The Saints Row series has never taken itself very seriously. From its humble roots as a stylish GTA clone the series has evolved into over-the-top levels of excess, prominently featuring such oddities as lucha libre mafiosi and the ability to engage in skydiving gunbattles in your birthday suit. Never has the absurdity of the Saints been as batshit insane as the what you’re about to see.
Volition’s Senior Producer Jim Boone gave a live demonstration of Saints Row IV at E3 earlier this month, showcasing the game in all of its absurd glory. The Saints turf war has gone galactic as you, the leader of the crew have assumed the role of ‘Patron Saint of America’ at the unluckiest of times- during the Earth’s invasion by a malevolent alien race lead by the hulking overlord Zinyak. Now balancing the budget and fighting poverty must take a back seat to wiping out the alien horde with your trusty black hole launcher.
Speaking of interesting weaponry, just a few days ago the game caused quite a stir over one of its implements of destruction- the colon-crushing alien anal probe weapon. The game has been banned in Australia over the inclusion of this sphincter-shredding killing machine with the ratins board stating “In the Classification Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV includes “interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context”.
It remains to be seen if the anal probe will leave a gaping hole in Volition’s quarterly sales projections.
Saints Row IV will be released on August 20th for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, and Windows PC.