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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.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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Sony Has a “Monopoly” on the High-End Japanese Gaming Market, According to a US Senator

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The never-ending saga surrounding Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard has a new participant.  Today, Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from the state of Washington, said some things about the subject that were hard to understand.

The senator, whose remarks were reported on by ResetEra, spoke at a Senate finance committee hearing on “the president’s 2023 Trade Policy Plan,” which we are sure was quite interesting.

Senator Cantwell said that she had been told that Sony “controls a monopoly of 98% of the high-end game market” despite the fact that “Japan’s government has allowed Sony to engage in blatant anti-competitive conduct through exclusive deals and payments to game publishers, establishing games that are among the most popular in Japan.”

This 98% statistic is highly deceptive because it ignores PC, Nintendo, and mobile games and instead refers to Sony’s adoption rate over Microsoft in Sony’s native country of Japan, a fact that shouldn’t surprise anyone who is even somewhat familiar with the video game business.

What can we do to rectify these problems and create a level playing field, she said of US Trade Representative Katherine Tai after charging Japan’s Federal Trade Commission with improperly failing to look into this purported “exclusionary conduct”?

It is absurd to claim that Sony has a monopoly on the Japanese video game market, as Luke Plunkett of Kotaku correctly points out, “because Sony doesn’t even have a 98% share of the market for the God of War series, a title they own, as Steam is getting 30% of every sale on PC.”

It goes without saying that we can’t expect elected officials to be experts in every field, but this is a visible step at a time when the ongoing attempt to buy the company is at a very important point.

Is it significant that Microsoft, along with Nintendo, maintains its headquarters in Redmond, Washington—Senator Cantwell’s district—or that Microsoft has given Cantwell more than $500,000 over the past two decades?  Let us leave that up to you.

 

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Eating trash, Pizza Possum destroys the PS5

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Pizza Possum is an arcade action game in which you, a possum, attempt to consume as much trash as you can without being discovered.  It is a web-based sequel to the anarchy simulator Untitled Goose Game.It will eventually be available on the PS5.

We couldn’t help but notice that the possum in the title doesn’t look like the cute Australian possum that comes out at night to visit people.On the other hand, it looks like the horrible North American opossums are the ones that will attack trash cans and cause general chaos.Even though we think the second choice was better in terms of theme, we prefer the first one and are happy to explain why.

Your thoughts on Pizza Possum?  Does it possess the necessary mass appeal to successfully skitter along the back fenceline while setting the dog off in the process?

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The Mercenaries, a free piece of DLC for Resident Evil 4 Remake, launches on April 7

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Resident Evil 4 is now out, and the excellent remake can be bought right away.Even though you probably plan to play it all this weekend, you can take comfort in the fact that The Mercenaries, Resident Evil’s almost-required challenge mode, will be available as free DLC on April 7.

The mode’s exact details are still unknown, but if it’s anything like previous versions, you can expect some pretty hard tasks to test your skills.

You’re stumped about something? If you are still debating whether to purchase Resident Evil 4 Remake, be sure to look at our exhaustive guide for the answer or our in-depth review. Are you spending this weekend playing Resident Evil 4? Are you anticipating The Mercenaries?

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