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Sun 20/08/17 at 23:50
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Agents of Mayhem is Saints Row 5 and less!

That may seem a bit harsh, but this sandbox shoot-em-up feels like a cut down version of Saints Row 4, the developer's last title. The premise is that your team of superpowered agents, from the titular Mayhem, have been tasked with taking down an evil mastermind. It's not the most imaginative of plots and that, in a nutshell is Agents of Mayhem's problem - it's singularly lacking in imagination.

Defeating the evil mastermind in question involves completing a range of quests, most of which involve shooting people in the face or shooting objects in the face. You can choose from several agents and you deploy them in teams of three, switching between them when one's health runs low. The agents have a range of powers and gimmicks - Johnny Gat from Saints Row puts in an appearance - which can be levelled up to enable to you deliver more devastation.

The game is, unsurprisingly, tongue in cheek, though hearing jokes about Uranus every time you walk past the game's planetarium gets old quickly. The storyline is serviceable but predictable, offering few surprises. Agent of Mayhem's graphics do look pretty good, the game's futuristic location - Seoul of the future - looking vaguely Blader Runner-ish. Some of the special attacks are damn impressive, including one which has laser beams annihilating anything in your path.

But ultimately, the missions - of which there are many - often boil down to repetitive object collection or annihilating waves of respawning enemies. Crafting has also been thrown in there for some reason. Upgrading cars and so forth require you to gather items for loot boxes and yet you still can only choose from certain specific colour sets.

Ultimately, Agents of Mayhem is the Rogue One of videogames. It takes elements from Saints Row 4 and yet, playing it too safe, manages to be less appealing than that title, coming across as Crackdown Lite. It does have fun moments, particularly when you're dealing with some of the game's odder baddies, but it's a very middle of the road game and only succeeded in making me want to dip back into Saints Row 4.

It's not awful, but given you can get the original Saints Row 4 for just over a quarter of its price, I'd avoid this for now. Agents of Mayhem is nice to look at but all too often feels like a grind.
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Sun 20/08/17 at 23:50
Regular
"Braaains"
Posts: 439
Agents of Mayhem is Saints Row 5 and less!

That may seem a bit harsh, but this sandbox shoot-em-up feels like a cut down version of Saints Row 4, the developer's last title. The premise is that your team of superpowered agents, from the titular Mayhem, have been tasked with taking down an evil mastermind. It's not the most imaginative of plots and that, in a nutshell is Agents of Mayhem's problem - it's singularly lacking in imagination.

Defeating the evil mastermind in question involves completing a range of quests, most of which involve shooting people in the face or shooting objects in the face. You can choose from several agents and you deploy them in teams of three, switching between them when one's health runs low. The agents have a range of powers and gimmicks - Johnny Gat from Saints Row puts in an appearance - which can be levelled up to enable to you deliver more devastation.

The game is, unsurprisingly, tongue in cheek, though hearing jokes about Uranus every time you walk past the game's planetarium gets old quickly. The storyline is serviceable but predictable, offering few surprises. Agent of Mayhem's graphics do look pretty good, the game's futuristic location - Seoul of the future - looking vaguely Blader Runner-ish. Some of the special attacks are damn impressive, including one which has laser beams annihilating anything in your path.

But ultimately, the missions - of which there are many - often boil down to repetitive object collection or annihilating waves of respawning enemies. Crafting has also been thrown in there for some reason. Upgrading cars and so forth require you to gather items for loot boxes and yet you still can only choose from certain specific colour sets.

Ultimately, Agents of Mayhem is the Rogue One of videogames. It takes elements from Saints Row 4 and yet, playing it too safe, manages to be less appealing than that title, coming across as Crackdown Lite. It does have fun moments, particularly when you're dealing with some of the game's odder baddies, but it's a very middle of the road game and only succeeded in making me want to dip back into Saints Row 4.

It's not awful, but given you can get the original Saints Row 4 for just over a quarter of its price, I'd avoid this for now. Agents of Mayhem is nice to look at but all too often feels like a grind.

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