First Agents Of Mayhem Gameplay Footage Plays It Surprisingly Safe

First Agents Of Mayhem Gameplay Footage Plays It Surprisingly Safe

Agents of Mayhem is the new game from Volition, developer of the unabashedly wacky, deceptively smart Saints Row series. If you were hoping for them to rein it in — to say, make a somber period piece set in 1930s Ireland — prepare to be disappointed.

Volition writer Jason Blair debuted gameplay footage of Agents of Mayhem on Twitch’s E3 stream (helpfully captured by, er, Game Play).

It’s a third-person open-world action-adventure set in a futuristic version of Seoul, South Korea. You can swap between a total of 12 (three during any given mission) agents, all of whom are out to stop nefarious terrorist organisation Legion, which — no joke — stands for the League Of Evil Gentlemen Intent On Obliterating Nations.

Each agent has different powers. For instance, the team’s dickishly flamboyant PR guy, Hollywood, can render himself temporarily invulnerable, seemingly through the power of his own handsomeness.

It looks solid, albeit safe by Volition standards. These are the same people who made DLC about dominatrixes, let you have sex with pretty much any of your in-game crew because, fuck it, sex is fun, and set a super-powered musical in hell, remember. A hero-swapping third-person shooter that seems light on boundary-pushing humour isn’t quite what I was expecting for a follow-up.

Who knows how far the game’s humour and abilities will go, though? I want to see it really cut loose before I make any definitive judgements. On top of that, trying to surpass the ridiculousness of the previous couple Saints Rows — wherein Earth was destroyed, among other things — would be difficult. You can’t keep going bigger and crazier forever. I’m just worried that this feels like Saints Row lite, rather than a bold, new direction.

Agents of Mayhem will be out next year.


  • I feel like I’m missing something here, while the game looks fun and I’ll probably keep it on my radar in the peripheral, they keep saying how it’s so different to anything they’ve done and they’re trying something new but…this looks just like a Saints game, even their futuristic Seoul looks like Steelport. This is one of the flaws of E3, no one is willing to call a spoon a spoon.

  • The cinematic trailer was all ‘who cares?’ but the gameplay looks much better. Nothing ground-breaking, just more fun as they showed that you quick-switch between all the characters.

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