat 50 enemies while riding a Helicopter Drone. (Campaign Mode) White Side Stage 2 Free Mission 1 incorporates this into the level itself, so you can grind it there. Backyard Barbeque (With Anarchy) Fry 50 enemies with the Flying Platform. (Campaign Mode) Hijack a platform with Circle/B in Stage 2, while running around the stage, outside of a mission. Just use the Square/X button to fry enemies.It seems as if enemies killed during the Black Side Stage 2 Free Mission 1 race level do not count. Machine Gun Anarchy Defeat 15 enemies with the Gatling gun. (Campaign Mode) Stage 2 Main Mission 1 is the way to go here. Just man the machine gun and shoot down the Transformers (er, Gargoyles). Anarchist's Tomato Cookbook Defeat 50 enemies with the Rifle. (Campaign Mode) Black Side Stage 1 Free Mission 3 requires a rifle -- if you complete the stage twice, you should earn it very easily. Lake of Fire? Lake of Anarchy! Defeat 5 enemies at once with an incendiary grenade. (Campaign Mode) What a blasphemous Achievement/Trophy! All you have to do here is find a grenade item, and hold onto it. When you find yourself surrounded by five or more normal enemies, just throw it at the ground. Grenades do a ton of damage, so they will make short work of normal enemies. Repeat Stage 1 Free Mission 1 in Black or White to get this one easily, after grabbing a grenade. Minefield of Anarchy! Shock 3 enemies at once with a Supercharged Trap. (Campaign Mode)\ Black Side Stage 3 Free Mission 1 has a decent amount of mines to grab. Once you have them, just throw one at the ground in a large group of enemies. Black/White Stage 1 Free Mission 1 has large groups of enemies. Anarchy in the Calamari Defeat the Kraken within 5 minutes. (Campaign Mode) Continually throw the slabs laying on the ground at the Kraken at the start of the fight in rapid succession, then climb to the top of the stage as it crumbles. Save your Rampage Mode for phase two of the fight, when you're on the raft, after the Kraken tries to chomp on you -- smash it to bits with your killer attack while in Rampage Mode to do quick easy damage. If you fail, return on Easy Mode with stage select. Ultimate Weapon of Anarchy Defeat Cthulhu within 5 minutes. (Campaign Mode) Save your Rampage Mode for the start of the fight and just unload. He should go down in a few minutes, tops, if you completely unleash your killer weapon attacks in front of him, and stay behind him when you run out to avoid getting killed. If you fail, return on Easy Mode with stage select. Anarchy's Executioner Defeat all the bosses with your Killer Weapon. (Campaign Mode) You need to keep track of this one with a pen and paper to be safe. If you defeat a boss with a Killer Attack, a bonus will pop up on the screen letting you know you did it (Overkill!). Mark that boss off on your notepad, and use stage select on Main Missions if you need to go back and finish the job. You can do this in tandem with Burnt Out Anarchy. Burnt Out Anarchy Defeat all the bosses while in a Rampage. (Campaign Mode) You need to keep track of this one with a pen and paper to be safe. If you defeat a boss with Rampage Mode, a bonus will pop up on the screen letting you know you did it (Rampage!). Mark that boss off on your notepad, and use stage select on Main Missions if you need to go back and finish the job. You can do this in tandem with Anarchy's Executioner. Anarchy Recognizes Anarchy Unlock all player characters in the game. This is a weird Achievement/Trophy because there is technically a "secret" character, named Gargoyle. You need to get multiplayer rank 22, or complete the Extra Missions in single-player, after you've beaten the Black and White Sides to unlock Gargoyle. Everyone else can be earned through ranking up in multiplayer as normal, or beating the game as normal. Max Anarchy Complete the game without using retries on any difficulty. You can't die even a single time, which is hard for sure, but you can also do an easy run to get this Achievement/Trophy. Save your Rampage Mode, as it makes you invincible, for pinch situations. If you're about to die, you can quickly press start and select "retire from mission" to try it again.
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Learn the ropes
Action games can be a bit complicated, and by the time a lot of people pick up the game and play online, everyone else has mastered it (Metal Gear Online immediately comes to mind). Despite the fact that Anarchy Reigns doesn'...


The Anarchy Reigns OST is awesome, check out some samples

Jan 11 // Jayson Napolitano
MAX ANARCHY ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKReleased: July 4, 2012Price: 3,000 Yen ($33) (physical) / $9.99 (digital)Availability: CD Japan / iTunesArtists: Naoto Tanaka, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Akira Takizawa[embed]242197:46329[/embed]I already noted that the Anarchy Reigns soundtrack far exceeds what was accomplished with MadWorld. There’s more violent hip hop and rap spanning two discs with a wider variety of rappers and composers involved. There’s a larger emphasis on electronic music as well, which provides a nice mix across the album’s 32 tracks. I think the key is the great musical backings, as even the tracks with weak vocals are sometimes saved by a great melody.It’s hard to call out individual tracks because I like all of them. I often found myself skipping tracks in MadWorld, but nearly everything here is great. I love the heavy rough-‘n’-tumble stylings of newcomer Tre-Dot (his opening “Ruthless” is fantastic) and the more upbeat and silly tracks by Skitz the Samurida. Vstylez offers the cool electronic track, “MDK’s” and the funky brass-accented track, “Days of Old” while MuzeONE gives us “Jaw,” combining orchestral hits and funky bassline in what’s probably my favorite track on the album. Another star is “Demise” by Wonder Brown, a bumpin’ electronic track with fun lyrics. And how can you not like the lyric, “I want your rib cage meat stuck between my teeth?”Some returning rappers also make their mark once again. My personal favorite, Sick YG, is featured several times, with “Over in a Flash” being my favorite here. Ox, the lead rapper of MadWorld, puts in a solid effort with “Lights Out,” and Doujah Raze offers his dark and violent lyrics that are a perfect fit. His “Testin’ Me” in particular stands out, describing a character who isn’t fighting for money or fame, but rather to protect his loved ones, adding a more meaningful sense of purpose to the violent world of Anarchy Reigns.Great stuff. The booklet contains all the lyrics and information on all the rappers as well, all in English, so it’s quite nice. I recommend it highly, and can’t wait to play this game! Read our official review to see what we thought of Anarchy Reigns.
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"Want your rib cage meat stuck between my teeth"
Even if you're not a fan of hip hop, the silly and over-the-top Anarchy Reigns soundtrack has a lot to offer. There are some great melodies courtesy of Platinum Games composer Naoto Tanaka along with the vocal talents of a sl...

Review: Anarchy Reigns

Jan 09 // Chris Carter
Anarchy Reigns (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Platinum GamesPublisher: SegaReleased: January 8, 2013MSRP: $29.99 Fundamentally, Anarchy Reigns feels a lot like Power Stone. Namedropping Power Stone alone is usually going to get people excited, but Anarchy Reigns has enough of its own charm to offer up something unique, while building on the formula of 3D arena brawlers. For starters, combat is nuanced, and a bit complicated -- at least at first glance. There are unblockable killer attacks, weak and heavy attacks, grabs, ascending and descending strikes, something called "rampage mode" (think God of War's Rage of the Gods), evading and blocking, 360 degree attacks, and items. All of these abilities will have to be used in tandem for success, and it'll take a lot of getting used to. All of these abilities have their own tactical tweaks to them, like the fact that killer attacks have both a weak and strong version, and use their own power meter. You can recharge this meter through regular attacks, and this entire time, you're charging up your rampage mode, which nets you infinite killer attacks for a limited time and more strength in general. If you hit another player with the same attack simultaneously, you'll either cancel each other out, or enter in a button mashing Dragon Ball Z style punch-fest to determine the victor. Finally, 360 attacks clear out everyone around you, but they take a bit of health to use, adding a risk/reward element to them. Normally I wouldn't take the time to explain how everything works so explicitly, but clearly you can see how deep fights can get as you're balancing all of these moves in the heat of the battle. I'll get to the meat of the game's competitive modes later, but for now, I'll tackle the game's double-edged story mode. Things are fairly clear-cut here: there's a Black Side (Jack), and a White Side (Leo) -- both are around five hours each. Campaigns are broken up into small open world maps, where you spend your time free-roaming around, gaining points, discovering hidden artwork, and taking on missions through giant beacons. As you gain points (on the world map or otherwise), you'll unlock new missions, and eventually fight bosses and progress the story. You repeat this formula until you're done, and move onto the other side of the campaign -- that's about it. Since points determine when other free missions and story missions unlock, the better you do, the faster you progress. The story is nonsensical and absurd, but it's about as fun as your average batshit insane anime. For instance, one of the first missions has you beating the ever-living crap out of a gang leader named Big Bull, only to have him induct you unwittingly as an "honorary member" into his clan. From time to time Big Bull may pop up and help you out in a pinch, sometimes leaving the battle in a comical fashion. For anime and Platinum Game fans, this is an average Tuesday afternoon of gaming -- but for everyone else out there, I hope you're not expecting the most philosophically stimulating story ever, because you're not going to get it. This isn't something I always make a point to highlight, but the musical score for this game is incredible. It's an eclectic mix of jazz and hip-hop that actually fits the mood of the game, and gets you sufficiently pumped up. It has a very large track list, so songs don't tend to repeat unless you're playing the same missions over and over.But after that's all said and done, odds are you'll never go back to the story in favor of playing multiplayer over and over. The good news is, it works. Anarchy Reigns contains a decent netcode that handles lobbies well, and some modes can handle up to sixteen players for an all out brawl-fest. I wouldn't worry about a lack of a cast, either. Character design wise, there's something for everyone. Truth be told I was never a big fan of MadWorld's Jack Cayman, but a newly playable Leo appeals to me personally, and the sixteen character roster allows for pretty much every playstyle possible -- from stealth, to speed, to grappling, to kicks, to transforming into giant robot jets -- you name the style, odds are you'll find someone you enjoy (including Bayonetta if you pre-ordered the game). Matches themselves flow very nicely, and I've had way too many amazing picture-perfect moments to possibly recollect them all. Some of my highlights include split-second dodging and punishing players with my killer attacks, getting chased by a giant truck with blades on the front and surviving while four other players were ripped apart, and fighting a boss character in the middle of an eight player brawl. Fights can get insanely hectic as you judge whether or not to get into a giant brawl-fest or head in the opposite direction and grab some items. The crazy arenas don't help, as random events will happen, like giant sawblade attacks, black hole appearances, or an aforementioned crazy boss fight. As I type this I'm recalling yet another awesome moment that involved an epic one on one fight with another player, that ended with me getting sucked into black hole. I couldn't be mad at the game -- I had a giant grin on my face and kept going. There are 13 modes so far with the two pre-order DLC modes included. Some are standard fare (Death Match), some mix it up a bit (3-Team Capture The Flag), and a few are off the wall (Dogfight). Odds are there's something for everyone here, even if I tend to settle with the sixteen player brawl mode on a constant basis. For the completionists out there, in addition to the campaign and multiplayer elements, there are a decent amount of unlocks that can be earned either through campaign play or ranking up in multiplayer. Specifically, content like extra characters and powers (perks) can be earned as well as aesthetic rewards like emblems and art. As for the mechanics of offline play, there's some good news, and some bad news. The good news is there are bots (yes!) included, that let you play every single mode in the game to your heart's content, without the need to connect to servers that will be dead in half a decade. It all works very well, and the bots themselves are challenging enough to the point where playing years down the line from time to time wouldn't be out of the question. The bad news? There's no split-screen capabilities -- at all. No split-screen support is a severe detriment to what otherwise would be an amazing couch party game. Although bots are supported offline, it would have been nice to know that years from now when the servers are dead, I could sit down with friends and we could enjoy the game together. With couch play, this would be a no-brainer purchase for nearly every action fan ever -- sadly, it's something to think about. Despite some issues, brawler fans should find everything they're looking for with Anarchy Reigns. It's ridiculous, it's fun, and it's packed with enough content to last you a long while, so long as you don't get tired of beating dudes up over and over. The budget pricing of $29.99 makes this decision even easier.
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Dragon Ball Power Stone
The time has finally come. After numerous delays, and nearly a year of waiting after the Japanese release, Max Anarchy, known internationally as Anarchy Reigns, is finally here. Conceptually, the game is basically a "Greatest...

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New releases: Anarchy Reigns and not much else


Start the year off with a chainsaw
Jan 07
// Fraser Brown
Have you suitably recovered from bringing in the New Year? I hope so, because the first new releases of 2013 are upon us, and they may require your attention. This week's offerings aren't particularly bountiful, but you will...
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Pre-order Anarchy Reigns, receive in-game Bayonetta


Oh, and some new modes and stuff
Nov 20
// Brett Zeidler
I'm pretty sure I was here exactly a year ago, telling you about just how excited I was that Anarchy Reigns was coming in January. Well, it didn't exactly turn out that way, and for a majority of this year the release of the...
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Anarchy Reigns 'Day One Edition' revealed


Bayonetta included
Nov 08
// Chris Carter
After over a year of mindgames, it appears as if the dawn of Anarchy Reigns is finally upon us. In addition to launching at a respectable $30, it'll also have a few pre-order content exclusives. For pre-ordering the game, you...
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Sega dates Anarchy Reigns for North America and Europe


It's finally leaving Japan early next year
Oct 19
// Jordan Devore
Would-be fans of Anarchy Reigns have had to put up with their fair share of ups and downs as the specifics regarding the game's release outside of Japan have been fuzzy. There's been the option to import, sure, but the cost o...
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Anarchy Reigns tops MadWorld in battle of beats


Jun 26
// Jayson Napolitano
I loved the MadWorld soundtrack. It offered a perfect blend of angry, descriptively-violent hip hop and rap lyrics with the melodic sensibilities of PlatinumGames composer Naoto Tanka. I know there are those who didn't apprec...
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Anarchy Reigns now has no release date in the US/EU


May 25
// Chris Carter
Remember Anarchy Reigns? That action brawler that myself, and a ton of other Platinum Games fans are really excited for? Even though it has already been delayed, Platinum Games' video show "PG Break" just announced today that...
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An Anarchy Reigns demo hits Japan next week


May 24
// Chris Carter
It turns out that some of us may not have to wait another month to get our hands on Platinum's latest: Famitsu is reporting that a demo will be released to the general Japanese public on May 31st. The demo will not only inclu...
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Bots semi-confirmed for Anarchy Reigns' multiplayer


Apr 17
// Chris Carter
Nothing hurts more than popping in a niche game a mere few months after release, and finding absolutely no one online. Because of the "quick matchmaking" nature of current consoles, gamers are quick to give up searching, comp...
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Anarchy Reigns' campaign is more than meets the eye


Mar 30
// Chris Carter
One shall stand -- one shall fall. Or at least, that seems to be the case in Anarchy Reigns, as there are two different perspectives available during the course of the story. Black Side will feature Jack Cayman of MadWorld fa...
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Anyone remember Sasha from Anarchy Reigns? She's the violent lady who looks nothing like Bayonetta except for the fact that they both have big shiny butts. That was enough to get some people to call her a Bayonetta clone. But...

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Oinkie joins the cast of Anarchy Reigns


Aug 11
// Liam Fisher
The stream of characters being announced for Sega's upcoming Anarchy Reigns has been fairly heavy of late, and it doesn't appear to be slowing down. This next entrant, Oinkie, seems to be Sega's take on DC's Bane; a humorous...
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Anarchy Reigns introduces us to Leo


May 24
// Jim Sterling
It's time for yet another Anarchy Reigns character reveal. This time, we're looking at Leo. He's got cyborg arms that can do violent things.  This game is one of my most hotly anticipated E3 offerings. I am very eager to get my hands on this one. It is shaping up to be exactly my jam, so hopefully it delivers on the sheer, unadulterated promise of these trailers.
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Anarchy Reigns delayed to 2012


May 19
// Jim Sterling
Anarchy Reigns, the latest balls-mental action title from Platinum Games, has been pushed back to next year. Prepare to throw your cat out of the window in pure, unadultered rage.  The postponement was quietly announced ...

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