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Saints Row: The Third

1 year ago

Feature: Johnny Be Good

The Joy of Saints Row’s Johnny Gat

A friend of mine started the Saints Row [official site] series with the fourth one. She loved having superpowers and trashing a virtual city, but she did wonder what the deal was with Johnny Gat. Even though he's not in half the game – spoilers for the third and fourth Saints Rows, but Johnny Gat dies and then comes back to life – his absence…

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3 years ago

Feature: What MOBAs get right about character.

The RPG Scrollbars: Rise Of The MOBA Heroes

Hello there. This week, I'm writing not just as an RPG columnist, but as president of the newly formed League Of Folks Who Don't Really Play MOBAs But Are Bizarrely Hooked On All The Trappings. As far as I can tell, our membership is roughly a billion people and counting. That's what happens when the likes of Blizzard and Riot spend literally tens of dollars…

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Feature: Crime simulator

Have You Played… Saints Row: The Third?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Saints Row 2 is my favourite of the series for sandbox crimes, and obviously Saints Row IV is the best superhero game ever made, but what about Saints Row: The Third [official site] there in the middle? Well, it suffers in comparison to…

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6 years ago

Feature: Black is white, up is down.

Let’s Not Lose Track Here: DLC Is A Good Thing

As gamers, we do have a habit of accompanying our thrown bathwater with the baby, the taps, the bath itself, various bottles of shampoo, and all the shower fittings. And in the angered fuss about all manner of issues regarding our being "milked" by game releases, the phrase "DLC" seems to have become a dirty one. And that's just plain silly. With rumours circulating that…

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Saints Row 3’s Expansion Is Evolving Into Saints Row 4

Times are hard at THQ, despite their releasing a ton of good games of late. The publisher is strapped for cash, and it just keeps getting worse, most recently its shareholders launching a class action suit over the disaster of their U-Draw flop. Whether that's a factor in today's announcement, that Saints Row: The Third stand alone expansion 'Enter The Dominatrix' is now to be…

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7 years ago

Saints Row Stands Alone With “Enter The Dominatrix”

Open world comedy violence 'em up, Saints Row The Third, is going to get a standalone expansion. A standalone expansion! Just like the old days. The expansion is called Enter The Dominatrix, and will apparently contain "freaking super powers". It will tell the poignant story of an alien invasion of Earth. Only the Saints - now a global mega-corporation/slapstick paramilitary - stand between some weird…

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Purple Haze: Saints Row 3 The Trouble With Clones

Saints Row The Third's third DLC pack was just released, detailing the further exploits of the Third Street Saints, this time with the foul creations of unhinged Science. When will people learn? The Trouble With Clones is the latest in Volition's short-form content packs for the silliest excuse to have fun there is, keeping with the scifi B-movie themeing following last month's groovy Gangstas in…

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The Things That Got Cut From Saints Row: The Third

The third Saint's row game was a tonne of fun, crammed with all sorts of over the top features and missions, but what of all the things that didn't make it into the game? Lead designer Scott Phillips in his GDC post-mortem shared some of the elements of the game that got cut, including 6 months work on a game where you played an undercover…

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Saints Row The Third’s “Gangstas In Space”

Gosh, did we really miss this? New missions and stuff for the superbly horrible Saints Row The Third were freaking the site from orbit on the 21st. The new Gangstas In Space DLC apparently features "a big budget Hollywood blockbuster in which you must battle sexy alien invaders using new sci-fi weaponry". Sexy alien invanders, eh? Hm. You can see that stuff happening in a…

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THQ’s Financial Woes, Metro Pushed Back

Times are hard at THQ and that's relative to the general hardness of the hour for the majority of people who rely on one of the world's known currencies to secure food and shelter. The publisher is under threat of NASDAQ delisting, with its stock currently below $1 a share, and over the next year 240 staff will be losing their jobs. The company has…

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Saints Row 3 Gets Heavy (And The Rest)

Celebrated crazy-em-up Saints Row: The Third is handing out a freebie to all Steam players tomorrow, and going a teeny-tiny bit further than most. You know how Team Fortress 2 likes to gives you hats from other games? Saints Row 3 gives you the TF2 gang's entire heads, to wear and do with as you will. Fight, dance, love, laugh. The first and the last…

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Yarngasm: Saints Row 3’s Genki Bowl VII DLC

Next Tuesday will see the release of the first DLC for last year's fantastic Saints Row: The Third, Genki Bowl VII. What is it? According to the details we've received, it's some sort of in-game event that will feature a number of games. And they are... Sexy Kitten Yarngasm, Sad Panda Skyblazing, Angry Tiger's Apocalypse Genki, and Super Ethical PR Opportunity. Yes indeed. There's a…

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Feature: Would you like to join the PEN 1 5 club?

The Games Of Christmas ’11: Day Nine

Christmas, as we all know, is a time for stealing. Wait, taking? Giving? I forget. It's also a time for building up toward for a ridiculously long time, leading to features that you even have to write on your day off. Not that I'm bitter. I'm not bitter. I'm bitter. So what's behind the door today, children? Oh, you've already clicked, haven't you?

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Saints Row: The Third Knows All Our Sins

Despite its grotesquely high bodycount and the horrible and humiliating ways in which it rises, the utter absurdity of Saints Row: The Third makes it one of the silliest games of this or any other year. In celebration of the ludicrous actions that the inhabitants of Steelport are performing, Volition have added a map with a live feed of actions across the city to the…

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Feature: A Good Year For Open Worlds

Is 2011 The Year Of Game World Exploration?

This year has been unusually rich in the kind of game that I most enjoy: those that are open-ended, or provide a sandbox world for me to mess about in. We usually get a couple of these every year, but in 2011 we seem to have run into a minor bounty of the open stuff, which is good news for explorers and meanderers alike. I've…

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Feature: So wrong it's still wrong, which is right

Hands On – Saints Row The Third, Part Two

Following on from my more general preview of Saints Row: The Third, this time I want to tell you about a few specifics. Some of the game's more "esoteric" early moments. (And there are so very many more later on, that it would be a crime to reveal.) Here's some more of what you can expect when the game comes out next week. This is…

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Prof Genki’s Super Ethical Reality Climax

My fingers are shaking I type this. I'm not sure exactly what I'm posting, other than it's a surreal advert for Saint's Row: The Third. I have a vague fear that it might be attempting to subliminally control me, but I feel fine so far. Anyway, I showed it to John and he demanded we share it with you. And that everyone buys 12 copies…

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Feature: There's more to life than dildos

Hands On – Saints Row: The Third

What are you expecting from Saints Row: The Third? From the promotional material so far, it's probably an awful lot. They're promising the moon. I've had a good long play of the early stages of what's obviously a huge game, so I'm beginning to get an idea of quite how it's balancing it all.

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Saints Row: The Third Features Farts

The latest trailer for Saints Row: The Third once again impresses upon us quite how outlandish the game is aiming to be. A game I've been playing all this week, and will bring you some thoughts on in an hour. But in the meantime, take a look at the barrage of nonsense that's being crammed in there. Including, oddly, one scene that breaks the rules…

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