Another day, another discount! Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package has dropped again on PC (Steam redeemable) over on the CDKeys website to just £1.89. To get the discounted price you will need to like the CDKeys Facebook page (link below) you do not need to be a Facebook member and you can also type anything in the box it doesn't have to be your email address.
Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package includes the original game, three downloadable mission packs (Genkibowl VII, Gangstas In Space, and The Trouble With Clones) and more than 30 bonus DLC items from such hits as the Shark Attack pack, Witches & Wieners pack, Special Operations pack, and the Genki Girl Vehicle pack.
Thanks to tplatts98 over @ HUKD for the heads up.
Use code DEALSP-AWNMGE21O-FFG at checkout to get the discount.
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Gosh, what a headline. In response to Koch Media acquiring Volition and the Saints Row franchise during the THQ feeding frenzy, Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski (formerly of Epic Games) has given the publisher some free and frank advice in an extraordinary series of tweets. The Gears Of War designer purports that the franchise should be a major rival to Grand Theft Auto, but immature direction is holding it back and damaging industry perceptions.
We've got the whole wonderful, ridiculous, uncensored thing after the break.Click here to read more...
Should THQ be diversifying to help spread the risk and lift themselves out of the financial pothole in which they found themselves last year? Not according to new president Jason Rubin. For Rubin, the way forward is simple: it's all about triple-A.Click here to read more...
Not quite sold on Saints Row: The Third? Looking for a little tester, but want something a little more substantial than a demo? Well Play and The Game Collection might have the answer to your prayers. The original Saints Row is still an enjoyable blast of anarchic fun. No it's not quite as well constructed as Rockstar's crime-filled open worlds, but Still Water does have charms of its own and provides plenty of riotous fun for the price it's currently sitting at. Do be aware, though, that the second game's hovering around this price point at the moment too.
Saints Row: The Third is looking more ridiculously hilarious every time we see it. Volition's insane sandbox title snagged itself another trailer this week showing off the rivalry between the Syndicate and the Saints and rhetorically asking, 'Who doesn't want to be Johnny Gat?'. Expect guns, cartoonish disguises, bobbleheads, skydiving shootouts and a shotgun to the balls. We can't wait.
Saints Row: The Third arrives on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this November.Click here to watch the trailer...
Saints Row 2 is destined to go down in geeky history, if only as one of the minuscule number of games to which the pessimistically pedantic Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation fame ever gave a decent review. Coming across like GTA: San Andreas meets Crackdown, with an impressive open world in which to rampage, ruin and recruit as you try and make the 3rd Street Saints the biggest and most badass gang in town.
If you don't mind a game that favours anarchic enjoyment over a sculpted blockbuster experience, you can now pick up a copy of this hilariously over-the-top sandbox fun-fest for just £7.99 from Play.com, saving you about three quid on the nearest in-stock competitor (Tesco - £10.97).
First of all, don't write this game off if you happen to already own GTA IV. I nearly made that mistake myself, but this is a very different game to Rockstar's effort, and there are many who might just suggest that Volition's offering is a little bit better. Me, I like the fact that you can customise your character from the get-go. From gender to race to the look of your homies and the layout of your crib, the level of customisation here is fantastic and really involves you from the start.
I like the facetious sense of humour, the fact that nothing is taken particularly seriously in this game except for fun. Volition have clearly looked at the rather serious nature of the recent GTA games, bought a bumper bag of jelly beans and some space hoppers, and gone toddling off in the other direction. Explosions are bigger here, you feel almost invincible half of the time, like a John Woo film every single bullet connects and destroys. In fact, if Michael Bay and John Woo ever made a video game baby (don't think too hard about it) it'd probably look a little bit like this.
The missions are incredibly varied too. You have some run-of-the-mill stuff going on, but then there are tasks that come straight out of left field, like kidnapping members of the public and speeding around the city until they come up with a ransom, or playing chauffeur to a TV network and boosting their ratings through increasingly devious and explosive means.
This game surprised me a lot more than GTA IV. It's a cracked game, you can see rough bits and pieces that need a bit of a polish, and the graphics are certainly a little dated. But with its richly drawn and memorable roster of characters, brilliantly implemented Crackdown-style co-operative multiplayer, and staunch emphasis on making the game your own with a deep customisation system, Saints Row 2 erases all of your worries and doubts.
GTA IV is a game I liked to play for long periods, but it's one that since finishing I rarely go back to. This, however, has been keeping me occupied for a good 18 months. Snap up a copy if you can, you won't be disappointed.
Thanks to oliverreed at HUKD
As part of Steam's week of THQ deals they are today offering Saints Row 2 for £3.75 - a quarter of the usual asking price. This compares against the best price for a PC DVD copy of the game (£7.99 from Blockbuster) and is a fraction of Direct2Drive's £29.95 price tag.
You'll have to be quick because I believe the offer is for today only.
2008's Saints Row 2 is an exuberant orgy of bad behaviour in a sandbox world, which draws constant comparisons to Grand Theft Auto. However SR2 is a whole lot more over the top with little regard for the realism that the GTA series has now come to embrace.
A direct sequel of the original Saints Row, the game cleverly gets around the break in realism caused by a customisable protagonist by beginning the story with the news that your character has had to have serious reconstructive surgery. It's completely up to you, not just how your character looks but also how s/he sounds and behaves.
The city of Stillwater is filled with missions for you to complete, people to chat to/arbitrarily beat to a bloody pulp, challenges to be unlocked and all kinds of items and vehicles to have fun with (and by "fun" I mean thievery and joyriding).
While it certainly does not have the same insane production values and attention to detail that Grand Theft Auto 4 is so lauded for, Saints Row 2 has a great deal to offer in the form of crazy, over the top action and a smorgasbord of violence.
Saints Row 2 gathered a lot of steam before released but when it finally arrived it was met with praise but not the overwhelming glory that many were hoping for. It is a gamer that seems to really divide players with some claiming that it's total crap but others saying that it is brilliant and everything that GTA IV should have been.
Either way, it went platinum fairly quickly and as such is now available from DVD.co.uk for the pleasingly low price of just £9.91. The next best price is £13.49 from PowerPlayDirect.
While comparisons to Grand Theft Auto IV are inevitable, there are enough differences to make Saints Row 2 more than just a pale imitator. It's similar but a whole lots sillier, meaning that if you just want to have some fun doing ridiculous things then you could do a lot worse than pick up this title.
The original Saints Row ended with the protoganist being lost to a coma in following a massive explosion. It's five years later and your character finally wakes up with a brand new face thanks to the marvels of plastic surgery. You are being kept in a jail hospital from which it is worryingly easy to escape and get back to the mayhem that you live to create.
It may not have the same high production values and brilliant little details that made Grand Theft Auto IV stand out so prominently but if you are after high octane craziness and carnage then Saints Row 2 is superb value for its current bargain basement price tag.
Thanks to BlueDaBaDee at Hotukdeals!
If you enjoy ploughing cars through a virtual crowd, or throwing yourself into harms way to elicit some insurance-fraud cash, Saints Row 2 is available from Asda for just £9.91, with free delivery, too!
According to a price-comparison, Asda’s deal for Saints Row 2 offers an almost five-pound saving! Averaging an 81/100 on MetaCritic, with critics citing the game’s wacky feature list and unadulterated fun-factor, Saints Row 2 enjoyed moderate success.
Originally labelled a GTA-clone, I believe fans have come to realise Saints Row is an altogether different game from Rockstar’s crime-epic. Whereas GTA now has a newfound focus on realism, Saints Row embraces the extreme, almost stylised appeal last-generation Grand Theft Auto games encapsulated.
It’s a direct sequel to the original Saints Row game, with your now imprisoned character having his surgically-altered face unravelled. You decide how he or she looks, acts and even talks, with a wild variety of faces and personalities available. From there, your former comrades in arms, the Saints, spring you from jail and return you to Stillwater in an epic escape spanning a wide river, speedboats, helicopters and plenty of explosions.
Stillwater is a sandbox for you to explore. There are missions to complete, challenges to unlock, and purely arbitrary side-roads to enjoy. If you're familiar with the GTA set-up, you know what to expect, albeit filtered through a warped lense.
You see, whereas GTA may now be considered a more Scorsese-esque experience; Saints Row is like a Michael Bay film. Its stupid, rife with bad storytelling and generic characters, but contains so much pure mayhem and adrenaline-soaked carnage you can’t help buy enjoy it!
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer announces more hardware innovations will be coming to Xbox 360 in the next few years in today’s news roundup. Also, NPD shows gaming is in decline, Lego Indiana Jones does a Little Big Planet, and Swedish metal band Opeth confirm Saints row for the PSP!
Phil Spencer announced Microsoft have several planned hardware innovations that could potentially rule out the possibility of a next-generation Xbox 360, Project Natal being just one of these. “It's not about trying to sell consumers a new piece of hardware at the wrong time, it's about evolving the platform continuously” according to Spencer, using hardware related items to do this. Speculation has pointed towards a new peripheral in the works, but nothing can be confirmed until Microsoft feels ready. [OXM]
Little Big Planet was praised for its in-depth level creation, and the variety in level design it offered players. The ability to construct levels however you want seems to be appealing, as Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues has included level creation tools this time around.
Allowing two players to create levels simultaneously through co-op play, it should be relatively straight forward, the complexity of level design being a point of criticism of Little Big Planet. Lego Indiana Jones will be swinging in shops this November. [Joystiq]
NPD has revealed June showed much better software and hardware sales in comparison to a rather weak May. May showed an overall decrease in console sales, and only four titles sold more than 200,000 units. In June the DS showed easily the biggest increase in hardware terms, selling 133,000 more systems in June than May, with sale totals twice the amount of the next biggest selling console, the Wii.
The PS3 had its best month sales wise since March, selling 164,700 systems. Despite these positive sales, comparing sales to last year shows a rather bleak future. NPD analyst Anita Frazier wrote “the video games industry realized a significant decline when compared to June 2008, the fourth consecutive month of year-over-year declines”, adding “this level of decline is certainly going to cause some pain and reflection in the industry”. Sales are now more affected on a monthly basis, with big games now having a much bigger effect on console sales, Prototype and UFC an example of this in June. [1UP]
Progressive metal band Opeth has announced on their website the PSP will be getting Saints Row, before anyone in the gaming world even had a clue. Scandinavian metal bands are unlikely to be your first choice for the latest gaming news, but in this case you should probably take their word.
Posting on their website “We may not like playing video games all that much but we do like it when our music is featured on them! Makes us a bit proud even when it's a game as big as Saints Row for the PSP”, going on to confirm a release date of March 2010. [Kotaku]