Saints Row: The Third Footage, Lay-offs

Actual screenshot footage

While April 1st saw everyone oh-so hilariously lying about their products to create pointless confusion for gamers, it did also see a rather good sort-of-prank-but-actually-just-a-good-joke-even-if-it-weren’t-International-Lying-Day-and-isn’t-a-lie-either from Volition for Saints Row: The Third. Advertised as the first in-game footage, it’s – well, it’s exactly that. It’s below. There’s also some sadder news.

Actual gameplay footage.

The weekend also brought the rather sad news that THQ have had a round of lay-offs, which has seen sixteen employees go in a round of “adjustments”. We wish those affected the very best, and hope they’ll be snapped up soon. THQ told Gama that they didn’t think it would affect the release dates of any of their games. And, more importantly for those out of work, that “team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern.”


  1. MrMud says:

    its a pretty great trailer

  2. PureUncut says:

    Well that had me giggling like the idiot I am.

  3. Darko Drako says:

    stupid but funny!

  4. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Man, Americans do like their shinies, don’t they? Like some kind of intelligent magpies.

    *The above does not represent any actual opinion on the inhabitants of any nation or continent. So there.

  5. Branthog says:

    For a minute, I was worried that THQ had laid off a bunch of developers. I’m glad to hear that they were merely adjusted.

  6. tomeoftom says:

    I don’t think anyone has ever dressed up a dick joke to be this funny.

  7. JackShandy says:

    Brilliant. I’m looking forward to this.

  8. NinjaOxygen says:

    Did someone mess up the scene rigging, or is there meant to be a disembodied head at the bottom right of the picture?

    Shame about the THQ news, massively looking forward to SR3 though.

    • Henke says:

      holyshit I didn’t notice that until you pointed it out. :O

    • Ging says:

      I think that’s actually on the back of a vehicle down the road. Which is a world of disturbing in and of itself.

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      If you freeze it on 720p it looks like some sort of hybrid cross between the Maxium Overdrive truck and an ice cream cart.

  9. Meneth says:

    Is it just me, or does “Saints Row: The Third” sound pretty stupid?
    Couldn’t they just have gone with “Saints Row 3”?

    I find the name roughly on par with the silliness of “Total War: Shogun 2”

    • dog says:

      i think they were styling it after “Richard the Third”

      which, if you’re from east of the pond, you’d probably know was rhyming slang for “turd”….

      i guess if you’re a londoner you probably hear people saying “i’m off for a Richard the Third” all the time…

    • Jimbo says:

      The name is perfect. Bonus points if they planned it all along.

    • Meneth says:

      I’m Norwegian, so “Richard the Third” means nothing to me.

    • Man Raised by Puffins says:

      @ Meneth: ‘turd’ is slang for poo/faecal matter, if that helps (who Richard III actually is is entirely irrelevant).

      Volition have effectively called their game Saints Row: The Poo. Which I think we can all agree is rather apt.

    • Meneth says:

      I still find it silly, or possibly sillier (but in a way that suits Saints Row better)

    • FunkyBadger3 says:

      i guess if you’re a londoner you probably hear people saying

      Suprisingly not.

      Its more like this really:

    • mwoody says:

      I think perhaps you’re overthinking it: it’s simply a very overly dramatic and formal way to describe it, purposefully clashing with the low-brow humor involved.

  10. Talorc says:

    I watched it twice!!

  11. Outsider says:

    Guild Wars 2 doing their Commando profession release on April 1st had me laughing out loud. The little movies they do for the skills were excellent.

    • Out Reach says:

      the problem is the commando is still here link to

      It’s looking less like an April fools, and more like reality by the day.

    • Urthman says:

      A commando can easily switch between his two active weapon sets as needed, but swapping ranged weapons triggers a brief cooldown during which the commando shouts, “I’M OUT!” or “RELOADING!”

      If that’s not a joke, I’ve never read one.

    • Outsider says:

      It’s looking less like an April fools, and more like reality by the day.

      If you’re doubtful, watch the skill videos again. They’re pretty heavy handed with the humor. Also, I love this.

    • Negativeland says:

      Because of their military training, when they have a knife equipped, commandos gain an automatic bonus to movement speed.

      I say. That looks like a dig at Counter-Strike.

    • Nick says:

      reference =! dig

    • bleeters says:

      It’s the obligatory-ground-level-camera-facing-up-as-helicopters-fly-over shot that sells it, I thought.

    • Outsider says:

      “That’s a big chicken..” in reference to a gargantuan dragon coasting in for a landing was great.

    • JackShandy says:

      “This is the worst date ever!”

  12. The Army of None says:

    Oh goodness that made me chuckle.

  13. mollemannen says:

    random employee: haha that trailer we made was awesome. boss: you’re fired. random employee: nice april fools joke, not falling for that one :D. boss: get your stuff…

  14. Bilbo says:

    Are we calling getting dickpunched “footage” now? Otherwise I am confuse

    • Ricc says:

      In the case of Saints Row, yes. This is an apt representation of the game.

    • Bilbo says:

      It’s the literal word I’m dubious of, not the idea that “this isn’t enough for a game trailer” or whatevs. I’m not that guy. I actually really loved saints row 2 and played it to hell.

    • Tenorek says:

      I would be more worried about missing the whole point than about being confused.

    • Bilbo says:

      Yeah, I realise I entirely missed the point, that’s why I’m asking. Aren’t you a helpful little flower

  15. somnolentsurfer says:

    That’s beautiful.

  16. Navagon says:

    Did they really have to show the entire game from start to finish in one trailer? That’s almost as bad as some movie trailers!

  17. Om says:

    What’s ‘Holiday 2011’ to non-Americans and other strange aliens?

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  20. FunkyBadger3 says:

    Also, Best Trailer Ever.

  21. Songbearer says:

    Bear in mind they’re saying practically almost every weapon will have its own specialised dickpunch move (Including a rocket launcher golf swing), so this is just a small fondle of knacker-knockery to come.