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Stacking the Deck
Stacking the Deck complete cash
"Stacking the Deck" mission completion screen
Story arc

Westside Rollerz

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Reclamation Samson's Surprise

"Stacking the Deck" is the first mission of the Westside Rollerz story arc in Saints Row.

Aside from macho bullshit, I haven't heard much. The only interesting news I got is that a shipment of high performance cars is coming in today. It's not much, I know, so we're gonna make the best of it. Jack the truck carrying the cars before it makes its delivery and take it to Samson. He'll load up the cars with a few surprises, then finish the delivery. Now get outta here before someone sees us.
Stacking the Deck audio
Lin to The Protagonist, during their first meeting.

OverviewEdit

In the first mission of the Westside Rollerz story arc, Lin meets The Protagonist in secrecy outside the Ultor Dome in the Arena District. She explains that she hasn't found too much information on the gang, aside from a delivery of high-performance vehicles arriving today. She asks The Protagonist to steal the Peterliner carrying the vehicles and deliver them to Samson, who loads them up with "a few surprises" before finishing the delivery.

The Protagonist obliges; stealing the Peterliner and delivering all the vehicles to a garage in the Saint's Row District, all while avoiding hostile Westside Rollerz gang members, and is paid $500 cash for helping.

Story Edit

The following text has been transcribed verbatim from the game files.
It can be read in-game upon completion of the mission by pausing the game, and selecting 'Story' from the 'INFO' tab.

Lin, the Saints' expert on the Westside Rollerz, informed you that the Rollerz had a shipment of high-performance cars coming in. Acting on her tip, you intercepted and hijacked the delivery truck en route, delivering the goods to Samson instead. The cars were then delivered back to the Rollerz- but not before Samson made a few surprise modifications.

Gameplay Edit

Stacking the Deck - Do enough damage to the truck and it will pull over

Gameplay from the mission.

This mission is available anytime after completing the 3rd Street Saints prologue mission "Reclamation". As the first mission in the Westside Rollerz story arc, it is a generally easy mission.

Get a car and intercept the truck.[1]

The Peterliner is already traveling north on the freeway in the Arena District. If it reaches the Price Mansion, the mission fails.

That's the truck. Looks like there's an escort.[2]

The only minor challenge in this mission is the escort, which consists of one Westside Rollerz vehicle accompanying the Peterliner. Killing the escort is not necessary.

Hijack the truck![3]
HUD: "Truck Cab" health bar.
Do enough damage to the truck and it will pull over.
— On-screen message[4]

The easiest method to hijack the Peterliner is to drive in front of it and shoot the driver through the windscreen.

Get in the truck.[5]

Once the driver is dead the vehicle pulls over and can be entered.

Drive the truck to the garage.[6]

After successfully hijacking the Peterliner, Westside Rollerz Notoriety increases to level 3, and it must be driven to a marker on the exit of the freeway at Mission Beach in the Saint's Row District.

Upon delivery of the vehicle, $500 is awarded.

Failure

The mission can be failed by getting smoked or busted, destroying the Peterliner,[7] or allowing it to escape.[8]

Rewards Edit

Stacking the Deck complete cash

Newscast Edit

Main article: Newscasts
SR1 News Shared 0030 Truck Hijacking
Jack Armstrong: "I'm Jack Armstrong. It's not safe to be a truck these days. More and more 18 wheelers are becoming the targets of successful hijacking attempts. Stilwater police are warning shipping companies and the drivers' unions to be extra vigilant when traversing both the highways and surface streets in town. Cartage insurance rates have risen recently when shipping through Stilwater. Yet another black eye for a city under siege. From the newsroom, I'm Jack Armstrong."

Trivia Edit

  • This is the first of two missions where Lin smokes,[9] the other being "Guardian Angel".[10]
  • Donnie is mentioned for the first time in this mission,[9] although he does not appear until the mission "Guardian Angel".[11]
  • A tuner named Ricky Liu is mentioned in this mission,[9] although he never appears in game, and is never mentioned again.
  • Lin's car, a unique Voxel, appears for the first time in this mission.[9]
  • The GPS route on the Map usually reveals the quickest route to an objective; however, once the player has hijacked the truck, it advises the player to travel via the freeway.[12]
  • All three vehicles the Peterliner is carrying can be destroyed (most easily achieved using either an RPG Launcher or Platinum RPG) without any penalty, despite the fact that the vehicles are integral to Lin's plan.
  • It is possible for the escort accompanying the truck to kill themselves if they drive into it.

Transcript Edit

PhonecallEdit

Hey, this is Lin. Meet me at the arena parking lot, we gotta start making a move against the Rollerz.
— Lin, before starting the mission.

"Just a Girl" cutscene Edit

Westside Rollerz gang member #1: "That's a sweet ride Lin."
Lin: "Uh huh."
Westside Rollerz gang member #2: "Who tuned it for ya?"
Lin: "No one, I did it myself."
Westside Rollerz gang member #1: "The spoiler looks like Donnie's work."
Westside Rollerz gang member #2: "No way, that underglow screams Ricky Liu."
Westside Rollerz gang member #1: "Yeah, I guess it does."
Lin: "What is this, fuckin' third grade?"
Westside Rollerz gang member #1: "Whaddya mean?"
Lin: "Forget it, I'll see ya tomorrow."
The Westside Rollerz walk away
Westside Rollerz gang member #2: "Dude, she totally wants you."
Lin: "Assholes."
The Protagonist approaches Lin
Lin: "I swear to God, we're not going to be able to kill these bastards fast enough."
Lin: "Aside from macho bullshit, I haven't heard much. The only interesting news I got is that a shipment of high performance cars is coming in today. It's not much, I know, so we're gonna make the best of it. Jack the truck carrying the cars before it makes its delivery and take it to Samson. He'll load up the cars with a few surprises, then finish the delivery. Now get outta here before someone sees us."
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— "Just a Girl" cutscene

Gallery Edit

  • Stacking the Deck pre-mission phone call
  • Lin, her Voxel, and the Westside Rollerz
  • Lin
  • Lin, smoking
  • Stacking the Deck objectives
  • Stacking the Deck - "Get a car and intercept the truck" objective
  • Stacking the Deck - "That's the truck. Looks like there's an escort." objective
  • Stacking the Deck - Hijack the truck
  • "Do enough damage to the truck and it will pull over." message
  • Stacking the Deck - "Get in the truck." objective
  • Stacking the Deck - "Drive the truck to the garage." objective
  • The GPS highlights a long route down the freeway, despite the destination being just meters away
  • Stacking the Deck - The truck got away
  • Stacking the Deck - The truck was destroyed
  • After delivering the truck

ReferencesEdit

  1. Image:
    Stacking the Deck objective - Get a car

    "Get a car and intercept the truck" objective

  2. Image:
    Stacking the Deck objective - That's the truck

    "That's the truck. Looks like there's an escort." objective

  3. Image:
    Stacking the Deck - Hijack the truck

    Hijack the truck objective

  4. Image:
    Stacking the Deck - Do enough damage to the truck and it will pull over

    "Do enough damage to the truck and it will pull over." message

  5. Image:
    Stacking the Deck objective - Get in the truck

    "Get in the truck." objective

  6. Image:
    Stacking the Deck objective - Drive the truck to the garage

    "Drive the truck to the garage." objective

  7. Image:
    Stacking the Deck - The truck was destroyed

    The truck was destroyed

  8. Image:
    Stacking the Deck - The truck got away

    The truck got away

  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Cutscene: Just a Girl
  10. Cutscene: Undercover
  11. Cutscene: The Sleeper
  12. Image:
    Stacking the Deck - GPS loop

    The GPS Route instructs the player to take the freeway, despite being just meters away from their destination.

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