Saints Row: The Third – Everything You Need to Know
Saints Row: The Third is the latest installment in the Saints Row series being developed by Volition Inc. and will be published by THQ.
Saints Row: The Third Game Features
Players will be in control of the leader of the Third Street Saints as the game opens up in the city of Stilwater. The Saints are kings of the city; they have ran out every other gang and the locals consider them celebrities and guardians. Now the gang is milking their fame by selling Saints-branded t-shirts, bobble heads, and other novelties with no other gang to compete against.
The game beings with the player(leader of the Saints), Johnny Gat and Shaundi robbing a bank in Steelport. The heist goes wrong, the saints are captured and eventually taken aboard a private jet owned by Syndicate from where the first mission starts.
Eventually the Saints land in the city of Steelport, a city in economic decline whose appearance is a contrast to that of Stilwater’s. It is filled with skyscrapers, warehouses and one-story apartments. Volition is including “numerous landmarks” in the city for players to easily determine their location without looking at the mini-map, and have said that the skyline is visible from almost any point in the city, so players will always know a route to downtown.
Naturally, as the city is in decline, both the Saints and Syndicate, being opportunistic capitalist see profit in rebuilding it.
There are three gangs in Steelport; Morning Star, Luchadores and Deckers. Morning Star are the suit wearing cream of the gangs, while Luchadores are the mask wearing muscle who roam the streets of Steelport, and Deckers are the nerds who handle the money laundering and High-tech security business and also STAG Unit (Special Tactical Anti Gang Unit) which is tasked with cleansing the streets of any gang, whether they are Saints or the Syndicate.
The game retains the third person sandbox , urban warfare format that is traditional to Saints Row series. The player, as the leader of the Third Street Saints, can explore the city of Steelport, performing main missions that progress the game’s story, and can take side missions.
These side missions include Activities, mini-games played on the streets of Steelport, Strongholds, rival gang bases that can be taken over to control a section of Steelport, and Flashpoints which are on-the-spot gang warfare locations. Successful completion of missions can earn the player in-game money, weapons, cars, and gang respect.
Unlike the previous games where respect was used to unlock new missions, The Third uses respect similar to XP which the player can spend to improve specific skills of their character, such as melee combat or firearms skills. When players earn enough XP their characters rank up, unlocking new abilities and skills for players to choose. Players can also choose to skip upgrading specific skill, instead melee combat players can upgrade their weapon based combat saving them XP points and Money.
You will be spending money to buy clothing items, weapons and cars, or to upgrade weapons and cars with unique features, such as adding scopes or extra barrels to a weapon, which then can be stored in the Saints’ arsenal. Cars can also be upgraded by tuning the engines, adding spoilers, after market bumpers or add underglow for aesthetic purposes.