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E3 2013: Saint's Row IV Preview

I’ll just get this out of the way up front, Saint’s Row The Third is one of my favorite games of all-time. I beat the entire thing in two sittings, which is something that I can’t recommend health-wise. It managed to take a series that was so self-serious and turn it into exactly what it should have been all along, the self-aware, joke-filled, version of Grand Theft Auto. Saint’s Row IV takes what was so great about the last game and steps it up to a completely new level of insanity.

The 3rd Street Saints have taken over the White House and turned it into a ... less than reputable establishment. Luckily, they’re back at their goofy antics filled with corruption. In the opening sequence clearly mocking “choice-driven” gaming experiences, Keith David (yes, *the* Keith David) asks the player to choose between two bills for him to introduce into Congress. One that cures cancer and another that solves world hunger. It’s silly and completely over-the-top; and we haven’t even gotten to the main story line.

During a press briefing at the White House, the 3rd Street Saints are attacked by aliens. Yeah, seriously. Aliens. The president then activates the White House’s defense system and hops on a turret to take down incoming Alien ships. When he finally takes them down, he runs and leaps into the last, getting into a fistfight with the alien leader. Still with me? It’s an amazingly over-the-top premise that really exemplifies what the series has become.

From here, we got a look at the end game content, so, what things will be like when you’ve finished the game and have all the powers, weapons, and abilities. At this point, it’s pretty much just a fun time to run around and see what kind of destruction you can cause. And boy, can you cause some destruction.


It’s a Saint’s Row game, so you can go around hijacking cars and completing missions or you can just pull out your Black Hole gun and start blowing stuff up, or in, as the case may be. The Black Hole gun does exactly what it sounds like, it sucks everything it possibly can into a black hole, if it doesn’t blow up before it gets there. It’s a really unique weapon and one that never gets old as you watch people run, fall, and try to claw for freedom as they’re pulled back into the black hole.

That’s not even the craziest weapon either though, as the Dubstep gun takes the cake for that. Yes, it’s a gun that plays, shoots, and forces people to dance to dubstep. As soon as the gun warms up to a trigger hold, everyone within the local vicinity starts breaking it down to the music, while also partially pixelizing when hit by the lasers emanating from the gun.

Combine this with the ridiculous (and seemly unexplained) superpowers that allow you to super jump the height of a building and land on the ground perfectly unharmed and you have the ultimate superhero game. Not only can you jump really high, but you can glide through the air, run at supersonic speeds, and run up the side of buildings to get to the very top. While I did find that there was an artificial ceiling of sorts, it was likely a limitation of the demo, rather than that of the game.

Based on the time that I spent with Saint’s Row IV, it’s the game I’ve always wanted from the series. Sure, I thought Saint’s Row The Third was that exact game, but that was only until I learned that they could keep going further and further. It’s silly and over-the-top, but that’s what makes it so uniquely great. 

Words by Alex Rubens.

Edited On 19 Jun, 2013

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troublemaker 2 years ago
This just sounds all kinds of brilliant! SR3's stupidity was one of the big draws for me. Even had the wife laughing her ass off just watching me play. It's a polar opposite to the brown and grey seriousness that was GTA4 and I'm glad to see it's continuing. If shopto are feeling generous. I'll happily take my copy early thanks :)
0000000000 2 years ago
cant argue it does have a massive FUN factor its not been put on lovefilm list yet so it better hurry up and go on so i can rent it!
Johno Muller 2 years ago
Benjamin "Mother Fucking" King
Gloria 2 years ago
Looking forward to it, the perfect antidote for all the boring serious brown grey realism that has gripped far too much of gaming for far too long.
troublemaker 2 years ago
Pyroloveridge 2 years ago
Johno Muller 2 years ago

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