THQ: Saints Row 3 "Less Urban" And Not All "Gangsta"
It's easy to compare THQ's Saints Row franchise to Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto series because, let's face it, they're pretty darn similar.
But THQ boss Danny Bilson says the upcoming third Saints Row installment will separate their series even further from GTA, as the biggest change will center on the atmosphere and setting. He told CVG it'll be "less urban" and "definitely not 'gangsta,' so be prepared for an overhaul in terms of storyline, characters, and environment. Said Bilson:
"We don't compete with GTA. We're differentiating even further with GTA with this one. The new Saint's Row will be less urban - it's definitely not about 'gangsta' anymore at all. And it's more fun and almost sillier and wackier and weirder than the other one.
I love GTA - especially the last one, which knocked my socks off. That's almost like a Martin Scorsese cartoon, right? We are more like the Mad Magazine version of that or something. It's colourful, it's wild, it's fun."
To be fair, Danny, it's not so much that you "don't" compete with GTA; it's that you can't. That's not a slight on the Saints Row games, either; we're just merely stating the obvious fact that almost nothing "competes" with GTA in terms of popularity and, in our opinion, open-world quality. Bilson does say there are "new gangs in a new world," so we won't be leaving all the grit behind in Saints Row 3, but he stressed that it's "not all about criminals." He also adds the game will boast "the most robust transmedia play on any game ever done." ...that includes plans for a "Saints Row" movie, by the way.
Well, we'll have to see what THQ is cookin' up, here. Personally, I was never a big fan of the previous settings, so perhaps this new idea will appeal more to me. As for the pic, how many times do I have the option of substituting a pornstar for a gameplay shot, and still be able to call it accurate for the story at hand...?
Related Game(s): Saints Row 3
6/30/2010 10:49:42 AM Ben Dutka