Anarchy Reigns in the new year

After over a month of no new releases at retail, there’s finally something out you can run to the shops and buy – SEGA’s Anarchy Reigns. At £19.99 – or slightly cheaper online if running isn’t your new year’s resolution – it won’t break the bank either.

Why is it only twenty quid? We have a few theories. It was released in Japan just after SEGA announced that their future involves focusing on core IPs, so it could be that they simply want to wash their hands of it and get it out. This would also explain the lack of promotion.

Another theory is that the Platinum Games’ Bayonetta didn’t start shifting in significant numbers until it dropped to £20, so it could just be SEGA speeding up the inevitable.

Our last theory is that, well, it’s not quite a AAA title and there’s (potentially) a lot of those about to be released in the next three months, including this generation’s three most delayed games – Bioshock Infinite, Metal Gear Rising and SEGA’s own Aliens: Colonial Marines.

It is a very good game though, but be aware it’s more Mad World than Bayonetta. We enjoyed the variety of the missions in single-player but found the franticness of the online mode a little too over the top. To quote EDGE, you spend most of the time being punched from pillar to post. The focus on fancy and elongated combos doesn’t translate to the online modes well at all, as we said in our review.

360 Gamer magazine however thought the opposite – they enjoyed the carnage the 16-player battles had to offer.

Ninja Gaiden: Razor’s Edge on Wii U is reported to be out this week too. It’s not a very good sign of the Wii U’s current position that online retailers are incredibly conflicted about the released date. GAME and ShopTo say it’s out Friday, Play and Amazon have no release date, and Zavvi reports it’s out in May. ShopTo does claim to have it in stock though, and seeing as it wouldn’t be beneficial to lie about such a thing, we can only assume that it is in fact out this week. Eurogamer currently has banners promoting it as well. We doubt that would be the case if it wasn’t out until May.

Although based on the terrible Ninja Gaiden 3, Razor’s Edge is a massive improvement and has gained such review scores as 7/10 from Metro GameCentral and 7.6 from IGN. Lest we forget, they gave Ninja Gaiden 3 a miserable 3.0.

NBA 2K13 on Wii U is another without a solid release date. GAME and Zavvi claim it’s out this Friday but the other online retailers don’t seem to know. Or indeed care.

There doesn’t appear to be anything new arriving on XBLA, which rarely happens, but there is the retro-style platformer Life of Pixel for PlayStation Mobile for £1.59, the oft-delayed Fractured Soul on 3DS eShop at £7.19 and the NES shooter Blaster Master on 3DS Virtual Console for £4.49.

There’s also a release for the Wii’s Virtual Console – the NeoGeo’s Ninja Master’s Haoh-Ninpo-Cho at 900 Wii Points. It’s a good week for ninjas, it would seem.

Next week: DmC: Devil May Cry (out Tuesday), Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects (DS), The Treasures Of Montezuma 2 (DS) and 4 Elements 2 (DS, 3DS) and Sing Party (Wii U).

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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