Saints Row 2 downloadable content

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Downloadable content for Saints Row 2 was announced in March 2009. Two main content packs were released: Ultor Exposed, and Corporate Warfare.

Ultor Exposed[edit]

Saints Row 2: Ultor Exposed
Developer(s) Volition, Inc.
Publisher(s) THQ
Series Saints Row
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s) April 23, 2009[1][2]
Genre(s) Sandbox, third-person shooter, action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution Blu-ray Disc, DVD-DL

Saints Row 2: Ultor Exposed is an episodic expansion pack for the sandbox-style action-adventure video game Saints Row 2, developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ. The first of two downloadable content packs,[3] Ultor Exposed was released via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems respectively, on April 23, 2009.[1][2] Originally slated for an April 16 release,[4] the game was delayed a week in order to be released alongside the demo for Volition-developed game Red Faction: Guerrilla.[5][6]

Ultor Exposed features American pornographic actress Tera Patrick,[3] who plays herself as a former microbiologist for the Ultor Corporation who calls upon the Boss to help her expose the evils within it.[7] The expansion pack also adds new customization options,[8] vehicles,[9] and additions to the game's multiplayer.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

The game adds content for use with the main game. New hair and facial hair options have been added and in addition an array of new outfits can be purchased and worn by the player character, including the 'EDF Armor' which is an actual item in Red Faction: Guerrilla.[8] Examples include the commonly requested police officer and SWAT uniforms and also the winning entries in the Joystick Junkies competition.[10] The pack also adds six new vehicles for use within the game, including the 'EDF Scout' which also is usable in Red Faction: Guerrilla.[9]

The co-op metagame in action.

The game also adds to the multiplayer component of the game.[3] Four multiplayer maps can be played online, two for each of the major multiplayer modes in the game.[8] In addition, a metagame can be activated while players complete missions in co-operative play.[3] The goal in the metagame is to accumulate points during a mission by performing special kill bonuses, causing property damage etc. and the player with the most points after the mission is completed earns a cash bonus.[11]

Plot[edit]

Ultor microbiologist Tera Patrick meets with the Boss at the Saints Hideout and reveals that she knows some of the Ultor Corporation's dark secrets. The Protagonist, not wanting to pass the chance of exposing Ultor, agrees to help Tera out. The Boss digs up the bodies of discarded test subjects (The discarded bodies look like the zombies from the Saints Row 2 diversion Zombie Uprising) from a nanorobotics experiment as evidence. However, the press refuses to run the story and so the two hijack a truck containing chemicals that Ultor used in the experiments. News reporter Jane Valderamma is met by the Boss and says that she wants an interview with Tera if she is going to run the story. Tera, who fears being on live TV, begrudgingly agrees and when the microbiologist is interviewed, Jane deliberately turns the interview on Tera after she tells that she was the one who conducted the experiments. After the interview, Tera promises Jane that she will find a way to expose Ultor, even without her.

Development[edit]

On September 25, 2008, producer of Saints Row 2 Dan Sutton stated in an interview that "Definitely we have [plans for downloadable content], yes. We haven't announced them yet, but we are looking at bigger stuff definitely."[12] Saints Row 2 was released in mid-October, gaining positive acclaim. Although Sutton had hinted downloadable content was in the works, no official verification or details emerged, but he did hint that Tera Patrick might be in a DLC pack.[12] No official word was given out on the DLC pack until late March, when a trailer was released,[13] and an interview was granted with produce James Torbin, who gave out details of the pack and named it Ultor Exposed.[3] Information detailing the official release date of April 16, 2009, as well as the release platforms and cost was published in an article on the game's official website.[4] However, on April 14, two days before the official release, the game was delayed to April 23 so it could be released alongside the demo of Red Faction: Guerrilla.[5][6] Ultor Exposed was finally released on April 23, 2009,[1][2] alongside the release of the eleventh Street Lessons with Uncle Gary trailer starring Gary Busey, titled The Women of DLC.[14]

Reception[edit]

Ultor Exposed has received an average response since its release. IGN gave generally positive praise for the game, praising the game's new co-op metagame but criticizing the relatively short missions, stating that "Whether or not Ultor Exposed is worth the $10 entrance fee depends on how much you enjoyed Saints Row 2, [...] [but] if you've been waiting for the right moment to pick this game up, convince a friend to do the same and download Ultor Exposed".[15] Spanish game critic 3D Juegos gave the game a 6.4/10, giving praise to the in-game audio while also questioning the overall length of the mission arc.[16] EuroGamer gave a negative review, giving the game a 5/10 and stating that "It's hard to think of a reason why you'd part with good money for the limited extra entertainment offered by this DLC. There are two more downloadable packs on the way for Saints Row 2, but Volition has much to do to convince players to part with their cash next time."[17] EvolvedGaming gave the game a 6/10, praising the multiplayer additions but criticizing Tera Patrick's voice acting and the entertainment value of the missions.[18]

Corporate Warfare[edit]

Saints Row 2 downloadable content
Developer(s) Volition, Inc.
Publisher(s) THQ
Series Saints Row
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s) May 28, 2009[19]
Genre(s) Sandbox, third-person shooter, action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution Blu-ray Disc, DVD-DL

Saints Row 2: Corporate Warfare is an episodic expansion pack for the sandbox-style action-adventure video game Saints Row 2, developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ. The second of two downloadable content packs, Corporate Warfare was released via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems respectively, on May 28, 2009.[19]

Corporate Warfare focuses on the struggle between the 3rd Street Saints and the Ultor Corporation,[20] featuring the successor to Dane Vogel, Eric Gryphon and also Dexter Jackson,[21] a former Saint from the original Saints Row.[20] The expansion pack also adds new customization options, vehicles, and additions to the game's multiplayer.

Gameplay[edit]

The game adds content for use with the main game. An array of new outfits can be purchased and worn by the player character,[22] including commonly requested items such as face bandanas,[23] the Ronin gang jacket and baggy jeans with wallet chain option.[24] A wide range of facial hair from the winners of the Movember cancer awareness competition, originally planned for Ultor Exposed,[25] feature in the pack.[24] The pack also adds numerous new vehicles drivable by the player at any time.[20][22][26]

The game also adds to the multiplayer component of the game. Three multiplayer maps can be played online; two for the Gangsta Brawl/Team Gangsta Brawl modes and one for the Strong Arm mode.[24] In addition, a metagame can be activated while players free-roam in co-operative play.[24] The option for activation becomes available after a player achieves at least a single silver star ranking for a vehicular stunt and the object of the metagame is to outmatch the other player in a driving stunt competition.[24]

Plot[edit]

CEO of the Ultor Corporation and successor to Dane Vogel, Eric Gryphon requests protection from the 3rd Street Saints in exchange for information on Dexter Jackson,[21] an original lieutenant for the Saints (See Saints Row) who now works as the Ultor Corporation's head of security.[20] After meeting with the Boss at the Saints Hideout, Eric meets with Dex saying that he is unafraid of Dex's attempts to kill him. Eric reveals to the Boss that Dex has been selling nuclear waste on the black market and is using the Ultor Masako Team to cover up the evidence. The Boss then steals the waste from the nuclear power plant for himself, crippling Dex's finances. Dex abandons his position in Stilwater and requests a job transfer, fleeing to another city. The Boss learns of this through Eric, who in turn helps the Boss eliminate key associates of Dex during the Ultor Family Picnic. The Boss then reveals to Eric that he will find out which city Dex fled to and kill him, a hint about a possible sequel.

Development[edit]

On September 25, 2008, lead producer of Saints Row 2 Dan Sutton stated in an interview that "Definitely we have [plans for downloadable content], yes. We haven't announced them yet, but we are looking at bigger stuff definitely."[12] Saints Row 2 was released in mid-October, gaining positive acclaim. In March 2009, the first downloadable content pack, Ultor Exposed, was announced.[3] Originally slated for an April 16 release,[4] Ultor Exposed was released on April 29.[1][2] The first screenshots of Corporate Warfare surfaced at the beginning of May, 2009,[23] and a patch to prepare consoles for the pack was released on May 11.[27] The Weekend Scavenger Hunt was a marketing approach where three screenshots of the pack were released on May 15.[22] An open letter from producer Jim Torbit gave the first official details of the pack and set the release date for May 28.[20] A Developer Diary video featuring Torbit, designer Bryan Dillow and programmer Phillip Alexander was released on May 22, giving an exclusive look at the new inclusions and missions in the pack.[28] Corporate Warfare was released on May 28, 2009 through the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hatfield, Daemon (April 23, 2009). "Ultor Now Exposed". IGN. 
  2. ^ a b c d V-Singular (April 23, 2009). "SR2 DLC Pack #1 Out Now!". The Row Community. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Brudvig, Eric (March 30, 2009). "Saints Row 2: Ultor Exposed". IGN. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  4. ^ a b c V-Singular (March 31, 2009). "DLC Pack #1 Official Details". The Row Community. 
  5. ^ a b Robinson, Martin (April 15, 2009). "Saints Row 2 DLC Delayed". IGN. 
  6. ^ a b V-Singular (April 14, 2009). "DLC Pack #1 Delayed One Week". The Row Community. 
  7. ^ O'Conner, Alice (March 31, 2009). "First Saints Row 2 DLC Revealed". Shacknews. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  8. ^ a b c V-Singular (April 21, 2009). "Full Item List for DLC Pack #1". The Row Community. 
  9. ^ a b V-Singular (April 3, 2009). "DLC Pack #1: Vehicular Mayhem". The Row Community. 
  10. ^ V-Singular (September 21, 2007). "Saints Row 2 Fashion Range Revealed + Contest!". The Row Community. 
  11. ^ V-Singular (April 17, 2009). "DLC Co-Op Metagame Details". The Row Community. 
  12. ^ a b c Luke Guttridge. "Saints Row 3 Already in Development". Play.tm. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  13. ^ "Saints Row 2 DLC: Ultor Exposed Trailer". GameTrailers. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  14. ^ "Saints Row 2: The Women of DLC Trailer". GameTrailers. April 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  15. ^ Hatfield, Daemon (April 24, 2009). "Saints Row 2: Ultor Exposed Impressions". IGN. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  16. ^ Córdova, Álvaro (April 24, 2009). "Review: Saints Row 2: Ultor Exposed" (in Spanish). 3D Juegos. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  17. ^ Reed, Kristan (April 24, 2009). "Saints Row 2: Ultor Exposed Review". EuroGamer. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  18. ^ Grimes, Cory (April 27, 2009). "Review: Saints Row 2 - Ultor Exposed". EvolvedGaming. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  19. ^ a b c IGN Staff (May 28, 2009). "Saints Row 2 Corporate Warfare DLC Now Available". IGN. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  20. ^ a b c d e Torbit, Jim (20 May 2009). "Open Letter to Our Fans - Jim Torbit, DLC Producer". THQ. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  21. ^ a b Newspaper clipboard: Known philanthropist Eric Gryphon has miraculously survived a brutal car crash that has left dozens dead. While Mr. Gryphon was unavailable to comment his co-worker and close friend Dexter Jackson says this of the ordeal, "I'm just glad Eric is ok." In unrelated news, police have been unable to figure out how several hundred shell casings appeared on the Stilwater Freeway. - Volition, Inc (May 28, 2009). "Saints Row 2: Corporate Warfare". PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (v1.30). THQ. Level/area: Traffic Control newspaper clipboard. 
  22. ^ a b c V-Singular (May 15, 2009). "DLC Pack #2 Weekend Scavenger Hunt". THQ. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  23. ^ a b V-Singular (May 1, 2009). "First Screenshots of DLC Pack #2". The Row Community. 
  24. ^ a b c d e V-Singular (May 26, 2009). "Full Item List for DLC Pack #2". THQ. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  25. ^ Bantick, Mike (April 24, 2009). "Saints Row 2 DLC to feature Aussie moustaches". iTwire. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  26. ^ V-Singular (April 21, 2009). "Full Item List for DLC Pack #1". The Row Community. 
  27. ^ V-Singular (May 11, 2009). "SR2 Patch - 1.30". THQ. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  28. ^ Jim Torbit, Bryan Dillow and Phillip Alexander (May 22, 2009). "DLC #2 Developer Diary". THQ. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 

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