Developer Volition's follow-up to the Saints Row series doesn't stray too far from the over-the-top and entertaining nature of the series. In fact it's set within the same universe. But Agents of Mayhem is still, a very different approach. Part hero shooter, part Saints Row IV, and part Saturday morning cartoon. Albeit one with a heavy dose of course language.
Agents of Mayhem, which is set in the same universe as Saints Row, feels like a more ambitious endeavour. In it players are put in control of a squad of three Agents, a team put together from a growing collection of colourful characters that you’ll meet along the way. During any moment within a particular mission or whilst exploring the digital version of Seoul, Korea that makes up the open-world, you can switch between any of the three at will. Thanks again to the same unexplained temporal phasing technology that powers getting in and out of car.
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Throw in abilities, ultimates, and RPG-like progression that recalls the setup of something like Overwatch and other MOBAs, and Agents of Mayhem feels like a step in a different direction for the studio. Taken piece by piece we’re not exactly talking about brand-new mechanics, but it’s the sort of blend of Saints Row IV and Crackdown that feels great. Up to a point.