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Anarchy Reigns

Anarchy Reigns Resembles A Modern Power Stone
by Dan Ryckert on Jun 09, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Platinum Games
Release:
Rating: Mature
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Fans of the underrated MadWorld may not be getting a true sequel anytime soon, but they'll be seeing more of Jack thanks to Platinum Games. He's a central figure in Anarchy Reigns, an action-heavy brawler that's arriving next January.

It was playable at Sega's E3 booth, and we got the chance to play a round of multiplayer. I chose Mathilda, a woman with a leather whip that can transform into a giant purple spiked bat when the player holds R2. Our battleground was some sort of platform in the middle of the ocean, and it was outfitted with air jets that allowed for speedy travel.

Platinum referred to this as a fighting game, but gamers shouldn't expect the intricate combo systems of something like Street Fighter. It felt more like Power Stone, with four players frantically scrambling around the map, throwing items and exchanging flashy special attacks. We also learned that it will feature a full single-player campaign, so there should be more to the package than just slapping around your buddies online.