Unique Qualities of Saints Row Series

Tharindu Prabath
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Saints Row the Third Characters – Image from HDQwalls

Saints Row Series is an action-adventure, open-world based game series. The series often called the ‘Alternative of the GTA (Grand Theft Auto) Series’. Earlier games of the series were a publication of THQ (2006-2013) however, after 2013, Deep Silver is working as the publishers of the games. The series is very famous for its unique aspects of humor, mayhem, and parodies. So, from this article, we are going to take a look at the unique attributes we can find throughout this fascinating franchise.

The Origin of Saints Row Series

Comparing to other major game franchises, Saints Row Series is relatively younger. It is said that Volition began developing the initial game ‘Saints Row’ in 2004. The game is eventually released in 2006. After the successful initialization of the series, the second game came in 2008 which is ‘Saints Row 2’. The second game gave a huge boost to both fans and commercially to the developers.

Saints Row 2

The third game of the series, ‘Saints Row: The Third’ released in 2011. And the following game, ‘Saints Row IV’ in 2013. After that, there was an expansion named ‘Gat out of Hell’ released in 2015. The latest game of the series came on May 22, 2020. It is the remastered version of ‘Saints Row: The Third’. And the series has had sales that exceed 13 million which makes the series one of the best-selling video game series ever. And in 2019, THQ mentioned that there will be another Saints Row game in the coming years.

Base Story and Gameplay

As we mentioned earlier, the Saints Row franchise is an action-adventure game series. All of the games in the series based in an open world, where the player can freely roam on foot or using various customizable vehicles. There are many types of customizable weapons (some unique weapons). Like GTA games, illegal activities will cause the appearance of legal authorities such as Police Officers or Military Soldiers. However, the game encourages the player to chaotic actions more, unlike GTA games.

A Mayhem activity in Saints Row the Third – Video from Willzyy

Actually, Mayhem plays a huge role in these games. (In fact, there is a side-mission type named ‘Mayhem’ just like the above video. It can be called a unique quality of the series and a major difference from GTA games. There are a variety of side activities involving these chaotic and hilarious activities throughout the series.

Customization makes a huge role in the series too. The player can customize their character anytime when they are not inside a mission. (Just go to the surgery shop and customize anything…) Clothing has the same case. The player can earn respect points by customizing their character (Respect points are similar to experience points in other games). Another customization availability is ‘Vehicle Customization’. Player can take a vehicle and go to a chop shop for various types of customizations.

Base Story of Saints Row Series

The base story of the franchise centered around ‘urban gang warfare’ in various cities of the US (fictional cities). The player is able to control an unnamed protagonist who initially a member of a street gang called, ‘3rd Street Saints’. Throughout the stories in various games, the player will be able to grow the influence of the gang and eventually become the leader of the gang. Most of the side missions involve in this influence growing fact.

Conclusion

As we said, the series is known as one of the best selling game series ever. Talking about the reviews, Saints Row the Third can be mentioned as the best game of the series. It has an overall score of 83% from Metacritic. Saints Row IV is slightly behind it by an overall score of 81%. It’s unique humorous activities, mayhem and story should have been the cause of this much popularity.

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