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Template:Infobox game Saints Row: The Third[1] is the third installment in the Saints Row series.

Strap it on.
— Tagline

Description

The game begins with the player "on top of the world, right at the beginning of the game, with all the perks that go along with being the head of an elite criminal organization".[2] Like the previous two games in the series, Saints Row and Saints Row 2, the game is an open-world sandbox. Whereas the previous games charted the 3rd Street Saints' rise to power over Stilwater, Saints Row: The Third charts their adventure in a new city: Steelport.

Professor Genki, a character from the Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax Activity, has served as an unofficial mascot for the game, and has both a vehicle and a weapon named after him.

Plot

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Saints Row: The Third takes place "years after"[3] the events of Saints Row 2. With the Sons of Samedi, the Ronin, and the Brotherhood of Stilwater dispersed,Broken {{ref}} (blank parameter) Broken {{ref}} (blank parameter) Broken {{ref}} (blank parameter) both Dane Vogel and Julius Little dead,Broken {{ref}} (blank parameter) Broken {{ref}} (blank parameter) and Dex gone,Broken {{ref}} (blank parameter) the 3rd Street Saints have gone from a small-time gang from the Row to a household brand name in Stilwater (complete with 3rd Street Saints-branded clothes, energy drinks and Johnny Gat bobble head dolls).[3] Furthermore, with Vogel gone, the 3rd Street Saints have partnered with their former nemesis, Ultor, and have become the Saints-Ultor Media Group, now that Eric Gryphon has firmly secured his position as Chief Executive.[4]

The game begins with the 3rd Street Saints planning to rob a bank in Stilwater.[5] After the execution of the plan goes awry (partly due to Josh Birk tripping a silent alarm), The Protagonist, Shaundi, and Johnny Gat find themselves in prison, only to be bailed out by Viola and Kiki DeWynter following the orders of Phillipe Loren.

Aboard his private plane, Phillipe Loren reveals himself; it transpires that the Saints robbed a bank belonging to The Syndicate, and Loren, along with his personal assistants (Viola and Kiki DeWynter); demand they turn over 66% of their assets in return for their lives. After Gat blankly refuses, a skirmish leads to Shaundi and The Protagonist escaping Loren's personal plane via parachute and heading for a new city, Steelport, beneath.[6]

Narrative

The game is split into three acts, and a "major choice" is given to the player to decide during the finale of each act. There are also other "major choices" and "minor choices" given throughout the game, and these choices at the end of each act affect the outcome of the game; there are two major endings in the game.

One example of this new feature is, early on in the game, the player is given a chance to blow up a building or leave it. Whereas destroying the building grants the player "more Respect", leaving the building will unlock it as a Crib, which "[is] beneficial as it’s in a well-situated area of the city".[7]

Another example is in the Luchadore mission "Murderbrawl" (which takes place about two thirds through the game) after beating Killbane; the player is given the choice to either unmask and shame Killbane, or spare him, in which, "[Killbane] will teach [the player] the secrets of the Apoca-Fist...", melee weapons that make the target explode once hit.[8]

With the Syndicate in full control of Stilwater, the 3rd Street Saints relocate themselves to the city of Steelport. Steelport is a city that was created as factories flourished with little city planning, and since has suffered from economic failure, contrasting the glamour of Stilwater. Steelport is the Syndicate's hub city, and the Saints must take Steelport from them in order to reclaim Stilwater and everything else the Syndicate runs. To extend their reach they have divided their control of the city through three gangs. The Morning Star, lead by Loren directly, are typically European men with impeccable taste, selling guns and handling the prostitution rings.[9][10] The Mexican wrestler Killbane controls The Luchadores who deal with selling drugs and gambling.[11] The Deckers, led by hacktivist Matt Miller, are computer geniuses, and handle the money laundering.[12] As the gang war intensifies, a fourth group, the Special Tactical Anti-Gang (STAG) unit from the government will attempt to halt any gang activity, whether it be the 3rd Street Saints or the Syndicate.[reference?]

Features

Missions

Main article: Missions in Saints Row: The Third

Missions provide the narrative of Saints Row: The Third. For the first time in the series, Respect is no longer needed to progress through the storyline.[reference?]

Characters

Main article: Characters in Saints Row: The Third

A large cast of characters provide the driving force of the narrative of Saints Row: The Third. Both old and new characters return.

Activities

Main article: Activities and Diversions in Saints Row: The Third

As in previous games, Activities award the player with both unique rewards and Respect, a form of currency that was previously used in the series to progress with story missions, but is now used for upgrading weapons.[reference?]

Diversions have also been confirmed to return in Saints Row: The Third, such as diving off a building with a parachute.[13]

Weapons

Main article: Weapons in Saints Row: The Third

Weapons allow the player to engage enemies in combat, both offensively and defensively. Unlike the previous games, weapons can now be upgraded.[13]

Vehicles

Main article: Vehicles in Saints Row: The Third

Vehicles allow the player to travel across the city of Steelport with efficiency. To aid in this, there is a large variety of vehicles, including cars, boats, planes, helicopters, VTOLs, and even hoverbikes.

DLC

Several Downloadable Content packs are available.

Sequel

During an interview with X-Play, THQ executive VP Danny Bilson revealed that Volition is already working on Saints Row 4. "Like any game, if you have a great creative core to it you just keep exploiting that core," he told G4. "For instance," he went on, "I know what Saints Row 4 is about and it is wilder than this one. It's a good example of how you take what you have and you ask, 'what could happen in the next?" added Bilson, without giving up any actual details.[14]

Trivia

  • Competitive multiplayer has been removed in Saints Row: The Third.[15][16]
  • The PlayStation 3 version of Saints Row: The Third comes with an exclusive mode, although no other information on this mode has been revealed. It was originally reported to have utilized the PlayStation Move,[17] but this was proved to be incorrect.Broken {{ref}} (blank parameter)
    • It was later announced that instead any PS3 copies bought new would include a digital copy of Saints Row 2 if the online pass was redeemed before February 13th 2012.[reference?]
  • On September 13th 2011, Heyday Footwear released Saints Row-themed sneakers, named the Saints Row Super Shift Sneakers. The sneakers also feature in Saints Row: The Third and can be bought for The Protagonist to wear.[18]
  • Tomonobu Itagaki (famous for creating Dead or Alive) was revealed to be a playable character at the Tokyo Game Show 2011.[19]
  • Crooks & Castles teamed up with Volition, Inc. to make Saints Row: The Third merchandise, including a snapback hat, a wallet, denim jeans, a hoodie, a checkered shirt, a stadium jacket and some Saints Row t-shirts. These are available to buy in real life and will be featured in-game for The Protagonist to wear.[20]
  • The Initiation Station was released ahead of Saints Row: The Third's release, and allows players to customize their Protagonists for free, as well as share them with the community and download those made by other players.[21]
  • In a livestream interview with Destructoid one week prior to Saints Row: The Third's release, Steve Jaros, one of the writers of the Saints Row series, cited Titus Andronicus as a prime example of something that had to be removed from the game for going "too far".[22] Titus Andronicus is a play by William Shakespeare notorious for its violence, and is widely regarded as the worst of Shakespeare's written works.
  • In Team Fortress 2, three Saints Row-themed items were released to those who preordered Saints Row: The Third: the Apoca-Fists, the Mark of the Saint, and the Cold War Luchadore.
  • Although difficult to notice, SR:TT has the most direct references to the original Saints Row than Saints Row 2.

Videos

Main article: Game trailers

A large number of promotional videos have been revealed covering the game; including trailers, gameplay and developer commentaries.

Gallery

References

  1. IGN: Third Saints Row Officially Unveiled
  2. April Cover Revealed - Saints Row: The Third (page 2) - Gameinformer, retrieved 27th July 2011
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  4. Developer Commentary - Saints Row: The Third Power CG Trailer - YouTube, retrieved 23rd July 2011
  5. Saints Row: The Third - Syndication Trailer - YouTube, retrieved 27th July 2011
  6. Saints Row: The Third New Gameplay (Comic-Con) - YouTube, retrieved 27th July 2011
  7. Saint's Row: The Third - Developer Interview (Feature) - NowGamer, retrieved 2nd August 2011
  8. Saint's Row: The Third - Murderbrawl Video Preview - IGN, retrieved 12nd September 2011
  9. Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third—Phillipe Loren, retrieved 27th July 2011
  10. Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third—The Morning Star Gang, retrieved 27th July 2011
  11. Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third — Killbane retrieved 27th July 2011
  12. Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third—Matt Miller, retrieved July 27th 2011
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  14. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/325513/saints-row-4-confirmed-even-wilder-than-sr3/
  15. Saints Row: The Third Multiplayer Cut in Favour of Co-Op - Xbox 360 Achievements, retrieved 3rd September 2011
  16. Saints Row 3: Co-op, no online multiplayer (Update) - Destructoid, retrieved 3rd September 2011
  17. Saints Row: The Third Gets Exclusive Move Mode - NowGamer, retrieved 7th August 2011
  18. Super Shift On Sale Today! - Official Saints Row website, retrieved 14th September 2011
  19. TGS 2011: Saints Row: The Third Hands-On Preview - GameSpot, retrieved 16th September 2011
  20. Creating the Saints Row Crooks & Castles Collection - YouTube
  21. Announcing Saints Row: The Third's Initiation Station! - Official Saints Row website
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