"Let Me Show You My Chainsaw Arm!"
Crazy, brutal and insane, these are the elements that should encompass a good brawler these days. Let's face the facts: the genre has long been dead. The Yakuza series, you say? Muddled with RPG elements! Dynasty Warriors? More of a hack 'n' slash, if you ask me. Anarchy Reigns, the spiritual successor to MadWorld, provides an off-the-wall, chaotic brawler in almost its purest form.
As a third-person brawler, Anarchy Reigns controls well, and after some time, combat becomes pretty diverse with a range of combos. However, you will have to unlock plenty of skills and items in order to feel the full breath of what Anarchy Reigns has to offer. Actually, even if you are only playing the game's single-player, you are missing what Anarchy Reigns is supposed to be offering, but more on that later.
The fighting in Anarchy Reigns is quick, using a series of heavy and light attacks, along with weapon attacks, which are all used pretty effortlessly together. Though many moves have to be unlocked, which can be frustrating at first, it is also rewarding when it does happen.
While the entire combat system may seem simple at first, it actually can get quite complex. By figuring out the proper timing and combos and pulling them off correctly, you get to see how the combat system works as hard as the gamer wants it to. Anarchy Reigns's combat system is like a college education: you get what you want out of it. So do things get repetitive? As far as the fighting system goes, never, but the solo campaign, however, that's whole other story altogether.
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