Our Aussie friends at My360.com.au got a chance to playtest a near final build of Saints Row
. In short, it sounds like great fun.
"Gamers will be pleased to know that
Saints Row, from what we saw from the preview code, is far from a
GTA-clone. It offers so much more in terms of customization and interaction that it really makes a run for the best
GTA-type game out there, considering
GTA is pretty much a genre in itself."
Some of the high points:
- Solid controls
- Lots of side missions (insurance fraud? Sweet!)
- Create-a-gangster and ride pimping
- No loading times
- Lots of multiplayer modes
The multiplayer modes in particular sound very cool. Big Ass Chains mode has players killing each other and then stealing the bling off of the bodies. Take the bling to a jewelry store, fence it, and get money. The first team to a certain score is the winner. But the best of all modes has to be Protect the Pimp. I'll leave it to you to figure out the objective, but this is the important part: the pimp is controllable and has the "Bitch Slap" ability, which is a one hit kill. That's got to be the best idea ever.