Publisher Bethesda Softworks Developer BattleCry Studios
Format PC Release TBC
Even Platinum Games couldn’t make a multiplayer adversarial melee action game work, so it’s alarming that BattleCry Studios should mimic Anarchy Reigns so closely for its first game. Even more surprising is that this free-to-play offering almost works. Like Dishonored and Half-Life 2, it’s set in a world where old history is built atop even older history – a world without gunpowder, where scores are settled on battlefields in melee combat powered by a single attack, a secondary ability and three special powers per class. The simplicity of the combat system makes BattleCry’s matches more about where you fight than how you fight, but Anarchy Reigns’ problem remains: every two-on-one fight is a forgone conclusion. A good shooter player can easily outgun two enemies, but when battles are fought with blades, you can only run or die.