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Saints Row Notorious Edition (PS5)

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The formula of the first three games makes a return. Take down rival gangs, take part in some side missions, or explore the sprawling landscape of Santo Ileso.

Saints Row The Third received criticism for trying to do TOO much all at once, but overall it reviewed well. Unprecedented Customization – Create the Boss of your dreams, with the most extensive character customization suite ever seen in the series, then complete the look with incredible options for weapons and vehicles. While attempting to rob a bank in neighbouring Steelport as part of a publicity stunt, ‘Playa’, Shaundi and Gat get captured by ‘The Syndicate’. They escape in dramatic fashion and decide to take over Steelport as well by – you guessed it – taking down the three main gangs in the area.A ‘Standalone Expansion’ (figure that one out) called Gat out of Hell followed, which saw The Saints continue their capers – this time in hell. Based on Reno, Nevada, large parts of the map are wide-open deserts, with densely-populated towns dotted around to explore at will. Build your criminal empire with Saints Row. See The Saints rise to power as they run the streets, blast through enemies, and take over the city. You either have what it takes, or you don’t, and The Saints are really good what they do.

It didn’t review anywhere near as well as previous entries. Critics complained about the repetitive missions, poor graphics, and an abundance of glitches. The Penetrator” made its debut in Saints Row The Third, and made quite a stir in doing so (please don’t google it.) It became a symbol of how wild the developers went with this instalment, but there were definitely stranger things included in there.

This entry hits with silliness within minutes of play, with the lead character delivering what is likely the longest string of f-bombs in all of entertainment. This moment cements the game’s silly (and low brow) vibe, which hits more than it misses, and shows the protagonist can be a bit of a wild card. The player designs this character, determining their sex, voice, facial features, and even the size of their genitalia. This lead is nicely penned and blends seamlessly with a fantastic supporting cast that gives the game a legitimate team dynamic, both in the story and mission flow. Eli is the brains of the operation, and his love of LARPing rubs off on you. Neenah’s obsession with cars and art is contagious and represented in play. And then there’s Kev, who is always shirtless, loves tacos, and is one of the fathers to a fantastic cat (that actually plays a significant role in the plot). In 2011 Volition released Saints Row The Third. It saw the developers go from leaning into craziness to embracing it as their key selling point.

There is now a ‘respect’ system to give more meaning to side-missions and activities. But the most noticeable change is how much bigger Stillwater is. They explain this with another big change; Ultor.

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