Tuesday, 22 August 2017 14:50

REVIEW: Agents Of Mayhem (Xbox One)

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Agents of Mayhem is the latest game from Volition/Deep Silver and is a spin off series to the Saints Row franchise.

Agents Of Mayhem is a free-roaming third-person action game which takes place on an alternate Earth created during one of the endings to Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell. The Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds (M.A.Y.H.E.M.) are out to save the world from the vile forces of the League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations (L.E.G.I.O.N.).

The opens with us being introduced to action star turned M.A.Y.H.E.M. PR guy Roderick "Hollywood" Stone, a Colombian sky pirate Marina "Fortune" Santos and a former naval petty officer Ishmael "Hardtack" Funderburke. And that's just the starting lineup.

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Agents of Mayhem has an impressive visual style combined with a team of agents that is comprised of a very diverse crew, 12 playable characters in total, with each agent having their own weapons and special abilities. As you progress through the game, you’ll unlock “Agent Operations” and you’ll be have the ability to add new characters to the roster.

Before heading out into the field, you’ll be asked to pick 3 agents that you can take with you, which you’ll be able to swap between at any stage. This lets you take advantage of each of their different special attacks together creating maximum damage. As well as each agent having their own weapon and abilities, each member of your squad also has their own “Mayhem” ability. Your “Mayhem” ability, once trigger, is an over-the-top special move that looks like it’s been ripped straight out of a Michael Bay movie. So, entering each mission with a good variety of Agents is a must.

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All the action in Agents of Mayhem takes place on the streets of Seoul, and is a mixture of driving, shooting and hacking. Each mission has multiple components to it. Some might be suited for a tank character, while others might require a more stealthy soldier. As for enemies, there are plenty of different types, this is where selecting the right agents comes in handy. You’ll need to be somewhat strategic as certain agents will have an easier time draining the shields on shielded enemies and armor-draining heroes on armored enemies.

Having access to 3 different agents at any one time also helps if one of your agents is taking on a lot of damage. If someone is running low on health, you’re able to switch between agents which then allows any non-active characters to refill their health in the background.

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As a fan of cell-shaded kind of games, Agents Of Mayhem does a great job of this. Cutscenes are cartoony, even in-game the world looks very colorful with some pretty impressive effects. It all seems to go together very well with the fun, over-the-top feel of the game.

As for any negative comments about the game, I only really have two. While the game is a lot of fun, after a while or at certain parts of the game, it does have a bit of a repetitive feel to it. The second thing is, it would have been nice to see some kind of local co-op or something where you can all play as a different agent. But that’s about it.

So, is Agents of Mayhem worth your hard earned cash? Despite the game feeling a little repetitive at times, Agents of Mayhem truly does offer a lot of fun and a unique spin on the Saints Row universe.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Developer: Volition
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Genre: Action / Adventure