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Saints Row: The Third Preview

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Scheduled release date:

November 15, 2011

Publisher:

THQ

Developer:

Volition

Number Of Players:

1-2

Genre:

Action

It isn’t difficult to explain Saints Row: The Third. It’s chaos. If we consider the narrative, it’s semi-controlled chaos. The rest of the time…complete, loopy, zany, over-the-top chaos. It’s an open-world sandbox game similar to Grand Theft Auto, where the player can explore and wreak all sorts of havoc. But don’t forget that beneath the surface lies a fair amount of customization and variety, all of which will enhance the experience. This one has staying power.

This time around, developer Volition has added a great next-gen feature: the impact of player decision-making. During the course of your adventure, you’ll have to make certain choices, and those choices will “dictate the ending.” Furthermore, the depth is evident: you can build safe houses after eliminating “Flash Points” (pockets of rival gangs), and the game should also boast more variety in the missions. The graphics will get a new coat of polish so when compared to Saints Row 2, we should see more detail and overall refinement.

But it’s the unabashed insanity that will draw the big crowd. Firstly, it has become a common practice to use pornstars in some capacity; Tera Patrick was involved with SR2 and former adult entertainment star Sasha Grey lends her voice to The Third. In fact, she apparently plays a major villain role. THQ also tapped blonde bombshell Nikki Benz to help plug the character customization, where you can actually create and implement a fully naked character.

However, just to be clear, the naughty parts will be blurred out. Yeah, that’s just the way it goes; we can do horrific grisly violence, but boobs are out. But the atmosphere should really grab everyone; the environment will be large and plenty immersive, and we’ll get eight music stations, which will play everything from ‘80s and ‘90s pop/rock to hip-hop to classical to electronic music. Hell, we’ll even have a station that plays Adult Swim and Cartoon Network content.

Other features included Professor Genki activities that are kinda like the movie “Running Man,” where participants have to survive warehouses loaded with enemies and booby traps. Customization will extend beyond your character, too; you can customize gangster clothing and vehicles, and speaking of vehicles, those can be upgraded along with weapons. In general, you’ll have full control over your rise to vice-ridden domination in the world of Saints Row: The Third, and that’s a huge plus.

But if you’re wondering, don’t expect THQ to run some sort of contest that will let you spend a day with Sasha Grey. Ain’t happening.

11/1/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 10:23:16 PM
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Can't wait for this one, all the insanity GTA should have and more. But I really came to love the massive customization in SR2, as an RPG fan it brought out the best in me.

Does anybody know if Eliza Dushku is voicing Shaundi again?

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 6:06:26 AM

"... GTA should have and more": And more, indeed. This is more than GTA ever intended to handle. :D

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 10:34:13 PM
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Wasn't going to get this at first, but when the gaming drought comes by next year, Saints Row 3 is at the top of my list.

After playing Gears 3, Resistence 3 and Batman Arkham City, I am really looking forward to playing a game that is fun again. Too many games take themselves too seriously and are trying to be big interactive dramas. I haven't had fun with a game since Mario Galaxy 2 on Wii!!! That was the last game to make me smile and enjoy playing video games again.

Playing video games shouldn't feel like a chore. They should be fun!! You should feel good and fuzzy and warm inside for enjoying such a novelty.

After thinking about that, I am gonna trade my copy of Resistence 3. Just not my kinda game. Too dark, dreary, depressing, boring in places AND the game mechanics were slightly broken to me. After playing BF BC2 and CoD, and even Killzone 3 and Halo, the physics and shooting mechanics in R3 just seemed a little... off. It just wasn't any fun to play either.

Sorry Insomniac, you're a great team, but Resistence just isn't for me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 10:58:13 PM

You don't have fun being the batman or laughing at Drake's jokes? Madness...

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The Doom
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 12:13:55 AM
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"We can do horrific grisly violence, but boobs are out"

So generally speaking, you think seeing a woman's nipple is far more graphic than seeing her intestines get ripped out?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 12:40:31 AM

Me? It was a general comment.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 9:12:09 AM

I like it when boobs are out.

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dkmrules
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 12:46:13 AM
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This and battlefield 3 will be my last games of 2011 (sorry uncharted but don't worry you'll get your due ;)

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 6:08:55 AM

Already got BF3 so this is *the* game to get for me from now and until probably feb/march 2012!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 6:14:06 AM
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I can't believe we are actually closing in on getting this game now. We can start counting days. I've been dying for this game since... well, since we finished all there is to do in SR2, basically.

New city, new vehicles, loads of new clothes, styles and colours, new gang members, new weapons, all new story... It's almost too good to be true.
As long as they have fixed the car handling - and they have confirmed it's got a major overhaul - and the main story is at *least* as long as the one in sr2, well I really ask for no more.


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___________
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 6:58:02 AM
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ahhhhhhm gotta love america!
you can sell guns in a freaking convenience store!
you can have as much violence on TV and in games!
but when it comes to sexual content its locked down like freaking fort Knox!

REALLY looking forward to this, though......
they released a demo for this today and.
well.......
WTF of a demo was that!?
yea im going to go and blow 110 AUD and not play assassins creed revelations, and all the other games coming out during the fullest month of the year.
no ill blow it on a game that lets me customize my character and upload he/she/it!?
what is this, sims 3!?
thats exactly what the demo made the game look like.
forget the open world, forget the crazy weapons, saints row 3 is a customize your character game.
thats really how you want to market it?
no wonder THQ are the smallest publisher out there!
they were spending money like EA they would of been bankrupt decades ago!
imagine all the people out there who have never seen or heard of saints row.
they go look at the demo and see oh its a sims wannabe no thanks, i was hoping for a open world shooter like GTA.
seriously THQ a freaking sims wannabe?
thats really how you want people to see your game as!?
no wonder there bleeding money out the wazoo!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 7:42:06 AM

It's not a demo per say, it is a tool for the fans to get their characters ready for the game once it arrives. Simply a character creation tool.
The game we know. Now save up your bucks and get it once it arrives - with your character all ready for action!

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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 9:09:32 AM

Dude, SR3 is a GTA clone! It's how Beamboom says. Anyone who has played GTA have this game on their radar and that's a lot of people!!!

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___________
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 9:16:16 AM

we know what the games like, but how about those who have not seen the trailers?
as i said, if your going to put out a demo for your game you have to make sure it shows off what the majority of your games like.
what about those who dont have the time or interest to scower the net looking for every trailer?
allot of people judge games by their demos, and those people are going to give this a miss thinking its nothing but a crappy sims wannabe!

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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 9:35:30 AM

I understand what you are saying and I agree. However, anyone that has played GTA knows SR. Volition knows this, there isn't any surprise here. They just want all those millions of gamers that they know are going to buy this game to be able to create their character early. Should they release a demo for the 5% of gamers that don't know what GTA or SR are all about? I would say no. Not enough projected return to warrant the production time and money it would cost to create the demo.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 10:13:22 AM

SR is *not* a GTA clone - it may have started as that but it does not deserve that label anymore!

SR has the best coop play yet made outside a mmorpg - there's not a single GTA with coop play like that (let's see what happens in gta5). SR is wackier than GTA *ever* was. And the player possibilities, everything from character creation to clothing options, has *never* been in GTA, not even GTA:SA.
SR != GTA!

So, with that off my chest: Yeah they could probably have released a demo... Or could they? Remember, in SA we get the *entire* map right away, no map unlocks, one gigantic map in all it's glory. There's no smaller zones they could share as a demo. No easy way to rip out just a street or two either...

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___________
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 9:22:34 AM

they could of easily given us a demo, why not upload the one shown at various media events this year?
one i got to play at the expo started off in a mission we were told was half way through the game.
once that mission was over we were sent back to the main menu and were escorted out of the booth for others to come in.
they could of easily added that to this crappy stupid sims wannabe!


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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 9:06:18 AM
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This game looks amazing! They are really pulling out all the stops on this one. I hope it does well. I would pick this up later on but I am afraid my wife would divorce me if she walked by and saw what I was playing! That is some amazing female modeling.
Volition, it's obvious this game is going to sell well. Can you get back to Freespace after this?!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 10:14:42 AM

You could have two savegames going - one wife-friendly character and one when you are given some quality time by yourself? ;)

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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 1:21:45 PM

LOL! Good idea, however the way my man cave is setup she is always walking by to go upstairs and then come back to her woman cave. So I may just have to pass on this one out of respect for her feelings. Not a big deal, because there are so many amazing games I am yet to complete.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 @ 1:40:42 PM

Swap caves!! :D

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SS4
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 10:49:51 AM
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Society is really messed up. To think that violence and gore is more accepted than showing the beauty of a naked woman's body which is something natural...

Now they wonder why kids are messed up, violent and lack respect these days and so many girls end up pregnant at 13.

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