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Agents of Mayhem review

Set in the Saints Universe, Agents of Mayhem is the newest IP from Volition and it takes far more from the Saints of Row series than just the universe but also manages to craft its own identity – it’s no mere clone – but I do feel it borrows more heavily from Crackdown, which is no bad thing.

Comedy, action and super powers, what more could you want from an open world game?  The ability to fly would certainly be top of my list, but rather than give the agents the OTT powers of the Saints, Agents of Mayhem is more routed to the style Crackdown – there is even a central ‘agency’ and team of agents.

Agents of Mayhem’s band of miscreants are far from good, instead, they are the lesser of two evils – it’s the ultimate tale of bad vs. evil – and together as part of three man teams, their bad habits and terrible jokes are the world’s best chance at stopping LEGION.

Set in Seoul, South Korea, the city looks great and while it isn’t large in size, there is a lot of verticality to it. From exploring skyscrapers and building sites to beating the many underground LEGION lairs. There is plenty to explore, but unfortunately it all looks the same. Underground lairs follow very similar layouts and the city is soulless and lacks any district identity. Instead, the game has its sights firmly set on giving you an experience that changes purely based on the agents you use.

This does mean that Agents of Mayhem can become very monotonous should you jump in with the same three agents. Missions follow similar routes and objectives, it’s only the boss battles that provide any deviation from the rinse and repeat formula. It is fun though and like the many characters in the game, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, which helps Agents of mayhem stand out from some of the other open world games that pride themselves on giving you a huge playground to explore.

Tagging three agents in and out is the main strength of the game. Essentially giving you three lives, the squad mechanic also allows you to bring in a diverse team of skills should you wish. Each character has a unique style, weapon loadout and various abilities to choose from. You can even embark on a story-driven mission for each of them. As each character levels up new skills become available and your only consideration is which skill to choose. This makes the progression of characters very ‘lite’ when compared to other character driven games – there is no complex XP tree to explore or branching choices to choose from, which I feel is a real missed opportunity.

Another missed opportunity is the use of gadgets, or rather, the lack of using them. As you play, resources can be collected from fallen enemies and can be used to craft gadgets, which can be slotted to the LB button. Each gadget may only be used up to the number you have crafted and to slot a new gadget you must go into the inventory screen, not really ideal when you’re in the heat of battle. I instead relied on my team’s abilities, missing out on the many zany gadgets you can craft. This doesn’t mean resources are completely useless. Once discovered, LEGION tech can be crafted and slotted onto each agent’s abilities essentially providing an additional buff to their attacks.

With a great cartoon cel-shaded edge, the action of Agents of Mayhem is slick. Levels are full of explosions and there are plenty of characters to recruit and choose from. While the game does sway a little too close to racial stereotypes and lewd humour, I really enjoyed playing as part of my own Thunderbirds come Ben 10 cartoon show. It’s just a shame that Agents of Mayhem doesn’t have any real online functionality beyond cooperatively completing contract targets – taking a squad of three agents into Seoul with your friends would have been an absolute blast.

Thanks to Koch Media and Deep Silver for supporting TiX

Agents of Mayhem gets a release date and new trailer

The Saints Row spin-off, Agents of Mayhem, from Volition and Deep Silver, will be releasing on this August 15 in the US and August 18 in Europe.

Along with the release date comes a new trailer where the Agents offer up some hints on themselves and what abilities they wield.

In Agents of Mayhem, the only hope for governments and global corporations swept aside by the evil LEGION are a group of corporately funded super agents called the AGENTS of MAYHEM. Set loose in the city of Seoul, with your choice of three agents each offering a different set of skills, weapons, as well as their own unique looks and personalities, you must bring LEGION to their knees.

Saints Row returns… Kind of

It’s been a while since the Saints graced our consoles with a fresh new game but they are about to make a return… well, kind of. Volition, the brains behind the Saints Row games are bringing out a ‘new IP’ called Agents of Mayhem – but by the looks of the trailer, it has some serious similarities with the Saints – queue the dubstep beats and purple neon.

Sharing the same Saints Row universe and set in an open world, the agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M (the Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds) are fighting the forces of L.E.G.I.O.N (the League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations).

I really dig the comic book style – the whole team vibe has quiet the Battleborn feel about – only time will tell if it’s as much fun as Saints Row.

Saints Row IV re-elected edition gets a launch trailer straight outta hell

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What’s there to say about Saints Row IV that we don’t already know? The game has been out since 2013! Well, on the Xbox 360 at least. And now it’s coming to the Xbox One in the form of the Re-Elected Edition – Which is to be like a GOTY kinda thing that will include all the DLC previously released on the 360, as well as the upcoming standalone title, Gat Out of Hell.

I could ramble on about what to expect from Gat Out of hell, but the guys from Deep Silver and Volition do such a great job of it in the launch trailer for both games [below]. So, I’m going to let them do it!

Expect to see Gat out of Hell, and the Re-Elected Edition of Saints Row IV to be launching on the 23 January.

Get some Gat with this Armchairmageddon trailer

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Some say Gat out of Hell will be the best game in January.
Some say the Armchairmageddon is the only way to drive.

Well the man who would know takes the chair for a pleasant drive through rush hour London – come January its virtual counterpart won’t be as ‘pleasant’ for the inhabitants of New Hades, with two mini-guns protruding from the chair’s arms, you’d think that onlookers wouldn’t just stop and stare!

Saints Row IV Sells 1 Million Units In First Week

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Already hailed as a critical success, Deep Silver & Volition’s Saints Row IV has had a breakthrough commercial achievement as more than one million units sold through in its first week of retail availability. In the first days of availability, the PC version of Saints Row IV  more than tripled its first week’s sale numbers over the prior release from THQ, Saints Row: The Third.

Saints Row IV is also leading the charts in almost all major European countries in the first week of its sale. The game has already garnered the top spot in the UK, Germany and Benelux (on all platforms).

Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of parent company Koch Media said: “We are incredibly happy of the reception for Saints Row IV as a critical and now a commercial success, the development team at Volition is second-to-none as a driving creative force in the entertainment industry and we are very proud to have them as part of the Deep Silver family.”

Menno van der Bil, International Commercial Director, Deep Silver respoonded: “A global commercial success such as this within the first week since launch of Saints Row IV proves the strength of this brand. The over the top nature of Saints Row IV underlines the Deep Silver brand strategy perfectly and we are also ecstatic about the critical praise the game has received.”

Saints Row IV’s online community at SaintsRow.com saw its registrations increase by a million in the first week alone, amounting to more than 1.3 million user accounts for the game in total, with custom content flooding in at 806,908 pieces of brand new user-generated content since the release of both the wildly popular character customization app Inauguration Station andSaints Row IV itself.

Saints Row 4 DLC – Enter the Dominatrix Due Around September?

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Saints Row 4′s San Diego Comic-Con panel revealed the first DLC details for Volition and Deep Silvers upcoming game. A previous DLC expansion pack that was originally planned for Saints Row 3 titled “Enter the Dominatrix” will now be released up to 45 days from the date of the Saints Row 4 launch at retail this August.

Volition studio head Steve Jaros confirmed that the new DLC will take the focus of a mockumentary starring the games cast. It will feature behind-the-scenes footage from the characters as they discuss why the expansion concept was cut from Saints Row 3 and merged into the world of Saints Row 4.

It was explained that the reason for the change of plan around the DLC was that the concept of players fighting aliens in a virtual world was expanded for Saints Row 4 and therefor the DLC fits in the latest game due to hit retail from August 20th in North America, and August 23rd across Europe.

Via PC Gamer

Saints Row IV Commander in Chief Edition Announced

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Deep Silver who had acquired the Saints Row IP from THQ announces today an awesome Commander in Chief Edition for their upcoming instalment to the series Saints Row IV. It will be available as a Pre-order and as a First Edition in Europe.

The free world are under attack from an alien invasion in the ‘land of the free’, and it’s up to you and your gang to save the world, Saints-style. To help you combat the alien terrorists you will encounter, the Commander in Chief Edition comes fully loaded with a Screaming Eagle that fires rockets out of its talons and can invoke the “Sonic Scream” attack, leaving your enemies dazed, confused and likely scarred for life. Additionally, if you’re going to save the world you should look good while doing it, which is why the Commander in Chief gives you a limited edition American iconic ‘Uncle Sam’ uniform decked out in the American flag colours, red, white and blue! And since you need the best fighting tools available [read: most ridiculously overpowered weapons ever conceived], Volition and Deep Silver are giving you a stimulus package, “’Merica Gun”, full of incredibly astonishing fire-power: mini-guns, flame-throwers, machine guns and rocket launchers are yours for the taking.

The Commander in Chief Edition will be available in addition to the standard version and the Collector’s Edition. Pre-order now to secure the version that suits your presidential leanings best.

Developed by Volition, Saints Row IV will launch on current generation consoles and PC on August 20, 2013, in North America and August 23, 2013, in the rest of the world.

Brand New Saints Row Trailer – Meet the President

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Today – Deep Silver and Volition has released a simultaneously awesome & terrifying new trailer showcasing all-new in-game footage for their upcoming title, Saints Row IV. As the President of the United States of ‘Merica, you are a presidential ass-kicker delivering justice Saints-style to the invading alien empire, the Zin. Your out of this world powers are second-to-none, as is your ability to deliver a perfect nut-shot. BOOM.

Developed by Volition, Saints Row IV will launch on current-gen consoles and PC on August 20, 2013, in North America and August 23, 2013, in the rest of the world.

Check out the all-new trailer below: