Saints Row gameplay reveals customization, location, and enemies after negative feedback

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Aug 27, 2021 4:06 PM

This week, Gamescom 2021 Opening Night Live gave us a few interesting surprises, most notably was the official reveal of a new Saints Row game launching in February 2022. However, initial reception had fans divided, and developer Volition has seemingly put together another trailer to try and help assure fans about the upcoming reboot.

The new trailer for Saints Row showcases some of the characters, including your enemy factions and the unique differences between them, as well the main location, and character customization (something which many fans complained about in the CGI trailer). You can check out the new gameplay video below:

It was a clearly rushed trailer, as much of the gameplay was recorded in a Pre-Alpha build and as such looks a little clunky at times, especially the graphics. But again, this is a Pre-Alpha build of the game, so you can expect most of it to improve before launch. Overall though, this is clearly a Saints Row game, and fan reception is much better this time round on YouTube, at least so far.

What do you think? Are you excited for the Saints Row reboot? Are you more or less interested after this gameplay trailer? Has it helped improve your perception of the game? What are you still worried about? Let us know!

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23:09 Aug-28-2021

Was this supposed to show us how good the game is or how woke developers got? Like I won't judge game based on this, because it really didn't tell me much about it. But I don't think they are focusing marketing on the right keywords and it will come back and bite them in the ass. So for now, I will stick with what I planned before, wait for release, then see if game is worth it, or worth it at discount or not worth it. But this trailer did kind of fail to really excite me, but on the other hand, it wasn't total turnoff either. I guess we will see after release.

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16:56 Aug-28-2021

I like this return to "reality". The first one was great, and then it got really weird when I had super powers.


We'll see as more updated gameplay/trailers come out, but this is looking like something I might enjoy playing again!

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13:27 Aug-28-2021

I don't want to judge a game before I play it but this is probably just another generic game made for certain people. It feels like if Fortnite,Watch Doggs 2 and Tom Clancy´s xdefiant had a baby

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07:41 Aug-28-2021

These devs have gone full reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Who in their right mind thought this was a good idea for a Saints Row game?! Jesus Christ!

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21:33 Aug-27-2021

This game looks dope!


You can't change my mind. 😛

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16:41 Aug-27-2021

One of the occasions where I'm gonna hand it to the angry gamers - they said that the devs are going full woke and watching this video really did show it. They said and underlined pretty much every associated keyword (inclusive, diverse, cultural, etc) and hit every cliche imaginable. This was just weird. I wouldn't bat an eye if it weren't so...in-your-face... 🤔

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16:48 Aug-27-2021

I guess they're trying to make it "relatable" for someone out there, and I'm sure it is, but I can't help but feel like this is just a form of modern marketing first and foremost - otherwise it wouldn't look like "yet another one of those" in terms of style. And since they mentioned character customization - make no mistake, it's not "all about YOU" as they try to peddle - there will be microtransactions... A cute new neon cat helmet? You got it! A funky new car skin? Why not! I can totally see it happening. It feels extremely cynical to think this way, but that's "gaming" these days... If anything - at the ripe old age of 29 I feel twice as old as the target demographic for this game.

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20:03 Aug-27-2021

I understand what you are saying, im 23 and hate fortnite with all my will, i dont care about the woke agenda as long as they dont shove it down your throat every 5 minutes in the game, but that doesnt mean i fully agree with this.I really liked all the previous sants row even tho they were different, and hopefully this game delivers.

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02:33 Aug-28-2021

The game probably won't be as cringe as the trailer was, though I personally couldn't stomach Watch Dogs 2 and this seems like it leads down the same path in terms of characters. We'll see once the game is out 👍

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23:19 Aug-27-2021

Deserves to be the top comment for this article.

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07:49 Aug-28-2021

One of the yt comments described this thing perfectly "These aren’t the Saints. They’re BuzzFeed employees!"

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15:11 Aug-28-2021

All they had to do was pull a sneaky and at the end of the trailer have the big guy blast the nerds with the bazooka and then shout "this is how we Saints do it" or something. Boom - franchise saved xD

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16:28 Aug-27-2021

Saint's Row without Gat is not Saint's Row

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23:21 Aug-27-2021

Well said


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16:17 Aug-27-2021

you know, even though I can't watch the trailer atm so I don't know the quality of the gameplay yet, especially with it being pre-alpha, Volition gets so many respect points for rushing out a gameplay trailer when they're already super busy, just to help ease some fans' concerns. Most big companies would just tell them to screw off.

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17:04 Aug-27-2021

I really don't think this is a "response" video. They had 2 days to make it.

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19:42 Aug-28-2021

eh I'm saying it was more of a response video because I highly doubt they were going to since this was apparently rushed footage. if they had more plans to do it anyway it would've been a bit less.

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