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Very quick tips for Saints Row IV

Aug 20 // Chris Carter
Basic Tips: Level up jumping powers first. They pay dividends as you're more easily able to trounce around and unlock more cores. If you're frustrated by climbing up buildings, eventually you'll unlock the ability to wall-run, similar to Alex Mercer from Prototype -- just keep leveling up until you earn the right to purchase it. You can "pre-load" super-jumps in the air by holding down the jump button, then letting go once you hit the ground. Traversing across vertical terrain is easy if you have the glide ability. Hold down the glide button (LB or L1), then let go when you're near a building, pre-load a super-jump, and repeat. When you're fighting Wardens, patience is key. Switch to the fireball ability, and wait until the Warden is done jumping around before you blast his shield. Otherwise, he'll just jump around again and re-cast his shield before you can get a chance to do any real damage. If you're looking to make short work of them, save up ~30,000 cache (money) for the rocket launcher as soon as possible. When choosing what powers to wield, use fire on vehicles, and ice on units. Remember to double-tab the direction pad to switch. If you're in a jam, sprinting in circles and using the sprinting attack can make for a quick instant kill. You can use this multiple times in succession. Complete all of the crewmate activity missions (not the loyalty ones, but the ones where the game gives you mixed objectives). The rewards are fantastic. [Jim Sterling] If you find yourself in a troubling firefight, try and pick off enemies one by one behind cover. Super sprint into the health, rinse, and repeat. Of course, grabbing the "less damage while sprinting" and "vacuum up health" upgrades will help considerably. Don't forget that you can turn on the radio at any time, even if you're not in a vehicle. Press the B button (Circle) to bring up the menu, and change the radio station with LB and RB (L1 and R1). You may not even notice it, but when you're not using ammo, a tiny white circle appears on the screen. Use this to aim your projectile powers, and more importantly, aim your jumps when looking down at the ground. It's really easy to forget about your power dive ability that you'll earn a few hours into the campaign. Press the aim button (LT or L2) in the air to hover, aim the cursor, then press the attack button (RT or R2) to do a Superman-esque dive into a group of enemies. You can do this often -- all it costs is stamina. If you really want the Dubstep Gun, you'll earn it towards the end of the campaign anyways, at which point you can just equip it from your armory. Don't forget that you can access the "phone" menu by pressing the Back button (Select), and call your crew for help (it's the lower left option). I kept forgetting this because it's so hidden, but it's very useful. If you're having trouble during missions involving constantly spawning enemies via portals, the best course of action is to head to a nearby building, and shoot the portals from afar. Otherwise, you risk getting constantly hit, and by the time you get your bearings, more portals will spawn. Without spoiling anything, this works very well in the final fight.
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Zap the Zin Empire
Saints Row IV is the wackiest game yet. Just when you thought hitting people with giant dildo bats was crazy, how about smacking aliens with giant dildo bats while running 100 miles per hour, leaping 100 feet in the air -- as...


Meet the voices behind Saints Row IV

I hate pants too
Aug 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Not much longer now! Saints Row IV is almost out and it's a pretty amazing game. Seriously, check out our review. The wait can be painful, so here's a new trailer for the game giving us a behind-the-scenes look at some of th...

Jimquisition: Neutered

Aug 12 // Jim Sterling
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Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Why do gamers defend their favorite titles from criticism with such volatility? According to some, it's because they don't want to see their genitalia removed. Is inclusivity the enemy of creativity? Is restriction an inherent part of congeniality? The Jimquisition considers recent controversies against the fear of a game being "neutered" to "pander" to new audiences.


Kick alien ass in Saints Row IV

Then anal probe the alien ass
Aug 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
"We're definitely turning the tables on the aliens. For all the misery they've inflicted on the human race, being able to use the alien probe on them seems only just." -- Jim Boone, senior producer on Saints Row IV. Quote of the year, ladies and gentlemen. Quote of the year.
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Saints Row IV

This edition of Saints Row IV literally costs $1M

The Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition, because of course
Aug 09
// Brett Makedonski
The best version of Saints Row IV will also be far and away the most expensive one. We're not talking a couple hundred dollars for some figurines. No, the Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition will run a cool one million dolla...
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It's a pansexual paradise!
It is with no small amount of delight that I bring you a new episode of Now Bloody Playing -- featuring an early look at the world of Saints Row IV. In this video, I walk you through all the teased "Romance Options" found in...


Volition weren't fans of THQ's porn star marketing push

There will be over 100 tracks spanning seven radio stations too
Aug 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Volition's associate producer Kate Nelson spoke with Edge Online about all things Saints Row, and specifically brought up how the team weren't fans of THQ's marketing push using porn stars. “I did not always love how mu...
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Saints Row IV

Create your Saints Row IV character now

Import them once the game launches
Aug 06
// Jordan Devore
The Inauguration Station for Saints Row IV is out now on Steam and Xbox 360 with a PlayStation Network release set for Tuesday, August 13 (or tomorrow, if you're in the UK). This is the game's standalone character creator, w...
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Saints Row IV Australia

Australians rejoice: You're allowed to play Saints Row IV

And you won't become drug addicts
Aug 02
// Fraser Brown
After a ridiculous amount of faffing about, Saints Row IV has finally been deemed appropriate for adults to buy. Until now, Australian men and women were considered responsible enough to get jobs, buy homes, and get married, ...
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Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV still refused classification in Australia

My Aussie buddies still can't catch a break
Jul 29
// Alasdair Duncan
I thought this all got fixed but apparently Australia's ratings board still has decided to refuse classification for Saints Row IV for the second time. A conveining of a Review Board found that the original ruling by the...
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Saints Row

Saints Row IV wins with Game of the Generation Edition

I mean, seriously -- just look at this thing!
Jul 26
// Jordan Devore
There sure have been some stupid collector's editions, but this one takes the cake -- and I mean that as the sincerest of compliments. It's Saints Row, after all. You kind of just have to roll with it. Deep Silver and Volitio...
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Saints Row

Saints Row IV Season Pass includes that anal probe weapon

And two mission packs
Jul 24
// Jordan Devore
Well, yeah -- of course Saints Row IV has a Season Pass. And, as expected, it'll include access to Enter the Dominatrix, which is now being described as "a tongue-in-cheek version of what this content was originally going to ...
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Saints Row

Enter the Dominatrix to be revived as Saints Row IV DLC

What a weird journey this has been
Jul 22
// Jordan Devore
Previously slated as a standalone expansion for Saints Row: The Third, Enter the Dominatrix has since been incorporated into Saints Row IV, though "very little" of the content made the cut in the merge accordin...
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Saints Row

Johnny Gat is back in Saints Row IV

Original voice actor is back too
Jul 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Spoilers: Johnny Gat was killed in Saints Row: The Third. Well, you were lead to believe that since it all happened off screen. Anyway, he's back in Saints Row IV. Daniel Dae Kim is also back to voice the character as well. I loved that little Hawaii joke in the new trailer.

Saints Row IV voice actors revealed

So many big names!
Jul 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Are you going to San Diego Comic-Con this week? Well you better make time for the Saint's Row IV "Super Dangerous Wub Wub Panel" on Saturday at 6:30PM in room 7AB. Deep Silver's Aubrey Norris and Volition's Steve Jaros will b...
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Saints Row

Future Saints Row titles would likely go in new direction

Saints Row IV marks the end of a saga
Jul 08
// Jordan Devore
Saints Row IV is ridiculous. That much has been made clear since day one, from the Saints taking the White House to aliens, superpowers, and Keith David starring as himself. It's the next logical extension after The Third, if...

Saints Row IV: Everything you've ever loved in a blender

Jul 03 // Kyle MacGregor
Saints Row IV (PlayStation 3, PC [previewed], Xbox 360)Developer: VolitionPublisher: Deep Silver Release: August 20, 2013 We've previously covered the title's basic premise and gameplay quirks, so I'll refrain from beating a dead horse. Suffice to say, fans of Saints Row: The Third should be pleased. It's pretty much the same as its predecessor with a few subtle enhancements and touch of inFamous thrown in there for good measure. That's not a bad thing. Not in the slightest. One of the things about Saints Row IV that really grabbed my attention was the number of film and pop culture references the designers have managed to cram into the game. Within the first few minutes of playing the game there's a Medal of Honor-esque mission (complete with copious amounts of door breaching) named for Zero Dark Thirty. That's immediately followed up with a fistfight reminiscent of the final scene of Terminator 2: Judgement Day wherein the player knocks an assailant into a vat of molten steel. Moments later, the protagonist is inexplicably attempting to disarm a nuclear warhead as it hurtles through the air. A scene of self sacrifice, it evokes Bruce Willis' performance in Armageddon thanks to Aerosmith wailing "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" in the background. [embed]257442:49425:0[/embed] It doesn't stop there. As the protagonist's new-found super powers are gradually introduced, the game will whisk the player away into training rooms akin to those in The Matrix. Let me just tell you now that leaping hundreds of feet through the air from the top of one skyscraper to another is an incredible rush. Soon after, you'll escape from a virtual world through a door only to wake up in a stasis pod aboard an alien ship. In making your escape, hanger bay doors will slowly close around your vessel as Keith David compels you to "stay on target" whilst suggesting you "do a barrel roll." Oh, right! Following in the footsteps of Steelport Mayor Burt Reynolds is sultry-voiced actor Keith David, who turns in a remarkable performance in his portrayal of Keith David. It's pretty great. The star power doesn't stop there, though. Oh no! The character creator features an optional vocal track delivered by none other than famed voice actor Nolan North. Because of course it does. It all just goes to show how self-aware the team at Volition are. In addition to the ridiculously entertaining gameplay, the writers are constantly working to parody everything and anything. It doesn't always hit the mark but Saints Row IV will surely glean at least a few smirks and chuckles from players as they run around a virtual Steelport at the speed of sound, blasting foes with dubstep guns en route to fighting the alien menace.
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Hail to the chief
The Third Street Saints are on the rise. Once a lowly street gang from Stillwater, the crime syndicate achieved celebrity status in conquering the burgeoning metropolis of Steelport. Now, you, their intrepid leader, have inex...

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Saints Row IV

Celebrate Independence Day with Saints Row IV

This is the wackiest Saints Row yet
Jul 03
// Chris Carter
If you've ever wanted to hear Keith David say "anal probing overlords," you'll want to check out this new trailer for Saints Row IV, centered around independence day. You'll get a good look at combat, vehicular action, super...
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Saints Row 4

'Low Violence Version' of Saints Row IV found on Steam

What a joke
Jul 02
// Chris Carter
Due to the fact that the Australian Classification Board decided that an Alien Anal Probe weapon was crossing the line due  "sexual violence with no justified context," (can alien technology ever really be justified, guy...

Star Wars: Battlefront, Ellen Page, & Sexy Suda51

The Destructoid Show has a visit from Uncle Sessler
Jun 25
// Max Scoville
DICE is as excited about Star Wars: Battlefront as you are, Ellen Page is pissed about Ellie in The Last Of Us looking like her, Saints Row IV is too explicit for Australia, and Suda51 gives his stance on sexuality in Killer Is Dead. Adam Sessler fills in for Tara, and we talk about his fun panel with Jim Sterling, and how I'm a suicidal Pikachu.
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Saints Row

Saints Row IV refused classification in Australia

Volition reworking the game for the territory
Jun 25
// Jordan Devore
[Update: Kotaku has obtained a report from the Classification Board which spells out the specifics of the decision -- an Alien Anal Probe weapon and "alien narcotics" -- and led to this fine sentence: "In the Board’s op...
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Saints Row floppy cocks

Saints Row IV: Now with more floppy cocks

Oh my!
Jun 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
So here's a funny little story. When Volition first showed off Saints Row: The Third, the male and female private parts were way more animated. Black censor bars covered the naughty stuff -- actually, it was pixelated censors...

Saints Row IV is going to be the best superhero game ever

Jun 11 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Saints Row IV (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC)Developer: VolitionPublisher: Deep Silver Release: August 2013 The demo I went hands-on with started me off in the story where your character is now the President of the United States. You have to make your way to the press room to hold a conference, and along the way you'll feed your pet tiger, pick between signing a bill to end world hunger or fuck (cure) cancer, and punching an annoying senator in the dick. A President does what a President wants to. The President will also surround himself with only the people he trusts most, and in this case it's pretty much every major character from past Saints Row games. A ton from The Third like Shaundi, Kinzie, Pierce, Oleg, plus a bunch of others including Keith David as Keith David! Once in the press room all hell breaks loose as aliens crash the party, literally. They blow open the roof, and the leader of the Zen empire flies in, declaring to the world that they're here to take over the planet. Players then have to fend off aliens in the white house, but not before a quick stop in the Oval Office so you can equip yourself with the weaponry hidden behind various wall panels. Players will eventually make their way out to the front lawn of the White House where you'll hop into a giant turret  in order to shoot down alien spaceships swarming above Washington D.C. This lasts for a couple of minutes until the main mothership shows up and crashes right on your lawn. From here players will jump into the ship, confront the alien Zen leader and ... get your human ass handed to you. The Zen leader is no push over. Next we were dropped into the open world aspect of Saints Row IV, which takes place in a virtual reality simulation of Steelport. The city is largely the same, well except for the giant alien towers and spaceships that are scattered all over the place. The whole point of this virtual reality world is so the Zen can brainwash humans that are placed into it. You're the leader of the Saints and America though, and instead you bend the simulation to suit your desires. And this is where the superpowers come in. It's like how Neo was able to bend the Matrix to his will, except cooler because you have way more abilities here. Here's the list of just some of the powers you'll have: super jump, the ability to glide, super speed, wall running, telekinesis, ice blasts, super strength, fire attacks, and lightning attacks. You'll have to earn new powers and upgrades for them so you're not a totally overpowered badass right from the start. Plus your powers are tied to a meter that recharges over time in order to limit and balance things out. Oh right, there's still guns too. It's largely the same setup as in The Third, except you can also customize the actual look of your weapons now too. A machine gun with a skin that makes it look like a super soaker? Awesome! I got to use the Dubstep gun, which lost its novelty after like a minute. I did have fun with the new Black Hole gun which, you guessed it, shoots out mini-black holes that sucks up anything near it. As for activities, man, the map was so full of them it was insane. One new mini-game is Blazin', which utilizes your super speed to run through checkpoints across the map. Then there's Professor Genki's M.O.M (Mind Over Murder) where you have to use your telekinesis to grab people or objects and throw them at various targets. I had a lot of fun with Saints Row: The Third, and I know I'm going to enjoy Saints Row IV even more. Running around as the President with super powers in an open world setting? Fuck yeah.
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I pledge allegiance to the United Saints of America
I was a little worried about Saints Row IV when it was revealed at PAX East. My main concern being how much fun would it really be revisiting Steelport even with superpowers and such. After some hands-on time though, I really...

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Interplay gets Freespace

Interplay now owns the Freespace IP

The classic space combat sim is back with its original publisher
Jun 07
// Alasdair Duncan
In this week's episode of The Question, I talked about how much I'd like to see a new Freespace game; now we've gotten an update as to who owns the Freespace IP. Coincidence? Almost certainly. Polygon has discovered that the ...
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Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV collector's edition comes with Dubstep Gun

Jun 05
// Dale North
This newly announced Saints Row IV Collector's Edition: the Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition (that's the real name) comes with a 12-inch Dub Step gun replica. It shoots tunes from the game with full wub power. How great i...
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Saints Row

Kick the day off with six minutes of Saints Row IV

Videogames sure are something
May 09
// Jordan Devore
Miss out on the pre-alpha demonstration of Saints Row IV at PAX East? Me too. We can finally stop crying in the corner together now that Volition has put together a video of exactly that walkthrough. If this is the first you...

Saints Row IV: Nut shots

May 07
// Dale North
Here's the official U.S. version of Saints Row IV's Meet the President trailer. Presidential sh*t sounds boring this early in the morning, but no worries here as it's all dubstep and nut shots, just like I like it.  You'll get your chance at smashing people against dumpsters this fall.
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Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV pre-order bonuses celebrates 'Merica

Commander in Chieft Edition includes some extra bonuses
Apr 22
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Saints Row IV sees players becoming the President of the United States, and as President you can do whatever the hell you want. So the Commander in Chief Edition players will get as a free upgrade when you pre-order the game ...

Saints Row IV has a 'f*ck ton more' content than SR3

Mar 23 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
An example Steve gave me about the increase in content was on the amount of collectables in the game, and it sounds like that alone will keep players busy for a long time.  One of the developers that Steve works with "brought up a picture of [Saint Row IV's] map and said 'listen, here's all the collectables in the game.' You couldn't see the map! There's so much for people to go explore, find, to do, to unlock, and to play. It's so much more than anything that we've done in any Saints Row game. There's more content in Saints Row IV than any Saints Row game that's come out. I think that we're well past anything that we've done, so I have no concerns whatsoever about amount of content on the disc 'cause there's a ton of it."   Personally I'm reassured since there was quite a lot of stuff to do in Saints Row: The Third as it was. As far as the DLC goes, I asked Steve to address fan concerns that a high amount of DLC could be perceived as hollowing out the core game.   "Personally, I don't think it's a hollowed experience 'cause Volition is doing as much as they can to put as much as they can into the game. I think what some people don't realize is that a lot of our DLC that is created isn't even created by Volition. There's another company that often times are creating DLC. That stuff is being developed by a totally separate team while we are working on making the main game come out." Steve could only remember one of the companies they're working with at the time of our interview, which is High Voltage Software, the makers of The Conduit series.  For more on Saints Row IV, go check out my first impressions. It has dubstep guns and giant mechs! 
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'There's more content in Saints Row IV than any Saints Row game that's come out'
Yesterday we told you about how Saints Row IV will have a very robust downloadable content plan much like Saint Row: The Third's. Many of you were understandably disappointed, but it's not as bleak as you might assume. I spok...

uDraw shanked Saints Row photo
How one f*ck-up can ruin things for everyone
Poor, poor THQ. A series of catastrophic mistakes led to the 23-year-old company's closure earlier this year. Among the more notable mistakes was the uDraw tablet, originally released in 2010 exclusively on Wii where it becam...

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