Summer is leaving us with a good handful of video games that are worth adding to our collection, but there are still a few of the most interesting ones that are yet to go on sale. In a few weeks the new Saints Row will be released, which was scheduled to arrive in February and was finally delayed until August.
The new installment of the saga will not be a continuation, but rather will present us with a complete reboot of this series in which action, crime and his peculiar sense of humor will continue to be the order of the day. All of this I have had the opportunity to verify first-hand this week after having played its first bars.
Doing the goat around the city is something that I have loved and that has caused the hours to pass in a sigh, but in reality there have been more aspects that have caught me and that have left me with a lot of desire to continue giving it a go .
Santo Ileso, a city prepared to sow chaos
The plot of this chapter takes us to the fictional city of Santo Ileso, located in the southwestern United States, where crime is present everywhere with a series of factions ready to crush each other in order to show who is in charge. In the middle of all this mess we find ourselves in our attempt to survive as best we can with practically empty pockets.
That is why our protagonist and his three roommates dedicate themselves to completing criminal jobs in order to be able to pay the rent for the apartment and, incidentally, have something to eat. However, at a certain point they will decide to ignore everyone else and set up their own empire so they don’t have to depend on anyone to get ahead.
Although this is one of the main aspects of the plot, the story goes much further. During the first missions we will get to know in depth The Panthers, The Idols and the Marshall Armythe three main groups that inhabit the streets of the city, with their own objectives and businesses that are not well seen by the rest of the factions.
Even though this Saint’s Row It is a pure and simple action game. I have to admit that I have been left wanting to know how the adventure will continue and how certain aspects will be resolved. In addition, there are countless sequences that will be constantly parading during the main missions, including some that seem completely extracted from an action movie.
It must also be recognized that, from a certain point of view, all this is nothing more than an excuse for we shoot each other and sow chaos wherever we go, since in reality this is the main purpose of the game and what we will dedicate most of the time to. However, do not think that just pulling the trigger will be enough and everything will be done.
Some objectives that I had to achieve, among main and secondary, presented a difficulty that will seriously put our ability at the controls. I’m not going to hide that there was more than one that forced me to retry several times until it was completed, such as one in which I was surrounded by more than twenty enemies, and there was even another one that I decided to abandon because it ended up getting me too desperate .
This last one in particular was one of the multiple secondary missions available and in it he had to help a thief to steal some jewels and escape from the police in a chase. While she was at the wheel I must have shot at the cars to blow them up, but between there being too many and they weren’t fooling around, they just finished me off without any hesitation.
Behaving like beasts in the way we want
Despite everything, I can’t deny that I’ve had a great time the number of ways that the game offers to entertain us In this city. It is clear that crime is present everywhere and they will not look at you badly because you dedicate yourself to constantly doing crazy things or behaving like a real criminal, unless you go too far.
As a good open world action game, it is normal that you can catch any car to go from one place to another, but sometimes this can cause someone to call the police. Especially if we are dedicated to driving like crazy and we don’t care about running over citizens, destroying other vehicles or surrounding real estate.
Of course I will not forget another anecdote in which several police cars surrounded me and I behaved like a real criminal to massacre them with gunshots, something that a couple of times allowed me to get away from them and get away with it. However, there was one time when they kept calling for reinforcements to finish me off to the point that It looks like I killed so many who called SWAT and everything.which left me no choice but to scramble.
Anyway, don’t think that the agents will be there on the lookout every time we behave like kaffirs, because I also got on a Monster Truck and crushed dozens of vehicles as if they were made of paper and nobody told me a thing. In any case, there are so many activities to do that it is impossible to get bored or not find something to do.
Without a doubt this has been one of the details that I have loved the most, because there are so many secondary objectives and characters that will request our help that you can spend dozens of hours doing these jobs without paying attention to the main plot. And the best of all is that as we progress through the story, the ways of spending time in Santo Ileso will increase even more.
This is how I have come to find chase missions, like the one I mentioned previously, in addition to others in which I had to dust off the wingsuit, liquidate a few enemies, steal some cargo and there was also another one that was clearly inspired by Breaking Bad by having to search for a caravan in the form of a laboratory in which they manufactured drugs.
being our own boss
Another section that I cannot ignore is the character editor, which could perfectly be one of the most complete that I have come to see in my entire life. It could practically be said that the limits are set by one’s own imagination, because we can modify even the most insignificant detail, without exaggerating.
I was perfectly able to spend 20-30 minutes getting the character I wanted, because you can change the dimensions of any part of the body (yes, down there too) and even more specific aspects such as the eyelashes, the forehead, placing scars , the color of the skin that we want or use prosthetics, to give some examples. Each section has a multitude of different options to the point that it is practically impossible for there to be two identical characters.
The game itself offers us some base templates, but the ideal is that each one design their own boss as they wish. In fact, it even allows the body to be divided in two so that each of the halves looks different. Mine practically looked like a cross between Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy because of his skin color and hairstyle and Colossus from Marvel because of the markings on his body and how big he was.
Too bad I couldn’t take a picture of it to show you, but at least you can get an idea of the real craziness that can be achieved with this editor that you can try for yourself. And that’s not all, because as the adventure progresses, cosmetic items are unlocked that will also help give our protagonist a more personal touch with all kinds of hats, jackets, t-shirts, pants, underpants, etc.
Even so, this is just an appearance, because it will not affect the gameplay at all, so it will not matter if we make someone who appears to be brutal or very insignificant. He will always fight and move equally, with skills and improvements that we will obtain little by little based on leveling up or also using the money that they give us for the criminal work that we complete.
Sometimes the launch of proposals such as the Saint’s Row, in which only the action matters and doing everything we please instead of being aware of the most convoluted plots. Next month we will check if it maintains that good rhythm of the first hours when the August 23rd on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.