Saints Row: The Third


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15th November 2011

Saints Row: The Third Review

FeatureDanny Bilson: inside the rise and fall of THQ

The outspoken former chief of Saints Row, Homefront and Darksiders finally breaks his silence.

The week before Danny Bilson left THQ in May 2012, he still had hope. He had a plan: Darksiders 2 from Vigil. Metro: Last Light from 4AGames. Company of Heroes 2 from Relic Entertainment. Enter the Dominatrix, the standalone expansion for Saints Row the Third, from Volition. South Park: The Stick of Truth, in production at Obsidian Entertainment. Homefront 2 at Crytek UK. And then there was the unannounced stuff: the next-gen game from Turtle Rock we now know is called Evolve. Patrice Désilets' 1666 at THQ Montreal. The portfolio is long and impressive.

THQ is no more. This is where its assets went

UPDATE: Platinum Games is interested in Darksiders.

Update #4: Does IP changing hands equal upheaval? Does upheaval equal game delay? Obsidian's South Park: Stick of Truth was due in March. Is it still? "It's too soon to say," Ubisoft told me this afternoon. "We'll have more details to share about plans for specific games soon."

Pay what you want for Metro 2033, Darksiders, Red Faction: Armageddon and Company of Heroes

THQ Humble Bundle also throws in Saints Row: The Third if you pay over the average.

We've become accustomed to pay-what-you-want models for indie games, but it's rare to see titles that were full priced retail offerings as recently as a year ago make the cut. That's changed with the THQ Humble Bundle that allows players to name their price for a collection that includes: Metro 2033, Darksiders, Red Faction: Armageddon, Company of Heroes and its two expansions, Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor.

Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package release date announced

Publisher THQ has announced a DLC-packed version of Saints Row: The Third. Subtitled The Full Package, the innuendo-fuelled adventure is due to arrive in the UK on 9th November.

Those who pick up the bumper version will get all of the game's three major DLC mission packs as standard: Genkibowl VII, Gangstas In Space, and The Trouble With Clones.

Also included is every item of "bonus DLC" ever made for the game - there's more than 30. Do you have the the Shark Attack pack, the Witches & Wieners pack, the Special Operations pack, or the Genki Girl Vehicle pack?

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Saints Row: The Third expansion now part of Saints Row 4

Saints Row: The Third expansion now part of Saints Row 4

Enter the Dominatrix becomes "part of something bigger."

Saints Row: The Third's standalone expansion Enter the Dominatrix has been merged into the next main Saints Row game, publisher THQ has confirmed.

This is due to launch in "calender 2013", THQ president Jason Rubin confirmed.

"When I looked at the Enter The Dominatrix expansion in production at Volition, I was blown away by the ideas and desire to expand the fiction of the franchise," Rubin said.

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When I sat down to chat with Danny Bilson during THQ's pre-E3 showcase event in North London earlier this month, I had no idea that, just over a week later, he would no longer be with the publisher. Hindsight is a beautiful thing, but I'm convinced there was something about the way he introduced presentations on Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light and Darksiders 2 to European press that morning that was, for want of a better term, off.

Sonic, Deus Ex, Velocity launch on EU PlayStation Store

Sonic, Deus Ex, Velocity launch on EU PlayStation Store

Plus Saint's Row: The Third and Final Fantasy 13-2 DLC.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 headlines today's EU PlayStation Store update. Sega's latest Sonic adventure costs £9.99 and includes exclusive levels for those with Sonic 4 Episode 1.

Music-mixing title PixelJunk 4am launches for £6.49, although you'll need a PlayStation Eye camera and Move controller to play.

You can also now download a digital version of THQ's open-world dildo-fest Saints Row: The Third. It costs £29.99 and will hog 7.33 GB of your disc space.

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Saints Row: The Third gets standalone expansion

Saints Row: The Third gets standalone expansion

Enter the Dominatrix adds super powers, alien invaders.

OTT open world actioner Saints Row: The Third gets a standalone expansion this Autumn on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, publisher THQ has announced.

Titled Enter the Dominatrix, it picks up directly after the end of the original release. The leader of the Third Street Saints has been abducted by an extraterrestrial warlord called Zinyak - who has eyes on invading earth - and locked in an elaborate virtual reality simulation.

"This simulation program looks and feels like Steelport, but it is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. Here, you are a slave. Welcome... to the Dominatrix," explained the announcement blurb.

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THQ to announce 170 layoffs today - report

THQ to announce 170 layoffs today - report

What will the game collateral be?

A troubled THQ will imminently announce 170 layoffs, according to a new report.

Independent industry suit Kevin Dent claimed to have been sitting on the news "for a week or so". His Twitter conversation with THQ's vice president of technology Mark DeLoura suggests this is for real.

"This is probably going to break in the morning, I have sat on it for a week or so. The culling at THQ was 170+ souls including Mark DeLoura," broadcast Kevin Dent, directing the message at DeLoura.

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Modern Warfare 3 tops Japanese chart

Plus, top five debut for Saints Row: The Third.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has won over the generally shooter-shy Japanese public, debuting at the top of the country's weekly software chart.

Saints Row: The Third PS3 sweetener announced

Saints Row: The Third PS3 sweetener announced

North American customers get Saints Row 2 free.

Anyone purchasing the PlayStation 3 version of Saints Row: The Third in the US, Canada or Mexico can claim a free download of Saints Row 2, THQ has announced.

As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, just enter the Online Pass code included with the game before 13th February 2012 and you'll receive a complimentary download of its 2008 predecessor.

The post doesn't explicitly spell it out, but it seems likely the deal is an attempt to make up for the no-show of planned PS3-exclusive content in the finished game, as reported earlier this week.

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Saints Row: The Third Review

Saints Row: The Third Review

The lulz before the storm.

Grand Theft Auto 4 was the best thing that ever happened to Saints Row. When it originally launched, THQ's open-world rival was little more than a cheeky copycat, offering the same transgressive thrills in a cruder, cheaper form; the Zit to GTA's more successful Viz.

Then GTA4 came along, and with it a sharp detour from the sort of knockabout nihilism that had typified the series. In the midst of Niko Bellic's downbeat immigrant saga, going on a rocket launcher rampage seemed a little weird, and Saints Row 2 was quick to position itself as the gleefully silly sandbox game that still let you smash your toys until something broke. If GTA was aiming for high drama and critical acclaim, Saints Row was happy to fly the flag for those playing "for the lulz".

And so comes Saints Row: The Third, a game that has been marketed almost exclusively on the basis of all the wacky stuff it will let you do, silly costumes, sex toy weaponry, ragdoll mayhem and all.

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Saints Row: The Third PS3 exclusive mode missing

The promised exclusive mode for the PlayStation 3 version of Saints Row: The Third is mysteriously absent from the game.

Retail copies sent to press reveal the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the Volition-developed open world adventure contain exactly the same content, Joystiq reports.

The exclusive mode was announced at E3 2011 in June, and was said to use Saints Row's "signature weapon", presumably the dildo bat censored for the Japanese version.

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Saints Row: The Third season pass confirmed

Saints Row: The Third season pass confirmed

Upcoming DLC expansions detailed.

A DLC season pass for Saints Row: The Third has been confirmed.

According to a post on the THQ Insider blog, which has since mysteriously been taken down, the voucher gives you access to four expansions, representing a saving of 15 per cent on buying each pack separately.

The four add-ons are as follows:

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Saints Row 4 already in planning stages

Bilson claims "it is wilder" than SR3.

Saints Row 4 is already in the early stages of development, despite Saints Row: The Third not even being on shelves yet, judging by comments made by THQ exec Danny Bilson.

THQ not worried by Grand Theft Auto 5

Saints Row is a "very different experience".

THQ isn't worried that today's Grand Theft Auto 5 reveal will diminish excitement for its own open world crime effort, Saints Row: The Third.

EA announces major third party Origin support

EA announces major third party Origin support

Warner Bros., Capcom and THQ sign up.

Games from Warner Bros. Interactive, THQ and Capcom will soon be available on Origin, EA's digital PC platform.

Warner's Batman: Arkham City and THQ's Saints Row: The Third will kick things off in November, with more titles from the three third parties to follow in coming months.

"Since launch, we've had overwhelming support from both publishers and developers across the gaming industry, recognising Origin as an opportunity to deliver more of their great content straight to consumers across the globe," said EA's Origin VP David DeMartini.

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Saints Row Initiation Station beta begins

Saints Row Initiation Station beta begins

Character customisation app goes live.

Saints Row: The Third's new customisation and community hub, dubbed the Initiation Station, enters invite-only beta today, publisher THQ has announced.

Those who purchased Saints Row: Double Pack or pre-ordered Red Faction: Armageddon earlier this year should have got beta invite. Providing you logged it at the game's official site you should be getting a download code any moment now.

Everyone else can download the app via PlayStation Network, Steam or Xbox Live from 1st November ahead of Saints Row: The Third itself arriving in stores on 18th November.

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THQ opens online store shopTHQ

Homefront, Red Faction 40 per cent off.

THQ has lifted the shutters on its online store shopTHQ, which sells the publisher's titles primarily via PC download.

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European Saints Row 3 release date

European Saints Row 3 release date

Do George and Patrick live there?

Saints Row: The Third will be released on 18th November in Europe, THQ has confirmed.

The date escaped the lips of senior producer Greg Donovan, who was talking on camera to Gamespot at E3.

In North America, the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 game will be released on 15th November.

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Saints Row 3 PS3 exclusive content

Saints Row 3 PS3 exclusive content

Unique game mode promised.

PlayStation 3 owners who pick up Saints Row: The Third later this year will be treated to an exclusive game mode.

Exact details weren't offered during the announcement in Sony's E3 show, though it will involve a "unique weapon".

THQ's OTT crime caper is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this November.

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FeatureSaints Row: The Third

Never Mind The Bollocks.

Imagine a modern day videogame in the mind of someone who has never played one. Imagine no longer, as Saints Row The Third is arguably that game; an overwhelming orgy of preposterous violence that would send a Daily Mail reader into paroxysms of indignant rage if they could ever grasp a sliver of what was happening.

THQ reveals Saints Row Initiation Station

Character creation hub due ahead of SR3.

Saints Row: The Third is getting a standalone character creation hub called the Initiaition Station, due out before the open world actioner launches later this year, publisher THQ has announced.

Volition: PC still worth investing in

"Let's make a game worth stealing."

Saints Row: The Third and Red Faction: Armageddon developer Volition is convinced making PC versions of its multiplatform games is still worth the time and money required – despite the threat of piracy.

Saints Row, UFC games for Facebook?

THQ talks social gaming plans.

Big THQ franchises like Saints Row and UFC could be coming to Facebook and other social gaming networks, according to CEO Brian Farrell.

Saints Row 3D also for XBLA

Will unlock content in 3DS game.

THQ core games boss Danny Bilson has revealed that Saints Row 3D started as an Xbox Live Arcade project before Nintendo pushed for a 3DS adaptation.

Saints Row film to launch with next game

Saints Row film to launch with next game

"Major filmmaker" attached.

THQ's executive vice president of core games Danny Bilson has said that the publisher intends to do a Saints Row film.

Not content with that, he hopes that it will launch on the same day as the third Saints Row game, which doesn't have a date yet but should be out before March 2012.

Speaking in a conference call this week recorded by GameSpot, Bilson said a "major filmmaker" will be involved.

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