Sunday, 20 August 2017

Agents of Mayhem goodies!

So I just want to say a massive thanks to the team over at Koch Media for sending me an amazing goodie bag of Agents of Mayhem stuff.

Promo copy of the game, so I got the Gat DLC, but I was also provided with a code so I got the Lazarus DLC too :)

The sleeve artwork should line up with the vinyl artwork, but it has rotated inside. I don't keep things sealed anyway (and have been giving this a listen, of course!) so it's not too bad, but I can imagine a sealed collector being driven mad by this lol :)

I love these little promo cereal boxes, with designs from some of the characters. The "Mayhem's" logo is very clearly in reference to Kellogg's. There is actually cereal inside them too, with the Golden Glories being like Rice Krispies and MoFo Flakes being Cornflakes.

They actually have the nutritional info on the side, as well as a typical little blurb-type thing :)

This Hardtack hat/beard combo is just amazing. In the pack, I was like "ooh, a hat" and then I realised the brown part was for a beard and I was instantly trying it on! So here's some pics of us all trying it on (no photos of the wee man in it, as he was actually horrified for some reason).

And lastly, I also received the awesome Agents of Mayhem t-shirt that I'm wearing in the above Instagram pic :) 

Once again, thank you so much to Koch Media for all of these amazing promo items - very much appreciated <3

- V x

Friday, 18 August 2017

Asylum Reviews: Agents of Mayhem [Xbox One].

Set in the streets of a highly futuristic Seoul, South Korea, the Agents are here at last to protect the world from L.E.G.I.O.N (which stands for the League of Evil Gentleman Intent on Obliterating Nations). Volition have given us a fantastic spin-off to the Saints Row series, allowing us to continue on in the world from back in the humble beginnings of the 3rd Street Saints, all the way to now. With 12 characters on the roster, plus two pre-order bonus characters (who will later become available for everyone) you can pick and choose who you want as your three heroes for each mission.

Making a return from the Saints Row games, we have Oleg Kirlov (going under the pseudonym Yeti), Pierce Washington (who now uses the alias Kingpin) and fan-favourite Johnny Gat (who is currently only available for those who pre-ordered physical copies of the game), and a bundle of brand new characters, including The Bombshells: Rama, Joule and Red Card; the Carnage á Trois, which includes Yeti, as well as Daisy and Braddock; the Firing Squad, which Kingpin is a part of, alongside Oni and Scheherazade; and the Franchise Force, the games initial trio: Fortune, Hardtack and Hollywood.

Gat's back, baby!
Each mission is set out like an episode of a TV show, with its introductory GI Joe-inspired cartoon segments to boot. The humour is a mixed bag, with it sometimes hitting the right notes and other times sadly falling flat, but for the most part I still enjoyed the typical Saints style tomfoolery.

There are tonnes of things to collect, which is always a good thing for us here in the Asylum. Crystal Shards, which you can save up to make Power Cores (10 shards = 1 core), and then use to upgrade your Agents. Each Agent can only be upgraded this way three times, however there seems to be more than enough Cores for this. You can also upgrade your Agents with skill points - these can be edited afterwards, but Core upgrades are permanent once applied.

You also have a variety of different Special Moves, Gremlin Tech and Legion Tech. Unlocking all of these counts towards your completion of the game, so ideally you want to be getting everything when you can (even though you might not use some of the things you unlock). Cars and weapons also count toward this, and you'll want to stick to the Agents cars as the standard civilian ones are complete dogshit. The driving is a little off, kinda floaty feeling (whereas the recent Saints games felt pretty decent), but you do get used to this.

One downside to the game is that it is repetitive at times, due to the Missions following the same basic premise. A little more diversity in the levels would have been much appreciated. We've also come across quite a lot of glitches and bugs, including one which wiped a few hours of Allan's progress - almost making him throw in the towel on the game completely. The completionist in him made him come him crawling back for more, though, and he was glad he did. Shout out to Jirard for being his idol, haha! 

The Agents lair: The Ark, was also a really well designed place, and we enjoyed seeing what the Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds (which M.A.Y.H.E.M. stands for, yep they sure love their huge acronyms!) had to go back to after missions to upgrade and no doubt get some R&R.

Overall, we've had a great time with Agents of Mayhem, and would highly recommend it to any fans of the Saints Row series. So we decided to give AoM an 8/10.

Have you played Agents of Mayhem? What did you think of it?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Asylum Reviews: Fortnite [Xbox One].

Developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games, Fortnite is a fun online co-op survival game, with a lot of building elements. With hordes of zombies - known as husks - zapping into existence dangerously close to things you'd rather not have destroyed, you must build to protect, utilizing all of the world's resources.

You can destroy just about anything you see, from trees (big and small) to rocks, mine-carts, cars and buildings, gaining the scrap wood, metal and brick from them to then build your own forts - fully equipped with floor spikes, ceiling zappers and wall darts to keep those husks at bay.

I loved planning the layout of my forts to see what creative ways I could use to drive them down a particular route, leading them to their deaths. This element would be way more fun with friends, but right now I'm sadly the only one of my friends (bar Allan, but we have to take turns, so...) playing, so I end up just lumped in with randoms, and that can sadly be hit or miss. Sometimes you'll be matched with some like-minded players who just want to get straight to it, planning and building the defences. Other times you'll end up with someone who just disappears for the entire match, or you'll get someone who just builds and builds and builds, completely disregarding any "Don't Overbuild" warnings on certain levels, costing you your bonus. I'm definitely the builder when I play, whereas Allan is the fighter, mowing down all the husks he can get.

Placed randomly around the world, you can find chests that you can unlock to score some great loot - which can be a huge help, especially when you don't have very much to begin with. These are highlighted by a twinkly, angelic sound which you can check out in a video here (Credit: Ratchet). You also unlock chests at the end of each level, the tier/level of which corresponds to how well you did in that level, or how many tasks you completed in it.

There's a huge trading card style element to the game also, with various loot drops being character cards of different variations. There are Hero Cards, which are the characters you can play as, who come in four classes: Soldier, Constructor, Ninja and Outlander. The Soldiers are the heroes with fairly well rounded stats, and their offense is more ranged than the other classes. Constructors are the ones for building the best forts, with added bonuses. Ninjas are your up close and personal heroes, who deal more in melee combat but have the speed and agility to give them the upper hand. And then we have the Outlanders, who are the gatherers of the group - with the best ability and perks to gain the best resources from the environment. There are also Survivor Cards which you can use to build up your Squads, weapon schematics that allow you to build weapons and traps (and you are only able to do this once you own the card of this type, etc). It feels quite hard to explain, in all honesty, but it works.

The game is still in Early Access (and is due to go Free to Play come 2018, when it gets its full release) so things are constantly being tweaked for improvements, so I will more than likely come back and re-review this later.

In the end, we give Fortnite (in it's current state) a 7.5/10. It's a fun time, especially if you have friends to play it with!

Have you played Fortnite? What are your thoughts on it?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Asylum Reviews: Party Hard 2 [Xbox One].

After really enjoying the first Party Hard, I was desperate for more. And when PH2 was released in 2018 I was so excited, but it wasn’t...