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[Beyond PlayStation] State of Anarchy: Master of Mayhem Review

[Beyond PlayStation] State of Anarchy: Master of Mayhem Review
EdEN
  • On September 6, 2018

State of Anarchy: Master of Mayhem from Sometimes You is a twin-stick shooter on Nintendo Switch. Find out if it’s worth your time and money in our State of Anarchy: Master of Mayhem review!

 

The first thing you’re going to notice when you start playing is how the game looks as if it was hand-scribbled on a piece of paper, as if you were drawing something a peg or two above stickmen. The game features a rock soundtrack that is complemented by mouth-made sound effects. This is certainly a weird combo, but it does help to separate the game from other twin-stick shooters you might have played.

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The game’s 48 stages are divided into on-foot missions, levels in which you drive a car, levels in which you drive a spaceship, levels in which you travel in space, and boss stages. You can select to play them either in Normal, which features a regular amount of enemies to fight or in Hard where enemies are considerably more plentiful and thus more deadly.

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You will move with the left analog stick, and aim and shoot with the right one. You can also shoot in the direction you’re facing by pressing the R button. Once you find a car, you’ll be able to accelerate with the ZR button or go in reverse by pressing the ZL button. Once you unlock special weapons, you’ll be able to shoot them by pressing the L button.

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As you defeat enemies, you will gain experience points, and when you obtain enough to fill up your XP bar, you will level up. By leveling up you will gain extra hit points, and you will also earn talent points. Talent points, as the name suggests, can be used to learn talents for your character. There’s, for example, Though guy which increases your max health by 10, Crazy runner which bumps your speed, Kick master which makes it so that touching an enemy pushes him back while dealing damage, or Bloodlust which has a percentage-based chance of regenerating some health when you kill an enemy.

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Killing enemies will also reward you with cash which can be used to purchase upgrades. These include Critical Hit which increases your chance to deal double damage, Range which increases your overall fire range, bumping the damage you deal or improving your Rate of fire so that you can fire faster. There are several upgrades for you to unlock, so be sure to grab as much cash as possible so that you can gain an advantage over the enemies you’ll face.

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State of Anarchy: Master of Mayhem is a fun arcade-style release with more than enough variety to keep you entertained from start to finish. The gameplay cycle might be a bit repetitive for some, but the change from on-foot missions to driving a car to chase a UFO to the rest of the stuff you do before defeating a boss and carrying on keeps you busy at a steady pace. How your main weapon and your special weapon also change as you progress will force you to rethink your strategy, and when you get to the end, you might want to do it all over again in Hard mode where the challenge ramps up considerably.

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Disclaimer
This State of Anarchy: Master of Mayhem review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Sometimes You.

 

Review Overview

Fun arcade-style top down twin-stick shooter
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