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Saints Row IV Announced

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the back-to-crazy-town dept.

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jones_supa writes "The cartoon heroes are back, with even stronger superpowers. Deep Silver Volition has announced Saints Row IV for an August launch. From the press release: 'In the next open-world installment of Saints Row, Deep Silver Volition continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level – the leaders of the free world. In Saints Row IV, the head honcho of the Saints has been elected to the Presidency of the United States. Saints Row IV lets players delve into an arsenal of alien weaponry and technology that will turn each Saint into an ultimate entity of destruction. The player utilizes out-of-this-world superpowers to fight all the way to the top. With intensified action and enhanced customization, the protagonists can use their newfound superpowers and leap over buildings, outrun the fastest sports cars, or send enemies flying with telekinesis in the most insane installment of Saints Row yet.'"

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Meanwhile... (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185479)

Trailblazing, Mayhem, and every other part of the game that gamers considered to be fun in the previous installments have been removed and will be sold separately as add-ons at a later date.

At least if they continue the trend of every Saint's Row so far.

If they continue beyond that, saints row V will require you to buy each bullet and telekinetic power individually as DLC.

Re:Meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185683)

While I'm not happy they are going further away from SR2, I am happy they are making another game. I hope they bring back layered clothes again. That was an aspect that greatly helped SR2, also more interior areas.

Honestly, this is not news that should be on this site. I did a double take when I saw it.

OnLive (2)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year ago | (#43186109)

Sweet, I hope I can play it over OnLive. I played sr3 there, and it was a blast. I think that rumors of OnLive's demise are premature!

Re:Meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186271)

Yeah...game release announcement are totally foreign to /.

Kindly take your layered clothes and grab a clue.

Re:Meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186689)

Later date being the next day of release!

Re:Meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43188143)

>Trailblazing...

Wat? Trailblazing, escort missions, and insurance fraud sucked. I'd be delighted if they were DLC so that I could deliberately not buy them.

Re:Meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43190403)

So, you think that because you don't enjoy something, other people should have to pay extra in order to enjoy them?

Is this really news for nerds? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185511)

I think this is doesn't really qualify for the audience. I mean I like GTA clones as much as the next guy, but really? If you want to meet your game quota you should at least post about its programming, or choose more niche topics like 7drl challenge that ends this weekend. Way nerdier.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (0)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#43185627)

Well, I've heard 3 was quite good as a means of delivering absurdity. I never played it because my personal predilection is for more intellectual games that reward planning and forethought than the more action oriented games.

I agree with you, though that corporate games that are big sequels to big games tend to have less cleverness as numbers go up, and don't really necessarily deserve articles. On the other hand, if you try to pick niche things to have articles on, you run into the problem of a lack of notability, and lacking particular interest from the readers here.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186153)

...my personal predilection is for more intellectual games that reward planning and forethought than the more action oriented games...

So, you like games that are more like a second job than a fun escape. I'd rather die in a fire.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186699)

Couldn't of said it better...

SR3 -> Brains left behind :)

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43188615)

Yes, god forbid we have both types of games. Mindless action drivel AND so-called second jobs. Nope, casual, anti-intellectual trash like you has ruined computer gaming by making every developer race to the bottom in order to "cash-in" on the ""casual"" gaming dollar. MMORPGs especially have now devolved into mindless, ADHD, epeen, ez-mode arenas where maximum character development must take no more than two-weeks. GTFO.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (1)

Your.Master (1088569) | about a year ago | (#43194701)

What an interesting view. I find the mindless action games that don't require planning and forethought are more like a job, because when I'm doing a job I sometimes have tasks where I don't engage my mind as much as I'd like, and when I'm not doing a job I get to avoid those things.

It's not that my job doesn't have planning and forethought -- it does, a lot, that's why I went for that job -- it's that I can almost never get enough of that. So I guess what we have in common is that we're avoiding the things we don't like from a job, but completely opposite on what it is that is like a job that we're avoiding.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#43203627)

I try not to judge people holding the GP's position. I have never in my life understood people who wish to "turn their brain off" to enjoy something. It's an utterly baffling premise to me. But it's a common position, and I hold no need to judge people over something so trivial.

However, being judged in turn seems to be normal(probably confirmation bias on my part). Daring to enjoy something mentally intricate seems to really grate on some people. I don't know why.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185661)

You just don't understand the joy that comes with beating down crowds of furries with a giant purple dildo.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43188311)

Actually, I do. It's how I met my partner, in fact.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (1)

Conchobair (1648793) | about a year ago | (#43185713)

It's not as much a clone as it is similar at this point. GTA has become more realistic, and SR is just over the top craziness.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (1)

war4peace (1628283) | about a year ago | (#43186453)

top craziness.

A better expression would be "retarded".
All Saints Row games were more or less retarded and full of idiotic bugs. The only thing that I partly appreciated was character customization, and that took me close to 10 minutes of fun, then it became "meh". Sleeping Dogs, on the other hand, was awesome.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43187347)

Subjective.

The minute I heard "So you're robbing a bank as yourselves? Ultra-Postmodernism. I love it." I was smiling. Sure, there was stuff that was immature and usually I hate that, but there were so many moments where I was just having pure fun that I don't even care. So many moments of "wait, did that really just happen?" Been thinking of picking up Sleeping Dogs though. I like serious games too.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43187455)

AAAAAAAAAaand, you suck! Don't talk in public anymore.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (1)

Flentil (765056) | about a year ago | (#43187823)

I completed Saints Row 2 and 3 and never saw any bugs. I've never seen anyone else complain on a forum about the games being buggy, only stupid.

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (1)

Andrio (2580551) | about a year ago | (#43186091)

I know how to make it "news for nerds" and simultaneously make it something a little different than just ANOTHER game sequel, with copy/paste gameplay.

Make it GTA, but in the future! Yes yes, I remember that's what GTA2 was, but a modern GTA-type game that takes place in a sci-fi, future city would be *awesome*. Flying cars, robot cops, side missions on a moon base (which would take mere seconds to reach, a-la Futurama), etc. etc.

Hell--this lead to an even better idea: A Futurama GTA game where you play as Bender!

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186443)

I was just talking about this today, when I saw this: http://documents.latimes.com/la-2013/

Re:Is this really news for nerds? (1)

stewsters (1406737) | about a year ago | (#43186585)

I looked at that, and I don't think we are quite there yet. We do have smart cars, but not that kind.

First one sucked, but... (3)

Pezbian (1641885) | about a year ago | (#43185519)

2 and Third were great. Insurance Fraud is probably the best minigame activity in the series. And nothing beats the gang war against a bunch of furries in Third.

There were times I had to pause the game until my eyes cleared I was laughing so hard.

Re:First one sucked, but... (1)

Kelbear (870538) | about a year ago | (#43185699)

Loved each iteration of this game in the series. Even the buggy turd that the first game was, it was still a ton of fun, and each successive game was even better than the last. Odd though it may seem, that insane description in the summary is just the natural progression of this franchise.

The game was already dancing around the edges of superpower fantasy blasting around the skies in VTOL jets, hoverbikes, skydiving, charging through a hail of gunfire, throwing people across the street. Now they're just going for it all out.

I like games that are innovative and push the boundaries of the medium with it's art or technological brilliance. SR3 wasn't one of them. But it was a polished game that was a TON of fun to play. There's room for me to enjoy both games that are mindless fun and games which are more introspective/groundbreaking.

saints what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185527)

you mean the worst GTA3 style ripoffs made?

Re:saints what? (4, Funny)

0123456 (636235) | about a year ago | (#43185675)

GTA4 is basically SR3 with all the fun removed.

Re:saints what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43190385)

GTA4 is basically GTA:SA with all the fun removed.

SR1 is the fun successor of GTA:SA.

Re:saints what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186845)

the worst GTA3 style ripoffs made?

Yeah, damn those saints row people for ripping off GTA's coop mode and awesome minigames!

Re:saints what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43188973)

I would buy it if you can beat up hookers using smalle purple dildos than in SR3, if you can beat them up using even larger dildos than in SR3 it will skip SR4.

LIKE CJ FROM SAN ANDREAS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43185599)

I wrote this shit in 94

Out with the old, in with the new (0)

bragr (1612015) | about a year ago | (#43185601)

So they aren't ripping off GTA anymore, and moving on to ripping off Prototype and Infamous instead?

Re:Out with the old, in with the new (3, Insightful)

atriusofbricia (686672) | about a year ago | (#43185679)

So they aren't ripping off GTA anymore, and moving on to ripping off Prototype and Infamous instead?

If by ripping off GTA you mean 'Vastly improving upon' then yes. If you mean 'Copying the flaming dirt of a dating your male cousin simulator' that GTA4 was, then no.

Re:Out with the old, in with the new (1)

war4peace (1628283) | about a year ago | (#43186481)

What's wrong with dating your male cousin? It could have been worse, for example dating your female uncle...

Re:Out with the old, in with the new (1)

atriusofbricia (686672) | about a year ago | (#43187895)

What's wrong with dating your male cousin? It could have been worse, for example dating your female uncle...

Well, nothing if that's what you're into I suppose. :D

Re:Out with the old, in with the new (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43187353)

For SR3, do you not recognize parody when you see it?

Meanwhile.. (1)

A bsd fool (2667567) | about a year ago | (#43185649)

..haters gonna hate. "You do crime in 3rd person in a city.. OMG GTA RIPOFF". The only games that have been ripping off GTA... are GTA sequels. SR2 and SR3 are both better than any GTA game ever made, except the first, which of course I still own for PC. Sadly I no longer have a 3dfx/glide card to enjoy it with.

Re:Meanwhile.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43187715)

I like it better so it's not a ripoff.

Great addition to the ongoing discussion.

YES (2)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | about a year ago | (#43185657)

I picked up Saints Row 3 on a whim when it was something like $10 for the game and all its DLC on Steam. Before that I'd known little of the series and the advertising/reviews hadn't really been compelling enough for me to try it out.

As if ripped from the brain of an acid-tripping Mark Millar, SR3's balls to the wall ridiculousness somehow works, and co-op support takes it to a whole other level. I'm hooked. Give me more.

Re:YES (1)

Splab (574204) | about a year ago | (#43185701)

SR3 is actually not that good compared to SR2 :-)

In SR2 you could pimp out everything you owned, my personal favorite car is the APC, pimped with candy glossed purple military decals. Also, SR3 is frankly too easy, you get all the goodies served; in SR2 you had to earn your way to the penthouse, just felt that much more satisfying.

That being said, SR3 was extremely entertaining and I'll be first in line for the SR4 release.

tl;dr, go pick up SR2.

Re:YES (2)

0123456 (636235) | about a year ago | (#43185735)

While I generally agree that SR3 felt more limited than SR2, the problem with SR2 is that the PC port is buggy as hell and a huge performance hog, which crashes regularly on many machines. It doesn't even run properly if your CPU's clock speed isn't the same as the console it was developed for.

Re:YES (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186719)

The menus were the absolute worst part of it, its like they just randomly mapped shit to keys and couldn't reuse keys or something. Using the weirdass mapping would be useful if you could still move and use the menu at the same time, but opening the menu pauses the coop game.

Re:YES (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43188101)

This is what happens when you play PC ports of console games. It shouldn't come as a surprise anymore.

Re:YES (1)

Splab (574204) | about a year ago | (#43189789)

Yeah, sorry, I should have made it clear it was on the PS3 I endorsed it :-)

Never tried it on the PC, but I've heard some horrible stories.

Re:YES (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43190437)

"While I generally agree that SR3 felt more limited than SR2,"
You don't have to agree on what it "feels" like.

The statement "SR3 has fewer features than SR2 in almost every way" is a proven fact.
The statement "SR3 has fewer features than SR1 in almost every way" is also a proven fact.

Same game engine? (1)

Kenja (541830) | about a year ago | (#43186173)

Looks like the same game engine as #3, making this more like DLC then a new game...

Re:Same game engine? (1)

secretagentmoof (1101717) | about a year ago | (#43189115)

Well, they were originally going to release "Enter the Dominatrix" as DLC - but then they changed their mind and said they were going to release it as a standalone game; it seems likely that it'll be a lightly modified SR3 engine under the hood.

Sweet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186241)

I wish GTA would stop being so serious, but I suppose that's why SR exists. Now adding more crazy to the mix I'm all for it. I just feel like this looks way too much like 3 and will feel like a simple DLC rather than a full blown new game. Adding super powers doesn't really change the game enough to slap a 4 on it, it could work as a regular DLC.

It's unfortunate that some people like 2 over 3 simply because the story was better. Gameplay in 3 is so much superior on every level that I don't care about the story being ruined, story is the least of my concerns when picking a video GAME.

Re:Sweet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43186779)

Superior gameplay what? Oh yeah, you mean how they made the fire truck diversion so much more awesome, wait no, the brawls got cooler, err hm... was it the races? Oh, yeah, it must be where you can go back and replay that awesome mission where... well no, you can't do that anymore either.

They took out all the gameplay from SR2. They put back a few new things (the reality climax is kind of cool) then put the rest of things into DLC. Not only that, there isn't even a reason to bother doing half the stuff like nailing a basejumping target, since you just buy all the upgrades when your respect gets high enough.

Volition - Please Stop Using The Same Damn Map (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43187137)

SR1 was good. SR2 expanded from it, adding a depth of detail that made me appreciate the game all over again and made me forget I was playing essentially the same map. Not with SR3. I felt like I had already been everywhere before I started. Sure, some big details were changed, but not enough of the little ones and I saw the previous game literally everywhere I turned. Add to that, there was little new that was good.

And then there's the cheat issue. Used to be you could have some fun rioting without god mode on and still stay alive, at least for a little while. Not with SR3 where your only chance to live is to use fantasy weapons that just plain aren't as fun as real guns (save the pimp slap from SR2 - that did rock). If I wanted that kind of stuff, I'd play "True Crime: Streets of L.A.".

Cash Cow is a Cash Cow (1)

BluPhenix316 (2656403) | about a year ago | (#43187471)

Saints Row IV is Announced, if you run this across Google Translator it translate to Cash Cow is getting Milked.

That's great.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43187621)

.... but does it run (on) Linux?

Re:That's great.... (0)

Snotnose (212196) | about a year ago | (#43188299)

Who fricken cares? I write Linux device drivers, live with it all day. No fricken way would I recommend any Linux distro to anyone I'd end up supporting. When Linux just fricken works out of the box I'll change my mind, but I'm not holding my breath.

Face it. I'm a Linux expert, started with Yggdrasil in '94, and not only do I still have a Windows gaming box but I'm not looking to get rid of said Windows box. Linux has been The Next Big Desktop for 20 years now, and it will be 20 years from now.

Re:That's great.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43193751)

Thank you for informing us of your superior opinion, neatly disguised as a semi-coherent ramble so as not to appear too elitist to the comment made by an A/C. It really should be worth more than +1...

Crackdown? (1)

mojatt (704902) | about a year ago | (#43188177)

Leaping over buildings, cars with unwieldy speed? Anyone remember Crackdown?

Re:Crackdown? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43188501)

Yeah i never played it but i remember it. but its not a bad thing mixing
the games destroy all humans, prototype, infamous, & Saints row together is it?....... plus its most likely still co-op which improves the joy of said powers

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