Sony launches The Agency: Covert Ops on Facebook

The Agency Covert Ops Facebook
Sony Online Entertainment, well known for popular MMO titles EverQuest, EverQuest II, and Star Wars Galaxies, has just released their second Facebook game. The Agency: Covert Ops is a Mafia-Wars style game where you lead the life of a secret agent, unlocking locations, playing mini-games, engaging in battles, and customizing your avatar. This game ties in with SOE's upcoming and anticipated Playstation 3 and PC game, The Agency.

While Covert Ops is essentially a re-skinned version of Mafia Wars and Vampire Wars with a different theme, don't get us wrong, this game has extreme potential. It has a beautiful aesthetic to it, a high level of polish that you can expect a large game developer to be able to create, absolutely fantastic and immersive music, and feels great to play. You create your spy and pick a specialized class for him or her, and then complete missions and go to different areas. The objective is to do as much as you can with the "cover points" that you have (similar to energy in other games), raise your level, unlock new weapons, and defeat enemies.
What really sets The Agency: Covert Ops is the combat. Instead of simply clicking a button to fight an opponent, you actually engage in tactical battles. Your character has special abilities that enable you to do things like increase your critical strike chance for the next three moves, and do more damage. You can actually use strategy in fights, instead of everything being random and level based. This is where The Agency will absolutely shine.

Another feature that sets Covert Ops apart are the minigames. Missions are not just locked by collecting certain items, you also have to complete various mini-games, similar to Treasure Madness. The first one we tried was an encoder game where you had to crack a code by unscrambling the letters. It made you really feel like a spy, instead of just clicking buttons and having random math happen in the background that determines your outcome.
The Agency Covert Ops Facebook

The social features of the game are not immediately apparent in the tutorial, but they're actually impressive. Every player gets their own HQ to decorate, and you can visit your friends' headquarters. Any Facebook friend of yours who is already playing is added to your agents list automatically, so there is no need to invite. You can share your achievements and progress to your wall and invite friends if you wish. We suspect that this game will spread quickly.

The new user experience is a streamlined, easy to understand unveiling process that clearly demonstrates and instructs players about the features. As anyone who has just gotten started with other similar games like Mafia Wars, Big City Life, or Sorority Life knows, these games are overwhelming to start. Covert Ops slowly releases new features to you and walks you through each one in a very guided experience that will lead to better customer retention over time.
The Agency Covert Ops Facebook

Overall, we are impressed with this game and think it will do quite well. It combines that major developer polish with gameplay that is intriguing, clever, and a heck of a lot of fun. While the underlying mechanics are not new, The Agency: Covert Ops is a great combination of the things we love about our favorite Facebook games in an exciting package. Watch the blog for the latest news about this exciting new release.

You can log in and play the game on Facebook, or view more information on the Covert Ops official website. View the trailer below!

Have you tried The Agency: Covert Ops yet? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
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