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Saints Row IV: Gameplay Walkthrough from PAX East

Today Deep Silver and Volition released an in-game walkthrough from the pre-alpha version of Saints Row IV based on the demo shown during the latest PAX East.

Senior Producer Jim Boone from Volition will lead you through the urban chaos of virtual Steelport. In the upcoming Saints Row IV for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC, not only will you greet your citizens as President of the USA with friendly… punches, but you’ll also have some mind-boggling weapons will also be at your disposal. Make your people dance to the funky beats of your Dubstep Gun and literally kill them with music! Weapons now not only can be upgraded; this time you will be also able to change their looks.
In Saints Row IV you will encounter enemies that are certainly…out of this world! Blast them to pieces… either with your super Mech… or your superpowers!
 
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May
07
2013

Saints Row IV – Meet the President trailer

Today Deep Silver and Volition released a simultaneously awesome & terrifying new trailer showcasing all-new in-game footage for the upcoming Saints Row IV for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC platforms. As the President of the United States of ‘Merica, you are a presidential ass-kicker delivering justice Saints-style to the invading alien empire, the Zin. Your out of this world powers are second-to-none, as is your ability to deliver a perfect nut-shot. BOOM.

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Mar
15
2013

Saints Row IV Announced to Release This Fall

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Today Deep Silver announced that Saints Row IV™, the ball-busting next chapter in the Saints Row franchise, is starting a party in your pants this Fall.

In the next open-world installment of Saints Row, Deep Silver Volition continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level – the leaders of the free world.  In Saints Row IV, the head honcho of the Saints has been elected to the Presidency of the United States. But the Saints are just getting started. Now the larger-than-life insanity of the Saints series gets a new twist with a catastrophic alien invasion, and the aliens have transported the Saints to a bizarro-Steelport simulation. Wield gargantuan superpowers and fight to free humanity from alien granddaddy Zinyak’s mental grasp. Escape the simulation that’s trapped the Saints crew, or die trying.

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Jan
26
2012

Saints Row the Third – Genkibowl VII DLC Review

– Ed Acosta

Our Score: 3 / 5 – Okay

Volition has dropped the newest DLC for Saints Row the Third and it stars that wacky cat, Professor Genki. I’ll go right out and say that I was a little disappointed in the content of the first DLC to be included with the Season Pass. If you were expecting new missions to extend the story, this is not what you’re looking for. There is a lot of content in here but it all just lets out a giant “meh”. What you do get are some reconstructed side activities. They are basically just modified versions of already existing activities. There’s a modified super ethical reality climax activity all set in a jungle setting. The setting looks nice but it just makes things more confusing to walk around although that may be the whole point in trying to find the exit. There’s a modified escort mission where you drive Prof. Genki around Steelport in a car built with flamethrowers. You must do his bidding and kill people to fill up a meter. Its neat for a little bit using the flamethrower but after awhile it can become aggravating like the other escort missions.

There is a Mayhem variant with a giant ball of yarn that you roll around the city. The yarn ball does not control well and gets stuck just about anything. First impression had me thinking to roll this thing around like a Katamari ball but it doesn’t seem to work that way. This might be a little more fun if the yarn ball responded better.

Finally, there is a new activity where you’re skydiving in a panda suit. The object is to earn enough points when you land. To earn points you dive through fiery rings and make stops on rooftops. The rooftops are full of mascots that you slice with a chainsaw and earn more points. In all, there are 8 activities, 2 a piece, to complete and once you finish them all you get a little cutscene at the end. It’s funny but not to the same caliber of the main game.

There are new achievements to be found with the DLC but I was able to get a good chunk of them just by finishing all the activities. Speaking of which, after finishing each set of the activities, you unlock homies and the giant ball of yarn, but if you’ve beaten the game already there is little point in any of that.

If you have the Season Pass like I do, all you can do is hope that the next two packs will actually include something worth your money. If you’re buying this for $7, I would hold off for a sale unless you really need something new to bring you back into Steelport.

Retails for: $7.00, recommended purchase price: $4.00

Dec
31
2011

Saints Row: The Third Review

– Ed Acosta

Our Score: 5 / 5 – Incredible

When we last left our “heroes”, the Third Street Saints had taken over Stilwater and reached the likes of rock stars. People want to be them and fall head over heels for them.  We welcome back:  Johnny Gat, Shaundi, and “Boss” (your character) back from Saints Row 2.  The very first mission?  Rob a bank, what else.  Oh did I mention while wearing Johnny Gat Bobble Heads? Yeah, let that sink in. This all leads to a crazy bank shootout in which you still have time to sign a few autographs.  Hell, a cop even requests  you sign and drop then drop your weapons.  The whole ordeal eventually ends with you falling out of a cargo plane shooting baddies and dodging debris. You’re literally skydiving to enter the new city of Steelport.  The game is filled with crazy moments like these that just beg you to talk to your friend’s about. “Yo man, I just got to the part with the autotuned guy”. “Are you serious? ugh, there’s a guy who sings in Autotune?”  “No dude he TALKS in autotune.” “WTF.” or maybe you’re standing around the water cooler at the office and you’re telling Bob about how you spent 15 minutes fighting off a wave of guys dressed as hotdogs and bunny rabbits. Thankfully, these crazy moments aren’t stacked on top of each other so you’ll have something new and crazy to see throughout your game.  By the way, you need to play this game.

The character creation is not the greatest but far better than any sandbox style game to date.  By using sliders, you can adjust various properties in your character to make them look however you want; round, thin, ugly, sexy, monstrous, zombie-fied, whatever your heart’s content.  Yes, you can make a female character’s breasts larger as I know that’s what you’re wondering and yes you can make your guy’s package larger as I also know that’s what you’re all wondering. On a side note, there are some funny taunts to choose from like the obligatory Michael Jackson dance step to the more recent internet sensation sexaphone thrusts.  My Asian girl of course pulled some MJ moves when greeting new people, AH HEE HEE.

Thanks to the open world environment, I was never able get bored with the game. You could plow through main story missions then just run off and play some side stuff from the Saints Book. The Saints Book is filled with other things you can do to pass the time.  You can steal cars or assassinate targets with the vehicle and assassination lists or try to complete the over 40 different challenges the lists likes to taunt you with; things like taunt 50 gang members or carjack 250 cars.  These are things that you’ll probably do throughout the game anyway and once you reach a milestone they bring up a bar and show your progress while playing.  So after destroying your 10th EMU a progress bar and amount done will flash onscreen so it can get that “gotta catch them all” hook in you.

During a few story missions they give you the option of an A or B choice.  One choice giving you cash or an item while the other giving you respect or a different item.  I would recommend saving a new save file after the first time you get this choice so that you can come back later and replay that mission.  Choose the other option for an achievement if you’re in to that, or just see how it plays out the other way.  I honestly couldn’t tell you how long this game is playing only through the story missions but know that I played over 20 hours before I finished the story and that was with few side activities, a few deaths and mission restarts, and a few plastic surgery operations.

In total, I’ve spent over 67 hours in Steelport, so far. I’ve been upgrading my weapons to the point of MASSIVE DAMAGE and tuning cars in Saint’s Purple, making them damn near indestructible; yet I’m still coming back for more. Here I am gushing over the main single player portion of the game and have even yet to embrace the co-op.  The whole Saint’s Row game can be played co-op with a friend over Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, or through the PC.  Be warned though, the game will warn you of an imminent character overwrite if you’re not synced up in terms of progression. Simple solution though, create a 2nd crazy character to start in your friend’s game then.  It’s so worth it anyway. Each person can earn Trophies or Achievements in each other’s games, and both will record progress through the campaign if they’re on the same mission.

Players can also team up for wave based combat called “Whored Mode,” in which you choose one of a several character models, not your own abomination, against a plethora of different enemy types with different weapon restrictions. Most reviewers at this point get a little uneasy about a few of the waves being nothing but women (whores I presume) you have to kill but honestly, it’s really no different than doing any of the survival missions in the main game. Plus you don’t have to play whored mode at all if you don’t want to.  There doesn’t seem to be any achievements or trophies tied to that mode of the game.

My final words on this game are as follows, whatever you must do to play this game, play this game.  This is MY Game of The Year for 2011.

Retails for: $59.99, recommended purchase price: $59.99