Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Saints Row: The Third

Saints Row 2 is without question one of my favourite video games of this generation and is one of the few games I go back to time and again. For those not in the know it's a sandbox game in the vein of GTA, but unlike the technically brilliant GTA IV it's actually fun to play-and in multi-player co-op it's an absolute blast.

In an interview with IGN, THQ CEO Danny Bilson had this to say:

“Saints Row: The Third puts you on top of the world, right at the beginning of the game, with all the perks that go along with being the head of an elite criminal organization,” said Danny Bilson, THQ Executive Vice President, Core Games. “There’s no delivering pizza, no shuttling family members about in a long series of taxi missions. Instead, you take all the power of the Third Street Saints and you take the world by storm.”"I think we're going to blow people away at E3," Farrell said. "You'll be seeing Saints Row 3. You'll be seeing the next Red Faction. You'll be seeing more of Homefront. We've been talking about it, but we'll actually show some of our Warhammer 40k MMO, and I think people are going to go, 'Oh my God. They've got their stuff together.'" And Saints Row 3 will evidently cause some to remark, "This is not your father's THQ."

About Saints Row: The Third

Years after taking Stilwater for their own, the Third Street Saints have evolved from street gang to household brand name, with Saints sneakers, Saints energy drinks and Johnny Gat bobble head dolls all available at a store near you. The Saints are kings of Stilwater, but their celebrity status has not gone unnoticed. The Syndicate, a legendary criminal fraternity with pawns in play all over the globe, has turned its eye on the Saints and demands tribute. Refusing to kneel to the Syndicate, you take the fight to a new city, playing out the most outlandish gameplay scenarios ever seen. Strap it on.

An exclusive preview with Game Informer revealed the follwing:

-As predicted Saints Row III will feature Customizable guns for the first time in the series, you can add sniper scopes to your assault rifles, under-slung grenade launchers. You can also add a third barrel to a double barreled shotgun to create the Gravedigger.

-Just like acquired cars, upgraded guns are now a permanent feature in your arsenal. So don't worry about losing your weapons.

-Players can call in laser guided air-strikes at all times, the explosion disintegrates enemies. Players can also call in a Predator drone, the view becomes top down and you can pepper the area with bombs, or use a smart bomb which you guide with the analogue sticks.

-Cars now deform more realistically

-Remote control gun shoots a bug that allows the player to control any NPC vehicle much like as if the player was driving it themselves. Hilarity ensues with this tool, for example you can control an enemy gangs car and purposefully ram into the police, watching the confused driver get chased by the cops is hilarious.

-Meleeing with a weapon close to an enemy = LOW BLOW! NUT JAB! Stiff jabs to the crotch all round.

-LB button is a sprint button, and also a modifier button, it amplifies almost anything the player does, for example sprint towards a car and attempt to carjack it, instead of opening the door and pulling out the driver, the player can performs a missile drop-kick right into the drivers seat, run from the side and you'll break through the window and the passenger goes flying out the other side...awesome stuff.

-If you prefer to carjack normally, the camera now zooms in as the player shoots the passenger in the face at point blank range, or repeatedly bashes their head with the doors.

-Dedicated grenade button.

-No more eating to regain health, health now regens.

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