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  • Blog Post: The Surprising Disney Influence In Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell

    When you think of Saints Row, many things come to mind. Gangs, aliens, and unsettling melee weapons are just a few of the series’ hallmarks. Where could wholesome source material like Disney cartoons fit into that violent mess? You might be surprised. During a visit to Volition, creative director... More
  • Blog Post: Fight For The Top 50 - Saints Row IV

    When Saints Row emerged on the scene on the Xbox 360, I barely paid any attention. Volition and THQ aped Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series and added in some customization features, but it followed the formula without really differentiating itself. It wasn’t until Saints Row: The Third that... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Saints Row IV

    Saints Row IV is a dramatic departure for the series, pushing players to use super powers more than vehicles. Is that a bad thing? Game Informer's Jason Oestreicher and I discuss this topic as we dive into a dangerous simulation of reality, where aliens, zombies, and super powered freaks await. Still... More
  • Blog Post: The Opening Hours Of Saints Row IV

    Game Informer's Dan Ryckert and Jeff Cork are colossal fans of the Saints Row series. Deep Silver recently gave us code for the first several hours of the upcoming Saints Row IV and the two were eager to talk about it. From the unexpected opening sequence to the ridiculous moments with superpowers... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – The Punisher

    Years before Arkham Asylum blew Batman fans away with its treatment of the character, Volition attempted to give a similar treatment to The Punisher. While it wasn't a massive success, it's hard to deny that the game captures the spirit of the hyper-violent revenge story. We decided to revisit... More
  • Blog Post: Reiner And Phil (And Jason) Play Saints Row: The Third

    In a season flush with great game releases, there's one totally insane title coming out next week that you should make sure not to forget about: Saints Row: The Third. Andrew Reiner and I sat down with self-proclaimed Saints lover Jason Oestreicher to record nearly 40 minutes of mayhem. Watch us... More
  • Blog Post: Reiner And Phil Play Red Faction: Armageddon

    Back in 2009, Red Faction: Guerrilla surprised many games (myself included) by taking the PS2 first-person shooter franchise set on Mars and turning into an open-world game focused on an incredible level of detailed building destruction. Now in Armageddon, Volition is returning the series' linear... More
  • Blog Post: The Secret History of Volition

    What started out as a simple interview about a studio evolved into this: an hour-long documentary about the 18-year history of Volition, Inc. The studio provided an unprecedented amount of never-before-seen concept art and early footage of their great games, even from a couple that were canceled before... More
  • Blog Post: Take A Video Tour Of Saints Row's New City

    You may have already seen Volition discuss the design philosophy behind the new city in Saints Row: The Third, but now's your chance to see the city of Steelport under construction. Meet Jonathan Schmidt, lead terrain artist for Saints Row: The Third. His job is to take the concepts and designs from... More
  • Blog Post: Another Rise To Power

    In just a few short years, the 3rd Street Saints have grown from a small group of thugs to a major commercial force, with endorsement deals and piles of cash large enough to make Scrooge McDuck envious. That’s great news for the gang, but it’s a tricky setup for Saints Row: The Third. What... More
  • Blog Post: The Over-The-Top Activities Of Saints Row: The Third

    Wacky activities are a staple of the Saints Row franchise, with its most outlandish debuting in Saints Row 2. Septic Avenger missions had you dousing outdoor cafes and pool parties with a steady torrent of human waste, Trail Blazer tasked you with (literally) burning through college campuses on a flaming... More
  • Blog Post: Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third—The Morning Star Gang

    All week long, we’ve been taking a look at some of the individuals who have shaped the criminal world of Saints Row: The Third. Today, we’re examining an organization that directly affects each and every one of those characters: the Morning Star gang. Gangs have been a focus of the Saints... More
  • Blog Post: Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third—Zimos

    The Saints Row series is known for a lot of things, but memorable characters aren’t high on that list. Aside from Johnny Gat or Shaundi, Stilwater was largely populated by ciphers and forgettable wannabes. Of course, while you’re spraying raw sewage on passers by in a septic truck or setting... More
  • Blog Post: Designing Saints Row's New City

    After two games set in the fictional city of Stilwater, the team behind Saints Row was ready to shake things up a bit. We sat down with the two art directors behind Saints Row: The Third to talk about the process of designing a city from scratch and how the new location kickstarted the art team's... More
  • Blog Post: Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third—Matt Miller

    The Saints Row series is known for a lot of things, but memorable characters aren’t high on that list. Aside from Johnny Gat or Shaundi, Stilwater was largely populated by ciphers and forgettable wannabes. Of course, while you’re spraying raw sewage on passers by in a septic truck or setting... More
  • Blog Post: Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third — Killbane

    The Saints Row series is known for a lot of things, but memorable characters aren’t high on that list. Aside from Johnny Gat or Shaundi, Stilwater was largely populated by ciphers and forgettable wannabes. Of course, while you’re spraying raw sewage on passers by in a septic truck or setting... More
  • Blog Post: Brainstorming The Humor of Saints Row: The Third

    How do you top the insanity of Saints Row 2? We interviewed members of the team that are hard at work on Saints Row: The Third to talk about the brainstorming process behind the chaos. Is there any line that they won't cross? Check out the video to find out. Click on the link below to enter our hub... More
  • Blog Post: Who’s Who In Saints Row: The Third—Phillipe Loren

    The Saints Row series is known for a lot of things, but memorable characters aren’t high on that list. Aside from Johnny Gat or Shaundi, Stilwater was largely populated by ciphers and forgettable wannabes. Of course, while you’re spraying raw sewage on passers by in a septic truck or setting... More
  • Blog Post: The Evolution of Saints Row

    The series that started out as a "gang simulator" has become more known for embracing absurdity in a dense open world. Watch the video to hear the developers at Volition talk about what they learned from each entry in the series and how they are applying all of that knowledge to make Saints... More
  • Blog Post: The New Weapons Of Saints Row: The Third

    With its roots in gang warfare, the Saints Row series has always had a healthy selection of weaponry - pistols, SMGs, assault rifles, grenades...all of the genre standards. In addition to these traditional guns, some wackier tools of destruction like the chainsaw, satchel charge, sledgehammer, samurai... More
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