Bleszinski: Saints Row devs "amazing" but "dildo holds them back"
Posted: 25.01.2013 15:03 by Simon Priest Comments: 7
Former Epic Games' man Cliff Bleszinski has given his two cents on developer Volition Inc and their Saints Row series. He wants them to "keep the crazy action" and mechanics, but 'grow up' a little.

The trouble with the GTA rival is that it's "immature" with its giant purple dildo bats, although it is "hilarious". Bleszinski remarks Battlefield didn't go after COD "by putting dicks on their guns."

These impromptu game design reviews by Gears of War creator Bleszinski come after the sale of Volition and Saints Row to Koch Media. It could give chase to GTA.

"Saints Row. Keep the crazy action and game mechanics. Lose the gimps and dildos and purple suits," began his tweets. "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," he continued on. "The SR team is one of the few that could actually give GTA a run for their money. BF didn't go after COD by putting dicks on their guns."

"Yes, I think the dildo is hilarious. (I also had a big dildo as a prop in our wedding's photo booth.) It doesn't help industry perceptions." Bleszinski even feels that it beat Rockstar's latest Grand Theft Auto instalments in terms of fun: "Game mechanic wise I found SR3 to be more fun than many recent GTA games. Controls, pacing, etc... are all great."

"Once you put a dildo in your game it doesn't matter if your controls, pacing, graphics are all great," he added.

"You're 'that game with the dildo.'"

Saints Row has by and large been applauded for essentially 'filling a void' of open-world absurdity as Rockstar has increasingly steered Grand Theft Auto away and into more serious and dramatic themes. Where are the weapon-specific rampages as we work to beat the count down? Where are the ludicrous side activities rewarding us perks? Today they're in the Saints Row franchise, which is proud of it, while Rockstar focus more on dramatic immersion.

Currently Volition is developing Saints Row 3.

Source: OXM

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By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 25, 2013
I have to Saint's Row's case....I think they should stay over the top silly and completely bonkers. It's what sets them apart from it's compitition.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 25, 2013
Agreed. It's the silliness of the game, that pokes fun at itself and the gamer (as well as shoving a fat middle finger at Rockstar) that makes the series so popular. Be as weird and wonderful as you like, as "American Mary" would happily agree to.

Ps. "American Mary" really is a quite bizarre thriller(?) - and not at all too far from the truth.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 25, 2013
I don't want a GTA clone and I need it even less.

The gamer's wife is already used to all that already so it's not an issue :)
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Jan 25, 2013
The rant makes it sound like the game is wall to wall cock. Even watching the vid above you can see plenty of nonphallic entertainment. Also, isn't the spokes model the same porn star they had on Entourage? Apologies to the lady if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure I'm not.

The guy has a point, to an extent. If I went to a mates house and saw this fun game where the main character was a penis, I wouldn't buy it regardless of how fun it was. That said, I think the guy is fixated on a relatively small (no pun) aspect of the game.
By Shano47 (I just got here) on Jan 26, 2013
Bleszinski needs to exercise the right to STFU. He's clearly NOT a fan of the series. Stick to GTA Bleszinski, we'll keep having fun with our big purple dildos in Saints Row, it's that over the top humor we've come to love that sets the series apart from GTA and doesn't make it just another GTA clone.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 26, 2013
Yup, and another big name inserts foot firmly into mouth. That's what 3 or 4 of them this week alone?
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Jan 26, 2013
An awesome game and more fun and free than GTA,if you have the full package you may want to try the Ultor Interceptor in Saints HQ,i just tried Gta 4 Episodes again and i must say the graphics are less clear and in Gta you have an idiotic lock system,with the Saints its all that better!