How do they keep coming up with all of these ridiculous toys?
Saints Row has always struggled with living under the shadow of Grand Theft Auto and even though the two series are similar in design as Open World, Third-Person Action Shooters, they aren’t even in the same ballpark anymore. With Saints Row IV coming out in August and Grand Theft Auto V right behind it in September, Volition have made some really cool additions to try to prove, once again, that they are much more than just another GTA clone.
One simple difference that I notice between the two games is how the developers share with their fans, with Volition being very open with Saints Row IV as we get closer to its August 20th release date, and Rockstar being more closed off and limiting what they show us. Volition proved it again today by releasing a new video preview that shows us some of the new features in Saints Row IV. Narrated by the game’s Senior Producer, Jim Boone, we get a nice long look at some of the new weapons, combat moves, vehicles (including the new Mech) and super powers that our character will have at their disposal.
The Inflato-Ray is hilarious, but the super powers are what interest me the most in Saints Row IV, with abilities like being able to run super fast, jump over buildings, glide through the air, freeze enemies and objects and being able to grab and throw enemies and objects using telekinesis, to name a few. Combining these abilities with the hand to hand combat moves and tossing in some of the ridiculous weapons that Saints Row has become known for should make Saints Row IV, if nothing else, one of the most fun games of 2013.
Grand Theft Auto is a great series, but Rockstar have kept things more realistic in their games, and Volition have taken Saints Row so far over the top that I’m not sure if they would even know how to come back down if they wanted to. I’m glad the two series have taken different paths and I’m really glad that one of them has become so ridiculous that massive purple dildo bats and guns that blow people up like a balloon don’t feel out-of-place. We need that kind of fun in our video game lives and I hope that Saints Row IV is as much fun to play as it is to watch.
For now, check out the video below to see some of the new features in Saints Row IV in action.