New SAINTS ROW

For the first time since 2013 the Saints Row series is being picked back up as it has been announced that a new SAINTS ROW game will drop on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series S/X, and Xbox One on February 25, 2022.

Here are just a few things promised to be in the game in the trailer’s Description:

“Witness the Birth of The Saints – Play through an action blockbuster original story full of criminality, extraordinary scenes and signature surprises laced with humor.

Discover the Weird, Wild, West – Dive in to Santo Ileso, the biggest and best Saints Row playground ever, spread across nine unique districts surrounded by the vast, majestic beauty of the Southwest Desert.

Build Your Criminal Empire – Take over the city block by block, wage war against enemy factions and tighten your grip on the streets with ingenious criminal ventures.

Fire Guns. LOTS of Guns – Shoot revolvers from the hip, fire and forget with a rocket launcher, or obliterate up close using melee heavyweights, complete with brutal takedowns. A vast variety of familiar and exotic weapons, all customizable, and all deadly fun.

Take to the Streets and the Skies – Blast through urban and desert environments in any one of the cars, bikes, planes, helicopters, VTOLs, hoverbikes, hoverboards, go-karts or equip your wingsuit to swoop around.

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.

Seamless Co-Op – Experience everything on offer with a friend at any time, via fully untethered drop-in / dropout co-op, skipping the need to take either of you out of the outlandish action. Play nice together, or play all new pranks on your team mate. After all, who’s the Boss now.”

Last Word on Gaming Viewpoint

Based on the trailer for the game the new SAINTS ROW release has toned down the Science Fictions aspects of the fourth installment, which involved aliens, superpowers, and a whole host of wackiness.  While the upcoming release is grounded a bit more in the series’ origins of the underworld it is still packed with the over-the-top charm that makes the Saints Row series so beloved.

Based on the game’s advertised features there will be heavy use of gang warfare with a “win the turf from your enemies” mechanic that reminds me of the Godfather game for PlayStation 2, and Saints Row 2 itself.

What is most welcomed by those who have watched the trailer is that the series has kept its charm.  Gone are the days where Saints Row felt like an attempt to replicate Grand Theft Auto, instead we have a series that has found its identity with its focus on action, action, and more action, with a healthy dose of colorful characters (and language).  We simply cannot wait for the new SAINTS ROW game to release!

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