Of the big name games shown at PAX East, Saints Row IV promises to be the most outrageous, with a gun that allows you to dubstep people to death and the admission that there would have been a dragon you could ride if they’d had enough time to fit it into the game.
Players control the President of the United Saints/States (your main character which you can import from your old game save) and must battle evil aliens in a computer generated world using only their super powers and wits. And guns. And monster trucks. Etc., etc., etc. Check out the teaser trailer here.
Gameplay is similar to the previous Saints Row games, but with even more insanity. Players roaming this sandbox style game will have new found superhero powers, such as jumping to the tops of buildings, freezing people, flying around and throwing cars with your telekinesis. There will be drop in/drop out co-op as well as mechs you can ride around.
Most of the gameplay will take place in a cyber world, where the President will have to subdue alien hotspots in order to regain control. You will also occasionally get back into the real world before jumping into your cabinet members’ virtual realities to rescue them.
So What’s New?
There are a lot of things different with this game as opposed to the previous titles, but the changes make sense. There will be less choices in this game based on feedback from the amount of choices in the previous games. You will also start from a position of power instead of starting as a nobody and working your way up to leader of the Saints. You will also only fight one unified enemy: the Zen, an alien race bent on indoctrinating you.
The weapons are now very customizable as well. For example, you can have a gun that looks like a guitar case. Volition also claims the weapons and super powers will work together to create fun and exciting effects.
Jim Boone, the senior producer on Saints Row IV, emphasized that they wanted the game to be over the top for the sake of being fun, not over the top for the sake of being over the top. Hopefully they have found the right balance of challenge and hilarity in this newest entry in the series. I got a very “final scene of Avengers” vibe from the demo and can’t wait to check out more Saints Row IV.
It’s the days after Christmas. You have gift cards abundant and games coming out for all girls and boys. But what can you get? With all the choices lying ahead?
Have no fear, with all the bundles abound, waiting to be found, I got the ones with the most “extra” kick aside from the gaming bit (Sorry for my cheesiness).
Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition
First and foremost, I love Tomb Raider, so I had to list it first. It doesn’t have the best content, but I believe it has the most bang for your buck. It includes:
A realistically rendered Play Arts Kai Lara Croft figurine approximately 8 inches tall
Weapon pack DLC
3 iron-on experience shield badges
Tomb Raider soundtrack with 10 songs
An Endurance survival tin made to look like it was recovered from the shipwreck
5″ X 7″ Lithographic print
A double sided poster with an island map and the box art
Access to the Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt to participate in challenges for prizes and more
I simply love the Lara Croft figure, it’s so detailed and perfectly muddy not getting it would kill me. I hope the DLC weapons are exclusives to these game copies with the collector’s edition to get my money’s worth, and the CD is a nice touch (I legally download all my music).
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Collector’s Edition
Starcraft is an MMO with its own fanbase, so I listed it mainly so Starcraft fans can assess if the collector’s edition is worth the extra money. All of the great additional merch that comes with the game seems reasonable to me, especially with the extras for other Blizzard MMOs you might play.
A behind the scenes DVD and Blu Ray 2 disc set
Heart of the Swarm Art Book
Collector’s Edition Soundtrack
Zerg Rush mouse pad
Exclusive in-game content
The in game content includes a Torrasque Ultradisk and portaits in Starcraft II, pet banneling in World of Warcraft, and blade wings and a banner sigil in Diablo III.
Aliens: Colonial Marines Collector’s Edition
I don’t have much hope for this game except for the fact it’s made by Sega, but because this list is about the extra and not the game itself, it earns a spot. This game has some very good extra content.
Resin Powerloader figurine in a limited edition Xeno Hive box
USCM Dossier, iron-on badges, and graduation certificate
LV-426 Recon photo
USS Sephora schematic
But this is just physical extras. The exclusive in-game content includes:
Four playable movie characters
Extra game level
Additional Marines character customization features
Exclusive multiplayer weapons
Sonic Electronic Ball Breakers
Phase Plasma Rifle
USCM Academy firing range
Bioshock Infinite Premium Edition
This bundle definitely comes with awesome stuff.
Collectible mini edition of The Art of Bioshock Infinite
Exclusive digital soundtrack
Murder of Crow keychain
Lithographic print of propaganda
It also comes with a gear pack that gives three exclusive power ups in the game.
Bull rush: Sprints become melee strikes and can knock down enemies
Extra! Extra!: Audio logs give “Silver Eagles”
Betrayer: In the PC game causes possessed enemies to explode once you kill them. In the PS3 you get Bioshock Infinite themes. The XBox 360 players get Booker and Elizabeth avatar costumes.
There is a way more costly bundle that costs $70 more. What’s the difference? It comes with a Songbird statue. You must really really want that figure to spend so much money for the Ultimate Songbird Edition of the game.
God of War: Ascension Collector’s Edition
The God of War franchise has outdone itself with this beautiful pre-order which includes:
An exclusive 8 inch Kratos statue
Premium Steelbook case
Digital game soundtrack
Multiplayer Double XP unlock
PS3 Dynamic theme and PSN Avatar pack
A pass for all future DLC
The last perk seems very promising. Especially since I don’t like always paying for future DLC.
This is the best of the best I’ve gathered so far. I hope as the year reveals more new games to try out, they come out with more tempting bundles like these.