PAX Preview: 'Saints Row 4' doubles down on ridiculousness

Thursday, 04 April 2013 02:16 AM Written by 

“Saint Row 4” looks to out “over-the-top” “Saints Row: The Third.” Your actions in this game will be as ridiculous as that opening sentence. Volition Inc. is trying to take everything you enjoyed from “The Third,” and multiply that, adding content and pure ridiculous fun that has become synonymous with the series.

Senior Producer of the project Jim Boon speaks about the team’s approach to the game.

“We identified two key things that we thought made “Saints Row 3” very compelling. One is obviously the over-the-top nature of the game, which is pretty unique,” Boon said. “But along with that, the fun factor was equally important to us. We didn’t want to do over-the-top just for the sake of being over-the-top.”

Volition certainly looks to have put that into practice. Your character has graduated from celebrity status as the leader of The Saints and is now the President of the United States. During your reign, an alien race known as “Zin” invade Earth, capture you, and engage in torture by subjecting you to a Matrix-esque virtual version of Steelport.

There are some perks of being the master of a domain. For instance, you now have super powers that are reminiscent of the gameplay of “Crackdown.” Pepare to have abilities like super speed, crazy ups that can launch you from rooftop to rooftop, and ridiculous brawly power that humiliates your adversaries. Freeze abilities and telekinesis were also shown.

Combat is two-pronged. Along with these super powers is the lynchpin of the series that are firearms. Guns can be upgraded as they were in “The Third,” but now guns have different skins that further the customization. In the demo, a rocket launcher was changed to resemble a guitar case. The weapons retain their stats, and only the appearance changes. This is a nice addition to the absurdity of the action at hand.

Here are some quick takeaways from the PAX East presentation:

  • Character models can be ported from your “Saints Row: The Third” file.
  • There are about 30 different weapons.
  • Boon claims that “Saints Row 4” has more collectables in any game ever.
  • Guns that were shown: Inflato-ray that inflates enemies, and the Dubstep gun, which plays dubstep music and destroys everything in its path.
  • The game has mechs equipped with minguns, rocket launchers and jump jets.
  • You won’t start with super powers. They are earned as you progress
  • It’s not a direct continuation of “Saints Row: The Third.”
  • Lighting effects have been improved.

Look out for “Saints Row 4” for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on 8/20/13

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