Anarchy Reigns Review

karloss01

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I got the limited edition version for £20 yesterday along with DmC for £30. haven't played either yet as I'm forcing my way through resi 6 as a friend bought it for me at christmas and i'd feel like a dick if i didn't finish a play through on it.
 

WMDogma

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Decent review, but I do take exception to this following sentence:

WMDogma said:
If you're a button masher like me, you'll be able to get by in single player, but for multiplayer you'll definitely want to spend some time brushing up on your fighting skills.
I know this is pedantic of me, but if I'm reading a professional review of a brawler or a hack-and-slash game, I would hope that the writer of the review has enough familiarity with the genre to be more than a simple button masher. I'm not saying anyone who reviews this game needs to be an uber-l33t combo specialist. Simply that games like Anarchy Reigns are built around having deep, intricate combat engines, and button mashing is generally acknowledged as being a beginner's tactic. You're not going to get an insight into how moves flow into each other, if and how move-cancelling is implemented, how easy it is to improvise different moves and combos based on that the situation requires, etc, if all you're doing is mashing random buttons. And as a reviewer, those are things you should specifically be looking out for.

It'd be no different if I reviewed a shooter like Arma, or one of the old school Ghost Recon games, and ignored analysis of the tactical nature of the combat to go "If you're a run and gunner like me, you might be able to get by in the campaign, but multiplayer you'll definitely get your ass handed to you." Something like Anarchy Reigns needs to be played with attention paid to what moves are being used in what situation. These are the guys who made Bayonetta after all. What else would you expect?

Speaking of which...

LysanderNemoinis said:
I would have been chomping at the bit to play this game since Bayonetta and Vanquish are some of my favorite games of all time, but until Platinum announces they're making a PS3/XBOX360 port of Bayonetta 2, I'm boycotting any and all products they make or are so much as associated with.
Sigh... this bullshit once again.

Bayonetta 2 was, based on all evidence, cancelled by Sega. Nintendo stepped in to offer to finance and publish the game instead. Platinum Games have gone on record as saying that without Nintendo, Bayonetta 2 simply would not be happening.

You don't have to like the fact that it's a Wii U exclusive. But at least recognise that without Nintendo, gamers wouldn't be getting a Bayonetta 2 at all. You may not be looking forward to it on the Wii U, but I sure as hell will be! And why on earth would you boycott a developer, simply because they made the effort to develop a sequel that their fans were clamouring for them to make. What next, you'll boycott Valve if they actually make Half life Episode 3?