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|Release date||August 26th 2006 (US) |
September 1st 2006 (PAL regions)
|Modes||Single player, multiplayer|
|Manual||Saints Row Manual|
Saints Row is the first installment in the Saints Row series.
- For other uses, see Saints Row (disambiguation).
Saints Row Edit
The game arrived in stores in wide release on August 29, 2006 in North America, and on September 1, 2006 in Europe and Australia. Though the game was also announced for the Sony PlayStation 3 to be released at a later date, this port was canceled in favor of putting more resources towards the game's sequel, Saints Row 2, for release on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Saints Row has been described as being similar to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in terms of story and gameplay. The game takes place in the fictional city of Stilwater which is plagued by urban violence between four rival gangs, including the 3rd Street Saints. The Protagonist, caught in the middle of the violence, is quickly enlisted into the Saints and helps the gang defeat the others and take control of Stilwater themselves. In addition to several common elements with the Grand Theft Auto series, Saints Row includes several additional features, including an extensive character customization feature, an activity and respect system for side missions, and online multiplayer modes.
The game was released to commercial and critical success, selling over 1 million copies by the end of 2006, and prompting for development of its sequel.
Saints Row is a third-person shooter that takes place in the city of Stilwater, a large sandbox environment. The game has many similarities with the Grand Theft Auto series, in that the game is structured around the player completing main storyline missions and side missions, earning in-game money and other benefits to assist in future missions. The player typically must travel about the city (often carjacking vehicles), meeting people or collecting objects at checkpoints, facing off rival gangs or other foes in firefights, and other tasks as part of these missions. The game's main story missions are split into three separate storylines, dealing with each of the other rival gangs in Stilwater, allowing the player to progress in each storyline at their own pace. The player may also simply free-roam the city, causing havoc or simply exploring it.
Unlike Grand Theft Auto, the player has the option to restart a mission should they fail it or are killed without having to return to the person assigning the mission. The player may also recruit fellow Saints gang members that walk the streets to assist in missions. The player can also gain "Homies", special characters that can either assist in missions or grant a quick benefit such as a vehicle driven to their location.
Saints Row introduces a "respect" system that are tied to certain side missions known as "activities" within the game. These activities are given by select characters around Stilwater, and include street racing, carjacking, robbery, drug trafficking, pimping, kidnapping, and insurance fraud. Each set of activities has a number of levels representing the difficulty of the task. By completing these activities, the player earns an amount of "respect" relative to the difficulty of the task. The player must accumulate a certain amount of respect before they can initiate a new mission within the game's main storyline, thus requiring the player to perform these side missions.
Stilwater is separated into several districts, initially under control of the rival gangs in the city. The player may attempt to wrest the control of these districts by either defeating the portion of the gang that controls the area or by taking over a stronghold within district in order to bring the district under the Saints' control, and gaining respect. The game uses a similar system to Grand Theft Auto's "wanted level"; should the player cause too much havoc against the general populace of Stilwater, the police will begin to chase the player. In a similar manner, if the player interferes too much with the other gangs, these gangs will also begin to chase down the player until the player can escape and allow the attention to cool down.
The game allows the player to create a customized male character using a number of different features, including facial and body makeup. Furthermore, the player can dress their character in numerous styles of clothes available from shops around Stilwater. The choice of color and style of the clothes can affect the game, as by dressing in the Saints' colors (purple) will earn the player more respect for completing missions. The player can further customize their character through facial hair, jewelry and tattoos. Additionally, the player can perform custom paint jobs on their cars, and purchase new in-game music through the city's stores.
Saints Row starts in the year of 2006 with the player (an unnamed character) entering the fictional island City of Stilwater, based on cities such as Detroit and Chicago, in the middle of a gang war between several gang factions. Though he attempts to maintain distance, members from one gang attempt to gun him down; however, the 3rd Street Saints, led by Julius Little, step in and save him. After proving himself to the Saints, he's initiated into the gang and then asked to assist to take over the city from three rival gangs (Los Carnales,Westside Rollerz, and the Vice Kings). The player, over the course of the game, assists in several missions and stronghold takeovers against each rival gang, slowly bringing the entire city under control by the Saints.
Because of the three different gangs, there are three linear plots that deal with the conquest of each gang, though events in one plot do not affect any of the other plots. In the end, the player is able to defeat the boss and several of the lieutenants of each rival gang and brings all of Stilwater under the Saints' control. The game apparently ends when the player receives a call from Julius, who tells the player that he is making the player his new right hand man. However, he implies that he is about to be arrested by corrupt cops, who were waiting for the gang wars to end before they made their move against the Saints. At this point, other members of the Saints ask the player for their orders.
After the credits roll and the game appears to be completed, the player is allowed to engage in three "epilogue" missions, resulting in attacks on the mayor and the corrupt police of Stilwater in order to try to free Julius. Once the mayor is dead, the player then takes out the corrupt chief of the stilwater police, then the player is invited to the private yacht of Alderman Richard Hughes, the only other candidate for mayor in the upcoming election, and thanks the player for eradicating his political rival for him, planning to use his mayoral power to destroy the Saints. During his speech, scenes of several Saints members after the events of the game are shown, including one of Julius overlooking the yacht from a bridge and then looking at his watch. Before the player can respond to Hughes' ultimatum, the yacht explodes, and the game ends.
Gangs and charactersEdit
Stilwater is ruled primarily by four gangs:
The gang that The Protagonist will join, and wears purple colors. The gang is racially diverse, specializing in gang warfare in an attempt to take back the city from the other gangs and restore peace. The Saints are led by Julius Little, with lieutenants Johnny Gat, Dex, and Troy Bradshaw backing him up. Lin works as a spy to infiltrate the Rollerz and Aisha is a singer from Saints Row signed on with the Vice Kings' record label, Kingdom Come Records. The Saints start their operations from a derelict church in a run-down residential area on East side of Stilwater.
Primarily made up of Hispanics and Caucasians and sporting red colors, Los Carnales specialize in arms and drug trafficking. Hector Lopez leads the gang while his brother Angelo Lopez is his right-hand man; he is dating Luz Avalos at the game's onset. Victor Rodriguez is their enforcer, and Manuel Orejuela is the contact between Los Carnales and the Colombian drug lords. The Carnales operate primarily out of the region around the airport and the run-down industrial areas of Stilwater.
The Vice Kings are a mix of African-Americans and Caucasians, and run much of Stilwater's entertainment, including retail, prostitution, and music. The gang is led by Benjamin King with the assistance of ex-hip hop artist Warren Williams and enforcer Tony Green. Tanya Winters is a prostitute who hooked up with Anthony and worked her way into running the prostitution ring. The Vice Kings' gang colors are yellow. The Vice Kings' main territory is the opulent commercial/downtown area, home to big business, museums and exclusive shopping areas.
Specializing in illegal racing and automobiles, the Westside Rollerz are composed of Asian-Americans and Caucasians, and dress in blue. The gang is run by Joseph Price and financed by William Sharp, Price's uncle. Donnie is the lieutenant to talk to in the Rollerz and also is their expert mechanic. The Rollerz operate from the northwest area of Stilwater, encompassing expensive suburban housing as well the area round the Stilwater stadium.
The game also has an online multiplayer mode for Xbox Live that supports up to 1-12 people. Players can join a gang and engage in street warfare with other gangs online. Saints Row features 4 different online games. Gangsta Brawl is a standard deathmatch. Big Ass Chains forces players to collect chains by killing people, and then depositing them for points. A bonus is awarded for delivering more chains at once. Protect Tha Pimp is a team based game, in which one team must escort the pimp to a destination point, while the other team must kill the pimp or prevent their opponents from reaching this point. It is very similar to the VIP mode from Counter-Strike. Blinged Out Ride is another team based game in which two teams must raise enough money from killing opponents and collecting chains to upgrade the team's vehicle several times in the Mechanic.
|Name||Release Date||Cost (MS points)||Size (MB)||Link|
|Funky Fresh Pack||2006-08-09||100||4.9||link|
|Mayhem Video Strategy Trailer||2006-09-29||Free||76.8||link|
|Insurance Fraud Video Strategy Trailer||2006-09-29||Free||113.2||link|
|Hitman Video Strategy Trailer||2006-09-29||Free||149.2||link|
|Industrial Map Pack||2006-11-06||80||14.2||link|
|The Ho Ho Ho Pack||2006-12-18||Free||2.2||link|
|Exclusive Unkut pack||2007-01-17||Free||4.9||link|
Prior to the retail version of Saints Row being released, the demo set an Xbox Live Marketplace then-record for being downloaded more than 350,000 times in the first week of its release.
The game has received generally positive ratings. Although most critics have noted the striking similarities in gameplay that Saints Row shares with releases from the Grand Theft Auto series, they have also praised the game for the inclusion of new features and its improvement of existing ones from GTA. Saints Row has received ratings of 95/100 from GamePro, 8.75/10 from Game Informer, 80/100 from Official Xbox Magazine, 8.5/10 from IGN, 8.4/10 from GamerNode, and 8.3/10 from GameSpot. GamePro called it "the best reason to own an Xbox 360 this side of Oblivion", while IGN noted, "Hate it if you want to, snicker at its obvious me-too qualities, but don't forget to recognize impressive, kick-ass gameplay as you walk out the door." Saints Row has received an average critic score of 82% on Game Rankings and 81% on Metacritic.
Most critics have praised the "Activities" and the online multiplayer, as well as the free-form control scheme. Common complaints about the game are over graphical problems, as well as forced, hit-or-miss humor. While the robust character creation mode was praised, several gaming publications also complained about the main character's lack of dialogue.
Although welcomed by critics and fans alike, the online multiplayer suffered from significant lag upon the game's debut, making it difficult to play. This issue was mostly fixed by a patch that took 2 months to develop.
As of November 2006, Saints Row had sold more than 1 million copies.
Saints Row received awards from GameSpot for "Most Surprisingly Good Game of 2006", as well as Gaming Target for one of 52 Games We will Still Be Playing From 2006 selection.
Saints Row has since joined the Xbox 360 lineup of "Platinum Hits" games, being rebranded and sold for US$19.99.
A port of Saints Row to Sony's PlayStation 3 console was announced in January 2007, to be released sometime during the second quarter of 2007. However, THQ announced on May 10, 2007, that they had canceled the port, in favor of bringing the sequel Saints Row 2 to both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 at the same time, for release on October 17, 2008.
- At the end of the first Saints Row trailer[name or link?], The Protagonist is seen meeting with the Carnales, with Hector, Angelo and Mr. Sharp visible in the background. Backing up are Johnny Gat; Joseph Price, the leader of the Westside Rollerz; Donnie, the mechanic of the Westside Rollerz; and Big Tony Green, a Vice Kings lieutenant. And they're all wearing purple.
- The box art features Johnny Gat, Lin, Dex, and The Protagonist.
- It was originally going to be named "bling bling".
- The original Flag Color for the Saints was Green, as shown in an earlier Trailer.[reference?]
- In Saints Row there are only land based vehicles available.
- This is the only Saints Row game where a member of each gang lives(L.C. Luz, V.K. King, W.R. Donnie.)
|Games in the Saints Row series|
|Saints Row • Saints Row 2 • Saints Row: Total Control • Saints Row: Money Shot • Saints Row: The Third • Saints Row IV|