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Saints Row 4 re-release to cost one-quarter of what early adopters paid

Wednesday, 25th June 2014 01:47 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Saints Row 4 has a ridiculous amount of DLC, and picking it all up individually will cost you a substantial amount of money. The National Treasure Edition bundles all of it together in one thrifty package.

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In a not unanticipated move unlikely to be popular to those who have shelled out full price for the game and all the DLC to date, Deep Silver has announced the National Treasure Edition will be available on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sometimes in northern summer.

The re-release includes 29 separate add-ons and DLC packs, which on release would have set you back over $60 in total – the price of the core game over again. The National Treasure Edition will cost $30, which is just 25% of the $120 or more an early adopter would have paid.

This kind of thing can sting, and it’s becoming a standard practice – Batman: Arkham Origins Complete Edition was leaked today, for example.

As it happens, you can actually pick up most of the Saints Row 4 DLC for less than the National Treasure Edition’s cover price in the Steam Summer Sale today, but the new release also includes the Grass Roots ‘Merica! gun, “which functions similarly to the completely insane and otherwise totally bad ass multi-use weapon previously only available in the Commander In Chief Edition”.

“The National Treasure Edition Grass Roots ‘Merica is a weapon with unmeasurable freedom containing: a light machine gun, a sub machine gun, an auto shotgun, heavy pistol, a minigun, a rocket launcher, a flamethrower and a huge combat knife all in one gun. MERICA!” Deep Silver said.

More details are available on the Saints Row wesbite.

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  1. LovesALLformats

    I’m a huge saints fan who has every piece of saints content released, this is a great deal for people who were on the fence about this game or even new to the series.

    #1 4 weeks ago
  2. TheWulf

    I was honestly happy to pay for it. I’ve heard a lot of people call it the ‘early adopter tax,’ and I think that’s fair. If you buy a game when it comes out, you can expect to pay more for it then than down the line, yeah? If it was a bad game, I’d be miffed. As it is, it was one of the best multiplayer experiences I’d ever had the joy to play, and a game that a lady friend and I still have positive discussions about.

    Saints Row IV was a throwback from a different age — an age when games were concerned more with being fun than anything else, and the actual game was a Matrix spoof, set inside of a simulation. And you were dealing with Imperialist alien invaders rather than the usual suspects (zombies or whatnot). Plus, Emperor Zin was one of the greatest villains gaming’s had the pleasure of having.

    I loved him because he seemed to do everything he did not out of malice, but out of sheer, utter boredom. Which is something I can understand, considering he was the head of the most advanced species in the Universe, and there was nothing else left for him to do but what he was doing. His was a tale of immortality gone bad.

    There were lots of moments of pure brilliance, too. Not just with the powers, but with the story. The Streets of Rage mission, for example, was a very memorable trip to the past. And the characters, all of them, really, were very self aware. They all knew they were in a video game, and that just added to the fun.

    Plus, when you use the super powers and the dubstep gun, you end up with e generally bloodless and gore free game, which is also amazing. I think I might also have turned gore off, too, if that’s an option. So it was just silly and zany rather than gorey and violent. The dubstep gun felt like the next step up from Ratchet & Clank’s Groovitron.

    It also helped that the boss wasn’t a complete prat. He was very much not of The Great White Herd, because his sexual proclivities swung every which way. And, really, if you wanted him to look like a Spaniard who’d spent too much time in Britain, or even if you wanted to make him look like a gnarled, grizzled, older Geralt (as I did, which made him look a lot like the Geralt from Witcher 3, actually), you could do that, too.

    I think… a lot of the fun for me came from the fact that it knew it was a video game. It knew it was funny. It was self aware about these things. And it was a video game that satirised video games in an intelligent way. I also dug that the boss was apparently scared of Kinzie. >_> They were satirising something else, there, too.

    But, yes, it was a wild ride. And it’s a great price point for anyone who just wants to have a good laugh. And make aliens dance with a dubstep gun.

    #2 4 weeks ago
  3. Hunam

    It’s common sense that games will be cheaper nearly a year later.

    Not really sure why the article is written in a belligerent manner when this has been common practice for our industry for over a decade.

    #3 4 weeks ago
  4. DiodeX

    @TheWulf What you said, I loved all 4 SR games. I was a bit hesitant with 4 at first then I just got on with it and enjoyed it for what it was, FUN

    #4 4 weeks ago