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This review is from: Anarchy Reigns: Limited Edition (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Anarchy Reigns is a roaming beat em' up based in an apocalyptic future in which cyborgs whittle away the days by punching each other with chainsaw arms. You take the roll of either team dark or team light in separate stories as they try to see which one of them can punch their way to the truth faster.
Despite this game having a single player "story", I would not recommend it for anyone who doesn't have a taste for repetitive bashing to proceed through it. You are placed in an overworld which has one story mission and one repeatable mission and you must build up a score in each high enough to unlock the next chapters of each. At first it seems like a decent way to tune you for the incoming boss battles throughout the story, but soon begins to wear away after you have 'Defeated 100 Enemies!' or 'Helped the Robot' three or four times in a row.
The single player, however, is not where this game shines. It is in the multiplayer that you really see the bones of this franchise. Created by Platinum Games, (the name behind such games as Beyonetta and Metal Gear Rising) the multiplayer combat feels fluid and exciting. Grappling friends and pulling off powerful super moves with ease makes you feel like you are really causing damage. The durability of characters and the ability to reverse your opponents moves means that fights can last for minutes without feeling drawn out or repetitive. Although at it's basics it is just a case of throws and using your power attacks, the cinematic nature of the combat and the exciting soundtrack accompanying it brings out an adrenalin fuel brawl that feels tense until the last punch.
I wouldn't recommend this game if you are looking for a strong single player story, but if you are in the mood to get a few friends round and spend a couple of hours locked in an explosive brawl, then maybe this game is worth it, if not for it's price alone.