Will restarted Saints Row hasn’t come out yet, but some sites have had a hard time with it thanks to a recent hands-on preview. Impressions of the approximately 40 minutes of gameplay, full of explosive and wacky hijinks that fans of the series have come to expect, are making their rounds online and the feeling seems to be the same: this new Saints Row The game feels familiar and refreshing, with so much customization you can really put your unique mark on the world.
Saints Row, revealed in August 2021, is an upcoming reboot of Volition’s long-running open-world action-adventure series. These games typically put you in control of a street gang member who rises through the ranks to become the leader of the squad while protecting their affiliates. Saints Row has a similar story. You are The Boss, a gang member disillusioned with the gang situation in the fictional town of Santo Ileso in the southwestern United States. So you leave your old crew to create a new one with the sole purpose of taking power from the three gangs that control Santo Ileso: the muscle bosses of Los Panteros, the anarchist group the Idols and the international private military company known as of Marshall Defense Industries.
This narrative configuration is the foundation of Saints Row‘s crazy action, according to the previews without intervention. There’s still a bit of tweaking the game could use and the tone is a total mismatch for the seriesbut guests at the preview event came away hoping that this reboot would at least maintain its seemingly over-the-top action while offering something different – in the form of a new setting and new characters – for fans of long date get lost in .
Saints Row is coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on August 23. Here is what some of the gaming sites are saying about the game so far.
During my hands-off preview, I got to see the new Saints team in a variety of missions. These include a loan agency robbery gone wrong that resulted in a major car chase, a raid of the headquarters of a car-loving Panteros gang in a helicopter, and a rescue mission for one of the player-character’s friends after he is kidnapped by a group of deadmau5 looking crooks from a gang called the idols. Saints’ new cast seems likeable enough, but the “angry but endearingly funny millennial” tone of each character’s writing isn’t yet as endearing as the classic. Saints Row characters like Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington. The ‘try-hard lulz’ writing the show was known for isn’t as funny as it was in 2015 when the last Saints Row the game is out. It’s hard to tell from this first look whether Volition’s writers will succumb to the same unfunny writing issues that plagued the 2019s. Borderlands 3.
Saints Row always seems to have the potential for fun. Whether it’s because of the fun way you can smack pedestrians in the head for a boost when using your flight suit (something even Saint Kevin seems to have access to, despite being shirtless in all the images I’ve seen so far) or because you can change your character’s appearance on the fly as the mood takes you. And by changing your appearance, I don’t just mean just adding a new hat or trinket to your Boss character. I mean a complete change from head to toe. In fact, in the preview I saw of the game, the player boss changed from a casually dressed young woman to a stocky man with a full cowboy aesthetic. This all happened within moments before the player resumed his activities.
Customization was the focus of the event, with Volition showing many ways your boss can look. However, character customization is not a unique opportunity in Saints Row. With the push of a few buttons, you can swap out your style at any time from a handful of presets you create at Saints HQ; not just clothes, but every body customization and clothing option is on the table. Want to date a beefy green monster in a fancy costume for a mission and switch to a stylish yet casual look with a completely different body shape, skin color, face, and hairstyle? As long as these customizations are part of your visual loadouts, you can be a whole new you whenever you want. Shops around Santo Ileso will stock up on more clothing and weapon options as you progress through the game, adding more ways to make The Boss your own as you take over the town fictitious American Southwest. Brian Shea recently previewed everything you can customize in Saints Rowand you can read all about it here and dream about how you will look to your boss.
Saints RowSanto Ileso’s setting plays a huge role in balancing old and new. Despite the enduring appeal of the past Saints Row games, the latest entry in the main series, Saints Row IVlaunched in 2013. Its get out of hell The DLC arrived two years later, and while Saints Row: The Third received a modern makeover in 2020, it’s been a long nine-year wait for gamers looking for something new in this universe. GTA online got stronger and stronger in the same amount of time thanks to a host of comprehensive free updates, including last year’s Dr. Dre with The Contract– but, due to being tied to the same setting all along, part of me has always dreamed of a new landmass to probe and plunder.
It is here, in this new setting, that Saints Row should show the most intriguing potential – the developer tackles a completely different culture, offering the possibility of new types of stories, gang activity, musical expression and player interaction to freshen up a closely aging franchise two decades. And while I’m not convinced that Volition has done it here, I can say that a lot of effort has gone into creating the skin for Saints Rowthe story.
A thing Saints Row has always benefited from its huge array of unique weapons and it’s no different here. I’ve seen guns that shoot bullets through walls like they’re paper, finger guns that shoot bullets with giant foam fingers, and my favorite: the Thrustbuster, a disposable soccer ball that sticks to enemies and vehicles, sending them flying through the air before exploding into small pieces. Every weapon, even the most conventional ones, also has its own signature abilities to unlock, like turning a simple pistol into a rapid-fire submachine gun with the click of a button. As you’d expect, the action and violence are all very cartoonish. It’s fluid, too, and finishing off an enemy with your own weapon before dipping your feet into a nearby car for a quick escape, then climbing onto the roof to fend off pursuers while car-surfing feels very slick. Enemies look a little squishy, with some taking multiple headshots to take them down, and that’s often downright ridiculous, but that’s always been a part of Saints Rowcharm.
The old cast town cliche is alive and well, but at least with Saints Row it’s a cliche Volition has earned the right to use, especially after the quirky and bustling towns of Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV. Every neighborhood in Santo Ileso is supposed to have its own vibe and NPCs, not just roaming the streets, but getting in trouble with the law – or at least getting parking tickets – or just hanging out listening to an impromptu musical performance. Maybe from you. Of the 100 emotes you can pull out, you have musical options and others that let you keep walking, so you can strut down the street while strumming your guitar as people dance and cheer. Here, it would likely prompt a mob to chase you down and smash your instrument over your head, so that makes for a nice change.
However, not everything has been redesigned. The show’s lowbrow humor is alive and well, and you’ll hear more f-bombs than in a Tarantino movie. Its gunplay, character comedy and loads of customization options are all staples of the series. the Saints Row reboot, however, adjusted the formula to try to make them all the more sincere.
Saints Row is shaping up to be an interesting addition to the selection of games released this year. While the last two games in the series haven’t been massively well received, this reboot of the series wants to remind you why you loved it. Saints Row all those years ago, and he wants to show you what’s possible in the next generation of consoles when it comes to this series. One can only hope it feels as good as it looks, and that developer Deep Silver Volition has made this one you won’t soon forget.
Based on these insights, Saints Row looks set to make an interesting comeback. While not everyone is sold on the writing, and the checklist nature of the open world might make it a drag, the fluid combat and emphasis on customization at least make this reboot a moment. fun.
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