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{{mission
|image = Pyramid Scheme mission complete.png
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|image = Pyramid Scheme - complete 15000 cash.png
|size = 300px
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|size = 300px
|caption = "Pyramid Scheme" mission completion screen in ''Saints Row 2''.
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|caption = "Pyramid Scheme" mission completion screen
|gang = [[Missions in Saints Row 2#Ultor|Ultor (epilogue)]]
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|gang = [[Missions in Saints Row 2#Ultor|Ultor (epilogue)]]
|cutscene = • "Khufu's Legacy" {{br}} • "Cutting Losses"
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|cutscene = * "[[#cut1|Khufu's Legacy]]"
|homie = [[Johnny Gat]]
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* "[[#cut2|Cutting Losses]]"
|objective = • Head to '''[[Saint's Row|Saints Row]]'''{{sic}} {{br}} • Raise your [[Ultor]] [[notoriety]] to four stars {{br}} • Eliminate your notoriety at a '''[[Forgive and Forget]]''' {{br}} • Enter their '''[[The Pyramid|base]]''' while the Ultor{{sic}} are distracted {{br}} • Use the '''secret entrance''' and meet Gat in the base {{br}} • Find the '''keycard''' for the lab doors {{br}} • Plant bombs in each of the '''labs''' upstairs {{br}} • Exit the base before the bombs detonate
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|homie = [[Johnny Gat]]
|reward = • [[Cash|$15,000]] {{br}} • Ultor APC ([[Bear]]) {{br}} • [[Pimp Cane]]
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|type =
|stronghold =
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|vehicle =
|previous mission = [[Picking a Fight]]
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|marked_enemies = ?
|next mission = [[Salting the Earth...Again]]
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|minimum_kills = ?
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|objective = *[[#obj1|Head to '''Saints Row''']]
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*[[#obj2|Raise your Ultor notoriety to four stars]]
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*[[#obj3|Eliminate your notoriety at a '''Forgive and Forget''']]
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*[[#obj4|Enter their '''base''' while the Ultor are distracted]]
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*[[#obj5|Use the '''secret entrance''' and meet Gat in the base]]
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*[[#obj6|Find the '''keycard''' for the lab doors]]
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*[[#obj7|Plant bombs in each of the '''labs''' upstairs]]
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*[[#obj8|Exit the base before the bombs detonate]]
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|reward = * [[Cash|$15,000]]
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* Ultor APC ([[Bear]])
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* [[Pimp Cane]]
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|stronghold =
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|previous = [[Picking a Fight]]
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|next = [[Salting the Earth...Again]]
 
}}
 
}}
 
 
"'''Pyramid Scheme'''" is the antepenultimate [[Missions in Saints Row 2|mission]] in ''[[Saints Row 2]]''.
 
"'''Pyramid Scheme'''" is the antepenultimate [[Missions in Saints Row 2|mission]] in ''[[Saints Row 2]]''.
   
 
{{quote|THE PYRAMID EXPOSED!|[[Stilwater Gazette]] newspaper headline}}
 
{{quote|THE PYRAMID EXPOSED!|[[Stilwater Gazette]] newspaper headline}}
   
== Description ==
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==Overview==
Infuriated by [[Ultor]]'s [[Picking a Fight|recent hit]] on the [[3rd Street Saints]], [[The Protagonist]] meets their lieutenants ([[Johnny Gat]], [[Shaundi]], and [[Pierce]]) at a quiet bar. Shaundi has discovered that [[The Pyramid]] is a huge [[Ultor]] {{wp|Research and development|R&D}} facility underneath [[Mount Claflin]]. The Protagonist advises Shaundi and Pierce "hit the streets and take out as much Ultor property as [they] can", thereby causing a distraction so Gat and The Protagonist can attack the facility.{{ref|'''Cutscene''': Khufu's Legacy}}
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Infuriated by [[Ultor]]'s [[Picking a Fight|recent hit]] on the [[3rd Street Saints]], [[Playa]] meets their lieutenants ([[Johnny Gat]], [[Shaundi]], and [[Pierce]]) at a Mexican restaurant. Shaundi has discovered that [[The Pyramid]] is a huge [[Ultor]] {{wp|Research and development|R&D}} facility underneath [[Mount Claflin]]. Playa advises Shaundi and Pierce "hit the streets and take out as much Ultor property as [they] can", thereby causing a distraction so Gat and Playa can attack the facility.{{ref|'''Cutscene''': [[#cut1|Khufu's Legacy]]}}
   
After personally causing some damage in [[Saint's Row]], The Protagonist meets Gat at The Pyramid using a secret entrance via the sewer. Together, they set three bombs in three separate labs and escape the facility in a [[Bear]] before the bombs detonate. At a meeting with the Ultor board of directors, [[Dane Vogel]] assures the executives that everything is under control. However, they are unhappy with the loss of The Pyramid and his ego, and threaten that if he doesn't finish off the Saints, than "being fired [will be] the least of [his] worries".{{ref|'''Cutscene''': Cutting Losses}}
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After personally causing some damage in [[Saint's Row]], Playa meets Gat at The Pyramid using a secret entrance via the sewer. Together, they set three bombs in three separate labs and escape the facility in a [[Bear]] before the bombs detonate. At a meeting with the Ultor board of directors, [[Dane Vogel]] assures the executives that everything is under control. However, they are unhappy with the loss of The Pyramid and his ego, and threaten that if he doesn't finish off the Saints, than "being fired [will be] the least of [his] worries".{{ref|'''Cutscene''': [[#cut2|Cutting Losses]]}}
   
=== Story ===
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===Story===
 
{{story|game=2|mission|It was a revelation that no one expected. The Pyramid is real. Emergency crews responded to a powerful explosion that started deep within Mount Claflin, not expecting to find the ruins of a major Ultor R&D facility. In other news: Sephren Nichols TV special has been cancelled.}}
 
{{story|game=2|mission|It was a revelation that no one expected. The Pyramid is real. Emergency crews responded to a powerful explosion that started deep within Mount Claflin, not expecting to find the ruins of a major Ultor R&D facility. In other news: Sephren Nichols TV special has been cancelled.}}
   
== Gameplay ==
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==Gameplay==
[[File:Pyramid Scheme.png|250px|thumb|Gameplay from the mission.]]
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[[File:Pyramid Scheme - driving Bear through tunnel.png|250px|thumb]]
The most challenging part of this mission is the first part, where after players reach [[Saint's Row]], they are tasked with gaining four units of [[Notoriety]] inside the district. Nearby the marker is a [[Forgive and Forget]], which can be used to wipe Notoriety after fulfilling the objective.
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;{{a|obj1|Head to '''Saints Row'''{{sic}} }}
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;{{a|obj2|Raise your Ultor notoriety to four stars}}
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After reaching [[Saint's Row]], gain four units of [[Notoriety]] inside the district.
   
As players build up their Notoriety by attacking nearby pedestrians and vehicles, [[Ultor]] quickly dispatchs a multitude of [[Five-O]]s, [[Bear]]s, and even [[Tornado]]s after the player. Try and use the outside of the Forgive and Forget for cover and, as soon as one reaches four units of Notoriety, quickly head through to clear it.
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While building up Notoriety by attacking nearby pedestrians and vehicles, [[Ultor]] quickly dispatch a multitude of [[Five-O]]s, [[Bear]]s, and [[Tornado]]s.
   
With the arguably difficult part of the mission over, the player must now head to [[The Pyramid]] underneath [[Mount Claflin]] and meet [[Johnny Gat]]. Head to the marker, climb over the fence, and swim through the water to reach the platform. There, head down through the pipes until one meets Gat, and continue onwards into the facility. The Pyramid is only lightly defended by a few Ultor security guards. Grab the keycard downstairs and then set up the bombs in the three labs; note that after setting each bomb, [[The Protagonist]] automatically unequips their [[Weapons in Saints Row 2|weapon]].
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;{{a|obj3|Eliminate your notoriety at a '''Forgive and Forget'''}}
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Nearby the marker is a [[Forgive and Forget]], which can be used to wipe Notoriety after fulfilling the objective.
   
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;{{a|obj4|Enter their '''base''' while the Ultor{{sic}} are distracted}}
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Head to [[The Pyramid]] underneath [[Mount Claflin]] and meet [[Johnny Gat]].
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;{{a|obj5|Use the '''secret entrance''' and meet Gat in the base}}
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Head to the marker, climb over the fence, and swim through the water to reach the platform. There, head down through the pipes until one meets Gat, and continue onwards into the facility.
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;{{a|obj6|Find the '''keycard''' for the lab doors}}
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The Pyramid is only lightly defended by a few Ultor security guards. Grab the keycard downstairs.
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;{{a|obj7|Plant bombs in each of the '''labs''' upstairs}}
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Set up the bombs in the three labs. After setting each bomb, [[Playa]] automatically unequips their [[Weapons in Saints Row 2|weapon]].
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;{{a|obj8|Exit the base before the bombs detonate}}
 
Once finished, commandeer the Bear and head through the tunnel at full speed before the bombs detonate, exiting the facility via a [[Stunt Jump]] and ending the mission.
 
Once finished, commandeer the Bear and head through the tunnel at full speed before the bombs detonate, exiting the facility via a [[Stunt Jump]] and ending the mission.
   
== Rewards ==
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==Rewards==
<gallery type="slideshow" style="float:right" captionalign="center" widths="300">
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{{gallery|type=float|{{#!:
Ultor APC unlock.png|Ultor APC unlocked.
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Pyramid Scheme - Ultor APC unlocked.png|Ultor APC unlocked
Pimp Cane unlock.png|Pimp Cane unlocked.
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Pyramid Scheme - Pimp Cane unlocked.png|Pimp Cane unlocked
</gallery>
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}} }}
   
 
{{rewards
 
{{rewards
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|mission = [[Salting the Earth...Again]]
 
|mission = [[Salting the Earth...Again]]
 
|stronghold =
 
|stronghold =
|Ultor APC ([[Bear]])
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|Vehicle: Ultor APC ([[Bear]])
|[[Pimp Cane]]
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|Weapon: [[Pimp Cane]]
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{clear}}
 
{{clear}}
   
== Newscast ==
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==Newscast==
 
:''Main article: [[Newscasts]]
 
:''Main article: [[Newscasts]]
{{#section:Newscasts|Pyramid Scheme}}
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{{section|Newscasts|Pyramid Scheme}}
   
== Transcript ==
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==Trivia==
=== "Khufu's Legacy" cutscene ===
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[[File:Newspaper ep02 Pyramid Scheme.png|thumb|282px|The [[Stilwater Gazette]] newspaper clipping from the completion screen and [[Newspaper Clipboard]].]]
{{dialogue|
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* The first objective, "Head to Saints Row", misspells "[[Saint's Row]]" as "Saints Row".
|Johnny Gat|Is this The Pyramid?
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* The fourth objective, "Enter their base while the Ultor are distracted", erroneously refers to [[Ultor]] as "the Ultor".
|Shaundi|Yeah. Ultor's built a huge R&D facility underneath Mount Claflin.
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* The sixth objective, "Find the keycard for the lab doors" specifically says "keycard", but the target object is a set of keys.
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* The opening cutscene of this mission is called "[[#cut1|Khufu's Legacy]]". {{wp|Khufu}} was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who ruled around 2580 B.C.. He is generally accepted as having built the {{wp|Great Pyramid of Giza}}.
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* As with many [[Missions in Saints Row 2|missions]] with assigned [[Homies]], if [[Johnny Gat]] is called as a [[Homie]] before starting the mission, it is possible to have two of him.
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* The first part of this mission can be easily accomplished by walking into the [[Harrowgate]] police department, stealing the [[Tornado]], and then quickly flying to the nearest [[Forgive and Forget]]. This technique alleviates the need to get four stars of [[Notoriety]] as stealing the Tornado instantly gives five stars and provides an easy escape.
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* The [[#Story|newspaper text]] on the [[Newspaper Clipboard]] mentions that Sephren Nichols' TV special has been canceled; Sephren Nichols is an investigative reporter advertised on [[Radio Stations in Saints Row 2|the radio]] who once explored the existence of [[The Pyramid]] in ''Secrets of The Pyramid''.
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** {{audio|MUS_SHARED_00044_Sephren_Nichols.ogg|Sephren Nichols "disproves" The Pyramid in a ''Secrets of The Pyramid'' radio commercial}}
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* The Ultor Five-Os that chase Playa spawn more frequently in the mission.
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** This happens only on level 2 and 3 of police [[Notoriety]]. Ultor [[FBI (vehicle)|FBIs]] and [[Bear]]s start spawning normally on level 4 and 5 of Notoriety.
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*When approaching the central chamber from the lower level or bottom level, the cutscene shows Gat and Playa approaching from the upper level. In all cases, after the cutscene they are teleported to the lower level.
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*A Saints' [[Capshaw]] will always be provided at the beginning of the mission, even if the car hasn't been selected as a gang car in the [[Gang Customization]].
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*There is enough time to exit the base using the entrance tunnel, however when approaching the exit, the message "Use the APC to exit the base" appears, then when the exit is reached, the mission fails with the message "You failed to get to the APC".
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**Although it is a mission target, destroying the Bear does not automatically fail the mission. Trying to leave via the tunnel after destroying the Bear still fails the mission.
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**It is not possible to run the length of the exit tunnel, because Gat's pathfinding is broken and he walks into a wall if taken any point past where the Bear spawns.
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**It is possible to use a Toad to exit The Pyramid instead of the Bear, but the Bear must be entered first as it is a mission target. It is easier to find a Toad before the final segment, as all existing Toads are despawned when the cutscene plays.
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**It is possible to exit without the completing the mission, either by driving the Toad without entering the Bear, or by driving the Bear to the exit and leaving without it. It is possible to drive the Toad all the way to the Saints Hideout before the timer runs out.
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==Transcript==
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==={{a|cut1|"Khufu's Legacy" cutscene}}===
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{{dialogue|"Khufu's Legacy" cutscene
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|Pierce (unused)|She's late.
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|Shaundi (unused)|Sorry, I was doing shots at the bar.
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|Johnny Gat|Is this the pyramid?
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|Shaundi|Yeah, Ultor's built a huge R&D facility underneath Mount Claflin.
 
|Johnny Gat|Let me guess, they aren't developin' a better breadbox...
 
|Johnny Gat|Let me guess, they aren't developin' a better breadbox...
|Shaundi|Honestly, they probably are - they're just, ya know, developing guns and body armor too.
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|Shaundi|Honestly they probably are...they're just, ya know, developing guns and body armor too.
 
|Pierce|Why's Ultor gunnin' for us?
 
|Pierce|Why's Ultor gunnin' for us?
|The Protagonist|It doesn't matter. Here's the plan: Pierce and Shaundi, I want the two of you to hit the streets and take out as much Ultor property as you can. If Ultor wants to come after us, fine, but we're gonna make it fuckin' cost 'em. Gat, you and I are gonna hit The Pyramid.
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|Johnny Gat|What, we don't get to blow shit up in public?
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|Playa|It doesn't matter, here's the plan: Pierce and Shaundi: I want the two of you to hit the streets and take out as much Ultor property as you can, if Ultor wants to come after us, fine but we're gonna make it fuckin' cost 'em...Gat: you and I are gonna hit the pyramid...
|The Protagonist|Fine, we can do some damage street-side, but we gotta be quick. I don't wanna give Ultor any more of a heads-up than we have to.
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|Playa - Male 2|It doesn't matter, here's the plan... Pierce and Shaundi, I want the two of you to hit the streets and take out as much Ultor property as you can, if Ultor wants to come after us, fine but we're gonna make it fuckin' cost 'em... Gat, you and I are gonna hit the pyramid...
 
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|Johnny Gat|What, we don't get to blow up shit in public?
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|Playa|(Beat as he thinks) Fine, we can do some damage street side, but we gotta be quick, I don't wanna give Ultor any more of a heads up then we have to.
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|Playa - Male 2|Fine, we can do some damage street side, but we gotta be quick. I don't wanna give Ultor any more of a heads up then we have to.
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===Gameplay===
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{{more|text=Transcript needs sorting}}
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{{dialogue|Labelled "Banter"
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|Playa|Nope, but they're about to find out real soon.
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|Gat|So what's the plan?
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|Playa|We're gonna hit what they care about the most...money
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|Gat|Alright, so what are blowing up?
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|Playa|Their delivery trucks, their ads, and their mall...
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|Gat|You think that'll pull enough of them away from the Pyramid?
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|Playa|Well if it doesn't it just means there's more corporate whores to kill.
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|Gat|So it's pretty much a win win situation...
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|Playa - Male 1|That's what I'm sayin'...
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|Playa - Male 2|That's what I'm screamin'...
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|Playa - Male 3|That's what I'm thinkin'...
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|Playa - Female 1|That's right...
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|Playa - Female 2|Pretty much, yeah...
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|Playa - Female 3|The way I see it, yeah...
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|Gat|This is my kind of plan...
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|Playa|I thought you'd like it...
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}}
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{{quote|I don't know about you, but I think it's time we trash Ultor's pride and joy.|Gat, labelled "call player"}}
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{{dialogue|Labelled "Chat"
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|Playa - Male 1|This is a little bigger than I thought it would be...
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|Playa - Male 2|Jesus this place is huge...
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|Playa - Male 3|This is, uh, this is big...
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|Playa - Female 1|Well this is...big
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|Playa - Female 2|When I heard R&D facility I wasn't expecting a military complex...
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|Playa - Female 3|Christ this is big...
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}}
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|Gat|No kidding...
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|Playa|You got any idea how we're gonna blow this place up?
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|Gat|When has not having a plan ever stopped us?
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||{{dialogueCollapsed
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|Playa - Male 1|Fair enough.
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|Playa - Male 2|True.
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|Playa - Male 3|Point taken.
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|Playa - Female 1|This'll be fun...
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|Playa - Female 2|That's encouraging.
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|Playa - Female 3|No way this can go wrong...
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{{dialogue|Labelled "Jump"
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||{{dialogueCollapsed
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|Playa - Female 1|You ready for this Johnny?
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|Playa - Female 2|Buckle up, Johnny...
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|Playa - Female 3|Hang on, Gat...
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|Playa - Male 1|Hold on, Gat...
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|Playa - Male 2|Hang on, Gat...
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|Playa - Male 3|You ready for this Gat?
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{{dialogue|Upon meeting Johnny
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|Gat|Fuck yeah.
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|Playa|Hey Johnny, you ready to blow up an R&D facility?
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}}
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{{quote|They've sealed the exit, we gotta find another way out.|Gat, labelled "Sealed"}}
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{{quote|Listen, we'll do more damage if we split up...I'll give you a call when I think we've got enough of their attention.|Gat, labelled "Split up"}}
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=== "Cutting Losses" cutscene ===
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==={{a|cut2|"Cutting Losses" cutscene}}===
{{dialogue|
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{{dialogue|"Cutting Losses" cutscene
 
|Ultor executive #1|Dane, while your project has been yielding positive results, the board is a little concerned...
 
|Ultor executive #1|Dane, while your project has been yielding positive results, the board is a little concerned...
 
|Dane Vogel|I don't understand.
 
|Dane Vogel|I don't understand.
 
|Ultor executive #2|The Saints are out of control!
 
|Ultor executive #2|The Saints are out of control!
 
|Dane Vogel|That was the point.
 
|Dane Vogel|That was the point.
|Ultor executive #1|When you budgeted funds for "force majeure", we didn't realize compromising The Pyramid was what you had in mind.
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|Ultor executive #1|When you budgeted funds for "force majeure" we didn't realize compromising the Pyramid was what you had in mind.
|Dane Vogel|We're dealing with violent criminals - are you really surprised they might do something, I don't know, violent? The Pyramid was not going to last forever. It's better to spin this now when we're the victims than when [[Channel 6]] does an undercover expose.
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|Dane Vogel|We're dealing with violent criminals, are you really surprised they might do something, I don't know, violent? The Pyramid was not going to last forever, it's better to spin this now when we're the victims than when [[Channel 6]] does an undercover expose.
|Ultor executive #1|Dane... fix the problem.
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|Ultor executive #1|Dane...fix the problem.
|Dane Vogel|Okay, maybe I'm being too obtuse. Let me try this again: there is no problem.
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|Dane Vogel|OK. Maybe I'm being too obtuse, let me try this again. There is no problem.
 
|Ultor executive #2|We've had enough of your ego.
 
|Ultor executive #2|We've had enough of your ego.
 
|Dane Vogel|My ego is what got you this far.
 
|Dane Vogel|My ego is what got you this far.
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== Trivia ==
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==Gallery==
[[File:Newspaper ep02 Pyramid Scheme.png|thumb|282px|The [[Stilwater Gazette]] newspaper clipping shown upon completion of the mission.]]
 
* The first objective, "Head to Saints Row", misspells "[[Saint's Row]]" as "Saints Row".
 
* The fourth objective, "Enter their base while the Ultor are distracted", erroneously refers to [[Ultor]] as "the Ultor".
 
* The sixth objective, "Find the keycard for the lab doors" specifically says "keycard", but the target object is a set of keys.
 
* The opening cutscene of this mission is called "Khufu's Legacy". {{wp|Khufu}} was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who ruled around 2580 B.C.. He is generally accepted as having built the {{wp|Great Pyramid of Giza}}.
 
* As with many [[Missions in Saints Row 2|missions]] with assigned [[Homies]], if [[Johnny Gat]] is called as a [[Homie]] before starting the mission, it is possible to have two of him.
 
* The first part of this mission can be easily accomplished by walking into the [[Harrowgate]] police department, stealing the [[Tornado]], and then quickly flying to the nearest [[Forgive and Forget]]. This technique alleviates the need to get four stars of [[Notoriety]] as stealing the Tornado instantly gives five stars and provides an easy escape.
 
* The [[#Story|newspaper text]] on the [[Newspaper Clipboard]] mentions that Sephren Nichols' TV special has been canceled; Sephren Nichols is an investigative reporter advertised on [[Radio Stations in Saints Row 2|the radio]] who once explored the existence of [[The Pyramid]] in ''Secrets of The Pyramid''.
 
** {{audio|MUS_SHARED_00044_Sephren_Nichols.ogg|Sephren Nichols "disproves" The Pyramid in a ''Secrets of The Pyramid'' radio commercial}}
 
* The Ultor Five-Os that chase The Protagonist spawn more frequently in the mission.
 
** This happens only on level 2 and 3 of police [[Notoriety]]. Ultor [[FBI (vehicle)|FBI]]s and [[Bear]]s start spawning normally on level 4 and 5 of Notoriety.
 
*When approaching the central chamber from the lower level or bottom level, the cutscene shows Gat and The Protagonist approaching from the upper level. In all cases, after the cutscene they are teleported to the lower level.
 
*There is enough time to exit the base using the entrance tunnel, however when approaching the exit, the message "Use the APC to exit the base" appears, then when the exit is reached, the mission fails with the message "You failed to get to the APC".
 
**Although it is a mission target, destroying the Bear does not automatically fail the mission. Trying to leave via the tunnel after destroying the Bear still fails the mission.
 
**It is not possible to run the length of the exit tunnel, because Gat's pathfinding is broken and he walks into a wall if taken any point past where the Bear spawns.
 
**It is possible to use a Toad to exit The Pyramid instead of the Bear, but the Bear must be entered first as it is a mission target. It is easier to find a Toad before the final segment, as all existing Toads are despawned when the cutscene plays.
 
**It is possible to exit without the completing the mission, either by driving the Toad without entering the Bear, or by driving the Bear to the exit and leaving without it. It is possible to drive the Toad all the way to the Saints Hideout before the timer runs out.
 
 
== Gallery ==
 
 
{{gallery|{{#!:
 
{{gallery|{{#!:
Pyramid Scheme Shaundi Johnny Gat Pierce The Protagonist.png|Shaundi informs the 3rd Street Saints of what she knows on The Pyramid.
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Pyramid Scheme - Shaundi, Johnny Gat, Pierce, Playa.png|Shaundi informs the 3rd Street Saints of what she knows on The Pyramid
Pyramid Scheme Shaundi Johnny Gat Pierce The Protagonist 2.png|The group leave the bar with a plan.
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Pyramid Scheme - Shaundi, Johnny Gat, Pierce, Playa in bar.png|The group leave the bar with a plan
Pyramid Scheme Dane Vogel.png|Dane Vogel meets with the Ultor board of directors and is reprimanded for the loss of The Pyramid.
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Pyramid Scheme - Dane Vogel sitting.png|Dane Vogel meets with the Ultor board of directors and is reprimanded for the loss of The Pyramid
Pyramid Scheme Dane Vogel 2.png|Vogel leaves after being told to finish off the Saints.
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Pyramid Scheme - Dane Vogel and board.png|Vogel leaves after being told to finish off the Saints
Loading_screen_ep02_01_Pyramid_Scheme.png|Loading screen shown after "Pyramid Scheme".
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Loading screen ep02 01 Pyramid Scheme.png|Loading screen used after completing "Pyramid Scheme"
Loading_screen_ep02_02_Pyramid_Scheme.png|Loading screen shown after "Pyramid Scheme".
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Loading screen ep02 02 Pyramid Scheme.png|Loading screen used after completing "Pyramid Scheme"
Loading_screen_ep02_03_Pyramid_Scheme.png|Loading screen shown after "Pyramid Scheme".
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Loading screen ep02 03 Pyramid Scheme.png|Loading screen used after completing "Pyramid Scheme"
Pyramid Scheme.png|Gameplay from the mission.
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Pyramid Scheme - driving Bear through tunnel.png|Pyramid Scheme - driving Bear through tunnel
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== References ==
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{{Saints Row 2 Missions and Strongholds|show=5}}
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{{Missions in Saints Row 2|show=5}}

Latest revision as of 00:15, March 19, 2020

Pyramid Scheme
Pyramid Scheme - complete 15000 cash
"Pyramid Scheme" mission completion screen
Story arc

Ultor (epilogue)

Cutscenes
Homies

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"Pyramid Scheme" is the antepenultimate mission in Saints Row 2.

THE PYRAMID EXPOSED!
Stilwater Gazette newspaper headline

OverviewEdit

Infuriated by Ultor's recent hit on the 3rd Street Saints, Playa meets their lieutenants (Johnny Gat, Shaundi, and Pierce) at a Mexican restaurant. Shaundi has discovered that The Pyramid is a huge Ultor R&D facility underneath Mount Claflin. Playa advises Shaundi and Pierce "hit the streets and take out as much Ultor property as [they] can", thereby causing a distraction so Gat and Playa can attack the facility.[1]

After personally causing some damage in Saint's Row, Playa meets Gat at The Pyramid using a secret entrance via the sewer. Together, they set three bombs in three separate labs and escape the facility in a Bear before the bombs detonate. At a meeting with the Ultor board of directors, Dane Vogel assures the executives that everything is under control. However, they are unhappy with the loss of The Pyramid and his ego, and threaten that if he doesn't finish off the Saints, than "being fired [will be] the least of [his] worries".[2]

StoryEdit

The following text has been transcribed verbatim from the game files.
Upon completion of the Mission, it is available in-game at Newspaper Clipboards.

It was a revelation that no one expected. The Pyramid is real. Emergency crews responded to a powerful explosion that started deep within Mount Claflin, not expecting to find the ruins of a major Ultor R&D facility. In other news: Sephren Nichols TV special has been cancelled.

GameplayEdit

Pyramid Scheme - driving Bear through tunnel
Head to Saints Row[sic]
Raise your Ultor notoriety to four stars

After reaching Saint's Row, gain four units of Notoriety inside the district.

While building up Notoriety by attacking nearby pedestrians and vehicles, Ultor quickly dispatch a multitude of Five-Os, Bears, and Tornados.

Eliminate your notoriety at a Forgive and Forget

Nearby the marker is a Forgive and Forget, which can be used to wipe Notoriety after fulfilling the objective.

Enter their base while the Ultor[sic] are distracted

Head to The Pyramid underneath Mount Claflin and meet Johnny Gat.

Use the secret entrance and meet Gat in the base

Head to the marker, climb over the fence, and swim through the water to reach the platform. There, head down through the pipes until one meets Gat, and continue onwards into the facility.

Find the keycard for the lab doors

The Pyramid is only lightly defended by a few Ultor security guards. Grab the keycard downstairs.

Plant bombs in each of the labs upstairs

Set up the bombs in the three labs. After setting each bomb, Playa automatically unequips their weapon.

Exit the base before the bombs detonate

Once finished, commandeer the Bear and head through the tunnel at full speed before the bombs detonate, exiting the facility via a Stunt Jump and ending the mission.

RewardsEdit

  • Ultor APC unlocked
  • Pimp Cane unlocked


NewscastEdit

Main article: Newscasts
MUS SHARED 00068 News update (Pyramid Scheme)
Jane Valderamma: "The Pyramid. It was a fictional place constructed in the minds of conspiracy therorists and the severly deranged...or was it? Today an explosion deep within Mount Claflin destroyed more than just bedrock...it obliterated our fragile beliefs. Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you're sitting down: The Pyramid...is real. For more on this breathtaking development, tune into channel 6 news tonight. I'm Jane Valderamma, channel 6 news."

TriviaEdit

Newspaper ep02 Pyramid Scheme

The Stilwater Gazette newspaper clipping from the completion screen and Newspaper Clipboard.

  • The first objective, "Head to Saints Row", misspells "Saint's Row" as "Saints Row".
  • The fourth objective, "Enter their base while the Ultor are distracted", erroneously refers to Ultor as "the Ultor".
  • The sixth objective, "Find the keycard for the lab doors" specifically says "keycard", but the target object is a set of keys.
  • The opening cutscene of this mission is called "Khufu's Legacy". Khufu was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who ruled around 2580 B.C.. He is generally accepted as having built the Great Pyramid of Giza.
  • As with many missions with assigned Homies, if Johnny Gat is called as a Homie before starting the mission, it is possible to have two of him.
  • The first part of this mission can be easily accomplished by walking into the Harrowgate police department, stealing the Tornado, and then quickly flying to the nearest Forgive and Forget. This technique alleviates the need to get four stars of Notoriety as stealing the Tornado instantly gives five stars and provides an easy escape.
  • The newspaper text on the Newspaper Clipboard mentions that Sephren Nichols' TV special has been canceled; Sephren Nichols is an investigative reporter advertised on the radio who once explored the existence of The Pyramid in Secrets of The Pyramid.
    • MUS SHARED 00044 Sephren Nichols
      Sephren Nichols "disproves" The Pyramid in a Secrets of The Pyramid radio commercial
  • The Ultor Five-Os that chase Playa spawn more frequently in the mission.
    • This happens only on level 2 and 3 of police Notoriety. Ultor FBIs and Bears start spawning normally on level 4 and 5 of Notoriety.
  • When approaching the central chamber from the lower level or bottom level, the cutscene shows Gat and Playa approaching from the upper level. In all cases, after the cutscene they are teleported to the lower level.
  • A Saints' Capshaw will always be provided at the beginning of the mission, even if the car hasn't been selected as a gang car in the Gang Customization.
  • There is enough time to exit the base using the entrance tunnel, however when approaching the exit, the message "Use the APC to exit the base" appears, then when the exit is reached, the mission fails with the message "You failed to get to the APC".
    • Although it is a mission target, destroying the Bear does not automatically fail the mission. Trying to leave via the tunnel after destroying the Bear still fails the mission.
    • It is not possible to run the length of the exit tunnel, because Gat's pathfinding is broken and he walks into a wall if taken any point past where the Bear spawns.
    • It is possible to use a Toad to exit The Pyramid instead of the Bear, but the Bear must be entered first as it is a mission target. It is easier to find a Toad before the final segment, as all existing Toads are despawned when the cutscene plays.
    • It is possible to exit without the completing the mission, either by driving the Toad without entering the Bear, or by driving the Bear to the exit and leaving without it. It is possible to drive the Toad all the way to the Saints Hideout before the timer runs out.

TranscriptEdit

"Khufu's Legacy" cutsceneEdit

Pierce (unused): "She's late."
Shaundi (unused): "Sorry, I was doing shots at the bar."
Johnny Gat: "Is this the pyramid?"
Shaundi: "Yeah, Ultor's built a huge R&D facility underneath Mount Claflin."
Johnny Gat: "Let me guess, they aren't developin' a better breadbox..."
Shaundi: "Honestly they probably are...they're just, ya know, developing guns and body armor too."
Pierce: "Why's Ultor gunnin' for us?"
Playa: "It doesn't matter, here's the plan: Pierce and Shaundi: I want the two of you to hit the streets and take out as much Ultor property as you can, if Ultor wants to come after us, fine but we're gonna make it fuckin' cost 'em...Gat: you and I are gonna hit the pyramid..."
Playa - Male 2: "It doesn't matter, here's the plan... Pierce and Shaundi, I want the two of you to hit the streets and take out as much Ultor property as you can, if Ultor wants to come after us, fine but we're gonna make it fuckin' cost 'em... Gat, you and I are gonna hit the pyramid..."
Johnny Gat: "What, we don't get to blow up shit in public?"
Playa: "(Beat as he thinks) Fine, we can do some damage street side, but we gotta be quick, I don't wanna give Ultor any more of a heads up then we have to."
Playa - Male 2: "Fine, we can do some damage street side, but we gotta be quick. I don't wanna give Ultor any more of a heads up then we have to."
— "Khufu's Legacy" cutscene

GameplayEdit

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Playa: "Nope, but they're about to find out real soon."
Gat: "So what's the plan?"
Playa: "We're gonna hit what they care about the most...money"
Gat: "Alright, so what are blowing up?"
Playa: "Their delivery trucks, their ads, and their mall..."
Gat: "You think that'll pull enough of them away from the Pyramid?"
Playa: "Well if it doesn't it just means there's more corporate whores to kill."
Gat: "So it's pretty much a win win situation..."
Playa - Male 1: "That's what I'm sayin'..."
Playa - Male 2: "That's what I'm screamin'..."
Playa - Male 3: "That's what I'm thinkin'..."
Playa - Female 1: "That's right..."
Playa - Female 2: "Pretty much, yeah..."
Playa - Female 3: "The way I see it, yeah..."
Gat: "This is my kind of plan..."
Playa: "I thought you'd like it..."
— Labelled "Banter"
I don't know about you, but I think it's time we trash Ultor's pride and joy.
— Gat, labelled "call player"

Playa - Male 1: "This is a little bigger than I thought it would be..."
Playa - Male 2: "Jesus this place is huge..."
Playa - Male 3: "This is, uh, this is big..."
Playa - Female 1: "Well this is...big"
Playa - Female 2: "When I heard R&D facility I wasn't expecting a military complex..."
Playa - Female 3: "Christ this is big..."
Gat: "No kidding..."
Playa: "You got any idea how we're gonna blow this place up?"
Gat: "When has not having a plan ever stopped us?"
Playa - Male 1: "Fair enough."
Playa - Male 2: "True."
Playa - Male 3: "Point taken."
Playa - Female 1: "This'll be fun..."
Playa - Female 2: "That's encouraging."
Playa - Female 3: "No way this can go wrong..."
— Labelled "Chat"
Playa - Female 1: "You ready for this Johnny?"
Playa - Female 2: "Buckle up, Johnny..."
Playa - Female 3: "Hang on, Gat..."
Playa - Male 1: "Hold on, Gat..."
Playa - Male 2: "Hang on, Gat..."
Playa - Male 3: "You ready for this Gat?"
— Labelled "Jump"

Gat: "Fuck yeah."
Playa: "Hey Johnny, you ready to blow up an R&D facility?"
— Upon meeting Johnny

They've sealed the exit, we gotta find another way out.
— Gat, labelled "Sealed"

Listen, we'll do more damage if we split up...I'll give you a call when I think we've got enough of their attention.
— Gat, labelled "Split up"


"Cutting Losses" cutsceneEdit

Ultor executive #1: "Dane, while your project has been yielding positive results, the board is a little concerned..."
Dane Vogel: "I don't understand."
Ultor executive #2: "The Saints are out of control!"
Dane Vogel: "That was the point."
Ultor executive #1: "When you budgeted funds for "force majeure" we didn't realize compromising the Pyramid was what you had in mind."
Dane Vogel: "We're dealing with violent criminals, are you really surprised they might do something, I don't know, violent? The Pyramid was not going to last forever, it's better to spin this now when we're the victims than when Channel 6 does an undercover expose."
Ultor executive #1: "Dane...fix the problem."
Dane Vogel: "OK. Maybe I'm being too obtuse, let me try this again. There is no problem."
Ultor executive #2: "We've had enough of your ego."
Dane Vogel: "My ego is what got you this far."
Ultor executive #2: "Finish off the Saints, or being fired is the least of your worries."
Dane Vogel: "Is that all?"
Ultor executive #1: "Take care of this, Dane."
Dane Vogel: "Of course I will."
— "Cutting Losses" cutscene

GalleryEdit

  • Shaundi informs the 3rd Street Saints of what she knows on The Pyramid
  • The group leave the bar with a plan
  • Dane Vogel meets with the Ultor board of directors and is reprimanded for the loss of The Pyramid
  • Vogel leaves after being told to finish off the Saints
  • Loading screen used after completing "Pyramid Scheme"
  • Loading screen used after completing "Pyramid Scheme"
  • Loading screen used after completing "Pyramid Scheme"
  • Pyramid Scheme - driving Bear through tunnel


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ReferencesEdit

  1. Cutscene: Khufu's Legacy
  2. Cutscene: Cutting Losses
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