Gameroween 2015: Video Game Characters that make good costumes (Saint’s Row Boss)



Alright this one’s easy; the Saint’s Row Boss from the, you guessed it, Saint’s Row series of games. What started as a GTA ripoff (though I like to say homage) ended up as one of the wackest game series I ever played. Seriously crazy weapons, insane mini games, dynamic characters, it has it all plus the kitchen sink. The player character is just as versatile because you can practically look like anything and wear almost everything – or nothing. So let your freak flag fly, grab anything, put it on, and go out into the world this all hollows eve. And if people give up guessing on what your are, and they will, you can just tell them: “I was a former gang banger, CEO, President of the United States. Now I’m a space survivor on the human race who can travel time and was recently kidnapped by the devil to marry his daughter.” That certainly beats ‘zombie’ now doesn’t it.





Game Review: Saints Row IV


So after the events of Saints Row III, the 3rd street Saints are more rich, famous, and powerful than ever before – especially after whipping the Syndicate like a government mule. The main character and leader of the Saints decided to use their power to actually do some good for a change – by viciously hunting down terrorists and stopping them from nuking Washington D.C. Well spoiler alert: they do and because of it the boss gets elected the president of the U.S.A. So game over right? Wrong, because that’s when the alien Zin Empire invasion starts led by the alien Emperor Zinyak, and that my friends is when Saints Row IV begins.



Without spoiling anything (well, anything else) you end up in a computer controlled simulation of Steelport, run by the Zin Empire, here was supposed to be your prison but thanks to a story event it will be the greatest tool in your fight against the Zin Empire and the Emperor himself. In addition to doing all the fun stuff you did in Saints Row III (customizing your gang, carjacking, assassinations, etc.) you get super powers – I’m serious. Fireballs, super speed, telekinesis, shrinking stomps, and more are available by helping your allies and collecting ‘Data Clusters’ all cross the virtual Steelport. The old and new elements work extremely well together; for example you can’t buy stores in the simulation – you have to hack them via minigame, or the new Professor Genki challenges will test your newly acquired super abilities to the fullest in wacky and insane ways. So that’s the mechanics of the title, but did I enjoy it? Well, let me put it like this:








Saints Row IV is beyond awesome… If I was trapped in the deepest, darkest, prison, with no chance of escape, no electricity, no indoor plumbing, and was filled with nothing but murders and psychos – the memory of playing this game will keep me going. The story and character interactions are the best in the series so far, they still got that humor I love but there are times in the storyline that drop my jaw (not just because of shock n awe, but actually good writing). By making the setting a virtual reality it really pushes the game’s crazy reality to its limit, speaking of which. The inclusions of these Meta powers not only give players a new, fresh, way to fight and explore the game but it never feels like you’re overpowered. The enemies are challenging and can push you to your limits no matter your weapons and abilities you have. I can’t say more or risk ruining the game for you but I’ll say this. By far this is the most enjoyable game I’ve played in a while, and what prevents me from giving this game my first ever triple platinum rating is a technicality. Which is the game borrows ‘heavily’ from other games from BioShock to God of War – I know is done in parody but it is what it is. But trust the One, True, Omnigamer this is everything a good game should be; GTA V may get the votes from everyone else, but to me, Saints Row IV is the game of the year.





E3 Pick – Saint Row IV

Yeah after yesterday, the E3 pick for today shouldn’t have been a surprise. I love Saint Row: I love how its beginning were similar to GTA but had the brass bearings to be fun and had an ending that was excellent. I love how the sequels said: “screw reality, let’s be awesome!” and did just that.  And now, I love how in the fourth game they make you president (of the United States), have you fight against an invading alien army, and what the heck, give you superpowers! Now if all of that doesn’t make you squeal like a school girl for the impending launch of this epic win game, this will: your vice president is Keith David, you heard right, Vice President Keith David. Preorder Saint Row IV people, you have no choice.

Trailer-Rama Week – Saints Row 4


Well people BioShock Infinite is coming out in a week and couldn’t be more excited – but am I ready? After spending all this time in my SimCity Zen garden, reflecting on my gaming journey to this point, and becoming one with the universe I’ve come to the conclusion, that, I miss taking out randoms with various weapons, powers, and my own two fists. I also miss bending over a boss and beating the sweet, sweet, loot out of it. Finally I miss that awesome feeling of playing a game from beginning to end, enjoying the experience, and letting you all know what I thought about it (and anyone else who asked). So am I ready? Oh heck yeah, but I’m still going to sharpen my skills til the game’s releases, so what that means is a full week of new trailers (with an extra trailer on Friday since I missed Monday). With that Saints Row 4! Yep slated as a DLC before THQ downfall, now in the reigns of Deep Silver it is a full-fledged game. So how do you top the awesome chaos that was Saints Row: the Third? By added super powers, aliens, and making the Saints leader (You) the president of the United States in the process. I said it before, and I’ll say it again: Video Game is the ultimate entertainment media.