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'Saints Row 4': Curing cancer, super powers and the dub step gun

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Saints Row 4 is setting up to be one of the most fun, outrageous titles of this year and who can argue that when you can bulldoze through traffic, drop a club-hoppin beat at the touch of a trigger and deliver the cure for a worldwide disease? Exactly, no one can argue with that.

In an exclusive look at what's coming from Volition in Saints Row 4, we got a chance to explore the interesting new world, the various themes involved with the game and the types of fun people are going to be able to have.

First, we saw a beginning part of the game that took place at the White House. The usual humor was evident from the get-go. Players have to choose between ending world hunger and curing cancer, which was of course written in a very Saints Row way.

From there we were given an introduction to some of the gun play that people will grow accustomed to. There was a nice variation with the weapons that we were able to use during the beginning of the hands-on session.

We also got the chance to meet the main villain in the game, Zinyak. He's not your typical alien foe, as this one has some notable humor and intelligence as well. This coupled with the rest of the nonsense in Saints Row 4 is sure to create some masterfully hilarious moments.

The introduction to the gameplay was nice and gave us a good perspective on what we can expect from the story.

Next, we were given the chance to free-roam in the alien-infested Steelport with some awesome, gimmicky weapons. Along with the ability to do a super-sprint through oncoming traffic, players will also be able to glide and super jump their way across the city.

With so many side missions and objectives to complete, it could be a challenge for players to stay focused on the main story. That's not a bad thing though. Saints Row 4 rewards players who complete missions to various degrees with rankings. Those who are competitive will most likely want to retry things over and over until they have done the best in all challenges.

Weapons are as varied as the types of combos you can pull off with your super powers. The black hole gun had to be a favorite to use. Nothing quite like going onto a busy highway, firing one shot of that bad boy and watch traffic disappear just like that. Makes a daily commute a lot easier, does it not?

Overall, Saints Row 4 looks like a great piece of gaming. Volition seems to have done a nice job with providing hours upon hours of gameplay that can be varied based on a gamer's imagination.

The continuous weather, if you will, in the game could end up numbing people to the overall experience. From what we saw, there was still time to vary that up a bit and hopefully we will see that.

Saints Row 4 will be flying into retailers on Aug. 20th.

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