Saints Row The Third Catch-All

April issue of Game Informer. Pg. 52. When discussing the options of player choice, a mission hijacking a boat full of prostitutes is mentioned. The players can sell them back to their "owners" or pimp them out to earn money for the saints. I probably don't have enough context but the idea of playing a pimp, like a real honest-to-goodness abuse-a-woman-for-money type pimp made me feel queasy.

Now I'm expecting the girls are more likely to be Kung fu ho's from Dolemite rather than teen runaways. At least, I hope they are.

That's more likely, given the game's track record. None of the previous ho's have seemed terribly unwilling to be ho's, whether they should be or not. I don't think they're going to advocate slavery and child abuse in a humorous game. Not unless they want FOX News running their publicity campaign.

Also, these women are digitally created fabrics of imagination. Beat them, burn them, pimp them, pump them. All without dirtying up your conscience.

New preview video at gametrailers.com: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/preview-saints-row/722672

Edit: Can't wait to chauffeur a tiger!

Wow it's also spoofing Gears 3

Spoiler:

Whore'd mode

So is Saints Row the Third the video game equivalent of Airplane? Just one big spoof of anything and everything all the time?

ClockworkHouse wrote:

So is Saints Row the Third the video game equivalent of Airplane? Just one big spoof of anything and everything all the time?

On one level yes. On the other hand, it's a really fun game because it's so ridiculous.

Case in point:

In Saints Row 2 you can unlock an ability that negates all falling damage. While rolling around in co-op I decided to hijack a helicopter while my friend was driving to my location. I flew to the top of the level and abandoned my vehicle. I then steered my body towards my friend and fell right in front of him. I survived the fall, but the impact sent me flying and I needed to be revived. Immediately I started booking it as far away as I could get. My friend stands there asking me what the hell I'm doing just as my helicopter falls on his head. Add to that, I'm a misshaped androgynous overweight person that looks like a scary S&M homeless Santa wearing whore make-up and dressed in a Borat bathing suit. This is Saints Row.

SuperDave wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

So is Saints Row the Third the video game equivalent of Airplane? Just one big spoof of anything and everything all the time?

On one level yes. On the other hand, it's a really fun game because it's so ridiculous.

Case in point:

In Saints Row 2 you can unlock an ability that negates all falling damage. While rolling around in co-op I decided to hijack a helicopter while my friend was driving to my location. I flew to the top of the level and abandoned my vehicle. I then steered my body towards my friend and fell right in front of him. I survived the fall, but the impact sent me flying and I needed to be revived. Immediately I started booking it as far away as I could get. My friend stands there asking me what the hell I'm doing just as my helicopter falls on his head. Add to that, I'm a misshaped androgynous overweight person that looks like a scary S&M homeless Santa wearing whore make-up and dressed in a Borat bathing suit. This is Saints Row.

I made myself look like Omar and carry a shotgun.

SuperDave wrote:

In Saints Row 2 you can unlock an ability that negates all falling damage. While rolling around in co-op I decided to hijack a helicopter while my friend was driving to my location. I flew to the top of the level and abandoned my vehicle. I then steered my body towards my friend and fell right in front of him. I survived the fall, but the impact sent me flying and I needed to be revived. Immediately I started booking it as far away as I could get. My friend stands there asking me what the hell I'm doing just as my helicopter falls on his head. Add to that, I'm a misshaped androgynous overweight person that looks like a scary S&M homeless Santa wearing whore make-up and dressed in a Borat bathing suit. This is Saints Row.

Put that on the box. I'm buying that game.

SuperDave wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

So is Saints Row the Third the video game equivalent of Airplane? Just one big spoof of anything and everything all the time?

On one level yes. On the other hand, it's a really fun game because it's so ridiculous.

Case in point:

In Saints Row 2 you can unlock an ability that negates all falling damage. While rolling around in co-op I decided to hijack a helicopter while my friend was driving to my location. I flew to the top of the level and abandoned my vehicle. I then steered my body towards my friend and fell right in front of him. I survived the fall, but the impact sent me flying and I needed to be revived. Immediately I started booking it as far away as I could get. My friend stands there asking me what the hell I'm doing just as my helicopter falls on his head. Add to that, I'm a misshaped androgynous overweight person that looks like a scary S&M homeless Santa wearing whore make-up and dressed in a Borat bathing suit. This is Saints Row.

This is one of the best descriptions of the pure awesome that was Saints Row 2 I've read. Stupidly fun stuff, constantly. It's all gloriously fun, but ridiculous. It's the Just Cause 2 grappling hook away from utter perfection.

Heh. After that grapple gun appeared in Just Cause and Crackdown 2 I'm amazed they don't have it. Well, someone get Volition on the phone and tell them how much you would pay for a DLC grappling hook.

I find black face incredibly amusing because it's so f*cking stupid. I was a fat Al Jolson in a white suit and a top hat. Previously I had been the Civilization version of Gandhi.

Is anybody else not buying this because of the '40 weeks' DLC?'. I can rent the game, but then I won't get the man cannon.

1Dgaf wrote:

Is anybody else not buying this because of the '40 weeks' DLC?'. I can rent the game, but then I won't get the man cannon.

Right now I think I'm probably going to just get the normal game, so long as they're not withholding big significant parts of the game behind a DLC gate. The "40 weeks" thing sounds to me like it would be a load of novelty items, weapons, etc, probably one a week.

The THQ store describes their 'season pass' as

The Saints Row Season Pass includes three downloadable mission packs valued at more than $20.

I could see that being one every 3 months. The thing with extra missions is that they're rarely tied into the main plot, and it seems like base SR3 is packed full of stupid fun anyway, so the DLC would need to be something extraordinary. It's a hard sell for me considering I'd have to pay an extra £10 as the only place I can see to get it from over here is direct from THQ.

For completeness - what I assume is all pre-orders

Professor Genki's Hyper Ordinary Pre-Order Pack includes:

Professor Genki’s Super Ballistic Man-a-pult: Cruise Steelport in style with this vacuum-action human-cannonball truck. Suck up pedestrians and use them as live ammunition against the forces of evil, and everyone else.
Professor Genki’s "Octopuss" Weapon: Fire baby octopi onto your enemies’ heads! Watch as the octopi massage their scalps and your enemies fight for you! Enemies can be friends too!
Professor Genki's Leisure Stunt Suit: The ultimate in comfort and tight-fitting apparel, the Genki Leisure Stunt Suit is perfect for skydiving over Steelport or to wear while ejecting from high-flying fighter jets. Free Genki mask included!

Serengeti wrote:

New preview video at gametrailers.com: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/preview-saints-row/722672

Edit: Can't wait to chauffeur a tiger!

Think it joins the Saints? Oh, do we get to spraypaint it purple!?

Scratched wrote:

The THQ store describes their 'season pass' as

The Saints Row Season Pass includes three downloadable mission packs valued at more than $20.

I could see that being one every 3 months. The thing with extra missions is that they're rarely tied into the main plot, and it seems like base SR3 is packed full of stupid fun anyway, so the DLC would need to be something extraordinary. It's a hard sell for me considering I'd have to pay an extra £10 as the only place I can see to get it from over here is direct from THQ.

Take that and add a new piece of clothing or weapon or vehicle (ie. what Just Cause 2 did) about every week and you've got yourself 40 weeks of DLC easily.

I still don't see the exact appeal of season passes unless I'm a major fan of a franchise. Way too easy for companies to promise X dollars worth of content and then just hand out enough skins to reach that goal.

EDIT: The amount of praise people are giving SR2 in this thread I think has soothed my fears about getting this. Even if this game fails to hold my attention and I toss it aside, it sounds like it'll be an enjoyable romp.

shoptroll wrote:

I still don't see the exact appeal of season passes unless I'm a major fan of a franchise. Way too easy for companies to promise X dollars worth of content and then just hand out enough skins to reach that goal.

EDIT: The amount of praise people are giving SR2 in this thread I think has soothed my fears about getting this. Even if this game fails to hold my attention and I toss it aside, it sounds like it'll be an enjoyable romp.

Yes, I think I'm fine with finding a nice deal on the base game, and then down the road if the DLC is really special, picking that up assuming it's at the right price.

The only thing that could really put me off is a bad PC port (which volition seem to be paying attention to, trying to overcome the reputation of the SR2 port) or a really short playtime, which is hopefully unlikely in an open world game.

Scratched wrote:

a really short playtime, which is hopefully unlikely in an open world game.

I'm more concerned about the game not having anything else up its sleeve other than what they've shown in the trailers. I don't want to feel like I've seen everything before the game has started...

Scratched wrote:

The THQ store describes their 'season pass' as

The Saints Row Season Pass includes three downloadable mission packs valued at more than $20.

I could see that being one every 3 months. The thing with extra missions is that they're rarely tied into the main plot, and it seems like base SR3 is packed full of stupid fun anyway, so the DLC would need to be something extraordinary. It's a hard sell for me considering I'd have to pay an extra £10 as the only place I can see to get it from over here is direct from THQ.

I'm guessing you want a download copy? If not, amazon seem to be selling it for about £11 less than THQ (without the free season pass but with the Genki's pre-order pack).

ClockworkHouse wrote:

So is Saints Row the Third the video game equivalent of Airplane? Just one big spoof of anything and everything all the time?

As others have mentioned, not exactly. The thing that made Saints' Row 2 something more than just an off color parody was the sheer quality of the writing and voice acting. One of the reasons I'm really legitimately looking forward to this game is that the same writing team is back for Saints' Row 3.

Ya know how the Dawn of War games had insanely great voice acting that really elevated the whole quality of the series? Saints' Row 2 was kind of like that.

Sigh, pre-ordered. These people know how to market.

polq37 wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

So is Saints Row the Third the video game equivalent of Airplane? Just one big spoof of anything and everything all the time?

As others have mentioned, not exactly. The thing that made Saints' Row 2 something more than just an off color parody was the sheer quality of the writing and voice acting. One of the reasons I'm really legitimately looking forward to this game is that the same writing team is back for Saints' Row 3.

Ya know how the Dawn of War games had insanely great voice acting that really elevated the whole quality of the series? Saints' Row 2 was kind of like that.

Bah. That's not it at all. It's just that anything becomes awesome if you add a couple of stripper poles.

Hypatian wrote:

Bah. That's not it at all. It's just that anything becomes awesome if you add a couple of stripper poles.

If that were true, then Duke Nukem Forever might have been saved. Unfortunately, DNF only thinks it's awesome.

Hypatian wrote:
polq37 wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

So is Saints Row the Third the video game equivalent of Airplane? Just one big spoof of anything and everything all the time?

As others have mentioned, not exactly. The thing that made Saints' Row 2 something more than just an off color parody was the sheer quality of the writing and voice acting. One of the reasons I'm really legitimately looking forward to this game is that the same writing team is back for Saints' Row 3.

Ya know how the Dawn of War games had insanely great voice acting that really elevated the whole quality of the series? Saints' Row 2 was kind of like that.

Bah. That's not it at all. It's just that anything becomes awesome if you add a couple of tigers

fixed

Hmkay...

There are "Saints Row" headphones and you get them for free if you pre-order the game through Amazon.de.
That pre-order does not state if you get the Genki-DLC for the pc version, but the PS3 and XBox version do.
This pc pre-order is also 5€ cheaper than the one with the Genki-DLC.

High quality headphones with voice processing function. Inspired by the fancy pimp in Saints Row: The Third - ZIMOS. Call your friends and speak with them with the voice of the stars (?). Only usable on 2.5mm audio jacks and mobile phones.

Features:

High quality headphones
High quality microphone, compatible with all mobile phones
Autotune function („Zimos Effect“)

I believe that all pre-orders get the Genki edition. I know Steam offers it.

I am really looking forward to this game.

Pre-order... entered.

It wasn't the Genki suit.
It wasn't the dildo sword.
It wasn't even the man-a-pult.

It was the octopus gun.

< vectorvoice > Oh-yeah! Octopus gun!< /vectorvoice >

[size=8](And the $10 Amazon credit you get for preordering.)[/size]

I had a surprising amount of fun in SR2 just running along the beach, throwing styrofoam coolers into the ocean while yelling "I'M LITTERING!"

Because that's how I roll.

Plastefuchs wrote:
Autotune function („Zimos Effect“)

Does this mean if I'd bought the Platinum edition I could have signed a multimillion dollar record deal? 'Cause that's all it takes to make the top 40 these days, right?

doubtingthomas396 wrote:

I had a surprising amount of fun in SR2 just running along the beach, throwing styrofoam coolers into the ocean while yelling "I'M LITTERING!"

Because that's how I roll.

Thank you for that.