Agents of Mayhem Articles RSS Feed | Agents of Mayhem RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Layoffs Affect Saints Row Developer Volition Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:12:28 -0400 Luke Luby

Volition, the developers behind the Saints Row and Red Faction series, have reportedly laid off about 30 members of the studio over the past week. Although the company recently released Agents of Mayhem, a spinoff of the Saints Row franchise, neither of their main franchises have released a proper full-length game in several years, with no known releases in either currently set.

Despite the recent release of the game, Agents Of Mayhem, has not been performing well since release. The game was the first major title released by the developer since Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell

As of this writing, neither Volition nor Koch Media has released a statement in regards to the reported layoffs.

Around the same time that Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell was released in 2015, publisher THQ - which owned Volition at the time - went into bankruptcy, with Volition and all of the developer's IPs being sold off to Koch Media/DeepSilver.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news about Volition, Deep Silver, and Agents of Mayhem as it develops. 


The 7 Best Easter Eggs in Agents of Mayhem Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:38:42 -0400 Sergey_3847


Saints Row


Unsurprisingly, there are many hints to the original Saints Row series in Agents of Mayhem. The most remarkable one is the "Saint of all Saints" statue that can be found in the back of the requisitions room.


This statue first appeared in Saints Row 2, and was later seen in Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV. The statue is wielding two VICE 9 pistols that were also available as real weapons in the game.




What other cool easter eggs in Agents of Mayhem do you know of? Share them with the rest of us in the comments below!


Steamboat Willie


Now, here's a weird little reference to an old Walt Disney cartoon from the early 1920s -- Steamboat Willie. Your character needs to turn one of the valves in the R&D lab. But suddenly the entire screen will turn black and white, and all NPCs will start dancing in a funny way, just like Mickey Mouse from the mentioned cartoon.


The background music also makes for a great effect, and will put a smile on your face even on a bad day.


Gat Out of Hell


If you played the stand-alone expansion of Saints Row IV, titled "Gat Out of Hell", then you will immediately recognize the main antagonist of the game -- the Lord Satan himself.


In Agents of Mayhem Johnny Gat's special quest, titled "Good Cop, Bot Cop," requires him to check the van parked in the restricted area, which carries the painting of Satan.


Isn't it a neat way for players to reintroduce Johnny to his old foe?


Street Fighter


In addition to the Red Dead easter egg, Braddock is also featured in a special quest called Operation: Street Fight. In this mission, Braddock must chase and take down a dangerous turncoat named Hauser. The cool thing is that the start of the mission is represented by an old-school versus screen in the style of the early Street Fighter games.


The quest itself is relatively straightforward, where you first need to take down hordes of Hauser's shocktroopers and bodyguards, and finally defeat the main villain.


Red Dead Redemption


Another cool easter egg is hidden in one of the character's menu screens. Check Braddock's passive gadgets, and you will see that one of them is called "Dead Med Redemption" -- which is a clever pun on the title of Rockstar Games' iconic Red Dead Redemption.


This is a very fitting title for an ability that gives you extra health drops from dead enemies, so kudos to Volition for that.


Gangnam Style


When wandering around the city of Seoul, you may notice random NPCs doing a little dance for your character. For those who aren’t familiar, this jig is a direct reference to the most popular YouTube video by Korean singer Psy -- Gangnam Style.


Currently, the video has nearly two billion views and features a performance of the so-called "The Horse Dance" (or simply Gangnam), which is carefully recreated in Agents of Mayhem.




As you walk up to the main desk at the R&D Lab, you will notice a stickied piece of paper on its front side. After a close inspection, you can read the message: “Gordon, please, return my crowbar!” The only famous character named Gordon, who also happens to have a crowbar, is Gordon Freeman from the Half-Life series of games.


The crowbar is actually the signature weapon of all Half-Life games, being the first melee weapon obtained in the original game and the only melee weapon in all of Half-Life 2.


Agents of Mayhem, a spin-off game of the Saints Row universe from Volition Studios, is packed with easter eggs and all sorts of puns. Its setting of Seoul, Korea -- the technological capital of Asia -- is a perfect location for all of this game's explosive action. And there's plenty of fun hiding places for its many easter eggs.


Here's the rundown on all the references this game makes -- including nods toward other video games, Saints Row, popular music videos, and even early 20th century cartoons (as weird as that may sound). 


So make yourself comfortable and enjoy the ride!

Agents Of Mayhem Complete Character Guide Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:55:36 -0400 Ty Arthur

Shifting away from the main Saints Row series, the re-imagined alternate universe in Agents Of Mayhem lets you unleash destruction with a whole new cast of characters (and one returning fan favorite).

As of launch, there are 14 possible characters to swap out in your squad, with two currently only available for those who pre-ordered. Below we cover each and every character, how they are unlocked, and what devastating upgrades you can use!

Just getting started with the game and need to know how to use the three base characters? Check out our Agents Of Mayhem starter guide instead.

Starting Agents Of Mayhem Characters


Squad: Franchise Force

How To Unlock: Automatically available 


  • B.A.M.F. (Faster Reload Speed)
  • Intimidator (Increased Melee Damage Defense)
  • Fast Healer (Increased Health from Pickups)
  • Prime Specimen (Increased Health Regen)

Core Upgrades:

  • Earthmover (Gain Fortify during Dash)
  • Megamine (Deploy mines more frequently while using Mayhem Ability) 
  • Rank-Cranker (Deal increased damage to Legion Commanders)



Squad: Franchise Force

To Unlock: Automatically available 


  • Action Hero (Increased Mayhem Ability Duration)
  • Coverboy (Increased Magazine Size)
  • New Age Guru (Increased Special Ability Refresh)
  • Team Player (Bonus Mayhem)

Core Upgrades:

  • Delayed Reaction (Dash drops a grenade)
  • Macaroni Western (Bonus critical damage when firing from the hip)
  • 'Merica (When using Mayhem Ability gain infinite ammo, faster fire rate, and additional explosions)



Squad: Franchise Force

To Unlock: Automatically available 


  • Boatswain (Increased Shield Reboot)
  • Master Gunner (Increased Overheat Recovery)
  • Scallywag (Increased Special Ability Refresh)
  • Treasure Hunter (Increased Bonus Cash Rewards)

Core Upgrades:

  • Fire At Will (Stuns targets more often during combat)
  • Full Sail (Weapons are Overcharged while using Mayhem Ability)
  • Grape Shot (50% chance to stun 3 enemies with each attack)

Pre-Order Agents Of Mayhem Characters


Squad: Police

To Unlock:  Play Operation Good Cop, Bot Cop after completing Operation Raging Arrow 


  • Shoot First (Bonus Reload Speed)
  • Death On Arrival (Bonus Crit Damage)
  • Fighting Mad (Bonus Health Threshold On Cheating Death Activation)
  • Countermeasures (Bonus Weapon Damage)

Core Upgrades

  • Above The Law (Melee kills grant Fortify)
  • Extreme Justice (Special Ability grants Empower)
  • Rapid Fire (Increased rate of fire while using Mayhem Ability) 


Squad: Unique character

To Unlock: Play Operation Lazarus after completing Operation Raging Arrow

Upgrades: Unknown... for now

Core Upgrades: Unknown... for now




Unlockable Agents Of Mayhem Characters 


Squad: Carnage a Trois

To Unlock: Play Operation Let's Go after you complete Operation Raging Arrow


  • Born To Kill (Increased Fine Aim Damage)
  • Bullet Sponge (Increased Max Health Regen)
  • Hellraiser (Increased Mayhem Ability Power)
  • Natural Leader (Earn Bonus Experience) 

Core Upgrades:

  • Apocalypse Now (Mayhem Ability calls down Mega Lasers)
  • Rough And Ready (Arriving Agent gets 1 stack  of Fortify and Empower for the next 7 seconds after swapping Braddock)
  • Strong Hearted (Gain Fortify if Braddock is within 10 meters of multiple enemies)

Squad: Carnage a Trois

To Unlock: After completing Operation Heavy Sent, play Operation The Morning After 


  • Derby Doll (Increased Mayhem Ability Duration)
  • Firebrand (Weapon Spin Up Reduction)
  • Lead Jammer (Increased Max Health)
  • Snowplow (Increased Special Ability Damage)

Core Upgrades:

  • Body Cleanse (Lose all debuffs when using Daisy's Special Ability)
  • Rough Rider (Gain Health for every enemy killed while using Mayhem Ability)
  • Standing Tall (Gain Fortify during Fine Aim)

Squad: Bombshells

To Unlock: Play Operation Technologia after you you kill the first Lieutenant

Upgrades: Unknown... for now!

Core Upgrades:

  • Megaturret (Mayhem Turret inflicts Vulnerable and Slow on enemies as well as dealing damage over time)
  • Proper Protection (Turrent gains a shield against damage)
  • Remote Deployment (Deploy the Turret at a greater range)

Squad: Firing Squad

To Unlock: Play Operation Royal Pain after you unlock Rama


  • Specializer (Increased Special Ability Power)
  • Opportunities (Increased Damage To Debuffed Enemies)
  • Bulletproof (Increased Shield Reboot)
  • Showboat (Increased Special Ability Refresh)

Core Upgrades

  • Pain Reflex (When his health drops below 75%, 50%, and 25%, Special Ability becomes available immediately)
  • Rough 'Em Up (When Kingpin gets a melee kill, he automatically gains the buff from his equipped Special Ability)
  • Banger (Mayhem Ability ends in an explosion that inflicts damage on all enemies that were already dancing)

Squad: Firing Squad

To Unlock: Play Operation Demon & Fox after you you kill the first Lieutenant

Upgrades: Unknown... for now!

Core Upgrades

  • Unstoppable Force (Intimidating Stare also grants Precision when slowing a target)
  • Smoke Screen (Dropping a Smoke Bomb automatically reloads Oni's current weapon) 
  • Fearmonger (When killing Panicked enemies while Mayhem Ability is active, both Panic and Mayhem durations are extended)

Squad: Bombshells

To Unlock: Play Operation Raging Arrow (Special Investigation Rama) after you visit the ARK for the first time


  • Biophysicist (Increased Damage Over Time Effects)
  • Neurologist (Reduced Trap Arming Time)
  • Noble Avatar (Increased Weak Point Damage)
  • True Refuge (Reduced Debuff Durations)

Core Upgrades

  • Slayer Of Ravana (Accelerate Special Ability cool down and gain bonus Special Ability damage)
  • Rishi's Blessing (Fire two bonus Plague Arrows when using Mayhem Ability)
  • Pavana's Whisper (Smoke Screen Ability also causes damage over time)
Red Card

Squad: Bombshells

To Unlock: Play Operation Big Game  after you you kill the first Lieutenant


  • Aggravating Assault (Increased Life Drain from Enemy Kills)
  • Inner Calm (Increased Special Ability Charge Speed)
  • Oversharer (Increased Melee Damage)
  • Protected From On High (Increased Shield Reboot)

Core Upgrades

  • Big Swing (Alternate melee attack with bigger damage radius)
  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Damage and Stagger enemies when using Dash)
  • The Best Defense (Mayhem Ability damage is doubled)

Squad: Firing Squad

To Unlock: Play main story mission Operation Dimensions of the Ninja

Upgrades: Unkown... for now!

Core Upgrades:

  • Optimal Focus (Bonus damage to enemies with full Health and Shields)
  • Killing Floor (Gain additional duration to Mayhem Ability with each kill)
  • Phase Armor (Gain Fortify for a moment after each teleport)

Squad: Carnage a Trois

To Unlock: Play Operation Caged Ice after you unlock Rama


  • Coldblooded (Increased Shield Regen from Frozen Melee)
  • Frozen Concentrate (Increased Mayhem Ability Duration)
  • Icebreaker (Increased Melee Damage Against Frozen Enemies)
  • United Cold Front (Increased Max Shields)

Core Upgrades:

  • Cold Snap (Weapon is always Frozen while using Mayhem Ability)
  • Power of the Yeti (Gains 3 stacks of Empower when reloading)
  • Osmotic Stress Ball (Deal 20% bonus damage on Stunned or Frozen targets)

Those are all the Agents Of Mayhem characters currently available! Which one is your favorite, and whats your preferred three agent lineup? Let us know down in the comments!

Agents of Mayhem: A Beginner's Guide for New Field Agents Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:42:19 -0400 Justin Michael

In Agents of Mayhem, you're going to find yourself in all kinds of interesting situations. I know you're ready to take the fight to the Legion cronies crawling all over the city, but try to holster that excitement for a moment. What if I told you that by taking a minute to read this veteran's guide for beginners, you could be even more of a badass on the battlefield?

That's right, In this following Agents of Mayhem beginner's guide, I'm going to share with you some of the tips and tricks I've learned over the last 20 hours of kickin' ass and chewin' bubble gum -- so let's get into it!

Squad Up

Your Agents may be tough, but they're not a one-(wo)man army -- which is why you work in groups of 3. Initially you're limited to your choices of squadmates, but as you progress and do the special solo missions you'll unlock a plethora of interesting characters with their own unique skills and weapons. Make sure you're paying attention to the people that you're putting on your squad.

Each agent has 2 areas of specialization from 6 different areas:

  • World Savior
  • Skinpiercer
  • Shieldbuster
  • Deadshot
  • Master Programmer
  • Giant Slayer

For example, agents like Hardtack, Red Card, and Braddock have the Skinpiercer specialization -- allowing them to do more damage to armored enemies. This makes them good at dealing with the tougher veteran troops you'll start encountering in the harder difficulty modes.

You want to make sure that you get a good mix of skills on your squad so that you can deal with whatever situation you might end up in. 

Choose Gadgets That Compliment Your Playstyle

As you complete missions and find loot chests, you'll unlock gadgets for your various agents. Gadgets break down into 3 categories -- Special, Weapon, and Passive.

Special gadgets can change your agent's special attack in a number of ways. It can make it deal more damage, add status effects, have a longer duration, etc.

Weapon gadgets affect the abilities of your primary weapon. From increasing your magazine size to giving you stat buffs or greater damage, weapon gadgets are the ones that end up getting used most often -- so when you get new ones, check them out.  

Passive gadgets are great because they boost your other skills. For example, Hollywood's Star Power Amplifier passive inflicts debuffs on enemies he dashes towards. Other characters like Hardtack, for example, have passive gadgets that give them health boosts which are great for making tanks tankier.

If You're Struggling, Turn the Difficulty Down

I know it might seem common sense, but there is no shame in dropping the difficulty a level or two if your team is wiping on missions. Really, the only thing that you're missing out on is increased XP and Cash rewards when you complete the mission. 

Make Sure to Clear Legion Side Missions From Time to Time

It can get pretty annoying trying to take down an objective while Legion drops in reinforcements or turns the citizens against you with their hate machines. Make sure to take the time to clear this little side missions so that they don't build up all over the map.

It's also good to note that from time to time, Legion will retake their outposts and Relic's trading posts -- which are the fastest way for you to earn money for upgrades. It's important to keep on top of that, or you might end up playing for 3 hours only to realize that you haven't been passively earning cash the whole time because Legion = dickbags.

Channel Your Inner Parkour Master

There is a lot of vertical real estate in Agents of Mayhem -- so explore it! Not only is it fun and challenging to scale some of these structures, but it's a great way to find loot chests and crystal fragments tucked away in hidden corners of the city. 

Crystal shards are an important item for your agents. You use them for core upgrades -- permanent upgrades that make them more of a force to be reckoned with. You'll earn cores from doing some missions but the fastest way of getting them is to collect crystal shards. 10 shards make 1 core, and there are 300 shards spread out across the map

Loot chests drop all kinds of goodies depending on their "rarity" level -- which follows the same white (common) and purple (super badass) color scheme used by every other game out there.

Chests have everything from character skins to Legion/Gremlin tech, so seek them out.

Making Use of Consumables

There are 2 types of tech. Legion tech includes agent-specific and attaches to the gadgets via the armory. Gremlin tech includes consumables that you can requisition Gremlin to make for you on the Ark. 

These Gremlin tech items can confer very powerful buffs and abilities to your agents in the thick of battle, and are especially useful on the higher difficulties. Don't be afraid to use these if you're in a tight spot. Items like Lightning Strike and Tag-tical Nuke have been the difference between a lost boss fight for me more than once. Plus, who doesn't love explosions?

  • Note: If you're running low on R&D materials, you should put Joule in your party and toss some points into her Scavenger upgrade, which earns you bonus materials.

Other Miscellaneous Tips

  • If your agent is about to die, swap them out. They'll regain health while out of the fight. This can be further sped up by buying the Ark upgrade from Relic once you meet the agency level requirement.

  • Listen to your agents. If you're facing enemies that a particular agent fares well against they'll suggest you tag them in.

  • Make use of your dash in combat. Moving quickly in the middle of a firefight makes dealing with mobs easier.

  • If you're taking too much heat look for Legion stations on the map to destroy. This effectively drops your "wanted level."

  • The Mayhem meter is character dependent. Try to get 1 or more of your agents charged up for easier boss fights.

  • Tag team. If your current squad keeps getting crushed consider swapping in a different agent.


Hopefully, these beginner tips help start you off on the right foot -- the foot you'll be kicking Legion ass with. Got any tips you'd like to share? We'd love to see them in the comments below. And stay tuned for more Agents of Mayhem guides!

Agents of Mayhem is an Enjoyable Open-World Shooter You Should be Playing Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:34:19 -0400 Justin Michael

I'm going to come clean from the start and say that I wasn't expecting much from Agents of Mayhem. I don't really get on the hype train for many AAA titles anymore after quite a number of letdowns, but I'm happy to say that this game has been quite an enjoyable experience and a pleasant surprise. 

For those not in the know, Agents of Mayhem is being made by the same studio that brought us all of the Saints Row games -- Deep Silver Volition. I was a fan of Saints Row II & III so that gave me a bit of hope for this being a good game. With that out of the way, and close to 12 hours logged, let me break down what's great and not-so-great about this action-packed adventure.

Welcome to Mayhem, Agent

In Agents of Mayhem you take control of a 3-man squad of super-powered, over-the-top, certified badasses who are trying to stop the nefarious forces of L.E.G.I.O.N. from causing destruction to the sprawling game space of a futuristic Seoul, South Korea. And when I say sprawling, I mean it.  

The game world is a decent size, but what some might say it lacks in landmass it makes up for in vertical exploration with its numerous parkour-like methods of exploring skyscrapers for loot chests and crystal shards -- an integral part of upgrading your various characters.

There are also a lot of agents to choose from -- 12 in total, plus the bonus character Gat from the Saints Row games if you pre-ordered Agents of Mayhem

Quite the Cast of Characters

You'll start the game out with 3 agents -- the self-absorbed movie star Hollywood, dual-wielding techie Fortune, and tough as nails Navy vet Hardtack. Each of them has their own quippy attitudes, hilarious dialogue, and interesting back stories that you can delve deeper into through special missions.

The additional characters are unlocked as you progress through the game and play their special solo missions -- unique missions that give you some of their backstory as well as act like a mini tutorial system for their unique weapons and abilities. 

One of the agents that I really enjoy playing as was Oni -- a former Yakuza hitman who makes use of a silenced pistol, fear debuffs, and critical damage attacks. There is something about his cold, calculating nature as he makes his way through a mob of enemies, scoring critical headshot after headshot with the survivors running in fear, that is just so satisfying. 

Sorry, that got a little dark. Suffice it to say there is an agent for everyone's playstyle, and plenty of options to mix and match to make the right 3-man squad for every situation. 

Get to the Chopper Ark!

When you're not rolling squad deep on some nametag-less Legion cronies you'll likely be doing upgrades to your crew on the Ark. The Ark is your mobile base of operations where all of your support staff are -- vehicle guy, weaponsmith grandpa, R&D girl, base upgrade man, and hipster VR challenge bro. 

For the majority of the big upgrades -- both functional and cosmetic -- you'll have to go to the Ark with all the loot scavenged from the generally one-sided murder of aforementioned cronies. There are certain upgrades, namely Legion schematics and Gremlin tech that comes from raiding the numerous legion outposts and finding loot chests that pop up at random all over the place. 

For simpler upgrades, like changing out character gadgets -- slight tweaks to their specific abilities -- you can do those pretty much anywhere, so no worries. 

The Technical Stuff

Now that I've finished gushing about some of the fun features of the game, let's talk about all technical stuff that gets you audio/visualphiles all riled up. Visually, the game is appealing. I'm running it on an EVGA GTX 1070 and the frames are crisp with that ever so slightly cel-shaded look going on. 

The audio for the game is also pretty on point, with the music fitting the theme and flow the majority of the time. Its voiceovers are also pretty well done, and the game goes with a very Saints Row style of humor which is almost a guaranteed good time. You can also tell that they take a few jabs at some pop-culture, but I'll let you find those gems for yourself.

Controls handle very well -- both keyboard & mouse as well as Xbox 360 controller. If I had a gripe it would be that some of the bindings on the keyboard are a bit wonky, but that's nothing that a rebind can't fix. 

There is also a fair bit of gameplay to be had. At the time of writing this, I have roughly 12 hours on the game and am around the 24% completion mark. There are a number of random event missions that happen -- like giant laser attacks, ambushes, Legion retaking their bases from you, and etc. Hell, even just running around the city climbing buildings in search of loot chests and crystal shards is fun.


Agents of Mayhem is an enjoyable, third-person, open-world shooting experience that doesn't take itself too seriously. The characters are fun and vibrant, combat is quick but has a layer of strategy, and the game world is enjoyable to explore. 

Agents of Mayhem will be released for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 as of August 15th, 2017 in the US and August 18th in Europe. 

[Note: A copy of this game was provided by the developer for the purposes of this review.]

First Three Agents of Mayhem Revealed in New Trailer Mon, 08 May 2017 12:53:26 -0400 asilris

Agents of Mayhem is a third-person action game set in the Saints Row universe, in which players can choose three out of the 12 total playable Agents, then swap them out mid-battle to change up their strategy or gameplay experience. But who can they choose? We got a sneak peek at the answer in the game's newest "Franchise Force" trailer, where we're introduced to the first three playable Agents -- Hollywood, Fortune, and Hardtack.

Hollywood is a flashy, self-absorbed former adult actor. He believes the agency should be marketed, and he is the "Face of MAYHEM". Fortune is a sky pirate who excels at stealth and takes on the thief role. She also commands drones which can assist in the action. Hardtack is high on defense and happy to mock his opponents in battle.

In Agents of Mayhem, the world has been taken over by LEGION -- or the League of Evil Gentleman Intent on Obliterating Nations. It consists of criminals and costumed villains who must be stopped. When taking a break from the action, players will have access to The Ark, the base of MAYHEM. The Ark can be upgraded and customized to make it feel like home. 

Agents of Mayhem is developed by Volition and will be published by Deep Silver. It's scheduled to be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on August 15, 2017.


Get Ready for the Chaos-Packed Gameplay Trailer in Agents of Mayhem Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:07:39 -0400 Nam T. Bui

Deep Silver has just released an all-new trailer of Agents of Mayhem -- an open-world third-person action game that succeeds the legacy of the Saints Row series.

The latest trailer showcased chaotic gameplay actions from multiple playable characters -- which marks the first appearance of new protagonists not originally in the first trailer -- such as Yeti and Scheherazade. It also features the vehicle gameplay and the antagonists from L.E.G.I.O.N., as well as announcing the release date of 18th August 2017.

Agents of Mayhem is considered to be the spiritual sequel of Saints Row series, while also in the same universe. Set after the events of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. Players will take control the agents of an organization called M.A.Y.H.E.M with the mission to save the world from threats of terrorist group L.E.G.I.O.N. In Agents of Mayhem, players can control a squad of 3 agents chosen from the roster of 12 different playable characters.

Each character possesses different weapons and skills which give them a unique playstyle. Since the game is set in the Saints Row universe, many symbols from the series are mentioned in the game: from the 3rd Street Saints' fleur-de-lis logo, to the iconic Ultor Corporation and the return of Persephone Brimstone (Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell).

Agents of Mayhem is set to have a release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.