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Saints Row IV Runs for President from 20th August

Posted by Sammy Barker

Alien invasions and more

Saints Row IV may have to compete with the juggernaut that is Gran Theft Auto V later this year – but at least it has a bonkers enough premise to back it up. The sequel sees the continuation of the story of the Third Street Saints, who have taken control of the free world due to the election of their leader as the president of the United States. But it gets better.

As the ruler of North America, things take a dramatic turn for the worse when the region is invaded by a race of antagonistic aliens. The gang are transported to an alternate version of Steelport, where they must use superpowers to take down the Martians and free humanity from overlord Zinyak’s psychological grip. We swear that we didn’t make a word of that up.

The game’s being published by Deep Silver, who purchased the rights to the Saints Row franchise from THQ earlier in the year. The premise sounds similar to Saints Row: The Third's cancelled Enter the Dominatrix expansion, but the publisher insists that the sequel's much more than a glorified add-on pack.

"That expansion was cancelled and elements of it were rolled into Saints Row IV," a company spokesperson told Joystiq. "There will be a director's cut of Enter the Dominatrix released as DLC when Saints Row IV comes out.”

The title’s set to arrive on 20th August in North America and 23rd August in Europe, roughly a month before Gran Theft Auto 5. Check out the debut trailer in the space below, and let us know if you’re pumped about the return to Steelport in the comments section.

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ShogunRokAdmin

#1

ShogunRok said:

I bought Saint's Row: The Third when it was on sale on the PSN and loved every minute of it, despite people telling me the second game was better in many ways.

I just hope this installment doesn't feel like an expansion that's been stretched out into a full game. I have faith, anyway. It also looks like Deep Silver haven't tampered with the franchise much either, which is a good thing.

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@ShogunRok Personally, I think this is going to play a lot like a glorified expansion pack, regardless of what the developer says. The engine looks exactly the same from the trailer.

I'm on board for the bonkers plot, but I think we're going to have to wait until Saints Row 5 before we get a "true" upgrade.

ShogunRokAdmin

#3

ShogunRok said:

@get2sammyb Yeah the first thing I thought was 'this looks almost exactly like SR3', although it seems to have improved textures and whatnot as you'd expect.

I hope they can improve the co-op performance a little. It ran fine for the most part but there was some nasty pop-in now and then.

Epic

#4

Epic said:

THIS GAME LOOKS LIKE NONSENSE......... .. .... .. I like it

Munkyknuts

#5

Munkyknuts said:

I loved every moment of Saints Row 3....it was the most fun I had had on the ps3 in ages. I like that it is stealing a march on GTA and coming out 1st. I too have concerns about it being a true sequel....I'm going to have to read some reviews and feedback about it before I'd risk a buy.

MultiAntX

#6

MultiAntX said:

I love it and i have 120 dollars left from christmas for Saints Row IV and Grand Theft Auto V i already preordered GTA V and i just loved saints row the third

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