Saints Row humor doing more harm than good

With Saints Row and series developer Volition now in the hands of Koch Media, Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski offered some advice on unlocking the franchise’s full potential. In a series of posts on Twitter, Bleszinski said Saints Row’s distinctive sense of humor was doing it more harm than good.

“Saints Row. Keep the crazy action and game mechanics. Lose the gimps and dildos and purple suits,” Bleszinski said in his first post. He continued, “If your average guy is embarrassed to be playing a sequence in a game when his wife walks in that’s a bad sign… The SR team is amazing. Dildo holds them back. It’s immature. Make an open world game that’s more Michael Mann/HEAT/Collateral/Training Day.”

Bleszinski added that Volition is one of the few developers who could actually compete with Rockstar and Grand Theft Auto in the open-world crime genre, but, “Once you put a dildo in your game it doesn’t matter if your controls, pacing, graphics are all great. You’re ‘that game with the dildo.’”

The developer did acknowledge that he found the dildo weapon in Saints Row: The Third to be hilarious, but added, “It doesn’t help industry perceptions.”

The Overlord, the master, the one who tries to get things done… I think they call it the “Editor-in-Chief”… I may even be cooler than Master Chief, but that remains to be questioned.

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  • CataclysmicDawn

    I actually completely disagree with him. The whole catch of SR in comparison to GTA was the wackiness of the dildo bats and massacring pimps with them, and so on.

    If they were to take Rockstar on at their own game of trying to emulate realism and actual crime environments, I highly doubt they could. So, in comparison, the over-the-top, occasionally offensive approach works for them.

  • Jason MacFadyen

    …and that’s why I prefer GTA to SR . . .personal opinion of course, and not because I find it offensive, its just a bit lame; like the guy at the braai who has a few beers and is funny, then he has a few more and is a total pain in the ass. (no dildonic puns intended)