The Saints are back! Well, they will be very soon. Before the end of 2022 we will have in our hands the reboot of the saga Saints Row and, although it moves away a bit from the madness seen in the previous two games in the saga, in the first missions of the game we discover that it is not going to abandon the exaggerated action or the freedom it offers us when it comes to customizing the protagonist and his world.
Next we will take a look at one of the first missions of Saints Row (2022) so we can appreciate its technical quality and get an idea of what it will feel like to play it when it is released for PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
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This will be one of the first missions of Saints Row (2022)
Desperate for money to pay rent for the apartment they share, Kevin, Eli, Neenah and the boss have turned to crime. We can see that this is a group of very close friends who trust each other with their own lives.
After the robbery, the police soon track us down and start a chase. This is a good example of what car combat will look like in the game. The faster we go, the more damage we will do to other vehicles when colliding with them.
Of course, they could not miss the shootings. When we go to change cars to flee from the police, we discover that the rival gang Los Panteros is looting it. We have no choice but to resort to bullets and fists.
The chase continues in another vehicle, but we can’t escape. How will the boss get out of this situation?
the soul of Saints Row (2022): Personalization
During a Q&A session with some of the game’s developers, they talked about what will set this title apart from so many other open worlds currently cluttering the gaming world. The answer? The freedom to personalize and tour the city as we want.
In the following video we can see the protagonist touring the base of Los Santos —which can be modified at will—, the options that we will have to change the appearance and clothing of the boss. We can even customize our weapons.
The cars are not far behind! The amount of options we have to modify our vehicles will be amazing, as we can see in the following video.
Welcome to Santo Ileso
The city in which it will take place Saints Row (2022) will have its own personality and, as we could see in the videos of one of the first missions, it is surrounded by desert settings full of bright colors.
According to the developers, Santo Ileso is not inspired by a specific city in the United States, but by various places throughout the Southwest of the country. This can be seen in the strong presence of Latin elements and the “Tex-Mex flavor” of the mapping.
Here we have another video for you to learn a little more about the city and the options we have to explore it, including the always fun flight suit.
Another important element of the city is the war table, an option within our base through which we can create and grow our criminal empire. We can acquire vacant lots and set up seemingly legitimate businesses that unlock new options—like car customization and gunrunning—and control over the district they’re in.
Mission against the Panthers
Let’s finish this tour of the world and customization options of Saints Row (2022) giving a look at various sections of another of the game’s early missions. In this one we have to accompany Neenah to one of the Los Panteros bases to destroy the cars they keep. In the video we can see the variety of weapons, enemies and how “explosive” the action can be.
Will it be Saints Row (2022) at the height of its third and fourth part? We’ll see. In their day, the humorous tone of these titles offered a necessary contrast to the parodic “seriousness” of GTA. But now there are a lot more competitors in the open world gaming space. We hope Los Santos has what it takes to pull through.