‘Anarchy Reigns’ Gameplay: The First 30 Minutes

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Welcome to ‘The First 30′ a new feature on Game Rant where we walk you through the early stages of playing some of the hottest new releases. The idea behind the feature is to provide a brief, 30-minute preview of a game in very much the same way Amazon offers the first chapter for preview — recreating the experience of first starting a game.

For this inaugural episode we highlight the first 30 minutes of Sega and Platinum GamesAnarchy Reigns, a button-mashing brawler that features an eclectic cast of characters, and a very zany story. Included in Anarchy Reigns‘ roster are some familiar faces from Platinum’s previous efforts, namely Jack from MadWorld and Bayonetta (DLC).

And though many recognizable characters appear in it, the story in Anarchy Reigns — or Max Anarchy as it is titled in Japan — is a unique Platinum Games creation. That means there is plenty of crazy dialogue and the story doesn’t spell anything out. In fact, it’s quite hard to follow at first.

Anarchy Reigns First 30

So please enjoy our first episode of ‘The First 30′ but also take note that just like this is your first time seeing the game in a finished state, this is also our first time playing the game. What I mean by that is it took me a few minutes to get acclimated to the set-up of the game and the combat, but by the end you’ll have a good sense of Anarchy Reigns. And more importantly you’ll be able to decide for yourself whether it’s a game you might be interested in playing.

Make sure to also check out our review for Anarchy Reigns to read our thoughts on the game as a whole, which includes the game’s multiplayer offering.

What did you think of the first 30 minutes of Anarchy Reigns? Is this a feature you would like to see become a staple of Game Rant? Let us know in the comments below.

Anarchy Reigns is available now for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Game Rant used the Xbox 360 version to capture the gameplay footage.

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TAGS: Anarchy Reigns, Max Anarchy, Platinum Games, PS3, Sega, Xbox 360

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  1. nice job anthony :)

    i only watched bits and pieces of the vid but i find this to be a nice addition to GR,it would be cool to see a ‘test chamber’ style gameplay vid where 2 of the gr staff (review and someone else) play the game an talk about it (like in game informer).

    also, i know some people praise youtube and would name their kids after the site, but the run time is a little too long, i would suggest just recording gameplay and keeping it to around 15min that way we see enough to get an idea of what the games like and dont spend too much time watching,. that’s just the ‘dont waste time’ side of me talking, i’m sure there are youtube cultists out there that get wood of long vid times :P

    • Thanks jwalka.

      If we could get two people involved in the discussion we would, but logistically that’s easier said than done. Definitely something to be considered, but also it might take away from the fact that one person is playing and discovering the game much in the same way you would.

      As far as the length, I felt like 30 minutes was a good way to provide enough of a preview that if there was a long cut scene you could still see some gameplay. I hear you on the long videos, and if I did something like a downloadable that would be shorter. But take this game for example, if it was just 15 minutes you wouldn’t even see a story mission.

      Again, thanks for the feedback!

    • yep thad be me

  2. Very cool. Not a fan of the game but I love this site. I hope to see more of these episodes.

    • Thanks Mighty Avenger. Would you guys be interested in games that have already released as well? Or only the new stuff?

      • i would stick to new releases, if people want to see old s*** they can buy the game or watch one of a thousand videos on youtube. i dont really mind, just saying for you guys since it would be a waste of storage etc to put up old games.

      • Hey Anthony I would like to see older releases as well. Cuz even though I have for instance batman and play it constantly I would like to see other people play and see what you guys say about gameplay as your playing.

        Now batman may be too old of a release but I think you get what I mean lol

      • id like to see old and new

  3. Wow, this is great! I watch these type of videos on youtube all the time and I love Game Rant, it’s a perfect pair! :)

    And I’d say 30 minutes is just the right amount of time. It can’t just be a tease. It needs to be long enough for the viewer to get a good idea of how the game works and what not. I know, personally, I need to play a game longer than 15 minutes to get a decent impression.

    I would definitely be interested in watching older released games but that might just be me. Either way I’m excited to see what’s next! :D

    • Thanks boogoo.

      I’ll see if I can put something together soon for you.

  4. Nice. Way to go GameRant!

  5. Definitely like this feature! I’d stick with the new releases for the most part but an older game might be fun every now and then esp. something like dishonored where everyone can play differently if they want

  6. Digging this new feature! I’d say to stick with new releases, or old releases that few people have played, like Retro/Grade or Derrick the Deathfin.

    After reading the review and watching chunks of this video, I’m not interested in Anarchy Reigns at all. I never was, but now I know how mediocre it is.

    • Thanks Matt!

      Yeah, unless you’re a dedicated brawler or Platinum Games fan it’s best to avoid Anarchy Reigns.

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