Saints Row: The Third
The third title in a sandbox series known for its propensity to take things to extremes, Saints Row: The Third first debuted at the Spike Video Game Awards last year. Like previous entries in the series, Saints Row: The Third will focus on over-the-top action sequences, character customization, and player access to a wide range of vehicles. Sarah LeBoeuf viewed the live demo at this year's E3 and found the tone of the game to be both hilarious and refreshing.
Read Sarah's full preview of Saints Row: The Third here. The game is due for release November 15, 2011 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
The first portion of the demo was a simple sandbox demonstration to show some of the additions and improvements the developers have made to the game. As always, there's plenty of customization to be made, although I didn't see the character creation screen. Instead, I got a look at one of the in-game shops at which new outfits can be purchased. Your character's style is really up to you - dress like a pimp, or a spaceman, or even go naked, because really, why not?
After suiting up, the Saint started beating on random people on the street with a few melee weapons, like a giant purple dildo (yes, you read that right) and boxing gloves that made those on the receiving end of punches explode. Then the demonstrator hopped in a car to show off the tighter driving physics and vehicle variety; in just a few minutes, we saw a fancy car, a jet, and even a tank, which launched a mini-game with an objective of causing $150,000 worth of damage in about three minutes.