Saints Row 3 Prof. Genki DLC Weirds Me Out


Step into Genki Bowl VIII, an extension of the creepy game show “Professor Genki’s Super Ethical Reality Climax”.

Most of Saints Row the Third hits the right balance between over-the-top violence and comedy, but something about the Professor Genki thing just feels off. Maybe it’s Tim and Eric’s disturbing live action take on the violent game show that makes me shudder. In any case, there’s new DLC incoming from Volition in which the leader of the Saints gets thrown into nationally televised annual contest – Genki Bowl VII – for some murder time, fun time. The DLC is due January 17th on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Steam.

There’s been SR3 DLC before, but this marks the first mission pack for the game, extending the already incredible amount of content available in Steelport. You’ll get to play a bunch of minigames focused around the Genki Girls: Sexy Kitten Yarngasm, Sad Panda Skyblazing, and Apocolypse Genki, while also blasting away grandmas in the Super Ethical PR Opportunity. The Genki Bowl VIII is free for season pass holders, but there’s no word on how much it will cost for those of us unwilling to commit to a whole year of SR3.

Genki Bowl VIII reinforces the idea that Volition and producer Greg Donovan had for the game from the get-go. “From the start, [we decided] everything needs to be over the top, everything needs to kind of encapsulate the vision that the franchise has come to be known by at this point,” he said.

Professor Genki might be the one facet of the game that went a little too far, at least for me. I mean, I can watch violent movies with blood and gore spattered all over the place, but if I see video of an open heart operation actually being performed, I get woozy.

That’s kind of how I feel when I watch that Tim and Eric monstrosity. I like Adult Swim and the Awesome Show – Great Job! – as much as the next dork, but the joke just falls flat.

Kind of like my video review of SR3 did … *sigh* You win some and you lose some.

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