Agents of Mayhem Review

Site Score
7.0
Good: Cartoon cutscenes are funny, World is vibrant and full of life, Story is, at times, amusing
Bad: Doesn't do much to stand out, Gameplay feels rigid, Not very deep
User Score
8.0
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Moving away from a popular franchise can be scary, but it can also be liberating. Guerrilla Games found a lot of success when they moved from Killzone to Horizon: Zero Dawn, just like Naughty Dog has done on multiple occasions. Not every move is good, leading to many developers jumping back to the past, but it seems like Volition has learned a lot from Saints Row. With a new world, style and same quirks, is Agents of Mayhem a breath of fresh air or just Saints Row with a different paint job?

From the beginning, Agents of Mayhem makes it clear it’s trying to spoof G.I. Joe. M.A.Y.H.E.M., the oddly named group of do-gooders, engage in battle against L.E.G.I.O.N. and attempt to stop their evil plans. It doesn’t take long for the story to start relying on tropes and clichés to move things along. Even though they’re common and at times lazy, it makes for a humorous experience.

From the beginning all the characters have their own driving force and style, which allows the characters to feel unique besides weapons/abilities. Hollywood is the brainless pretty boy, Hardtack is the no nonsense tough guy, Rama is a woman on a mission and they go from there. Upon finding the characters you enjoy, you’ll find their influence impacting the story and giving different dialogue/responses in their battle against L.E.G.I.O.N.

Outside of the main story, there are also origin stories for both the heroes and villains. These are shown through cartoons during main and side missions. These videos are enjoyable to watch, since they give a very basic summery of what they’re working towards. For instance, Braddack feels betrayed by the people she trained and responsible for the wrong they’ve committed with her training and wants to put an end to them. Most of the stories work this way, with progression throughout their quest line, giving every character a moment to shine.

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Agents of Mayhem Review, 8.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
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