Agents of Mayhem is Fun, But Saints Row Has Always Been AnnoyingThese Are the Games You Should Be Checking Out in August Stay on target I don’t know how many times we’ve written about how amazing 2017 has been for video games. You know things are good when even the dreaded summer drought was all but eliminated. A lot of fantastic titles have dropped, and the year isn’t over yet. Because of that, it is easy to overlook games that deserve your attention. One such game is Volition’s Agents of Mayhem.For those who may not know, Agents of Mayhem is a spiritual successor to the Saints Row franchise. Though both titles are their own separate entity, they share many similarities. Chief among them is the open-world design. Like any good open-world title, there is a lot to see and do. This makes it a great title to occupy your time during the hot summer days. Like the Saints Row series, Agents of Mayhem isn’t flawless, but it’s perfect for those who just want a brainless, goofy game to hold them over until the big fall games start releasing.The Saints Row franchise went from being an unapologetic Grand Theft Auto clone to an over-the-top superhero game. Agents is decidedly on the latter end of that spectrum. The premise here is that an evil organization called Legion is trying to take over the planet. Thankfully, the Agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M. organization exists to stop Legion’s nefarious plans. This game is basically an old-school Saturday morning cartoon only with a ton of dick and fart jokes. If you’re into G.I. Joe, cheesy 80’s nostalgia, and borderline offensive humor, then you’ll be right at home.I’ve played a ton of open-world games in the past but not one quite like this. Since it is set in a near-future South Korea, Agents distinguishes itself from similar games based in the West. Even though it takes place in Seoul, the city is surprisingly multi-cultural given its abundance of different peoples. It’s a great video game city to explore since it shows such a positive (if silly) vision of the future. It’s certainly nothing like the (boring) post apocalyptic worlds seen in other games. If you’re like me, you’ll no doubt spend countless hours driving (or jumping) around the city to take in all the amazing sights.Saints Row games had a lot of characters, but you could only ever really play as the main protagonist. In Agents of Mayhem, you’ll eventually gain access to 14 playable heroes. The crazy part is that the three initial characters aren’t even the game’s best. As you progress, you’ll unlock much cooler heroes like the Assassin Scheherazade, former Yakuza Oni, and the Gatling gun wielding Daisy. Each hero becomes playable only after doing specific story-based missions. Because you learn about each character through these missions, you’ll form an emotional bond with them. The game’s diverse range of characters is easily Agents of Mayhem’s strongest feature.Many of Agents’ missions play out the same. Go to a mission waypoint, find out where the actual mission area is, drive to it, hack a terminal, kill waves of bad guys, and win. This otherwise repetitive pattern is only bearable due to the fact every character plays completely different from one another. Since each character has their own play style, missions never become dull. I always enjoyed mixing up the team to see how they all worked with each other. While you certainly want to have a hacker with you, you’re free to mix and match as you please. Being able to form a team of unique characters and blasting away bad guys never gets old.Back when I wrote my hands-on impressions of the E3 demo, I remarked on how Agents of Mayhem would give Crackdown 3 a run for its money. After all, both open-world titles star heroes with ridiculous powers. Now that Crackdown 3 has been delayed, Agents is the only choice left for people looking for a zany super hero open-world game this year. Xbox owners still upset over Crackdown 3’s delay can help alleviate their suffering by taking a crack (pun intended) at Agents of Mayhem.The next wave of big 2017 games starts next week when Destiny 2 launches. Since that’s the case, you might want to consider checking out Agents of Mayhem before that takes over everything. With its open-world structure, quantity of side missions, and large roster of diverse playable characters, you’ll be entertained for many, many hours. There’s also the fact the game is just plain fun, which is something that’s always appreciated (especially these days). Don’t sleep on Agents of Mayhem!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.