Back to basics after the insanity of the previous titles!
Remember Saints Row IV and the absolute fever dream that was its narrative? Whilst the plot was absolutely nonsensical, it did have some outrageously fun, over-the-top missions, characters, and side-activities to keep us entertained. Although Saints Row is a lot more grounded in reality than the previous game (acting as a reset for the franchise, where else could the series go after Earth was destroyed in Saints Row IV?) that still doesn’t stop it from being more than your typical open-world crime sim. Here are just a few reasons why I’m excited for the new Saints Row!
All New Saints (and Sinners!)
With this being an origins story of how the new Saints rise to prominence, it brings with it a whole host of new heroes and villains. Whilst I’ll miss the likes of Johnny Gat and Kinzie, I’m intrigued to see what the new gang is like. Likewise, I’m looking forward to conquering the new enemy gangs. The Saints Row series has had some genuinely nefarious big bads (The Ronin from Saints Row 2, for example) and I’m hopeful they’ll keep this trend going with the new titles.
As someone who loves spending time customising absolutely everything in a game, Saints Row has always been a franchise with a large amount of options in regards to this. From kitting out cars, dressing up as a nightmarish dominatrix, and even altering both the way your weapons look and what ammo they can fire, the new game seems to have all of this and much, much more.
A Whole New World
Although they had some significant differences, the first two Saints Row games were set in the same city of Stilwater, whilst the third and fourth games were located in the city of Steelport, with very little differences between each game. Granted, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell’s New Hades was a new area, but despite it being literally set in hell, there were still more than a few similarities to Saints Row IV. Thankfully then, the brand new area of Santo Ileso looks much more varied, with more than just a single city to explore, instead opening it up to the desert and smaller towns beyond. It’s difficult to guess how large the map will be, but from what trailers have shown it looks to be diverse enough that there'll be plenty of interesting areas to explore.
Spread Those Wings!
Yes, Saints Row gives you wings! Sort of. A wingsuit is something new to the franchise — although technically you could glide in Saints Row IV — and I can’t wait to cruise around the open-world and rain death from above ala Just Cause. It’s the simple things that entertain me the most.
So those are just a few of the reasons why I’m excited for the new Saints Row. The game came out on 23rd of August, 2022 and can be picked up on our store!