After a helluva long wait, Saints Row: The Third has finally been confirmed at GDC earlier today. For me, this is some of the best news I could hear, as my brother’s Saints Row 2 disc broke due to Xbox 360 laser scratches not once, but twice, and we were never able to finish the game. I’ve heard this was a common problem with the game, but we never bothered to try to get our money back after the second time it broke.
But from what I was able to play, it was the most ridiculous over-the-top action sandbox fun that I had experienced while playing an obese Asian woman in a very very long time. This installment of the game will leave the city of Stillwater behind for a larger more immerse experience in the city of Steelport, a city that is apparently both for Sinners and Saints.
The premise for the new Saint Row is as follows. After taking over Stillwater, the Third Street Saints somehow become a household name with their own brand of sneakers, energy drinks and thug bobble dolls made in the likeness of resident gang-banger Johnny Gat. I guess the public found out that idolizing a tough-as-nails gang like the Third Street Saints granted instant acceptance into the Kool Kidz Club. After noticing the Saints celebirty status as members of the KKK (not to be confused with Klu Klux Klan), the Syndicate, a super criminal enterprise, demands that the Saints recognize their supremacy as the baddest gang around and pay them tribute accordingly. However, the Saints never back down from a fight, and they soon move to Steelport to take on the entire Syndicate. I guess that works better than fighting against slightly racist gang caricatures, which was also hilariously fun.
“Saints Row: The Third puts you 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,” said Danny Bilson, THQ Executive Vice President, Core Games. “There’s no delivering pizza, no shuttling family members about in a long series of taxi missions. Instead, you take all the power of the Third Street Saints and you take the world by storm.”
Saints Row: The Third should be hitting shelves during the 2011 Holiday season and will b available Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. You can view the yet-to-be updated website HERE and check out this video slideshow of some of the screenshots that were featured in the latest issue of Game Informer.