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Agents of Mayhem Board Game Seeks to Improve on the Video Game

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Agents of Mayhem is a fun but ultimately underwhelming video game. Many critics state the game is overly grindy and repetitive, but that might soon change. No, Volition isn’t patching the game, but Academy Games is developing a board game based on Agents of Mayhem that promises a unique experience with every playthrough.

The board game, titled Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon, is described by the Kickstarter campaign as a “story-driven 3D tactical boardgame,” and it does mean 3D. The game board includes modular tiles that form several destructible towers, which dynamically affect how players can go about the game. Moreover, the story is derived from player decisions; each action has a “ripple effect” that will significantly impact missions and character abilities. Oh, and Academy Games promises plenty of humor, so the game’s got that going for it, as well.

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As you might expect, players will be able to control either the “heroic” titular agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M. or the definitely villainous members of L.E.G.I.O.N., each with his, her, or its own unique upgrades, abilities, equipment, and meticulously detailed plastic miniature. A major sticking point of the Agents of Mayhem video game is players can’t create their own characters, but the board game looks as if it will be a much better fit for the pre-made agents and villains. While the base game will only include the agents Fortune, Hardtack, and Hollywood, along with the villainous Dr. Babylon and a collection of L.E.G.I.O.N. troopers, more will be provided to backers depending on the number of stretch goals unlocked. So far, only the L.E.G.I.O.N. shock trooper and the agent Scheherazade have been announced, but Academy Games promises more down the line. Moreover, players can obtain new building tiles through stretch goals and add-ons for even more explosive mayhem.

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Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon looks like a complicated game on paper, as it will require players to manage combat die, resource counters, effect tiles, character cards, and whatever else the board throws their way. It looks chaotic, but what else did you expect from a game with the word “mayhem” in the title? Academy Games has a history of creating award-winning board games, so I am confident Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon will be an enjoyable romp.

As of writing this article, the Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon Kickstarter campaign has blown past its $30,000 goal, which is impressive since the campaign started today. The campaign only has three pledge tiers, starting as low as the $85 early bird special, which contains the base game, the Gaunt character expansion pack, and all stretch goals, including the Kickstarter-exclusive “Total Mayhem” goals. While the $90 tier is identical to the $85 tier (it is meant for those who miss the early bird special), the $115 tier gives gamers a taste of the source material by including the Agents of Mayhem video game. Additionally, only three add-ons are available for purchase: a copy of the Agents of Mayhem game for PC, a set of giant building tiles, and the Johnny Gat character expansion.  Now, a friendly reminder: all prices listed on the Kickstarter page do not cover shipping costs.

I look forward to the release of Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon. It looks promising and could very well be the definitive Agents of Mayhem experience.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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