With Saints Row IV coming out in little under a month, I wanted to tell you some of the reasons why I love this franchise as much as I do and what makes it so awesome.
I have been playing Saints Row ever since the series inception and at first it felt like THQ and Volition were merely making a parody of the Grand Theft Auto series. When Saints Row 2 & 3 came out however, you could see that they were making a game everyone would love and could define itself as a unique and compelling experience.
Here are my favorite aspects that set the Saints Row franchise apart from the rest of the gaming world.
The different ways of making money in Saints Row is always entertaining. Not only can you complete the main missions to earn rewards but playing the side missions are a great way to bank, not to mention they are fun to play regardless. You can earn money by rescuing prostitutes from neighborhood pimps, getting hit by cars to sue people for insurance dollars or helping out dealers by being their muscle while they sell drugs.
Yes, this game asks for no forgiveness in its caricature of virtual narcissism.
Another reason I love this series is the character customization. When Saints Row the Third came out, the developers took creating your character to a whole new level. Not only could you play as your character but you could go on their website and choose from many of the player made models as well. Customizing was also fun, because you are not tied down to one character throughout your play through, you could switch protagonists at anytime which made for some hilarious outtakes during some of the cut scenes.
Along with the extensive create a character options comes other great things to do like styling your ride or buying new clothes. These options not only allow you to express who you are but it also allows you to be a completely different person. The great thing about Saints Row clothing is that you have a vast array of options to choose from being a pimp, to a gangster or even a gimp! The car customization is also interesting because you can ride around like you are a dope boy or add kneecappers and take out some tires or pedestrians while you are riding along. Another good thing about the car customization on Saints Row is that not only do can you change the exterior but the interior as well, they work great for the cars you can ride around with the top down.
And course saving the best for last, what makes this series amazing is because of all the over the top antics. Where else can you take down whole corporations and be praised for it or use a dub step gun and become indestructible. Saints Row has grown to be known for not only being fun and over the top but taking humor in video games to a whole new level. Where else can you change your moves set to do a dive into someones face or run around with a huge purple dildo bat smacking people around with it. Where except in the hyper fantasy world of Saints Row is drinking, smoking and driving or pulling a chariot in a gimp suit considered normal…