Anarchy Reigns

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Anarchy Reigns review

The violent revolution.

VideoAnarchy Reigns gameplay footage

Bayonetta, Vanquish developer's bonkers brawler.

VideoLatest Anarchy Reigns TGS trailer

Platinum brawler's characters shown.

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Anarchy Reigns western release date set for January

After a peculiar last-minute delay Sega has announced a western release for Platinum Games' multiplayer third-person brawler Anarchy Reigns. It's slated for release 11th January in Europe and 8th January in the US for the reduced price of 19.99/€29.99/$29.99.

The game supports up to 16 player multiplayer modes and features characters from Platinum's previous black & white Wii brawler Madworld.

Additionally, Sega has launched an official English site for the game.

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Anarchy Reigns review

Anarchy Reigns review

The violent revolution.

This is an import review of the Japanese edition of Anarchy Reigns (known as Max Anarchy), first published in July last year. We present it again - with a few minor edits to bring the review up to date - to mark the game's release in North America today and in Europe on Friday 11th January.

Anarchy Reigns is one of the defining meetings of boot and arse in videogames. In fact, to say this is a game about kicking arse undersells it. This is the Colosseum of arse-kicking, an arena where huge numbers of arses are kicked with a gigantic boot, and then there's some more arse-kicking to follow. If Anarchy Reigns is only good at one thing, then by God it is brilliant at it.

A third-person brawler from Platinum Games, many of Anarchy Reigns' developers have previously worked on classic fighting games. They all have their moments here, from Cybrid Joe's slow-motion flame kicks to Bayonetta's winning cameo. But there's one presiding spirit. Anarchy Reigns isn't a game that hits you immediately; it takes a few hours to settle, but once it does you realise this is as close to God Hand 2 as we're ever going to get.

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Japan Chart: Anarchy Reigns fails to reign

Vita sales plummet by nearly half.

In a surprise to absolutely no one Pokemon Black & White 2 remained in first place for its third week in a row selling 181,756 copies. This brings its three week total to an astounding 2,217,227.

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Anarchy in the UK.

Sat in the railway-arched underbelly of a London club, we're watching a post-game demonstration of kick-boxing proficiency. One of the athletes has just mistimed his vertical leap out of the ring and hit the side-decking - specifically, he's landed directly on a point somewhere between his eye-socket and his cheekbone. Not everyone in the audience caught this moment, but those who did have assumed a collective wince.

Bayonetta dev announces Max Anarchy

Bayonetta dev announces Max Anarchy

SEGA promises more information this week.

Bayonetta and Vanquish developer Platinum Games is creating a new PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game for SEGA due out this year.

Max Anarchy is an online action game with support for a large number of players, Andriasang reports.

It is Platinum's first online combat game, described by producer Atsushi Inaba as "Massively Multiplayer Melee Fighting Action." An autumn 2011 worldwide release is planned.

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