Saint’s Row IV Trailers Are Generally A Good Thing

By John Walker on June 6th, 2013 at 3:00 pm.

Continuing the legacy of all trailers being called stupid things, here’s Saint’s Row IV’s E3 trailer. E3 is next week. The trailer, meanwhile, is absolutely brills.

I can add nothing, really:

It’s out 23rd August, so there’s a while to wait for these trailers to get even bigger and stupider. I’ve a feeling they will. My only wonder is how they go bigger for SR5.

The game stupidly does not yet have a website. Koch haven’t even updated their corporate drearfest of a site to acknowledge their THQ purchases. This is the best there is.

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  1. WoundedBum says:

    Looks like it could be fun. I liked 3, but didn’t enjoy how much of it was made up of sidemissions from SR2, which I think was probably a bit better, and had some decent story bits.

    This looks like a nice summer action/silly game though.

    • BTAxis says:

      SR3 was SR2 redux. It had less things to do, less variety and generally wasn’t as much fun. SR4 on the other hand looks like it actually brings some new stuff to the table, which has me thinking it might be worth getting.

      • MarcP says:

        I don’t know why do you hate fun so much, but if SR4 is enjoyable for the both of us, can’t complain about that.

        • BTAxis says:

          I won’t claim SR3 isn’t fun, but it did feel like a repetition of the previous game with nothing to really distinguish itself.

          • Danda says:

            Do you really feel SR3 was the same game as SR2? Well, for starters, SR3 was playable for PC.

          • BTAxis says:

            So is SR2, though admittedly you do have to dink around with a program that throttles its speed. In terms of engine code there have definitely been some improvements since then.

          • LionsPhil says:

            I think it’s not so much just “engine tuning” as “SR2 on PC was fobbed off to some outsourced lot, rather than Volition themselves doing it as for SR3″. Seems to be no indication that’ll happen again, so we should be good.

          • KDR_11k says:

            I got SR2 to run well, admittedly with a rig built years after SR2 was released.

      • Jupiah says:

        While I agree that SR3 had a lot less content and variety than SR2, I have to disagree that it was less fun. The gameplay in Saints Row 3 is far more polished, and the combat, especially unarmed combat, is much better designed. SR3 is simply more fun to play in my opinion.

        Heck if all they do with SR4 is reuse the game engine from SR3 and add back in all the content from SR2 that was cut I’d be happy with that.

    • mouton says:

      In my opinion, Saints Row 3 had the best story in I have encountered in a sandbox. It consciously aimed for dumb crazy outrageous fun and did it well.

      Which is not really a contest, seeing as sandboxes tend to have atrocious storylines.

      • JarinArenos says:

        Did you play Saints Row 2?

        • mouton says:

          Nope, as getting it to run on PC was way waaay too much bullshit back when I wanted to play it. But it wouldn’t surprise me if it was very good as well.

  2. gwathdring says:

    Please tell me I can still talk like a zombie.

  3. aliksy says:

    I had a surprising amount of fun in SR3 in co-op. I’d never played any of the games before, so I might pick up SR4 eventually.

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    RedViv says:

    Keith David
    as
    Keith David

    I am very okay with this.

    • BreadBitten says:

      Not surprising since Keith David HAS been playing as himself in every one of his videogame roles…oh wait, I think I just got where they’re going with that.

    • ZyloMarkIII says:

      Maybe they’ll get Morgan Freeman to play as Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones to play as James Earl Jones next. Alas, if only Tony Jay was still around…

  5. Teovald says:

    The precedent trailers did not look really interesting, but this, this looks like just the right amount of silliness.

    Also, looks like Shaundi is in. For once I hope for a retcon, SR3 ending choice did not make a lot of sense.

    • Viroso says:

      You’re telling me you were not a hero?! She was holding out till the end of the night you know.

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        Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

        I don’t know how any human could not choose the option be a hero as that song plays.

        Shaundi, baby, imma comin’.

        Pimp style.

        • LionsPhil says:

          Quite. To choose any other option was a simple act of barbarism—against music.

        • mouton says:

          I had to check both options – I mean, in the other one you fight a huge flying aircraft carrier.

          • JarinArenos says:

            Seriously, how could they lock off the biggest setpiece of the game into the ending that nobody was going to take as a first choice?

          • mouton says:

            Well, it wasn’t that bad. Everyone could easily check it out and it provides some meaningful choice! Be nice vs blow up cool things ;)

      • Milky1985 says:

        Maybe he wasn’t strong, fast or fresh from the fight

        • unimural says:

          Perhaps he wasn’t sure nor larger than life and it wasn’t soon enough.

      • Teovald says:

        I tried both endings but that was my first choice :-) .
        The consequences of this choice is what bothered me :
        Saving your friends -> you become a buffoon again.
        Pursuing pointless revenge against someone you have already crushed -> you are a badass true gangsta.

        It was a bit unsatisfying, but now that I think about it it fits as a good start for this matrix fantasy. I am probably overthinking the nonsense of SR3 ^^

        edit : just realized thanks to the other comments that you were referring to the music of that mission. You, sir, are a scholar and a gentleman

      • rokku says:

        I do have a friend who just HATED Shaundi and was not averse to her dying. But after he went to the rescue and found out Burt Reynolds was there to be rescued too, he knew he had made the right choice.

        You really can’t call yourself a man if you let Burt Reynolds die.

  6. Soldancer says:

    I’ve not been interested in the series before now. This looks just ridiculous and insanely fun. Every new bit of trailer and info gets me more and more excited. Yay!

    Also: Benjamin “Motherfucking” King – priceless!

    • KDR_11k says:

      I most remember King for the final mission of the Vice Kings campaign in the first game, where you drive his car, abduct his girlfriend’s hairdresser, torture him and then get to the building. All that without wrecking that one car. SR1 didn’t have checkpoints.

  7. colw00t says:

    I still fall on the “SR2″ side of the SR2 vs SR3 civil war. This still looks really fun. If they add more character customization options, I could be swayed.

    • mouton says:

      Well, we did evolve to make quick choices and decisions of what is best, as we had little time to ruminate and try everything when we were fighting sabre-tooth tigers and stuff. Thankfully, in this time and age, we can like multiple things at once.

      • The Random One says:

        Oh, don’t get me wrong. I like them both. I just like SR2… more.

  8. Alexander says:

    Show the masses the new Wolfenstein trailer, it really is something.

    EDIT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlvfqfGTar4

    • Kollega says:

      Oh mein Gott. That… was definitely something. I’m not sure if i should laugh, facepalm, or shiver very, very slightly. Probably all three.

      Also, time travel pretty much confirmed.

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      FriendlyFire says:

      I like the worldbuilding they’re doing, but the gameplay shots looked a bit… meh. Granted, they were just flashes, but the game felt dated when it’s not even out yet.

    • Gnoupi says:

      No, I’m quite sure we can live without seeing that. Especially today.

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      Gap Gen says:

      I’m impressed they managed to beat the US to the bomb after they drove all the scientists capable of making one to the US. Still, live and learn, eh.

  9. jonahcutter says:

    A game with Keith David as himself as the Vice-President.

    sigh…

    Is this what love feels like?

  10. staberas says:

    Is it my idea or the aliens have a posh British accent?

  11. Drayk says:

    I haven’t played any of the St Row game before but this trailer is hilarious… maybe I should start with St row 3.

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      cairbre says:

      I had a lot of fun with it so I would say give it a go or buy it on sale

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      darkChozo says:

      Good timing – it’s free this weekend on Steam.

  12. Leb says:

    will the bazongas still be overly jiggily?

    I’m surprised that the Saints Row series has never got mention in the campaign for women’s representation in gaming on RPS

    I suppose its ok because men are equally naked and chiselled?

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      Okami says:

      I think one of the reasons SR 3 got away with the whole jiggly bouncy breast thing is that almost every aspect of it’s world and story was so over the top and offensive, that it was kinda hard to take offense at any single aspect of it, if you know what I mean. It also helped that the game never ever took itself seriously.

      • iniudan says:

        Also have to count that boob size meter also have an equivalent on male character with crotch size.

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          darkChozo says:

          Really, SR is about as all-inclusive as you can get. Sure, you can be a skimpily-dressed big-breasted ladyavatar if you’d like. You can also be an overweight blue-skinned transgender zombie with a horrifically deformed face. Everyone wins!

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            Vesuvius says:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egNGa41tRac

            Sums up the body image stuff in SR3

          • Jupiah says:

            Gotta agree with the other people that replied to this comment. SR3 gets away with ridiculously sexualized female characters because it also included ridiculously sexualized male characters. I mean in one mission you have to rescue a man trapped in a BDSM club, when you find him he is literally wearing a leather gimp suit with a ball-gag in his mouth and a horse tail dildo shoved up his bum. And the only non-protagonist character who ever actually appears naked in the game is the 7 foot tall superhuman muscle man Oleg. Saints Row is all about equal opportunity objectification.

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      Simplisto says:

      I reckon the matter was addressed well enough in the RPS review:

      ‘So that brings me to that guilt I feel. It’s nothing to do with the violence, the sweariness, the generally amoral attitude (or maybe it is). It’s the representation of women throughout. Which is confusing. Because, okay, I’m playing as a girl. And that’s not just a box I ticked at the start. It means that my on-screen character is clearly female, but more-so, is treated by the world as female … mostly the dialogue is written and recorded to recognise your sex. There are damn few games that can claim that. Then it’s packed with strong female characters. And girly ones. And dorky ones. And not all of them have their boobs flapping around. Women are as much a part of the gang as men, and play no secondary roles.’

      ‘And, well, then there are the rest of the women in the game. Who invariably are wearing bras, and probably lap dancing or prostituting themselves. You rescue “hos” from shipping containers, in which they huddle uselessly, chirping rubbish about how terrified they are. Characters refer to women as “bitches” throughout. It’s gross. And I think you could get some distance justifying it as parody, or perhaps arguing that it genuinely does seem to be the most affectionate use of “bitches” I’ve ever heard. But, well, it’s still pretty foul, isn’t it? So why does this not dampen my enthusiasm for such a tremendously fun game?

      I have no idea, quite honestly … the reality is, Saints Row: The Third is a world in which that shit happens, and it’s honest about that. And there’s something about that honesty of yuckiness that, well, I don’t know. I just don’t know. Maybe it is that general amorality after all. Hell, the game doesn’t care about anything else – why should it with this?’

      [http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/11/14/saints-row-the-third-review/]

      • minic78 says:

        Nice to see that even people who tend to be sensitive/conscious/criticizing of the stereotypical sexuality (among other things) common in works of fiction can realize that quite often, some things don’t take themselves seriously. Why should you?

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          Simplisto says:

          That’s not really the point that was being made, and you’re perhaps displaying a very common misconception towards feminism. Most young feminists are sex-positive (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_positive), and don’t really have a problem with such explicit displays of sex and the human body. What matters to feminists is that human sexuality is not misrepresented and that stereotypes are not used to create an artificial gender divide and belittle those on either side (which very much includes the belittling of men).

          There are stereotypical ‘whores’ in SR3, but the depiction of both men and women in the game is equally varied (there are hoes, gimps, gangsters and politicians on all sides). That’s not to say that showing women in this light isn’t a problem – extra sensitivity has to be shown towards the sex which has been discriminated against and enslaved over the centuries – but it’s by no means a ‘deal breaker’. Feminism simply demands that due consideration be given towards the feelings and welfare of others, especially when producing a piece of gender-specific imagery.

      • Leb says:

        ah… rescuing hoes from ship containers… good times!

        Now, while I agree with comments that SR3 is so ridiculous… is Dead Rising any different?

        I mean, I’ve never played DR… but surely a game about a resort island turning zombie infested can’t be that serious?

        If SR4 was to have a pre-order bonus that included a fleshlight and jiggly bossomed toy doll no one would say anything.

        It’s like that guy everyone knew in highschool/college who could be totally absurd around women (to the point of sexual harassment) but women would enjoy it because he was super attractive and funny and it was “his norm.” Saints Row is that guy.

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          darkChozo says:

          First off, you’re thinking of Dead Island. Second, without bringing anything else into the picture, the idea that SR3 and DI are anywhere near each other in tone is silly; DI is very much a “serious” game in the style of a B horror movie, in the sense that it takes itself seriously even if many people can’t, while SR3 takes delight in making fun of anything and everything at every step. And that’s speaking as someone who enjoyed both games.

          Dead Rising is actually a fairly silly game, for what it’s worth. A bloody torso of any description would be, well, a tad out of place as an accompaniment to it, though.

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          Simplisto says:

          ‘If SR4 was to have a pre-order bonus that included a fleshlight and jiggly bossomed toy doll no one would say anything.’

          Incorrect. For one thing, if not offensive, such a pre-order bonus would be of little use any fans who don’t own a penis to put in it. It also doesn’t seem like you really understand just why the severed torso was received with such disgust.

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          phuzz says:

          There’s a good chance that a pre-order bonus for SR4 could be a 3 foot long dildo, modelled after one of the weapons.
          I have no idea where that stands in a debate on sexism in games. Probably in the corner.

        • The Random One says:

          My guiltiest pleasure about it is when you’re rescuing the hos from the containers… from the other gang… so you can send them to YOUR pimp… and one of the lines they might say when you open the container is something along the lines of “Thank you for rescuing us, kind stranger!” It’s so funny, but it’s so evil.

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      FriendlyFire says:

      I think this trailer had much more obvious male nakedness than female nakedness :P

      That’s the Saints Row way, honestly: make everything way over the border of ridiculousness.

    • Danorz says:

      choke on your fedora and fuck off back to r/mensrights cheers

    • Nick says:

      You’re fucking deluded mate.

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      Gap Gen says:

      Having just killed a guy, raped his wife and killed all his children, I totally agree with this statement. Get off the plantation and rape some women, guys.

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      Durkonkell says:

      What… the fuck did I just read there? Are you a human being who actually exists?

      Bloody hell.

    • Korbie says:

      I’ve never understood how some people, such as yourself, can be so fucking stupid yet capable of operating a keyboard.

      In all likelihood though, you’re probably just a troll.

    • Danorz says:

      however you feel you need to justify being a dickhead to yourself, you still are one though. go jump headfirst down the stairs at your earliest convenience

    • The Random One says:

      I’m glad that I have a natural, healthy preference for women with short hair and tiny breasts, so everytime one of this dickwads opens the sewage port they call a mouth I know deep down that they’re even more wrong that they look.

    • Geen says:

      After reading your comment, I can only offer you one piece of advice: Find a brick, and throw it straight up. Above your head.

    • Grargh says:

      A little too obvious, jimmies not even moderately rustled. Still, 4/10 for the quantity and severity of reactions you pulled.

  13. Noviere says:

    I love the addition of super powers. Throwing cars with my mind will never get old :D

  14. Milky1985 says:

    Probably the most nudity in any trailer for a long time, I would vote for a man willing to take to the fight to enemy in his birthday suit.

    Although considering you never know the guys name I wonder what they put on the voting slips?

    • BreadBitten says:

      I think the universe is trying to tell me something here with this trailer; every one of my dreams, where I had the ability of flight, I was stark naked and sported the widest of grins on my face as I soared through the blue yonder.

      • Drakedude says:

        Good to see a hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy reader :). If not, i am certain you’ll enjoy the increasingly inaccurate trilogy :D.

    • BTAxis says:

      It’s actually more like the suggestion of nudity, since the character models in games typically don’t actually have genitals. They’d be a waste of triangles since they’re never shown anyway.

  15. ChromeBallz says:

    I’m one of those people who heavily prefers SR2 over SR3, but this trailer… I don’t know. I laughed out loud a few times and maybe that’s a good sign.

    I’ll wait for reviews this time though instead of preordering it like i did with SR3 (which i’ve played through twice in 16 hours according to Steam… Way too short a game).

  16. povu says:

    I’m spotting some Mass Effect 2 ending/suicide mission references, nice. :)

  17. Stevostin says:

    I am going to play this.

  18. Liudeius says:

    That actually looks pretty funny/interesting.
    Two problems:
    1) Shaundi is alive. They chose the evil ending of SR3 as canon (yes, I refer to that as the evil ending). Not Gat, Shaundi, the characterless slut (at least in SR3, she’s a druggie in SR2).
    2) It’s still primarily in Steelport, meaning we’ve played through all the map, I’m still doubting anything outside the plot will be new enough to not just feel like SR3 DLC.

    • Bing says:

      They could change the map a bit. Aliens destroyed buildings and build a few new maybe?

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      FriendlyFire says:

      They’ve managed to justify resurrecting Gat in one of the DLC, and you’re now the president of the US stuck in virtual reality. I think we can all agree that they might’ve taken either ending and justified the character’s appearance anyway.

      Likewise, it may be Steelport initially, but alien occupation combined with VR means it can change at any point for no reason at all. I’m fairly sure I’ve seen alien buildings in place of previous ones in one of the trailers.

    • tobecooper says:

      I think Shaundi’s dead. She’s just going to show up as a figment of virtual imagination, and it seems her evil clone will beat you up for leaving her to die.

    • Fanbuoy says:

      Yeah, they totally destroyed Shaundi in SR3. However, they seem to have both versions in this game. You don’t hear real Shaundi talk enough to determine whether it’s Eliza Dushku, but that would be totally awesome and quite fine by me.

  19. Bing says:

    Just please make it possible to be more than 2 people in multiplayer!

    • CMaster says:

      I want to be ALL THE PEOPLE.

    • LionsPhil says:

      At least synchronise the voice quips and car radios. Little missed-opportunity illusion-shattering oversights in SR3; shame they never patched it if time was tight before release, because I can’t imagine the complexity or bandwidth cost of that would be in any way significant compared to the rest.

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    MeatMan says:

    I watched the trailer 3 times in a row, and now I can’t stop smiling. :)

    • lokimotive says:

      I think my favorite joke is: “That’s not a plan, it’s a goal!”

  21. LionsPhil says:

    Snag your pre-order bonus now!

    Sigh.

    But otherwise: woo!

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    Riaktion says:

    Is it just me that’s curious to what makes this trailer the Uk version? I didn’t see bowler hats, cups of tea or cricket ONCE

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    cairbre says:

    I’m tempted

  24. The Random One says:

    I wasn’t gonna get this at full price, because I got SR3 at full price and it wasn’t THAT good, but this will probably be Blood Dragon cheap so my steely resolving is weakening.

    EDIT: Just checked the Steam page and it is, in fact, SR3 priced, which has done some great things for my resolve.