RRP: $ 79.95 ( reviewed on Xbox 360)
THERE are days when I simply want to fire up a game, switch my brain off and proceed to beat a path of destruction through hordes of enemies just for fun.
Anarchy Reigns, the latest beat ’ em up title from Platinum Games, who also produced
Bayonetta, Vanquish, and MadWorld, doesn’t attempt to be any more than just this – a chaotic brawler populated with a cast of characters oozing style and deadly action.
You can expect a relatively shallow level of combat, and a hit- and- miss single player campaign, but taking on an enemy with a chainsaw that’s part of your arm is only half of the ridiculous fun to be had here.
I enjoyed the primal simplicity of mashing the controller buttons to dish out a combo of furious attacks. Although this hand- to- hand combat against thugs, mutants and robots is always frantic, getting in some well- timed blows does give you the upper hand.
Few brawler video games offer such a memorable cast of zany characters outside the main protagonist. Anarchy Reigns is an exception.
MadWorld’s Jack Cayman is back with his chainsaw arm and a book of one liners, plus a counterpart in the form of super soldier cop Leo. Together, you’ll go up against a roster of colourful misfits and femme fatales.
Complementing the cast is the over- the- top gameplay. Platinum Games delivers increasingly crazy scenarios, from having to dodge a blade covered semi- trailer while being attacked by a giant mutant, through to catching missiles in your bare hands only to hurl them back at enemy choppers.
Like a classic kung- fu flick, Anarchy Reigns is ideal to fire up for a few hours of pure nonsense when you’re in the mood for it.
Just don’t expect any more from it, and you’ll come away smiling.