Quantcast
Six glorious naked hours with Saints Row: The Third - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Saints Row: The Third  



Six glorious naked hours with Saints Row: The Third


11:00 AM on 10.19.2011
Six glorious naked hours with Saints Row: The Third photo



This is it. We're less than a month away now from the release of Saints Row: The Third. THQ invited us out for one last extended look at this insane open-world crime game, giving me complete freedom to play around in Steelport.

The night before, it was suggested to me that I should imagine the kind of character I want to create (the amount of options was pretty daunting, especially with the limited time we had). So I was going to create a Jim Sterling lookalike, because the image of a giant man with a thick British accent blowing sh*t up was hilarious to me.

When it came time to make my character, though, I instead opted to build the girl of my dreams: an Asian lady with really big boobs wearing absolutely nothing. Why? Because I'm a child. A really horny child. Sorry, I'm getting ahead of myself here, aren't I?

  

Saints Row: The Third (Xbox 360 [previewed], PlayStation 3, PC)
Developer: Volition, Inc.
Publisher: THQ
Release: November 15, 2011 (US) / November 18, 2011 (EU)

The very first thing that greets you upon starting up a new game in Saints Row: The Third is a Star Wars-like spoof intro with the opening theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey playing in the background. I wasn't even in the game, yet here I was, already laughing at the little history lesson about the Saints gang as it was slowly scrolling up on the screen.

From here, the game takes us to the very first mission, where the Saints gang (yourself, Johnny Gat, Shaundi and a ride-along actor) robs the First National Bank in Stilwater. We've covered this level before, but the quickie version is that the heist doesn't go according to plan and ends with the Saints gang in jail.

After the first mission, players are given access to the character creation tool. Hair, face, body type, race -- everything is fully customizable to create the type of character you want. You can create yourself, celebrities, or, in my case, a hot Asian lady. On top of all the customization features is a new option   called the Sex Appeal meter, which lets you adjust your female/male character's breast/penis size, respectively. Sadly, the extreme bouncing of both the male and female sexy parts has been taken out. You can still run around naked, although the naughty bits are censored with blurred pixels.

Once you're set with your character (you can change your looks later at a cosmetic surgery store), you're taken back into the game, where you and the Saints are stuck in a jail cell. Normally, the Saints would have succeeded, but that was before a new gang by the name of the Syndicate came into town. The Saints are taken to meet Phillipe Loren, the leader of the Syndicate crime organization, and are given two simple options. Either the Saints join the Syndicate and basically become their bitches, or they die. The Saints, being the Saints, turn down the offer and attack Phillipe and his gang. Oh, and the fight is all happening on an airplane. You can see the entire level in action below.

Your character and Shaundi make it safely to the ground in the city of Steelport, and things aren't looking good for our anti-heroes. Shaundi is distraught over the possible death of Johnny Gat and on top of everything else, the Syndicate has cleaned out all of the Saints' bank accounts.

This is but a small setback for the Saints, who aren't going to just sit around and take things lightly. The duo goes off to find a Friendly Fire gun store, where you grab some guns with the money you do have and then promptly invade a weapons depot in order to steal a crapload of weapons.

The mission is pretty easy until reinforcements arrive. A number of enemy jeeps and tanks show up, but lucky for you, there's a UAV laptop in the weapons depot that lets you take control of a Reaper Drone. Once activated, I needed to rain missiles down upon all the jeeps and tanks and hold out until my own reinforcements arrived. Eventually, fellow Saints member Pierce comes flying in, leading a charge of helicopters full of other Saints gang members. The Saints load up the helicopters full of stolen goods and the next section sees you taking out pursuing helicopters while making your escape.

Once we made our escape, I took some time out to just dick around in Steelport. First, I pulled up my cell phone, which contains all the essentials. Most important on the phone is the map that shows the city's layout and lets you set up your GPS to make getting around the city easy. The great thing about the GPS is that not only will it update directions if you end up missing your turn, but there are also arrows that come up in the world to help direct you.

The cell phone also contains a list of your current missions, an area that lets you upgrade your skills, a camera app and a place to access some side missions for extra income. Some of the side missions include assassinating specific targets or stealing certain vehicles.

After checking all that out, I went into my crib, which was a shitty little hole-in-the-wall apartment. Better than nothing, especially considering that the Saints are basically starting from the bottom. Your crib is where you'll be able to access your stored weapons, clothing and where you can lose pursuing gangs or police.

Now that I finally had the proper chance, I went ahead and completely undressed my main character so she would be completely naked. That is, until I realized I had access to the special Professor Genki pre-order items. So I went ahead and put the Genki cat head mask onto my character before running outside. I'm so classy.

The great thing about the character customization feature is that it's always reflected in the game, even during the cutscenes. So there's my character, completely naked and wearing a giant cat mask, having serious conversations with her crew. You're also given a choice between seven different voice options and it's not just a simple voice swap. Your character will say different things based on their dialect and the characters you talk to will even respond differently based on whatever voice you use.

The highlight of all this is easily the zombie voice. The zombie voice is complete gibberish, just moans and groans as your character attempts some sort of conversation while other characters talk down at you like a child. All these voice options alone guarantees that I'll play the game's story through multiple times just to see how everyone reacts differently, especially to the zombie voice.

What's really nice is that you don't actually have to play the game all the way through again to play your favorite missions. Once a mission is over, there's an icon that appears on the street near the mission's start point that will allow you to play it over and over again.

Once I was ready to get back into things, I accessed my cell phone and rang up Pierce, who took me to Rim Jobs, the auto-body/detail shop where you can modify your cars however you see fit. Whatever vehicle you end up creating will get saved, so you'll always have access to it, even if it gets destroyed.

On the subject of cars, they all handled great. There's literally no learning curve as the cars just work. The expensive-looking cars all go fast and the ugly ones go pretty slow. Pretty simple. I really like the motorcycles, too, especially with how very forgiving they are.

What I found really nice about Saints Row was how it slowly introduces new concepts to the player. The vanity stuff like Rim Jobs, Planet Saints (clothing store), Rusty's Needle (tattoo shop) and the offbeat missions like Tank Mayhem (blow shit up!) and Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax show are intertwined within storyline missions, but you only experience a small chunk of each. The side stuff is presented to you, but it's up to you whether you want to fully dive further into these distractions later on.

Back to the main story, the Saints' operation can't really be run all that well from a little apartment, so the Saints decide to take over a penthouse owned by Phillipe's Morning Star gang. The penthouse is at the top of a building, and the easiest way to get there is by having my character dive out of a helicopter and glide to the roof via parachute. Don't forget, I'm naked! Once I took over the penthouse, I was given access to customization of my gang's style, taunts and vehicles.

In the next mission, I had to cover Pierce from a helicopter as he drove to a warehouse district. The helicopter is being controlled by the AI, so all you have to do is use a rocket launcher to take out any gang members that try to stop Pierce. Once Pierce gets to the warehouse district, the helicopter pilot lands on a rooftop, and in the next scene, it took a few seconds for me to realize what was even happening. You still need to cover Pierce, this time with a sniper rifle, and for whatever reason, your character thinks the best way to do this is by jumping off the roof and hanging off the side with only a rope tied around yourself and the helicopter. Yeah, now picture all that while completely naked and wearing the Genki head.

The last mission I played before I moved on to other aspects of the game was called "The Belgian Problem." At this point, the Saints feel ready to make a direct attack on the Syndicate's main base of operations. First, the Saints plant and arm a bomb into the base of the Syndicate's towering building. From here, the gang makes their way upwards to find Phillipe to get their proper revenge.

Along the way we come across several oversized characters called Brutes. These giant, Hulk-like enemies act as mini-bosses, and need a lot of firepower to be taken out. Once you've whittled their health all the way down, you'll be prompted to do a special takedown in order to finally kill them. My favorite of these takedowns was the one where you shove a grenade into their mouths.

Eventually you discover that all the Brute characters are clones of a man held against his will in the building. The original Brute offers to join your crew in order to help you get revenge against Phillipe, and once he's free, the Saints proceed to find Phillipe, only to see him make his escape. With the mission a bust, the Saints make their way back to the parking garage where they planted the bomb. Here, the player is given two options: Let the bomb explode and earn a ton of respect, or disarm the bomb and earn a ton of money while taking over the building as your new crib.

This is where I called it quits and went to check out the co-op mode. I would have loved to continue, but do know that after this mission, the story opens up more and we get exposed to the other gangs under the Syndicate operation.

As for the co-op, you can invite a second player to join your game at any point and play alongside you in any of the missions or side quests. I typically like playing these types of games by myself, but having a second player is a lot more fun for a game like Saints Row. I didn't have too much time to fully explore the co-op mode, but it never felt like the second player would detract from the experience.

One last thing I want to note is the music. There are several genre radio stations to listen to, including rock, dance and rap. My favorite of all the stations was easily the Adult Swim-centric station. There's over a dozen songs from Adult Swim shows, like Tim and Eric's "Sports" and a song by Dethklok.

I think by now you know that a good chunk of us here at Destructoid really want Saints Row: The Third. I've seen the game multiple times and each time it's been a blast. I know that Saints Row: The Third is going to be one of my favorite games of the year. It's a fun, demented and hilarious game that's a much-needed change of pace from all the serious games we're about to be bombarded with.

Six glorious naked hours with Saints Row: The Third photo
Six glorious naked hours with Saints Row: The Third photo
Six glorious naked hours with Saints Row: The Third photo
Six glorious naked hours with Saints Row: The Third photo
Six glorious naked hours with Saints Row: The Third photo
Six glorious naked hours with Saints Row: The Third photo
Six glorious naked hours with Saints Row: The Third photo







Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.



Review: The Evil Within photo
Review: The Evil Within
5:30 PM on 10.15.2014





timeline following:
Saints Row: The Third



9:30 AM on 06.18.2013
Saints Row 3, Gods Eater Burst go free on PS Plus today

Sony continues to turn up the heat this summer as it follows up a strong showing at E3 with yet another excellent week of PlayStation Plus. Saints Row: The Third headlines this week's free offerings, giving folks who mis...more



11:00 AM on 09.08.2012
HAWP: Rip Van Ashley wants to play Saints Row: The Third

The latest episode of Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? premiered at PAX last week before being uploaded to GameTrailers. I held off posting it until now out of anger and resentment from not being able to attend the show. It definit...more



3:15 PM on 07.23.2012
Storm's Adventure with Saints Row: The Third

Finally catching up with most of the holiday 2011 titles that I cared about, Saints Row: The Third comes into my life to brighten my day.  It isn't as colorful as Saints Row 2...or as crazy...or as funny...or as expansive...or as good.........but trust me, it's a must play! Also, you're tearing me apart, Lisa!more



1:30 PM on 06.01.2012
Steam's weekend deal is Saints Row: The Third

Praise be to the Discount Gods! If you've wanted to check out Saints Row: The Third and have been waiting for a price drop, now is your chance: it's currently going for $16.99 on Steam.  The Season Pass is also discounte...more



7:00 PM on 05.22.2012
Saints Row: The Third adds some Penthouse Pets

For some reason, THQ is still pumping out Saints Row: The Third downloadable content. This time, the DLC will add Penthouse Pets Nikki Benz, Justine Joli, Ryan Keely, and Heather Vandeven. The Pets will join your gang and ca...more



2:30 PM on 05.03.2012
Saints Row: The Third - Enter The Dominatrix announced

It turns out THQ really wasn't trying to fool you when it announced Enter The Dominatrix on April 1st, 2012 -- sh*t just got real! Coming this fall, the standalone expansion Saints Row: The Third - Enter the Dominatrix will b...more



8:30 PM on 02.17.2012
Saints Row: The Third gets 'Gangstas in Space' next week

The next downloadable content pack for Saints Row: The Third may very well be the first one I end up grabbing. "Gangstas in Space" is coming to all platforms this Tuesday for $6.99 (or free, if you happen to have a Season Pas...more



2:45 PM on 02.03.2012
This is exactly how you're supposed to play Saints Row 3

Egoraptor just pooped out a new animation based on Saints Row: The Third. It's a lot shorter than his more recent vids, clocking in at a mere 11 seconds. However, you'll probably agree that he successfully managed to condense the key highlights of the game in such a small span of time. Saints Row 3 Has A Lot of Outfits [YouTube]more



9:20 AM on 01.25.2012
THQ stops publishing kiddy games as SR3 ships 3.8 million

THQ has revealed that it plans to drop out of the licensed kid game market entirely, refocusing its efforts on so-called "core" games such as Saints Row: The Third. This news came at an investor meeting, where it was also ann...more



7:30 PM on 01.17.2012
GenkiBowl VII has begun!

The first DLC for Saints Row: The Third has been released and this trailer was released with the express purpose of encouraging you to purchase the addition. GenkiBowl VII brings all new missions centered around the mad...more




DLC

8:00 PM on 10.14.2014
Killer Instinct Season 2 starts tomorrow with TJ Combo and Maya

Iron Galaxy took over continued development of Killer Instinct for Microsoft following Amazon's acquisition of Double Helix earlier this year. We'll get to see what the studio has come up with starting tomorrow when the firs...more



1:00 PM on 10.14.2014
We could've had Binding of Isaac poop hats in Team Fortress 2

When I clicked on this blog post for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, my eyes went straight to the second image -- specifically, the sobbing Heavy. Love it. Next, they shifted to the Scout wearing a hat that looks like a giant ...more



10:00 AM on 10.12.2014
Dark Souls II's DLC bosses are HARD

Dark Souls II players aren't doing so hot against the Fume Knight from the Crown of the Old Iron King DLC. According to stats released by From Software, 93% of attempts against him haven ended in miserable, abject failure. GG Chosen Undead.more



View all DLC






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more