Agents of Mayhem trailer features Johnny Gat as Magnum PI

Agents of Mayhem [official site], the explosion-laden singleplayer shooter from the creators of Saints Row, is shaping up rather nicely by all accounts. And by ‘all accounts’ I mean the accounts of both Holly and Adam, who enjoyed the over-the-top action of separate preview builds.

It’s just got a new trailer showing a man punching a car into lots of others cars, which all go boom, and a woman dancing on massive gun while screaming “I call this the Chicago deep dish”. Erm…okay. Oh, and there’s a Magnum PI cosplay from returning Saints Row favourite Johnny Gat. Because why not.

Gat, unfortunately, is initially cut out to be pre-order bonus DLC.

As a reminder, the game is a class-based shooter where you’re out to defeat the League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations, or LEGION for short. You pick three characters from a cast of 12 for any given mission, and you can switch between them at any time.

Each has different abilities and play styles: Rama, for example, is a bow-wielding sniper that can set up traps that suck enemies into a vortex, while Agent Hollywood is an explosions expert.

I loved the theme and silly humour of Saint’s Row IV, but as an action game it wasn’t much cop. By the looks of it, Agents of Mayhem will have stronger mechanics but may feel a bit more constrained. Here’s wot Adam had to say:

“Even half an hour with Mayhem is enough time to declare it superior to Saints Row as an action game, but the focus on a specific set of characters in a more tightly focused experience means some aspects of the Row have been cut away.

“This isn’t Saints Row: The Future or Saints Row: The Superheroes, and it might be missing elements of that big urban canvas that Volition’s series has offered in its finest moments. Instead, Agents of Mayhem is perhaps best understood as a singleplayer take on character-driven action games like Overwatch and Battleborn, a skill-based third-person shooter that favours knowledge of the protagonists over a twitchy trigger finger.

And here’s Holly’s thoughts:

“The combat felt satisfying, and was genuinely enjoyable. Very quickly I found myself cycling through my three heroes, using one to blast away close range with a shotgun, then darting back with a faster character. It’s a mechanic I actively wanted to spend more time with.”

The game is out on 18 August – is it one you’re looking forward to?


  1. LexW1 says:

    I feel like this is a game I cannot possibly judge from the trailers or really from the fairly limited pre-press it’s had so far, I mean, even in terms of looking forwards to it or not. Unlike, say Mordor 2, which is to a large extent a known anyway, and which has actually had a lot more clarity and depth from the trailers/pre-press etc.

    It’s got a lot of verve and a certain degree of a certain kind of style, so that’s good, but it’s absolutely all going to come down to the gameplay, and I have just no idea whether it’s going to be “ok” or “WOOOOO AWESOME!” in that department. I shall thus be very keen to see reviews.

    • Unclepauly says:

      I wouldn’t hedge all bets on reviews either. Unless there’s a reviewer you agree with almost always. A demo may be the answer or a twitch stream/youtube gameplay vid. This game reminds me of Crackdown which was fun.

      • LexW1 says:

        I find reviewers more reliable than Twitch/YouTube for the most part, because as much as people complain about reviewers hyping games up or down for traffic, Twitch/YouTube stars seem to do that even more, or simply use games as an opportunity/springboard to express their “persona” (i.e. the character they play on YouTube/Twitch) rather than really just, y’know, reviewing them. It’s particularly irksome when you sit through fifteen minutes of crass jokes and idiocy and the guy still hasn’t actually gone over what’s good or bad about the game in any detail.

        There are exceptions, like LGR when he’s reviewing Sims stuff, of course.

        • April March says:

          Fair point, but I find that, unless you land on one of the truly truly obnoxius ‘tubers or streamers (of which admitedly there are many) you’ll have a fair view of how a game is like simply by watching a dude play through it.

    • durrbluh says:

      Although I’ve enjoyed the Saint’s Row series to varying degrees from game to game, this trailer makes things look somewhat… stiff? I have some hope for it being fun, but at the moment my immediate reaction is that the animation, combat, and physics look fairly dated for some reason.

      Wait and see, I suppose. August isn’t too far off.

  2. SanguineAngel says:

    This trailer primarily served to make me think that Magnum PI could make a freaking excellent video game

  3. Neurotic says:

    As a long-time Volition fan, I’ve got this one pre-ordered. Can’t wait!

  4. PsychoWedge says:

    I remain completely baffled by the popularity of Johnny Gat. To me he is one of the most boring famous/poster child characters ever. I guess I kinda liked him in SR2…

    Also I don’t know what to think of Agents of Mayhem. It looks just meh but I can not believe that this is really what the game is gonna be.