Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Max Anarchy: Max Payne's Crazy Japanese Relative

Title: Max Anarchy/Anarchy Reigns
Platform: 360/PS3
Release Date: 5th July 2012 (Japan), Q1 2013 (US/EU)

Max Anarchy (Anarcht Reigns in the West) is a game where your objective is to obliterate all the opponents in a large arena with a series of over the top weapons and abilities, all the while chaining huge combinations. If the sound of a Devil May Cry-style over-the-top action game but with multiplayer has ever intrigued you, then be intrigued by this game!

Seriously, you don't want to be on the receiving end of this.

Created by the over-the-top-action-game masters: Platinum Games. Platinum have a strong library of titles behind them: Bayonetta, Vanquish, Mad World and, currently working on, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The latter of which I am insanely hyped for, being both a massive Metal Gear fan and a Platinum Games fan.

Kicking enemies so hard they explode? Oh yes.

Simply playing the demo had me hooked into the gameplay. You start off choosing between the two sides: Black or White. Black, led by the protagonist of a previous ititle: Jack Cayman, whose weapon of choice is a mechanical arm complete with retractable chainsaw - where can I get one of those? The White side has you controlling Leo, a guy with energy blades poking out all over the place, using his insane speed and weaponry he can easily tear his foes apart, scattering limbs all over the shop. Bored of the weapons? Pick up a car and throw that!

The action is fast, beautiful, adrenaline-fuelled and full of stunts that just make your mind spasm from how over-the-top they are. It seems to break up the action you will have small quests to complete, pillars of light appear that give you other objectives from what I've seen. In the demo, no matter which side you pick you have a boss fight to enjoy, in both of which at a critical moment you're subjected to a bombing run by some fighter jets.

I highly recommend you try this if you like action games at all, I downloaded it from the Japanese PSN Store but I'm sure it's available elsewhere.

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