Agents Of Mayhem’s Gat Trailer Channels Flash Gordon; Still Seems Lackluster
Agents of Mayhem
(Last Updated On: June 9, 2017)

They’re trying really hard to portray Agents of Mayhem as some sort of throwback to the old 1980’s with a lot of themes, edits and leitmotifs from the classic films of old. In this particular case the new trailer for Johnny Gat from Saints Row becoming a playable character in Agents of Mayhem is based on the old Flash Gordon movie from 1980 starring Sam J. Jones and Max Von Sydow.

The thing is, the trailer is cut together great but the gameplay still looks extremely lackluster. We get a few snippets of different skills Gat can utilize, as well as a look at his specialized Seoul squad car. You can check out the trailer below.

While the trailer is well put together, you just can’t sell a game on nostalgia and decent trailers. So far the gameplay that they’ve had on display looks like a less enthused version of Saints Row and Crackdown. In fact, a large part of the appeal of Agents of Mayhem is that the trailers make it look like a new version of Crackdown, but then when you actually see the gameplay in action you find that out that it’s like a very generic version of Saints Row 4.

The biggest issue is that the open-world of Seoul feels extremely soulless. NPCs hardly occupy the streets; the environments seem very barren; there’s almost a lifelessness to the overall design, and nothing comes across as if it’s this bustling place worth exploring.

Now there’s still an opportunity for them to showcase some elements of the game that erase the impressions some of us more cynical critics have taken up with the game, but August 15th is fast approaching and they’re really going to need to start showing something worthwhile if they want to convince people that Agents of Mayhem is more than just a re-skinned cash-in clone.

Gat is available as a pre-order bonus, containing additional skins, guns and vehicles for those who commit to an early purchase of Agents of Mayhem.


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  • Phasmatis75

    I’ve said this elsewhere but this is just pure desperation to get the Saints Row community back. Problem they don’t understand is we loved Gat and then hated what they did to him in 4 and Out of Hell. We loved him because he was our psychotic bro, he had our back and we were there for him. He complemented the insane and dark world Saints Row used to be.

    Now he’s a gimmick and they don’t seem to grasp how annoying it is for Gat fans to watch him paraded around like this.

    • Problem they don’t understand is we loved Gat and then hated what they did to him in 4 and Out of Hell. We loved him because he was our psychotic bro, he had our back and we were there for him. He complemented the insane and dark world Saints Row used to be.

      Exactly this.

      It reminds me of what Dave Meltzer mentioned about Shinsuke Nakamura joining WWE: Nakamura is a charismatic, hard-hitting wrestler with an extremely stiff style that helped get him over in Japan. WWE is trying to take that and turn it into a corporate brand.

      Gat is suffering the exact same problem, and everything that made him great in the first two games is being upended by corporate branding and a gimmicky marketing approach that essentially says “Hey you guys liked this right? Here’s more of it as a DLC bonus with all the great overdone catch phrases and corporate branding you love”

      It feels like a bad case of pandering.

  • tajlund

    Still doesn’t feel Saint’s Row at all to me. There’s just no sense of fun. I’m not getting the feel of a large open world, not getting a feel of any character personality, there’s just nothing there. So apparently the canon ending of Saint’s Row was the Police Ending and somehow it wound up the most boring timeline. (Since Gat is only a preorder bonus, they probably aren’t even going to follow up with Gat, Matt, and Kinzie questioning Brimstone on the whereabouts of their friends.) Still a hard pass for me.

    • tajlund

      Okay I think I have a plan. I’ve bought Vice City finally. I installed a bunch of mods to improve appearance and gameplay. Now I just need a Johnny Gat skin. The bright neon colors and the Gat skin, I’ll feel like I’m playing a SR game. At least more than the AOM game.

      • LOL. Not a bad idea, mate.

        Have you hit up GTA Inside yet?

        • tajlund

          Not yet. Hopefully I have luck there. So far I’ve only found Gat skins for SA.

          • GTA IV and GTA SA had the best modding communities because of how open and diverse they were (and not SJW diverse, heh).

            Vice City was kind of janky and shoddily made due to the mechanics and the engine simulation time being attached to the frame-rate, which made the game unplayable when the FPS limiter was turned off.

            If you have a PC that can handle it, GTA IV is definitely the better option. But if you have GTA SA then you’ll probably do better getting the GTA: SA Vice City total conversion and then using the Gat skin in that.

          • tajlund

            I’ve got 3, vc, sa, iv. So far iv is boring the hell out of me. The story is just dragging and uninteresting. Haven’t tried SA, but it once again seems to take itself way to seriously. V had the right balance of fun and drama to me.

          • tajlund

            Did not notice the last part. I’m going to try the conversion. Thanks.

  • Feli Aslan

    All I want for life is finally a Sequel to Saints Row 2, when the series was at its best.

    • tajlund

      Hard pass for me. Cannot get into that game to save my life. Just takes itself far too seriously, if I want that crap I can play GTA.

      • Feli Aslan

        I kinda liked it, it had some cool characters and the Boss was always great, especially since they were customisable. Always loved playing the female Boss. Saints Row 3 wasn’t that bad, but in my oppinion not as good as Saints Row 2, especially Fun Shaundi was the best Shaundi.

        • Fun Shaundi was the best Shaundi. Elisha Dushku also made the character very likable.

          • Feli Aslan

            Since Saints Row 2 I always played the Boss as Female and I also think that female Boss is kinda one of the best female Protagonists in gaming. Like, she is one of the only “strong female Characters” who is allowed to be an asshole and a total sociopath with an abigious sexuality, something I always miss when people come with their “strong female protagonis”. And Fun Shaundi is Waifu.

          • who is allowed to be an asshole and a total sociopath with an abigious sexuality,

            Ambiguity has been thrown so far out the window these days. We have these annoying Mary Sue lesbians running around and I’m trying to figure who out there is craving for these kind of characters other than the tumblrites?

            It’s now surprising if there’s a “strong, independent” female character who isn’t a Mary Sue lesbian.

          • Feli Aslan

            There are people who are lesbians or simply are interested in lesbian characters, not necessarily because girl on girl is hot, but simply because they are interested in stuff like that. But then again, homosexuality in western media is dead, lesbian characters in western media tend to be boring as fuck. The japanese do all this stuff better, look at Yuri and when they do stuff that is kinda SJW, they do it good. Like, when the westeners do Characters without a gender, its always some non-binary SJW Slut. If the japanese do it, they give us characters like Neferpitou or Crona.

            I get a little bit offtopic, yeah but I think another problem is, when the west does it, it ends up bad for most of the time because its pure virtue signaling, when makes gay characters or something like this it’s only to celebrate themselves on how progressive they are. When the japanese write stuff like that, it feels more sincere, more like the creators themselves want to explore something they don’t know or never experienced. And not only this, with all this progressive stuff, when the west does something likes this it always feels like pushing an agenda, with the japanese it it is more about letting people sympathize with stuff like this and telling generally a good story.

            And yeah, ambiguity in every direction is thrown out of the windows with the modern tumberlites. This is why I don’t care for lesbian characters in western media anymore, they are always boring and their romances are always boring, with Marvel being the lamest of the lame when it comes to gay characters. Fuck, if they want to be progressive I’m in it, but can’t they do at least characters like Neferpitou or Grell Sutcliff while doing this? I don’t think anyone would mind having a over the top psychotic queer with a chainsaw instead of a lesbian mary sue.

          • Feli Aslan

            There are people who are lesbians or simply are interested in lesbian characters, not necessarily because girl on girl is hot, but simply because they are interested in stuff like that. But then again, homosexuality in western media is dead, lesbian characters in western media tend to be boring as fuck. The japanese do all this stuff better, look at Yuri and when they do stuff that is kinda SJW, they do it good. Like, when the westeners do Characters without a gender, its always some non-binary SJW Slut. If the japanese do it, they give us characters like Neferpitou or Crona.

            I get a little bit offtopic, yeah but I think another problem is, when the west does it, it ends up bad for most of the time because its pure virtue signaling, when makes gay characters or something like this it’s only to celebrate themselves on how progressive they are. When the japanese write stuff like that, it feels more sincere, more like the creators themselves want to explore something they don’t know or never experienced. And not only this, with all this progressive stuff, when the west does something likes this it always feels like pushing an agenda, with the japanese it it is more about letting people sympathize with stuff like this and telling generally a good story.

            And yeah, ambiguity in every direction is thrown out of the windows with the modern tumberlites. This is why I don’t care for lesbian characters in western media anymore, they are always boring and their romances are always boring, with Marvel being the lamest of the lame when it comes to gay characters. Fuck, if they want to be progressive I’m in it, but can’t they do at least characters like Neferpitou or Grell Sutcliff while doing this? I don’t think anyone would mind having a over the top psychotic queer with a chainsaw instead of a lesbian mary sue.

  • LurkerJK

    when you actually see the gameplay in action you find that out that it’s like a very generic version of Saints Row 4.

    That’s pretty much it, and sr4 was pretty generic itself outside of the story missions

    This looks like “the worst from previous saints rows: the videogame”

    And to be honest, the more characters they reveal, the lower expectations I have that they are going to flesh out any of them, specially after overwatch’s story blue balling

    • Phasmatis75

      Overwatch screwed themselves by catering to SJWs. Now both sides hate them whenever they release anything new.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I think they should have done a new Saints Row off one of the branching timelines of Gat Out of Hell.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I think they should have done a new Saints Row off one of the branching timelines of Gat Out of Hell.

    • tajlund

      Unfortunately this is. It’s the police timeline. Apparently that’s been confirmed. Gat is a police Lieutenant and Brimstone from the Gat out of Hell ending is the leader of the Agents.

      • Fear Me I Am Free

        Orly? Wow.

        • tajlund

          Yeah, that was pretty much my reaction.

          • Phasmatis75

            After this goes down like Battleborn, watch them declare this not canon or quietly ignore Gat out of Hell and this game.