Sega's battle arena fighting game, Anarchy Reigns, is finally out and available for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The budget-priced fighter brings gamers 16-player battle royales where only the king of kings and top of the crop will stand tall at the end of the fight. Featuring favored fighters from Sega and Platinum Game's short history together, as well as brand new names and faces, Anarchy Reigns hopes to rekindle some of that multiplayer arena mayhem from the PSX era.

Games like Gekido, Thrill Kill and Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style really helped usher in a new way for fight-fans to experience versus-style combat and this was later elevated by Nintendo with Super Smash Bros.. Given that Sega is taking things a step further than that by making it 16-players I can only imagine how much carnage and chaos will fill up the screen with a full roster of players.

Atsushi Inaba, Executive Director/Producer at PlatinumGames commented in the press release, saying...
"We are excited to see the game reaching the Western audience,"... "Anarchy Reigns is an ambitious project for PlatinumGames, as we wanted to challenge ourselves by creating a new genre, Multiplayer Brawling. You could play the game as a one-on-one fighter, but Anarchy Reigns truly comes alive when multiplayer characters are locked in chaotic battles. We look forward to global anarchy online once everyone gets a hold of the game."

This is the sort of game I wish we had more of throughout this generation. Publishers became so lock-step and keyed in on pleasing shareholders that genres became stifled with unoriginal copycat coasters and, even as Pachter mentioned recently, “gamer fatigue” set in.

Given that this generation is coming to a close, it's at least cool that Sega is closing out their run on the 360 and PS3 with some original titles that could help hold gamers over during the early first quarter of 2013.

You can pick up a copy of this new brawler for either the Xbox 360 or PS3 (or both, if you're into that sort of thing) for only $29.99. Yeah, this one is going for a pretty slick price right out of the gate. Anarchy Reigns is available right now both digitally and at local retailers. PAL gamers can expect to see the game on store shelves or a digital shelf beginning this Friday, January 11th.

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