Remasters are becoming nearly as common as standard releases, with developers and publishers looking for opportunities to update their games from the previous generation to look and perform better on modern hardware (and perhaps just looking for a more palatable way to suggest that players repurchase a game they already own). The actual quality of remasters vary drastically across releases, with the bare minimum effort being support for higher resolutions and marginally up-scaled textures, and the absolute top end of things being just shy of total remakes. Most games fall somewhere in between, or perhaps re-implement an older title in a newer series release’s engine, and generally are serviceable in that they allow you to keep playing a game from a previous generation that might no longer be accessible. Then, there’s Saints Row: The Third Remastered, which, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, is one of the best remasters I have ever seen, and actually feels like a proper utilization of the term. It is truly a remarkable, notable improvement over the original game’s presentation in nearly every aspect, and frankly it is a joyful way to return to Steelport after all these years.
Saints Row IV is better than Saints Row the Third. It is not an expansion pack or DLC, it’s very much a full game, even bigger than its predecessor. I need these to be the first two things you need to know, and read. For many, this will be all you need. For others, the rest of this review is for you.
Deep Silver has dropped a huge infographic that’s a must see/read.
Our review of the game drops tomorrow at 6am.
Deep Silver and Volition today released the Inauguration Station for Saints Row IV that will allow players to shape their future Presidents in time before Election Day on August 20.
Download the free Inauguration Station ahead of the release of Saints Row IV and create your very own, unique President now!
Enter the election campaign and promote your President in the community on saintsrow.com – the crazier, the better!
Presidents created in the Inauguration Station can be uploaded via the website and can then be transported to virtual Steelport in Saints Row IV to use as playable characters at the game’s launch.
Saints Row IV: Inauguration Station is available today on the Xbox Live® online entertainment network for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as through Steam as a digital download for Windows® PC and fromtomorrow on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system through PlayStation®Network for the rest of the world. The Inauguration Station will be available on PlayStation®Network in the Americas on August 13, 2013.
Tip: You can download your characters from Saints Row: The Third to update them for Saints Row IV. Head over to www.saintsrow.com to browse an online gallery with thousands of shared community characters.
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.
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.