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March 25, 2013
 

PAX East First Impressions: Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV

Saints Row the Third was a blast to play, and there are very few people who do not agree. So you can understand the joy I must have felt when I was invited to take a behind closed doors look at the upcoming continuation of the series. Lets get right down to it, the leader of the Saints is now the President of the United States, and has super powers. Yeah, it’s already crazy. Our preview started by showing two the games new weapons, the first of which, the Inflate-O-Ray, inflated enemies into an almost cartoon like state with bulging eyes until they popped. It is exactly the kind of weapon you would expect Volition to add to a game like this, and embracing the wackier side of things is what made Saints Row what it is today.

The second gun — and one of my personal highlights of the entire preview — was the Dubstep gun. Yes, the Dubstep gun…and yeah, it was awesome. As soon as you fire you drop anyone unfortunate enough to be in front of you to the soothing sounds of dubstep. The penetrator, yeah it was cool, but come on, even if you don’t like dubstep that gun is cool. Volition told us there were even more new guns coming to the game that they could not talk about yet, but they promised that they too would be awesome. To top things off, you can even customize your weapons to make them look and perform differently. One example shown was a rocket launcher that looked like a guitar case, the perfect instrument of destruction.

Shortly after seeing these new weapons, our “hero” was confronted by Saints Row IV’s new enemy, the Zen. These aliens are invading the earth, and it is up to the President of the good ole’ U.S.A. to save the day. How is he going to do that? Super powers. Your character will now be able to use a variety of powers ranging from super speed to super jumping and super kickassery, which I wouldn’t be surprised to find that it is an actual power in this game. A power that is in the game is Telekinesis. Telekinesis lets you pick up objects or people and use them as weapons or simply throw them around for your own enjoyment. Only a small number of the powers that will be available in the game were show, but already they are shaping up to be an interesting addition. We were also told that you can level up your powers over time to make yourself even more powerful. The whole idea behind powers, as explained to us, is to make you feel like a total badass.

The game takes place in Steelport, though it is not as you left it in Saints Row the Third. The Zen have seen fit to change the city into a much more alien looking place. Skyscrapers have been modified with alien plating and the like and alien ships can be seen in the skies above. Clearly the President will have his hands full saving both the city and the World. Luckily you can still call upon a friend for some co-op mayhem. The co-op modes from the previous game return with a few new surprises. Whether you take part in those activities or simply play through the game, kicking alien ass is always more fun with a friend.

Saints Row IV is a true sequel to Saints Row the Third. This isn’t Enter the Dominatrix re-purposed, this is an entire game that just so happens to use some of the DLC’s assets. Any concern about this not being a worthy successor can be put to rest, Volition isn’t holding back any punches with this one. They said that this will end this particular chapter of Saints Row, and they want to go out with a bang. Saints Row IV is set to release this August for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. For those wondering, there are no next-gen plans for Saints Row IV. As always, keep it here on ThoseGamingNerds.com!

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