Watch Seven Minutes of Saints Row IV Shenanigans

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Watch Seven Minutes of Saints Row IV Shenanigans

No one knows how to throw a party like the President.

By the time of Saints Row IV, your customizable protagonist has climbed from street-level thug to President of the United States. If you know anything about the series, you'll know that he/she won't be content with a desk job, so you'll be back on the streets of Steelport taking a hands-on approach to your citizens. Or maybe "fist-on" may be more accurate. Or "telekinetically-launched-monster-truck-on." You know, maybe we should just drop the terminology and let the president do what the president wants.

Saints Row developer Volition has released its gameplay walkthrough from PAX East, featuring about seven minutes of just that. The demo hits most of the major bullet points of Saints Row IV: superpowers, combat with the alien Zin, weapon customization, and a new Activity. Some of the new weapons seen in previous trailers make an appearance, including the Dubstep Gun (which does a surprisingly smooth job of delivering funky fresh beats in-game).

The superpowers are the most drastic change from previous games in the series, and we see quite a few of them in action. Super speed, jumping, and gliding make it easy to get around, to the point where I'm not sure why you'd even bother with vehicles anymore. The city of Steelport has been designed with much more verticality to account for these new abilities. Ice blasts let you freeze enemies before shattering them, and telekinesis turns anything in the environment into a weapon. Your enemies may be aliens with lasers weapons, but hopefully this demo represents a maxed-out character, because the arsenal at your disposal hardly seems fair.

The new Activity, Mech Suit Mayhem, is exactly what it sounds like, inexplicably dropping a giant robot for you to jump in and cause as much damage as possible. With the money you make from challenges like that, you can buy custom appearance modifiers for your weapons (a new feature of the series); the video shows the player disguising his rocket launcher as a guitar case, though knowing Saints Row, that's probably more for laughs than any need to conceal your absurdly destructive weapon collection.

Saints Row IV returns to Steelport on August 20 in North America, August 23 worldwide.

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....a dubstep gun? Well then, that pretty much speaks for itself.

Can't wait to play the PC version!

Although I at least hope that there is some sense of accomplishment and this game isn't just a clutter of random toys/tools so eagerly demonstrated by the developer in a "you can do this! And this! And this!" tone. A sandbox still needs some kind of over-arching goal/plot that somewhat remains interesting and doesn't lose all focus. Yes, even Saints Row :D

You had me at "You are the president." Metal Wolf Chaos anyone? :D

Chad Brumfield:
You had me at "You are the president." Metal Wolf Chaos anyone? :D

About as close as anyone (who didnt import that game) is gonna get.

This game is looking better and better to me, being one of the few people who found the zaniness of Saints Row 3 to be fully entertaining. Looking forward to romping through more outlandish and insane experiences.

This is most likely going be a contender for my GOTY when this comes out, like with SR3. I can't wait for this game to come out.

Also, if there is a rescue mission, how many are going to go "Are you a bad enough President to rescue the Dude?" I will. My guess though is the Dubstep gun was a stun weapon o something by the looks of it.

WanderingFool:

About as close as anyone (who didnt import that game) is gonna get.

And they even give you a mech suit! It's perfect!

*Sigh* Yeah does look like fun, but I wish I could believe the story was gunna be worth a damn. I have a feeling this going to play like a 6 hour end-game.

Yuuki:
....a dubstep gun? Well then, that pretty much speaks for itself.

It's autotune that has speaking.

...Same city? Really?
Talk about lazyness.

Is it just me or Saints Row is turning into the Scary Movies series of Videogaming?

as long as the game lasts longer than the 10 hours or so it took me to complete SR3, i'll be happy.

also, with the superpowers and the "Flashpoints", did anyone else get a serious Crackdown 2 vibe from that? Wing suit, check, super jump, check, throwing cars, check... not complaining really, i'd just hate to play it and it feel too similar.

Anyone else find how apathetic the guy doing the voiceover sounded hilarious?

[Ben Stein]It has rockets and mini-guns and jump jets.[/Ben Stein]

So if i get this right you are the president with superpowers. Have access to a mech suit that has an integrated jet pack. You beat aliens to death while you cause complete mayhem.

I want this more than i did already.

Now the only thing i didn't like was the dupstep gun. But that's more because of the 'music' than it's effect.

Welp, it might be a totally different direction than long-time fans wanted, but hell. I'm looking forward to this. Getting reminded of Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction from the superpowers. Or Crackdown.

So...cautious optimism, I suppose.

You can tell this was meant to be DLC for the Third but still I have hope for it as long as they maybe knock the price down a little bit and play it off as something like Blood Dragon.

Wow this is the most ADD game I have ever seen.
Oh! And put a mech in it!
OH! And give him super powers!
OH OH! And Aliens!
OH and MONSTER TRUCKS!
Why? Because FUCK YEAH!
I love games not taking themselves that seriously (Earthworm Jim, Blood Dragon) but this all just sort of turns me off of this game.

This gameplay video makes me sad, not because it looks terribad, no, far from it. This looks absolutely awesome, but so did Saints Row the Third when the first gameplay videos for it were released, and because The Third was nothing but craziness and wackiness it managed to grow stale, and the lack of a plot that gave a reason to feel a drive to continue playing only made it worse.

I'm absolutely certain of Volition's ability to create something that would be a blast to play through, but they seriously need to re-learn pacing, giving the player all the best stuff from the very start robs them of the feeling of accomplishment one would feel for acquiring their first mech suit or the ability to fly, which robs those things of their fun factor in the long term...

I fucking love you Volition, I really do, but there is such a thing as trying to hard. You need to give us the feeling of accomplishment when we achieve super powers or a air strike or a goddamned tank, just giving that shit to us unconditionally... Is not good, come on guys, we know you can do better.

So since no one else seems to be saying it yet:

THE ENTIRE SECOND HALF OF THE VIDEO was filled with "super powers" that were clearly and directly copied from [Prototype].

Down to exact animations and utility. So.....I already own [Prototype] (as ill informed of a decision as that may have been), really anyone who has played that game then goes to pick this up is going to feel like the game will get very old very fast. Mostly the same layout of the previous city as well. :/ The article brings up a real point too, judging by how easy and-i cant exagerate this enough- FAAAAAST getting around with those powers is, the whole city is going to feel VERY small and vehicles will be nearly pointless if you just need to get somewhere.

I'm all for wacky fun but this doesn't look like any signifacntly NEW material at all.

DVS BSTrD:
*Sigh* Yeah does look like fun, but I wish I could believe the story was gunna be worth a damn. I have a feeling this going to play like a 6 hour end-game.

Yuuki:
....a dubstep gun? Well then, that pretty much speaks for itself.

It's autotune that has speaking.

It's just mah BASS CANNON!

OT: You got Prototype in my Saints Row! Not that there is anything wrong with that...

Chester Rabbit:
Wow this is the most ADD game I have ever seen.
Oh! And put a mech in it!
OH! And give him super powers!
OH OH! And Aliens!
OH and MONSTER TRUCKS!
Why? Because FUCK YEAH!
I love games not taking themselves that seriously (Earthworm Jim, Blood Dragon) but this all just sort of turns me off of this game.

Agreed. I like the new stuff but it feels like stuff crammed into it just for the sake of bat shit-insane instant gratification. I like to see more of a challenge to where this stuff has to be earned over time and not just have it all the time.

Also, it kinda feels like they're taking ideas from Yahtzee's Mankind Has Yet to Recognize my Genius dream game. Then again, we have yet to see them bring in Liam Neeson for the role of Captain Dynamite (who has the face of Frank Zappa and has nuclear bombs for legs).

After reading the article I was a bit worried, but after watching the video, I'm excited. It's not getting more realistic and serious, but if you're going to go off the deep end, might as well as become an awesome amalgamation of Saint's Row, PROTOTYPE and Destroy All Humans.

Just because it's snorting coke doesn't mean you can't have a nice story, but I'm not expecting miracles and it's not really like I played Saints Row for the story.

Chester Rabbit:
Wow this is the most ADD game I have ever seen.
Oh! And put a mech in it!
OH! And give him super powers!
OH OH! And Aliens!
OH and MONSTER TRUCKS!
Why? Because FUCK YEAH!
I love games not taking themselves that seriously (Earthworm Jim, Blood Dragon) but this all just sort of turns me off of this game.

That is pretty much how I feel about this game as well. You aren't just the president, or a superhero but no you're the superhero president who has a rocket launcher that fires mutant carnivorous flaunting rabbits.

I guess some people will like it but for me I love games that are real enough for me to seriously get invested in but have touches of odd humor here and there. It's a delicate balance in my mind not this stuff.

l3o2828:
...Same city? Really?
Talk about lazyness.

You do know that Saints Row 1 and 2 took place in the same city, right?

Anyway, looks like it's a load more of stupid silly fun. I like. GIMMIE!

Mixed feelings. It looks like fun and I'll probably play it, but both the Mech Suit Mayhem and the superpowers seem like overkill for the vast majority of what you'll actually be facing. Part of what made Tank Mayhem enjoyable was that the power you got from the vehicle (tank shells that do ridiculous amounts of damage and splash damage, a ride that makes you nearly invulnerable) was offset by the limitations of the vehicle (moving and turning like a tank, relatively long time between shots from the cannon.) By comparison, the mecha seems relatively agile, and as for the superpowers- well, I was already feeling nigh-invulnerable with double pistols firing exploding ammo; I only died by the end when I got completely wedged in by enemy vehicles and/or brutes.

Also not sure about this whole virtual reality thing. We're riffing on The Matrix now? Really? It seems to make all the over-the-top stuff kind of meaningless. I'm already playing a video game; now you're telling me my action-hero-theatrics aren't even having a significant effect on the world of said game...?

If there's a Saints Row V at this point, it begins to seem like the only way forward is to have the players make a new character who's taking on the old leader of the Saints.

l3o2828:
...Same city? Really?
Talk about lazyness.

Is it just me or Saints Row is turning into the Scary Movies series of Videogaming?

umm you do realize gta has never been in a new city since the ps1 game was released right. although if you really are the president it does seem weird that you are confined to just one city in the game

mrm5561:

l3o2828:
...Same city? Really?
Talk about lazyness.

Is it just me or Saints Row is turning into the Scary Movies series of Videogaming?

umm you do realize gta has never been in a new city since the ps1 game was released right. although if you really are the president it does seem weird that you are confined to just one city in the game

Sorry but...Vice City?
San Andreas?
Also, punctuation, use it.

OT: You got Prototype in my Saints Row! Not that there is anything wrong with that...[/quote]

Solo-Wing:

DVS BSTrD:
*Sigh* Yeah does look like fun, but I wish I could believe the story was gunna be worth a damn. I have a feeling this going to play like a 6 hour end-game.

Yuuki:
....a dubstep gun? Well then, that pretty much speaks for itself.

It's autotune that has speaking.

It's just mah BASS CANNON!

OT: You got Prototype in my Saints Row! Not that there is anything wrong with that...

I literally just finished re-playing the first prototype and I can say I really did get that feeling while watching the video too. I can only hope at some point we'll get to yell "TAGGART YOU SUICIDAL MORON!!!!!!!!"

mrm5561:

l3o2828:
...Same city? Really?
Talk about lazyness.

Is it just me or Saints Row is turning into the Scary Movies series of Videogaming?

umm you do realize gta has never been in a new city since the ps1 game was released right. although if you really are the president it does seem weird that you are confined to just one city in the game

So far the 3D GTA series has 5 cities to it's name. Liberty City, Vice City, San Andreas, from the 6th Generation and the brand new Liberty City and San Andreas from the 7th Generation. If we don't exclud the original GTA, GTA2, GTA London, and GTA 1961 and GTA 1969, in total, GTA has 10 cities in total.

I just have to point out that, yes, Saints Row is turning into the Scary Movies of Videogames. Well said.

l3o2828:

mrm5561:

l3o2828:
...Same city? Really?
Talk about lazyness.

Is it just me or Saints Row is turning into the Scary Movies series of Videogaming?

umm you do realize gta has never been in a new city since the ps1 game was released right. although if you really are the president it does seem weird that you are confined to just one city in the game

Sorry but...Vice City?
San Andreas?
Also, punctuation, use it.

you show your ignorance sir and/or madam. GTA 1 took place in Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas.

I've got to say it? Where does it go from here? Saints Row IV, you're the president, you've got superpowers, you've got mechs - how do you top that? Who knows, maybe they'll try and return to something remotely possible.

TheRussian:

mrm5561:

l3o2828:
...Same city? Really?
Talk about lazyness.

Is it just me or Saints Row is turning into the Scary Movies series of Videogaming?

umm you do realize gta has never been in a new city since the ps1 game was released right. although if you really are the president it does seem weird that you are confined to just one city in the game

So far the 3D GTA series has 5 cities to it's name. Liberty City, Vice City, San Andreas, from the 6th Generation and the brand new Liberty City and San Andreas from the 7th Generation. If we don't exclud the original GTA, GTA2, GTA London, and GTA 1961 and GTA 1969, in total, GTA has 10 cities in total.

I just have to point out that, yes, Saints Row is turning into the Scary Movies of Videogames. Well said.

gotta double post so that you too know you are wrong. GTA 1 took place in Libert City, Vice City and San Andreas. then there was the London game. PS2 generation games take place in Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas. current gen takes place in Liberty City, (part of) San Andreas.

now there are smaler points you could argue. Things like "San Andreas was called a city before, and later San Andreas was a state consisting of 3 cities, therefor should be counted individually." but that is completely missing the point of what the person you quoted as being wrong was trying to say. GTA locales have not changed since first era. fact.

martyrdrebel27:

TheRussian:

mrm5561:

umm you do realize gta has never been in a new city since the ps1 game was released right. although if you really are the president it does seem weird that you are confined to just one city in the game

So far the 3D GTA series has 5 cities to it's name. Liberty City, Vice City, San Andreas, from the 6th Generation and the brand new Liberty City and San Andreas from the 7th Generation. If we don't exclud the original GTA, GTA2, GTA London, and GTA 1961 and GTA 1969, in total, GTA has 10 cities in total.

I just have to point out that, yes, Saints Row is turning into the Scary Movies of Videogames. Well said.

gotta double post so that you too know you are wrong. GTA 1 took place in Libert City, Vice City and San Andreas. then there was the London game. PS2 generation games take place in Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas. current gen takes place in Liberty City, (part of) San Andreas.

now there are smaler points you could argue. Things like "San Andreas was called a city before, and later San Andreas was a state consisting of 3 cities, therefor should be counted individually." but that is completely missing the point of what the person you quoted as being wrong was trying to say. GTA locales have not changed since first era. fact.

Oh because greatly expanding and re-designing an entire city is NOT Change.
While leaving the city pretty much like it always was is TOTALLY A-OK?
For all intents and purpouses GTA1's Vice city is NOT GTA:VC's Vice City. Same with San Andreas compared to GTA V and GTA 1.

On the other hand Saints Row The Third and Saints Row 4 is the same city layout with only minor changes, like adding things on the sky, which you most likely won't be able to explore if not in a mission.

martyrdrebel27:

l3o2828:

mrm5561:

umm you do realize gta has never been in a new city since the ps1 game was released right. although if you really are the president it does seem weird that you are confined to just one city in the game

Sorry but...Vice City?
San Andreas?
Also, punctuation, use it.

you show your ignorance sir and/or madam. GTA 1 took place in Liberty City, Vice City and San Andreas.

Although the cities were drastically different in the separate incarnations. The Liberty City from 1 was vastly different than 3 which was vastly different than 4. They're the same city in name only pretty much.
Although they are technically the same city so that one person was right. I still think the big differences in the cities should be enough however to consider them almost completely different.

OT: Not too interested. Yeah lots of people will probably like it and have a blast but the more I see and read the less interested I am. It just isn;t the game for me *shrug*

martyrdrebel27:
GTA locales have not changed since first era. fact.

So you are saying that Liberty City from GTA3 is canonically the same city as Liberty City from GTA4 and part of GTA1's large map? Give me a break. The 2D cities are in a completely different continuity from the 3D Cities, while GTA4 & 5 are in a brand new universe altogether. In the 2D universe all the cities were part of the same state. This is not the case in the 3D Universe where San Andreas is explicitly stated to be on the West Coast and Liberty City on the East Coast.I have played every GTA game and I can do this all day. If you have further questions I can direct you to the Official GTA Wiki where everything can be spelled out to you. It's better not to argue with facts.

Let's keep this thread focused on Saints Row 4. I will not respond to this post.

TheRussian:

martyrdrebel27:
GTA locales have not changed since first era. fact.

So you are saying that Liberty City from GTA3 is canonically the same city as Liberty City from GTA4 and part of GTA1's large map? Give me a break. The 2D cities are in a completely different continuity from the 3D Cities, while GTA4 & 5 are in a brand new universe altogether. In the 2D universe all the cities were part of the same state. This is not the case in the 3D Universe where San Andreas is explicitly stated to be on the West Coast and Liberty City on the East Coast.I have played every GTA game and I can do this all day. If you have further questions I can direct you to the Official GTA Wiki where everything can be spelled out to you. It's better not to argue with facts.

Let's keep this thread focused on Saints Row 4. I will not respond to this post.

almost right. almost. the character from gta 2, though killed at the end, is largely accepted as the same character from gta 3 and who makes a cameo in san andreas, Claude Speed.

and as for the saint's row city barely changing, how can anyone outside the company even begin to guess at that? Sint's Row 1 and 2 both took place in Stilwater and the city had a massive overhaul between. there is no evidence to suggest that we won't be in for the same thing with Steelport 2.0.

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