Posts Tagged ‘Saints Row: The Third’

Eurogamey Writey: Saints Row The Third

I moved house this year, away from a similar neighbourhood to this.

I’m just pulling together some rambly thoughts about my year in games for the site. Which reminds me that I wrote about one of my faves for Tom “Tom Bramwell” Bramwell over at EG towers, and makes me think I could link to it as an aperitif or something. And I totally can. Lots on Saints Row: The Third and yours truly. I didn’t even get into my apostrophe confusion, which could be another couple of thousand words, but would be less sex obsessed.

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

How many men clad only in socks have been gunned down by a woman in a raincoat?

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 game’s website. Unfortunately, because so many people are playing, it’s mostly updating with run of the mill vehicular manslaughter and lethal blows to the balls. But the far more entertaining stat tracker has captured some frankly alarming information about what’s happened since launch.

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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 gone into a bit more detail about why this pleases me below.

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Wot I Think: Saints Row – The Third

This is my sort of gang.

Having completed Saints Row: The Third, I’m the Earth’s most qualified person to tell you all about it. Having already detailed a great many elements of the game in two recent previews, below I take on the task of explaining why such an excessively immature game is in fact quite so very mature. The game is out tomorrow in the Americas, before a team of dedicated THQ staff begin frantically rowing across the vast ocean of the internet to release it in the UK on Friday. Read on to see Wot I think.

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Hands On – Saints Row The Third, Part Two

Nothing weird happening here.

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 where it gets weird.

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Prof Genki’s Super Ethical Reality Climax

I'm not even going to attempt to explain this

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 of Saint’s Row: The Third and gives all their possessions away to the New World Order.
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Hands On – Saints Row: The Third

Really, it's nothing like you're expecting.

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

These are not 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 for what Volition don’t want revealed about the game ahead of launch. Go figure.

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The Real Battlefield Has Purple Dildos

Yes.
Saints Row The Third – a game that has been distilled from the boiled nightmares of Daily Mail readers – fears nothing in its ambition to mock and satirise the whole of existence. The massive moving targets of the monolithic military shooters that are currently trundling toward us on the hype-train are easy pickings for the Volition crew, as you can see below. Saints Row’s Shock And Awesome trailer is just another reason why this might be worth getting. (Calling in air-strikes while wearing a top hat made it for me.) Stupid. Clever stupid.

When? November 15th for North America, November 18th for the Europe.
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Trendbusting: Saints Row 3 PC Undelayed

This is a relatively subdued moment

Saints Row: The Third seems a bit more mad every time I see it and the latest announcement concerning its release is one of the maddest things of all. Showing a keen satirical sensibility, this declaration has emerged from the neon-lit, glitterball-strewn funhouse that is Saints Row HQ:

THQ and Volition announced that the PC version of Saints Row: The Third is scheduled to release exactly when they said it would. Developed in-house at Volition in Champaign, IL and powered by Steam, Saints Row: The Third on PC is not scheduled to be delayed by any unforeseen development problems, shipping issues, inclement weather, or zombie apocalypse. As such, it remains on track for a November 15 release, exactly when we said it would.

In a perfect world, this would not be necessary or amusing, but we live in an imperfect world and those few words sadly show that Volition are paying more attention to their PC audience than some companies seem to do throughout an entire development cycle.
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Tron Don: Saints Row 3’s Virtual Reality


It looks like Volition are not yet finished with their campaign to subvert everyone’s expectations regarding Saints Row: The Third. I thought the craziest it could get is maybe a bigger poo truck than in the second game, but here we see an entire digital world squeezed inside the digital world of Steelport. As Saints Row: The Third’s urban warfare spills over onto the digital cyber-world, it seems like it’s going to take more than just guns, cars and explosives to put the Saints back on top. Read the rest of this entry »

Saints Row 3’s Street Cleaner, Hoverbike

Pretty much my morning.
A brief “vehicles” trailer for Saints Row: The Third has turned up. It shows off the game’s street-cleaning machine, so that’s good, but it also shows off a hoverbike and what appears to be a rocket-boosted sportscar. It neglects, however, to demo the VTOL jet or the the terrifying pedestrian-launcher thing. I’ve posted the previously revealed (and extensively bananas) game footage which includes those things for good measure.
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A Delirious Hour With Saints Row: The Third

Is this the real life?

It’s hard to separate the reality of playing Saints Row: The Third from what I imagined playing Saints Row: The Third would be like. Because it’s pretty much exactly the same. That is to say, it’s what I remember playing Saints Row 2 was like – time, tall tales and fondness has seen me forget the busywork of the game and recall only the absurdities, the insanity, the just-because rampaging. Saints Row: The Third is all those absurdities pushed to the very front of the game, rather than hung around its sides: thus, it’s the actualisation of what we think Saints Row games are rather than what they have been to date.
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Thanks, Killbane! Saints Row 3 Gets Serious


Let’s kick off the day with a fresh look at Saints Row: The Third. There’s not a huge dose of the series’ trademark silliness on display here, but I suppose they’ve got to try and sell the game to stern-faced grumpy gamers, without a taste for the absurd, too. I do enjoy how the camera wobbles during the fisticuffs, and I’m looking forwards to having a lot of fun in that VTOL plane. Trailer go: Read the rest of this entry »

FAO Volition/THQ, Re. Saints Row Marketing

Look at all the naked women oh no wait.

Dear Volition/THQ,

I’m really looking forward to Saints Row: The Third. While I didn’t much enjoy the original Saints Row, Saints Row 2 was one of the most entertaining open city games I’ve played, and by the looks of the trailers for the third game, it’s heading even further in the direction of anarchic fun that so delighted me. So I really want to ask you to reconsider your current marketing strategies.

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Saints Row 3 Loses Last Vestiges Of Sanity

MY EYEEEEEEEEEEEES

I’ve got to admire Saint’s Row: The Third’s sheer determination to entirely depart the shores of normality, but at some point it’s just going to start frightening people. They’ll back away slowly, hands in the air, trying in too-calm voices with tell-tale quavers to say “Hey guy, hey. Hey. Why don’t we all just take a deep breath and think about this, huh? It’s alright. No-one’s going to hurt you. We’re all friends here, huh? Why don’t you just put that musket down and take the live scorpion off your head? It’s going to be okay. No wait Oh God…”

This trailer for the game’s retail DLC Professor Genki’s Hyper Ordinary Pre-Order Pack makes me think it’s not going to be okay. It makes me think it’s dangerous
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This Saints Row Trailer Is What I Don’t Even

The fifth Saints Row game will just be a button you press and the planet Earth pops a boner

You know how, with inbreeding, the longer it goes on for the more likely the symptoms are to show? As in, it might be invisible for one generation, but after several you’re bound to start seeing webbed toes and crossed eyes? Yeah.

On an entirely unrelated note, the new seven minute trailer for the third Saints Row game, Saints Row: The Third, is waiting for you after the jump.
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E3 2011 First Look: Saints Row The Third

Disguising yourself as yourself. Only Kieron would have thought of that.

If Saints Row 1 was a GTA “tribute”, and Saints Row 2 was Volition discovering how they wanted to approach the genre for themselves, then Saints Row: The Third is the complete rejection of anything that originally influenced it. It is the most anarchic, vile, hilarious and puerile approach anyone has taken to a sandbox game. It’s the silliest and foulest game of E3. It’s the one I’ve enjoyed seeing the most.

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