Saints Row 2 is Free For One Day!

If you’ve ever wanted to play the best game in the Saints Row series, now’s your chance! GOG.com and Steam having a free giveaway today only! The comments section seems to say that the GOG version is more stable than the Steam version, which I certainly hope because the Steam version is among the worst PC ports I’ve ever played in my life. But it’s free, so you don’t really lose anything by grabbing it, and if it does work you’ll get the chance to play my personal favorite sandbox game of all time. Stilwater is bursting with personality, the combat… [Continue Reading]

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4 More Things I Miss From Saints Row 2

Saints Row 2 is such a good game! I’ve said it before, most Saints Row fans have said it before, but I honestly have never played a better open-world sandbox game, and I recently got Grand Theft Auto V. The city is vibrant, the tone balances gritty gang violence with tongue-in-cheek game-y action, the characters and story are solid and the gameplay is bursting with variety and unbridled freedom. Saints Row the Third does a decent job of carrying this over, I’d give it an 80% in all, and most of the big things it missed were detailed in my last article… [Continue Reading]

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Sort of Tiny Tweaks to make Saints Row The Third Better

I’ve mentioned Saints Row the Third quite a few times, and every time I have people tell me that Saints Row 2 is better. But I don’t have a PS3 to play SR2 on. That being said, the flaws in SRTT are apparent and I can totally see people being put off by just how over the top Saints Row 3 is compared to its predecessor, especially if you like reality. I’ve been over some of the big things that would easily make Saints Row 3 just as good as Saints Row 2, but after a three hour coop session… [Continue Reading]

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The Property Owner – How I play Saints Row: the Third

The other day, I picked up an old Saints Row: the Third save and started playing it. It was from my Co-Op game with aabicus, but because of the weird way that SRTT works, my character technically hasn’t progressed at all apart from appearing in Steelport. In aabicus’s game (because he always hosts), we’ve already fucked up the Morningstar gang and are working on doing other stuff as well, but that mission progress was only progress for aabicus, not me. It kinda makes sense, aabicus is the ‘Playa’ or the Boss or whatever you want to call the protagonist, and… [Continue Reading]

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High Latency Drive-by Shootings

The first game I ever played was Wipeout XL on the Playstation One, released in 1996. I was four years old and didn’t understand the concept of anti-gravity or even really cars in general, I just knew they went broom broom and went super fast. A huge part of what I liked about it was the sound track, which featured an instrumental version of Firestarter by the Prodigy. I didn’t know what any of that was at the time, and I never ever managed to complete even the first level, but I liked it. A lot of the games I… [Continue Reading]

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How to Stealth the Only Stealth Mission in Saints Row 2

“Waste Not Want Not” is the only mission in Saints Row 2 that implies it can be completed stealthily, and to be honest I’m not completely sure the devs aren’t just joking because the process needed to stealth it is long and pointless. The game does not care in the slightest if you break stealth, and considering you’re on a time limit it’s in your best interest to run the mission loud and get the toxic waste as quickly as you can. For those who haven’t played the game, this mission involves stealing a sample of toxic waste from the Stilwater nuclear power plant in… [Continue Reading]

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Several Things I Miss From Saints Row 2

I played the Saints Row games in reverse order (not counting the first, which never came out on PC so I haven’t played it), and it was a very odd experience. I fell in love with the zany no-hold’s-barred freedom of Saints Row 4, and quickly decided it was my favorite open-world sandbox game, but the superpowers thing got old after a while because I felt detached from my character. The virtual reality setting didn’t help with that nagging feeling that even in-universe nothing I did mattered. I yearned for the early portion of the game when you had only your… [Continue Reading]

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5 Great Guns in Gaming that Didn’t Make the Sequel

Some gaming franchises like Payday or Left 4 Dead manage to port everything forward, good or bad, into future sequels. Others aren’t quite that thorough, and various parts of older titles are abandoned as the franchise moves forward toward newer and better things. Oftentimes the missing elements were either widely disliked or mostly replaced by something that fills a similar role, but sometimes one of those abandoned guns carries a whole playstyle or game mechanic with it. Today I wanted to talk about a few of the fallen soldiers who will sadly never grace our inventory again. 1. Saints Row 2’s Shock Paddles: The defibrillator is the… [Continue Reading]

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Mod it until it dies

“Mod it until it dies” has always been one of the unofficial taglines for the Elder Scrolls series, particularly Skyrim. Bethesda games in general have a lot of freedom not in the actual games themselves, but with what you can do with the games. From the look of your character, to badass armors to menus to entire gameplay overhauls, the Bethesda game modding community almost has a mod for everything. So when Valve and Bethesda tried to make money off community modders, under the pretense that modders could also make money, we kicked up a huge fuss. Bethesda games aren’t… [Continue Reading]

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On Saints Row 3 and 4

So I’ve been playing Saints Row: The Third with aabicus lately and we’ve been having a blast despite the iffy connection. I’ve mentioned Saints Row before, we actually brought up one of our Daily SPUF articles while playing, Both games get a lot of shit from deviating too much from ‘the series’, i.e. Saints Row 2, and being too over the top. I do get a lot of those criticisms – Saints Row 2 is overall a better game with more options, even if it is dated, I feel that Saints Row 3 does have merits of its own. Most… [Continue Reading]

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