Parents' Guide to

Agents of Mayhem

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Ambitious superhero game brought to earth with flawed play.

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age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 11+

Agents of Mayhem

By virtue of its cartoon nature, this is a game that would appeal to kids of a cartoon appreciating age. The language however is absolutely disgusting for kids' ears - f**k, sh*t. (Depending on what you think is acceptable - every parent will have their own opinion/tolerances on this but for me, this is not ok). The inclusion of offensive profanities is sooooo disappointing for a game that otherwise is directly appealing to kids: Amazing graphics, action etc. I have read on this thread that it is possible to turn the filthy language off in the settings but I cannot find any such option on the PS4 version. Would appreciate any input on this.
age 15+

Mediocre game for teens.

Cartoonish blood. Frequent cursing. Brief non-explicit sex.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This action game is great in concept, but overall it stumbles in execution. First, the good news. An all-new superhero game is enough to get many gamers excited, and to this game's credit, the fast-paced action sequences, huge cast of diverse characters, and clever use of the environment all give a good first impression. The charming cartoon-like graphics and simple controls also help bolster the game's appeal. But it doesn't take long for the charm to wear off. For one, the constant banter between the superheroes grows tiring after a short while, laden with insults and profanity, as if the developers were trying to impress the gamer. It's excessive, and will cause many an eye roll. Secondly, while the action is fun and frantic, and experimenting with new superhero abilities and weapons is gratifying, the missions themselves grow repetitive after a while (unlike Saints Row or the similar Grand Theft Auto series, both of which offer more variety). Plus, you're expected to zigzag across the city often, even if it doesn't seem to make much sense given your assignment, and some locations, like the underground LEGION hallways, are drab. Third, the game is buggy, including instances of waypoints disappearing, not being able to swap agents during a fight, or getting a person or car stuck in an object.

It's too bad, really, as Agents of Mayhem looked like a refreshingly fun game. Perhaps some of these issues can be fixed, including assorted technical or graphical bugs, while others might be more difficult to fine-tune after the fact, such as mediocre mission objectives. Either way, it's worth waiting a bit before picking up this game (if at all) to see if it gets patched, reduced in price, or both.

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