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Anyone else playing this? I recently picked it up on the cheap and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. It's a little repetitive, but I'm a sucker for good brawlers. I've only scratched the surface of the multiplayer, but it's a nice change of pace from the usual options...

- Jer
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I ordinarily would be all over a new game from Platinum, but this looked a bit shallow. Looks like a mix between God Hand and MadWorld--which are my two least favorite of their games.

But I'd love to be told otherwise! wink.gif
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I ordinarily would be all over a new game from Platinum, but this looked a bit shallow. Looks like a mix between God Hand and MadWorld--which are my two least favorite of their games.
I loved the quirkiness and fighting style customization in God Hand, though it was clearly a flawed game. I never played MadWorld (though characters from that game are in this one, and Bayonetta is also an unlockable multiplayer character).

Anarchy Reigns is a quasi-open-world post-apocalyptic brawler. While single player focuses on 2 main characters (with opportunities to temporarily play as a few others), you can ultimately unlock 16+ characters that can be used in multiplayer, or in free play single player in the campaign areas. The characters appear to have the same core set of attack commands and combos, though the exact effects differ by character. For example, larger characters can throw two enemies at once, and can auto-deflect weak attacks when running at full speed, though it takes them longer to get up to speed. Some characters' combos let you work in an automatic dodge, and the combo finishers may cover a different arc or focus (one character unleashes a flurry of punches against a single enemy, while another might kick in a wide arc). In this sense it's sort of like Dynasty Warriors, but in a good way. Other influences appear to be Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and God Hand (though only in the rampage attacks and dodging/blocking system).

I just finished the single player campaign on Normal, and after I got used to the fighting system the game became quite easy. I started a new campaign on Hard and the difficulty feels about right now -- even grunts require a couple rounds of beating to defeat, and the bigger enemies stand a decent chance of eliminating me if I'm not careful.

Multiplayer has a lot of options, but I've only scratched the surface of them so far. From what I've seen, half of the online community has maxed-out characters and the rest are relative newbies, so fights can be a bit unbalanced. There is a bit of a Power Stone vibe to the online play, but taken to the next level due to the larger number of characters in the game at the same time.

I've gotten a lot of value out of it for $25, and I'm still playing. The combat is satisfying, but there's no customization of a given character's fighting style, and it does get repetitive, but in a good brawler sort of way. If you enjoyed Power Stone 2, Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, or any of the better Dynasty Warriors games, you will probably enjoy this.

- Jer
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