What do you get when you cross Fortnite, Overwatch and a splash of Monster Hunter into one game? Any ideas? Well, I’ll tell you, you get Agents: Biohunters. This up and coming game is currently in closed beta and I was lucky enough to take part in one of its sessions. I got to play it on my PC and have noticed that it will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One eventually. At the moment the game is slowly rolling itself out with closed beta sessions and can only be played at specific time slots, which is kind of upsetting because I was starting to get the hang of the game and a liking to the play style.
The storyline for the game is that the world is in danger because huge mutant creatures have started attacking the planet and group of heroes if you will, who are called “The Agents” have come together to save the planet from these creatures. Agents: Biohunters is a three vs three vs Environment, a third-person shooter where the players must complete objective-based tasked while having to hunt monsters and trying to kill other players who are trying to do the same thing. It sounds complicated but it isn’t when you’re actually playing it.
After the beta I just took part in, there are currently six Agents each with their own unique style and abilities, my favourite ones are Hune and Rido just because I like their play style and character design. With the game being a three vs three it heavily realises on strategic gameplay and making sure that your team compassion works well together as you’ll be going after objects and needing to defend against the enemy team as well as monsters. There is no point in picking Agents with the same play style as you could get outplayed which happened to me in my first few games. At first, I was very confused about what you actually had to do to win a match but after a few games, I managed to get the hang of what I needed to do. First, you have to locate crystals that are scattered around the map, once you have found them you then have to kill 15 smaller monsters to gain access to it. When you have access to the crystal you then have to defend it and obtain it before the enemy team does. Once you have obtained three of the crystals you gain access to the main arena where the bigger monster is. Rognar who is the bigger boss monster has five body parts that can be destroyed but you as a team only need to destroy three of them to win the match but you have to do all this before the other team does. Let’s just say it like dominations meet monster hunting, it sounds like an odd mix of mechanics to put together and a bit of a mess gameplay-wise but surprisingly it works really well.
Each Agent has abilities that can be upgraded as you level up and you can also create buildings by collected orbs that fall out of monsters when you kill them. Collecting these orbs fill up a meter on the right side of the screen and indicates when you are able to build certain structures. There are currently four in the game, a wall that helps create hotspots and pressure points on the map when defending or pushing objectives, a turret that shots enemy players and monsters, a scanner that debuffs players and monster and finally a respawn point that grants the player the ability to respawn at specific locations where these are placed instead of having to respawn at your base all the time. These add another level to the game as you can’t just run and gun into a fight you have to work together as a team to win objectives. But my favourite aspect of the game is the motorcycle that you get, this allows you to get around the map really quickly as well as get out of danger. They have a time limit on how long you can ride it for before getting it kicks you off but you can just jump back on it when this happens. Though saying that, I normally get from A to B before this happens.
Graphically I love this game, the art style is right up my street as well as the designs for the Agents and monsters currently present in the build that I played. Audio-wise there was a few bugs as well as visual ones but that is to be expected when a game is in closed beta so it didn’t really put me off it too much however there were a few gameplay bugs where at times it made the game unplayable and this frustrated me. For example, when I was playing as Rido I came across a glitch where I wasn’t able to shoot or reload and found myself unable to do anything and the only way I could fix this was to die, then there was a game when playing as Witta for the first time and her armour that she wears just kept bugging out and got me stuck in between a wall and a structure I built. Again because the game is in closed beta these things can happen from time to time but it can still be annoying when they do. The last main problem that I kept coming across was disconnecting from games and trying to find other players, I would spend ages in the lobbies trying to find games and then when I finally got a full team of three we’d get through five minutes of gameplay and they’d disconnect or bug out and leave me to have to win on my own. This at times made me very angry with the game because you couldn’t even stand a chance when fighting one v two or even one v three. I somehow managed to get into a game where after ten minutes it was just me v someone else and the game went on for forty-five minutes due to how long it took to complete objectives. Normally when you have full teams a game lasts ten to thirty minutes which is reasonable but the problem I faced was keeping a full team once I was actually able to find one. Please feel free to comment below if you either had the same issue or whether it was just me.
I can see just from playing it for a short period of time that it will offer a lot of hours of competitive gameplay. It will also come with a season pass which can all be unlocked just by obtaining Bio coins from completing matches if you want to buy merit points with real money you can unlock rewards quicker but the one thing I love is that it allows you to get battle pass rewards just from playing. This is a cool idea and I hope that other companies actually take note of this. In a way, it gives you a reason to keep playing and to play well so that you can get more coins to unlock new things.
If you like what you have read above and have taken an interest in Agents: Biohunters then why not head over to their website: https://www.agentsbiohunters.com/index.html and find out more. You can even get your hands on one of the three founder packs to help support the game and get exclusive access to all future test phases and the game at launch, as well as a few skins, loot and depending on which pack you choose some other bits. The packs range from £19.99 to £78.99 and in all fairness offer some cool gear, though if you’re still not sold you can try and apply for the closed beta program which will give you the chance to try before you buy if you get accepted and given a code, this might be worth applying for and can be done on the website. I enjoyed my time playing Agents: Biohunters and will continue to watch the game as it continues to grow, there were some problems that I had with the game and its bugs and glitches but we’ll put this down to teething problems and let them slide as overall the core mechanics are present and I enjoyed them very much. When you have a full team of three and are working together to complete the objectives and then having to fight the big boss at the end while also trying to fend off the enemy team it causes some hectic but engaging gameplay that I truly found refreshing and fun. I highly recommend the reader to keep an eye on this game if you are into Overwatch, Monster Hunter and Fortnite as it could be a hidden gem or your next favourite game.
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