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Saints Row 2
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"Saints Row 2" box art
Developer(s) Volition, Inc.
Publisher(s) THQ
Designer(s) Scott Philips
James Tsai[1]
Series Saints Row
Engine Havok[2]
Custom[3]
Native resolution 640p (360/PS3)[4]
Version 1.30 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)[5]
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows,[6] PlayStation 3,[7] Xbox 360
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Sandbox, third-person shooter, action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, co-operative play
Rating(s) BBFC: 18[13]
ESRB: M[14]
OFLC: MA15+[8]
PEGI: 18+[15]
Media Blu-ray Disc, DVD-DL, download by Steam
Input methods Keyboard and mouse; Gamepad

Saints Row 2 is a nonlinear third-person shooter video game developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems. It is the second title in the Saints Row series, after the release of its predecessor Saints Row in 2006, and has a sequel rumoured to be in development.[16] It was released in North America, Australia and Europe in October 2008 for video game consoles and ported to Windows in January 2009. Before the game's original release, it was ported by G5 Entertainment to mobile phones.[17] Three downloadable content packages were developed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; Ultor Exposed, Corporate Warfare and The Unkut Pack.

Set in the fictional city of Stilwater, the game is centered around the player-controlled nameless protagonist, who is the leader of the 3rd Street Saints gang. The protagonist attempts to rebuild the gang after it disbanded during the five-year period between Saints Row and Saints Row 2.[18] The game is a third-person shooter in an open world, comprised of action-adventure and driving gameplay. Much like Crackdown, the game can be played in its entirety in either single-player or online co-operative play. The game also has online competitive multiplayer modes.

The console ports of the game gained generally positive acclaim. The PlayStation 3 port received an aggregated score of 83% and 82% from GameRankings and Metacritic respectively. However, the Windows port of the game gained mixed reviews, receiving an aggregated score of 70% and 72% from Game Rankings and Metacritic respectively. The game was praised for its fastpaced, "over-the-top" gameplay and for the amount of freedom presented to the player in the game world, but criticized for technical issues and poor artificial intelligence. The game sold 400,000 out of two million units shipped within its first month, shipping a further 600,000 by January 2009. To date, the game has shipped nearly three million units.

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Gameplay

The gameplay of Saints Row 2 is structured similarly to that of its predecessor, Saints Row. The core gameplay comprises elements of third-person shooting and driving in a nonlinear environment, affording the player an open world in which to move around. The player's character is capable of maneuvering through the environment, utilizing weaponry and engaging in melee combat.[8][19] The player's character can instantly be warped to dry land while swimming in water bodies.[20] After successfully completing the first game mission, the player is able to explore the environment and choose how they wish to play the game. Missions are unlocked by earning 'respect' points from minigames and side-missions[21] and although completing missions is necessary for game progression, players can complete them at their own leisure. The player is granted the option of instantly retrying the missions should they fail an attempt. Numerous checkpoints save progress in each mission, and missions can be replayed from locations within the environment. Aside from attempting missions, the player can explore the environment, purchase items at shops and participate in the aforementioned mini-games and side-missions.[22] The player can also wreak havoc upon the environment which can provoke potentially fatal attention from authoritative forces.[23] The player can recruit members from a friendly gang and use a mobile phone to contact friends and/or businesses, as well as to input cheat codes.[24]

The player can drive a variety of vehicles which can be stolen, bought or unlocked. Aside from automobiles, the game contains boats and water craft,[25] helicopters,[26] fixed-wing aircraft,[20] motorcycles,[23] and other vehicle types.[27] The player can activate a cruise control system on land and sea-based vehicles, which may aid in chases and drive-bys.[28] Waypoints can be placed on the pause-screen map, leaving a GPS route between the player character's location and the set destination. Instead of having to manually drive, the player can hail a taxicab from cab services and pay a fee to travel to destinations on the map.

The player is granted the ability to alter the player character's appearance; modifying the gender, ethnicity, fitness, voice, facial structure and hair of the player character is allowed.[29][30][31] The player may also modify the player character's interactions in the game, i.e. the player's movement, fighting style and personality traits.[24][27][31] Clothes, tattoos and piercings can be purchased for the player character, and the colour or style of individual items can be modified.[26][32] Set outfits can be bought or created and saved for later use. The game allows the player to modify land-based vehicles, after being taken to a chop shop. The player can equip performance modifiers like hydraulics and nitrous oxide, apply body mods and apply paint schemes to the vehicle. In-game safe houses, known as 'cribs', can be purchased by the player. At a crib the player can withdraw from the player character's earnings, alter the player character's outfit, replay missions/cutscenes and save game progress.[29] The player may also alter the interior of cribs by applying themes and purchasing items like television sets and pool tables.[27] Boats and fixed-wing aircraft can be stored at docks and hangars, respectively. The player can select from preset clothing fashions, vehicles, 'signs' and 'tags' for recruits of the player character's street gang.[33]

Combat and response

The player engaging in combat while commandeering a jet-ski.

In Saints Row 2, the combat systems from Saints Row have been updated but many of the basics remain unchanged.[19] While engaging in melee-based combat, the player character will perform combos and charge up attacks,[32] and can execute a finishing move if three consecutive hits are dealt.[24] With a gun equipped, the player can perform a groin attack, and can zoom in for a finer aim reticle.[31] The player can also employ the use of human shields,[24] and can use makeshift weapons pulled from the environment e.g. fire hydrants, cement blocks.[29] Should the player either commit illegal activities or incite rival gang members, they will provoke potentially fatal attention from authoritative figures or rival gangs. The notoriety bar is a visual representation of the proactivity of the opposing figures' response and continual inciting of these groups will bring about a more powerful response, such as SWAT teams from the police. The player will continue to be chased by these groups until captured or killed and must reduce the notoriety bar by either hiding from the police or gang and wait for it to "cool off", or by seeking out a drive-through confessional which will clear the notoriety bar for a small fee.[23] Should the player character be apprehended or killed, a small percentage of the player's earnings will be removed and the player will respawn at law or healthcare institutions. The game contains over forty different weapons, many of which have been recycled from Saints Row .The game allows the player to utilise new weapon types, examples of which include satchel charges, laser-guided rocket launchers, chainsaws and more.[34][35] The player has the ability to dual wield handguns and submachine guns. Weaponry can be purchased by the player from specific stores or unlocked throughout in-game progress.[20]

Respect system

The game contains several new Diversions, such as BASE jumping.

The Respect system is a scoring system where the player earns Respect points to unlock missions and progress through the storyline. The player can partake in storyline and stronghold missions only after filling up at least one bar of Respect, and Respect points are removed when the player starts a mission. The 'style rank' is a modifier of how much Respect the player can earn; this is increased by purchasing items for the player character. Respect points can be earned in two ways; by progressing through side-missions called Activities and by completing mini-games and stunts called Diversions.[21]

There are a broad range of Activities and Diversions available for the player to progress through. Many of the game's Activities made appearance in Saints Row and a variety of new Activities have also been introduced in the game.[22] Examples include an underground fight club, a parody of the COPS television show known as FUZZ and numerous others.[32][36] Each Activity can be initiated from various locations and plays out over six levels of increasing difficulty. The Activities have been designed to suit solo and co-operative play.[37] Most Diversions do not have specific start points. There are numerous Diversions playable in the game, such as acts of indecent exposure, combat and driving stunts, car surfing and a survival horror mini-game called Zombie Uprising.[8][36][38][39]

Multiplayer

Saints Row 2 has various multiplayer components implemented throughout the game. Through an online network or through System Linking, the player can progress through the game with a cooperative partner.[40][41] While in co-op mode, both players can explore the city and progress through the game's storyline missions and minigames.[41][42][43] Both players are rewarded and credited for completion of such activities,[41][44] and the players can furthermore play against each other in competitive metagames.[45][46][47] The co-op mode is "drop-in/drop-out" and there is no limit as to how far the players can be away from each other.[25][41][48]

The game contains competitive multiplayer modes, supporting between four and twelve players in a match.[49][50] There are two standard deathmatch modes; the free-for-all "Gangsta Brawl" mode and its team-based variant, "Team Gangsta Brawl".[51] Another mode, known as "Strong Arm", pits two teams against each other fighting for control over the neighborhood.[42][52] In "Strong Arm", the first team to earn $100,000 dollars wins and money is earned by competing head-to-head in activities, controlling "tag spots" which serve as bonus modifiers or by eliminating members of the opposing team.[53][54] While in a party, players are free to roam around a lobby.[51][55] The player can rank up in multiplayer and displays this by earning various "badges" which are displayed next to the player's name.[55][56] By ranking up, the player can unlock more expensive clothing for their multiplayer character.

Synopsis

Plot

At the end of Saints Row, the protagonist was put into a trauma-induced coma after an attempted assassination while aboard a luxury yacht. Five years pass and the protagonist awakes in a prison hospital ward and received extensive plastic surgery. The protagonist meets inmate Carlos Mendoza and the pair escape the island and return to the protagonist's home city Stilwater, rebuilt by the Ultor Corporation. The protagonist then rescues friend Johnny Gat from a courtroom proceeding, enlists the help of Johnny's friends Pierce and Shaundi and begins to rebuild the divided 3rd Street Saints gang.[20] The protagonist, referred to as the Boss, leads the Saints on a quest to retake the city. The main storyline is divided into three separate story mission arcs, completable at any time and in any order.[57]

In one story arc, the Boss and Carlos meet with Maero, leader of the Brotherhood and becomes enraged at Maero's offer of a 20/80 split of the city between the Saints and the Brotherhood. This sparks a feud between the Saints and the Brotherhood, and after shaking up mechanic and Brotherhood ally Donnie, a former Westside Roller, the Boss burns Maero's face by poisoning his tattoo ink with radioactive waste. The Brotherhood retaliate by kidnapping and brutally injuring Carlos by tieing him to the back of a truck and drives around with Carlos being gravely injured face down as the truck drives along, forcing the Boss to euthanize him. The Boss exacts revenge by kidnapping Maero's girlfriend Jessica, and arranges for her to be inadvertently killed by Maero in a monster truck rally. After interrogating Maero's tattoo artist Matt, the Boss begins to uncover information about a large weapons shipment. Maero confronts Dane Vogel, CEO of the Ultor Corporation, demanding the release of arrested Brotherhood members. Although freed, the prisoners are intercepted by the Boss and when an enraged Maero threatens Vogel, he is informed that Vogel will seize the weapons shipment. The Boss intercepts the shipment and launches an attack on the crippled Brotherhood's Hideout. Near the end of the battle, Matt is killed but Maero and Donnie escapes. Maero then challenges the Boss to a final face-off, but loses the fight and is shot in the head by the Boss.[57]

In another story arc, Shaundi begins to gather information on the Sons of Samedi gang, and learns of their illegal drug trade. The Saints then target various assets in the production of the 'Loa Dust' drug. Gang leaders The General and Mr. Sunshine order lieutenant Veteran Child to kill Shaundi, a former girlfiend. Although he succeeds in kidnapping her, the Boss kills him and saves her. The General then kidnaps the Boss and orders an attack on the Saints, but the Boss escapes and the Saints are able to hold off the attack. Through tips from an addict, the Boss uncovers Mr. Sunshine's hiding place, a meat-packing plant, and the Boss kills him there. The Saints then co-ordinate an attack on the General's convoy and kill him as he flees.[57]

As Johnny and Pierce assist the Boss to take down the Ronin gang in a story arc, they identify various rackets the Saints can hit to recover territory. However, their activity does not go unnoticed by the Ronin and leader Shogo Akuji orders an attack on Johnny and his girlfriend, retired R'n'B singer Aisha, resulting in her death at the hands of Shogo's friend and henchman Jyunichi. Shogo's father and international Ronin leader Kazuo Akuji arrives in Stilwater and after Jyunichi is killed in a face-off with the protagonist, disgraces his son and shows regret at giving him power over the Ronin. At Aisha's funeral, Shogo attacks Johnny and the Boss but is prematurely buried after being captured. Kazuo threatens the Boss' longtime friend and leader of the Triads gang, Mr. Wong. Kazuo is killed by the Boss during a Chinese New Year's celebration after being bested in a swordfight.[57]

In the aftermath, Dane Vogel uses the Saints' overthrow of the city to stage a coup d'état within Ultor, indirectly convincing the Boss to kill the rest of the board. However, when Vogel attempts to take control of Ultor, the Saints stage an assassination attempt at a press conference. After fleeing to safety in the Philips Building, Vogel is met face-to-face by the Boss, and he shoots him in the mouth, killing him instantly, crippling the Ultor Corporation and ensuring the city under the Saints' control. Wiretap conversations reveal that of the surviving members of the old Saints, Dex Jackson took up a job offer with Ultor, and that former Saints' leader Julius Little planted the bomb from the original game's climax hoping to kill the Boss and let the Saints dissolve, through threats from undercover cop Troy Bradshaw. A mission becomes available and the Boss contacts Dex, who tells the Boss to meet him at the old Saints' church. Upon arrival, the Boss finds Julius, who was also told by Dex to meet there. The two are ambushed by Ultor security forces and are forced to flee. Having escaped, the Boss kills Julius as revenge for losing five years of his life.[57]

Setting

The game's setting features new districts and islands, such as the Stilwater Penitentiary.

Saints Row 2 is set in the fictional city of Stilwater, primarily based upon the real-life cities of Chicago and Detroit. The city consists of forty-five neighborhoods divided into twenty districts. The entire city is an expanded version of the Stilwater setting from Saints Row, being roughly 145% bigger after being rebuilt after a devastating earthquake, as the plot follows.[31] Game developers stated that the city has very much been redeveloped and each individual neighborhood has been touched up in one way or another.[58] According to the storyline, the in-game corporation Ultor spent more than three-hundred million dollars redeveloping the city,[31] funding the police force turning and, as it states, turned the "once crime-ridden third-tier city" into an "urban utopia". The Saints Row district is a more notable change within the city, having been completely redesigned and serving as the location of Ultor's headquarters; a towering skyscraper referred to as the Phillips Building.[59] Many old districts from the earlier revision of Stilwater have also seen changes. Examples include the expansion taken place on the Suburbs district, which is double the size of its Saints Row rendition and the Museum district, which features the Eramenos Ancient Greek museum exhibit, complete with models of the Acropolis of Athens and Theatre of Dionysus.[57] A numerous amount of new districts have also been established within the game, granting the player full roam over them, such as the Marina district and the University district.[58]

From the beginning of the game, the map of Stilwater is fully visible. However, shops and activities will simply be displayed as a question mark until the player discovers them. By completing missions and wiping out enemy strongholds the player gains control of the various neighborhoods the city is split into. There are over 130 interiors within the city,[25] including over ninety shops which can be purchased when the player controls each shops' associated territory.[33] The player gets a 15% discount at owned stores and buying an entire chain of departments will mean that the protagonist’s face appears on in-game billboard advertisements.[33] The game shares technology with that of Red Faction: Guerrilla, another Volition-developed game and so certain elements of the environment are fully destructible.[24] A number of Easter eggs are placed within the sandbox, including the pop-out Easter Bunny which won "Top Easter Egg of 2008".[60]

Development

Work began on Saints Row 2 in 2005, about a year before Saints Row was released.[58][59] Unlike Saints Row, the game is not an Xbox 360-exclusive title; the game was developed for the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows systems.[6][7] Saints Row did have a PlayStation 3 port of the game in development alongside Saints Row 2,[61] but it was later cancelled.[62] Despite having a general idea of the technological capabilities of the PlayStation 3, developers still found this development process a challenge.[63] The game was first announced by THQ's CEO Brian Farrell in late February, 2007 in a conference call, alongside the announcement of six other THQ-owned franchise continuations for the 2008 fiscal year.[64] In early May, 2007, THQ's executive vice president of worldwide publishing said that "The original Saints Row gained critical acclaim [...] The game's worldwide success shows the growing fanaticism for open-world gaming and our talented team at Volition is now using their proprietary technology to revolutionise the genre yet again".[7] On May 14, 2007, THQ's CFO Edward K. Zinser confirmed this at a conference call.[7] A PlayStation 3 port of the original was scrapped to focus resources on Saints Row 2.[65] First details of the game began to surface in May, 2008 after the launch of the first teaser trailer, with game aggregators like IGN and GameSpot getting a first look at an early build of the game. The official website launched in late May 2008 and a short teaser for the game was unveiled.[66]

On April 3, 2008, THQ set the release date for August 28, 2008 and the game was then made available to pre-order from various retailers; in addition, the website underwent an overhaul.[67] On May 28, THQ announced that Saints Row 2's release would be pushed back by about two months, from August 28 to October 14, 2008 in the USA.[9][68] Senior vice president of marketing Bob Aniello told Reuters that "product quality is a huge driver of a game's success and this move allows us to polish the game. [..] There is a bigger trend within the industry to build big marketing events within a bigger time window. This allows us to lead up to the holiday timeframe".[69] To coincide with the heavy promotion and sponsorship of the game, the official website and community page were launched on July 15, 2008.[70] This was the third website redesign since it was first announced and the old forums site (developer.saintsrow.com) was redirected and renamed "The Row Community". On July 23, 2008, it was revealed that the game had passed the OFLC classification body without having to be edited and was given an MA15+ rating with a release date set for October 16.[8]

Game engine

Saints Row 2 was developed and published by Volition, Inc. and THQ respectively, with additional development from Mass Media, Inc.[10] Additional graphics were provided by Paprikaas Interactive and Shanghai Art-Coding Software, cutscene animations were directed by Technicolor Interactive Services, and sound and voice recording were provided by Danetracks and VoiceWorks Productions, Inc. respectively.[10] The game utilizes the Havok physics engine, which allows interaction between objects or other characters in real-time and by giving objects physics-based qualities in three dimensions.[71] The game also uses a custom physics engine which was originally utilized by Saints Row, but was rebooted during Saints Row 2's development phase.[3] Because of this, as lead producer Greg Donovan states, the developers were "able to push the technology a lot more" and did not have "any of the issues that were experienced towards the end of development on Saints Row.[72]

As Donovan states, a fundamental goal for the game's development team was to create a game that woud "further distinguish Saints Row from other non-linear games, and carve out a distinct identity in the genre".[73] He said that the game needed to broaden the competitive window by reiterating gameplay from Saints Row, while adding new features and mechanics.[73] He admitted that the game wouldn't be bug-free, stating that "[Saints Row 2] won't be bug free. I don't think any game is. But part of what we did was to start development early on. Our development schedule is all about getting the gameplay in and even though this [version of the game shown to press] is pre-alpha, we're all about iterating the gameplay now"[74] while later reassuring that "95% of gamers aren't even going to come across them."[21] He commented on the game's instability and challenges during its development phase, stating that "Build stability was a real problem. It wasn’t until late in the development cycle that anyone could play the game for more than a couple of hours without crashing".[73] He said that "Top-level, our instability was caused by failing to take systems and features to completion [...] Programmers rushed to fix bugs that came late in development, and design and art expectedly fell behind on polish and iteration. Therefore, Q/A wasn’t able to progress through test plans efficiently, and we couldn’t conduct extended playtests until late in development".[73]

Design and graphics

Being a direct sequel, Saints Row 2 has many similarities with Saints Row. Developers on the game worked alongside some core members from the Saints Row development team, meaning that they were able to "learn from the mistakes" in Saints Row and talk to its development team about what should be looked out for.[72] The game has noticeable improvements in comparison with the original Saints Row.[75] Lead producer Greg Donovan stated that " Macro scale [improvements] would be technological; we've given the engine a complete overhaul, so we're able to push the technology a lot more. We're not having any of the issues that were experienced towards the end of development on Saints Row [...] I think the visual quality is layers above that on Saints Row, and I think much of that comes from the fact that we were able to work closely with the team behind Saints Row.[75] Lead designer Scott Phillips commented that "There isn't anything that we didn't touch, rethink, polish and improve from Saints Row".[76] Textures and dynamics have been reworked so the city looks more realistically detailed and colourful.[33] A greater level of detail in the game results in people, cars and explosions being given enhanced aesthetics; lighting and shadows have been improved as well as additional sky and weather effects can be seen.[33][75] The game is considered "over-the-top", meaning it consists of deliberately unrealistic gameplay.[77] Lead designer James Tsai commented that "[Saints Row 2] is something gamers can count on to satisfy their wild and outrageous side".[77] He went on to say that "In the early stages of development we had some really crass stuff in the game [...] There was a lot of stuff we had in that didn't register very high on the human decency scale, so we dialed some things back".[77] Donovan also commented that "[Saints Row 2 is] all about over-the-top memorable moments [and] hyper-realism".[19]

Developers placed over 20,000 NPC action nodes throughout the map.[78]

An improvement in Saints Row 2 is the game's AI.[78] NPCs undertake more realistic actions and respond to the player's actions in the world.[78] Tsai commented that "from the start of development, it was a goal to create a world that exists independent of the player - a very lifelike place where the citizens have a purpose and behave in believable fashion in addition to reacting to all the things the player does."[79] Non-playable characers perform realistic actions such as smoking, talking on cellphones, drinking coffee, opening umbrellas at the chance of rain and sitting on benches and cuddling, which would not have been possible in Saints Row because the systems could not support two people interacting that closely.[78] There are over 20,000 hand-placed nodes all over the city.[78] According to developers, placing these took a long time and it only happened very late in the game's development, once most of the action node types worked and the city art was more finalized.[78]

The game became subject to comparison with sandbox-style action game Grand Theft Auto IV, which has notable similarities with Saints Row 2.[80][81] The close proximity of its release date to GTA IV's was thrown into question but in an interview, lead producer Greg Donovan said, "We wouldn't be releasing this year if we didn't think we could be competitive. The only thing I know about GTA is what I've read. [...] It seems like [Rockstar Games are] going in a more realistic direction."[82] He later commented on Saints Row 2's release date, "I think having some separation between us and competitive product is good. We've got to remember that open-world is a genre and so there's room for more than just one game in that genre. [We think] Saints Row 2 is offering a much different experience than the competition. [...] It's a very different experience than what some other games are looking to do."[19]

Writing and casting

The story of Saints Row 2 was put together by three of Volition's script writers.[78] The final script had roughly 80,000 lines of dialogue, which was twice the amount of dialogue used in Saints Row.[78] The story has a strong cultural and cinematic influence; developers have stated that the game's story was influenced by Quentin Tarantino's critically acclaimed 1994 film, Pulp Fiction.[75] Tsai commented that "There's definitely a strong Tarantino vibe in Saints Row 2. [...] Stylistically, we drew a lot from Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill."[83] The story blends black comedy and gritty realism to illustrate the vibrant narrative.[83] Lead producer Greg Donovan commented that "Saints Row 2 has a much darker and more sinister story that leads your character down a path of betrayal, revenge and redemption against the city that has left him for dead, although we've blended that with the same light-hearted humor from the original".[83] Tsai also commented that "There's this over-the-top, socially distorted lens through which we're telling these gang stories. [...] But at the same time, we have some very dark elements in each mission arc that push the bounds of brutality, sadness, anger and empathy".[83] Tsai said that "from a storytelling standpoint, it's been very liberating. [...] The attitude of the main character is very empowering this time around.[83] The story was written in three parts, Saints Row 2 being the second of these three.[84] Tsai said of the story, "Saints Row 2 will definitely have its share of surprising moments in the story, but I don't want to say whether we're going to do anything that would be a cliffhanger of the scale that you saw at the end of Saints Row, at the risk of doing a spoiler [...] We needed to make a very compelling story but one that is still accessible to people who haven't played the first, so we have to bridge that gap between people who did play the first, those who didn't play the first, and create a good entry point".[58]

The characters in Saints Row 2 are highly stylized and have different personality traits and identities.[58][76] In an interview, Tsai said that "In Saints Row 2, we definitely had the general ideas for the characters down first because we had our story that we wanted to tell, and we knew that certain characters are needed to service these roles in the story. As far as the personality quirks and the way the characters are expressed in cut scenes, a lot of that does come back to the voice acting, how do they say things, what are their mannerisms, you try to anticipate what they're going to do. You also have some leeway when you're doing the lip synch in the cut scenes, so definitely, it's kind of a two-way street. You have the base role for the characters, and the actors were great about reading who the characters were and coming in prepared for the roles and understanding what we wanted to do with them, but also letting them infuse some of their own personality into it and put their own spin on the characters as well."[58] He also stated that "All of the actors took hold of their roles and brought them a real sense of weight and personality that they didn't have previously. It's a pretty amazing process to build a character from scratch, design their look, create them, put them in game, and then when voice is finally recorded to see that character become a real person in the world."[76] An array of popular film and television stars voice characters within the game,such as Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Dorn, Jay Mohr and Keith David.[85]

Soundtrack and audio

The soundtrack of Saints Row 2 is comprised of a diverse selection of music, featuring roughly 170 tracks played through the in-game radio system.[86][87] There are twelve radio stations the player can listen to whilst in a vehicle or at an in-game crib.[86][87] Stations will play different genres of music, such as alternative rock, hip-hop, heavy metal and 1980's pop.[86][87] A particular radio station, My Radio 85.5, allows the player to create a custom soundtrack from the music featured in the game.[87] Musical artists such as Duran Duran, Lamb of God, My Chemical Romance, Ne-Yo and Run-D.M.C. have some of their works featured in the game.[86][87] Lead audio designer Frank Petreikis stated that "We've doubled our budget for more current and big-name talent for the programmable radio stations plugged into the gameplay. We have a dozen in-game stations with a broader variety of music genres and twelve or thirteen tracks per station for 150-plus songs, compared to 140 in [Saints Row]".[88]

An objective for developers was to try and depict the Ultor Corporation as a large presence within the media of the game.[89] As such, many of the in-game radio advertisements promote Ultor-branded products; demonstrating how Ultor maintains control over the city.[89] Game developers hired a new radio commercials producer, Erik Hastings, because of their requirement to "find a contractor that was much more open to collaboration and revision", writer Steve Jaros stated.[89] Voice actors for radio commercials were recorded in the same room, instead of individually, so that they "could work off each other and in general get a stronger performance", stated Jaros.[89] Many of the in-game commercials went through several drafts and developers found this writing process to be a challenge.[89] The in-game radio was used as a way to effectively tie-in the over-the-top atmosphere of the game with the radio advertisements.[72] Lead designer James Tsai stated that "As far as the commercials go, you'll definitely find that humour in Saints Row 2. We're making a concerted effort to tie it to the game world, and what happens in the world".[72]

Marketing and release

Prior to its release, Saints Row 2 was marketed and promoted heavily through the use of numerous Internet and TV trailers. In addition, contests and competitions were enterable by fans with various paraphernalia, including special editions of the game itself, available as prizes. For marketing considerations, the original release date of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 ports of the game were pushed back.[69]

A trailer was released in March 2008, formatted as a tourist insight from the Ultor Corporation into the city and how Ultor had helped to rebuild the city.[90] In early April 2008, American film actor Gary Busey became part of the marketing campaign for the game.[91][92] Three Street Lessons with Uncle Gary clips were released on April 4, 2008, demonstrating the use of satchel charges, taunting and throwing people in gameplay.[93][94][95] Two additional Busey clips were released at the end of April 2008, demonstrating heavy weapons[96] and police response[97] in gameplay. A second trailer was released in early June 2008, comparing Saints Row 2 to similar game Grand Theft Auto IV, poking fun at it for its lack of replay value.[98] A third trailer was released in late June 2008, giving an insight into the storyline of the game and introducing the new gangs that would feature in it.[99][100] A fourth trailer was released in mid-July 2008, showing some of the customization options available in the game.[101][102] Two Busey clips were also released in mid-July, demonstrating groin attacks[103] and improvised weaponry[104] in gameplay. In late July 2008, American pornographic actor Tera Patrick became part of the marketing campaign for the game.[33][105] A "Developer Diary" video was released featuring Patrick presenting the game.[106][107] Over a three-week period in August 2008, three trailers were released a week apart from each other, giving an in-depth preview of each of the three main story arcs revolving around the three gangs.[108][109][110][111][112][113] Two Busey clips were released at the end of August 2008, demonstrating customization[114] and flying[115] in gameplay, and the improvised weaponry clip was re-released alongisde them.[116][117] An additional Busey clip was released in early September 2008, demonstrating motorcycles in gameplay.[118] An eighth trailer was released in early September 2008 previewing the co-operative gameplay, featuring in-game recreations of American presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, the former of which won the presidential election.[119][120][121] The official launch trailer was released in early October 2008, a week before the game's release, taking another look at the storyline.[122][123]

The "Pimp Your Crib" contest launched on July 17, 2008 for residents in the United States, offering prizes such as a 46" Samsung HDTV and a Logitech cordless precision controller.[124] The "Summer of Bling" contest launched on August 21, 2008 for residents in the United Kingdom and Germany; first week prizes included a game-themed hip flask and bottle of tequila.[125] The second week of the competition offered a radio-controlled helicopter.[126] THQ and WorthPlaying launched a competition offering the winners a chance to attend the Saints Row 2 Multiplayer Event in San Francisco, USA and have their thoughts published in an article.[127][128] A T-shirt design competition launched on September 19, 2008 hosted by British fashion label Joystick Junkies which tasked the competitor to design a themed T-shirt; the winning entry was featured in the downloadable content pack Ultor Exposed.[129][130] The third run of the "Summer of Bling" contest launched on September 19, 2008 offering the Joystick Junkies-themed shirts as prizes.[131][132] The "Trick Your Pack" tool launched on September 23, allowing the player to create their own box art for the game.[133][134] The fourth run of the "Summer of Bling" launched on October 4, 2008 offering an Ultor-themed Flak jacket.[135] Another contest launched on October 10, 2008 offering a gold-plated Xbox 360 Elite console with the "Gun Pack" collector's edition of the game.[136] On November 6, 2008 a competition launched in Australia offering an airbrushed 60GB PlayStation 3 system.[137]

Saints Row 2 has received heavy funding and sponsorship and has appeared at game conventions with its own booth. Saints Row 2 has appeared at E3, THQ Gamer's Day, Comic Con,[138] PAX '08, GameStop Expo '08[139] and Leipzig Games Convention. In addition, Saints Row 2 provided funding and marketed itself with the Myspace Music Tour.[140] Saints Row 2 also supported Movember 2008, an Australian fundraiser for men's health.[64] In November, 2008, THQ signed a deal with Massive Incorporated to include in-game advertisements on their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 products.[141] Saints Row 2 was the first game to follow through and players connected to Xbox Live or PSN will be able to find movie posters throughout the city promoting upcoming releases.[142]

Retail versions

The "Gun Pack" special edition of the game.

There are three separate "Collectors Editions" available. All contain a copy of the game, along with several extras. The Saints Row 2 "Initiation Pack" is exclusive to Australia and New Zealand packaged in Freckle Bitch's pizza box and includes a poster, limited edition art book, metal money clip, 1GB gold bullet USB memory stick with buddy icons and wallpapers and content including a basketball singlet, videos, a Saints ID card and a "Saints Rule" book.[64] The "Gun Pack" unveiled in late August and contains a copy of the game, a poster, an art book and a USB stick with wallpapers and icons, packaged in a gun-mould case.[143][144] The Saints Row 2 "Gift - Buka Edition" is exclusive pack for Russia and CIS packaged in standard DVD-box and includes a limited edition art book, two posters and 1GB gold bullet USB memory stick with buddy icons and wallpapers.[145]

THQ confirmed to Big Download that a Microsoft Windows port of the game was in development on June 2, 2008.[6][146] No official release date was given out and the port was not released with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, delayed to January 5, 2009 (later changed to January 6) in North America.[12] The official specifications were unveiled on December 16, 2008.[147]

 System requirements
Minimum Recommended
Microsoft Windows[147]
Operating System Windows XP or Windows Vista
CPU 2.0 GHz Dual-Core Processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2) 3.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2)
Memory 1 GB Available System Memory 2 GB Available System memory
Hard Drive Space 15 GB Available Hard Drive Space
Graphics Hardware 128 MB 3D Video Card w/Shader Model 3.0 Support (Nvidia GeForce 7600 / ATI Radeon X1300) 256 MB 3D Video Card with Shader Model 3.0 Support (Nvidia GeForce 8800 / ATI Radeon HD3850)
Display DirectX Compatible Display Capable of 640×480 16-bit Color Resolution DirectX Compatible Display Capable of 1024×768 in 32-bit Color
Sound Hardware DirectX 9.0c Compatible 16-bit Sound Card
Network Broadband Connection for Internet Multiplayer

Although a setup guide for the Steam digital distribution platform was posted,[148] the port was delayed on Steam after minor issues,[149] while the retail version was released in North America as planned.[150] THQ's vice president of global brand management Kevin Kraff stated that "Saints Row 2's console release was met with heavy praise from press and consumers alike. [...] [The game's] debut on Windows PC will introduce the truly unique, highly entertaining open-world experience to PC fans worldwide".[150] Volition's vice president of product development and general manager Mike Kulas said that "We've spent a great deal of time optimizing system specs for Windows PC to ensure gamers get the high quality experience no matter what system they choose".[150] The port was released on Steam and also on Direct2Drive on January 7 while the European and Australian version releases were confirmed for January 23 and February 5 respectively.[11][151]

The port underwent marketing with the release of a PC launch trailer on January 8,[152] and a patch for the port was confirmed on January 22.[153] The patch was made available on January 26 after the release of the European version, correcting graphical and technical issues while allowing for a 20% performance increase, significantly reducing in-game crashes.[154]

On July 16, 2009, Swedish heavy metal band Opeth announced that their music would feature in a PlayStation Portable port of the game which would be released in March 2010.[155] However, there has been no official confirmation on this from Volition or THQ.[156]

Downloadable content

Pornographic actress Tera Patrick played herself in Ultor Exposed.[46]

On September 25, 2008, lead producer 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."[16] On December 13, 2008, a theme pack for Saints Row 2 was released via Xbox Live, followed by a picture pack on December 18, 2008.[157][158] A premium theme was also released on April 23, 2009.[159]

The first downloadable content pack, Ultor Exposed, was released on April 23, 2009.[160][161] The pack adds new customization options,[130] vehicles,[162] multiplayer maps,[163] and a competitive multiplayer metagame.[164] The pack features American pornographic actress Tera Patrick,[46] who plays herself as a former microbiologist for the Ultor Corporation who calls upon the protagonist to help her expose the evils within it.[165] The second downloadable content pack, Corporate Warfare, was released on May 28, 2009.[166] The pack adds new customization options,[167][168] including in-game recreations of the finalists from Movember 2008,[169] vehicles,[170] multiplayer maps,[168] and a competitive multiplayer metagame.[168] The pack focuses on the struggle between the Saints and the Ultor Corporation, featuring Ultor's executive Eric Gryphon and head of security Dex Jackson, a former Saint from the original game.[170] The third and final downloadable content pack, The Unkut Pack, was released on June 12, 2009 for free,[171] adding over sixty new Unkut-themed clothing and tattoo items.[172]

Reception

Critical reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings PlayStation 3: 83%[173]

Xbox 360:82%[174]
Windows: 70%[175]

GameStats PlayStation 3: 8.5[176]

Xbox 360: 8.4[177]
Windows: 7.2[178]

Metacritic PlayStation 3: 82/100[179]

Xbox 360: 81%[180]
Windows: 72%[181]

Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com PlaySation 3/ Xbox 360: B[182]
Eurogamer 9/10[183]
Game Informer 8.75/10[184]
GameSpot 8/10[185]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[186]
IGN US: 8.2/10[187]

AU: 8/10[188]
UK: 7.5/10[189]

Saints Row 2 has received generally positive reviews. The PlayStation 3 version received an average score of 83% based on 45 reviews on the review aggregator Game Rankings,[173] and an average score of 82% based on 50 reviews on the review aggregator Metacritic.[179] 1UP.com gave the game a B, stating that it "relishes the hedonistic aspects of the open-world genre", that it has "plently of innovation" and that the "excellence in the presentation makes the world of Saints [Row] 2 a great introduction for newcomers to open world games".[182] Eurogamer gave the game a 9/10, stating that it "is one of the most ridiculous and enjoyable games of the year".[183] GameInformer gave the game an 8.75/10, stating that "in its own silly, b-movie way, it’s a damn fun game" and a "profanely good time".[184] GameSpot gave the game an 8.0/10, stating that "from beginning to end, this is one of the most fun urban chaos games out there" and that it will "keep you happily creating havoc for a long time".[185] GameSpy gave the game four and a half stars out of five, stating that it "offers up a shooting and driving experience that is plenty of fun" and that it is "self-consciously funny in its irreverence" and "will definitely appeal to much of its audience".[186] IGN US gave the game an 8.2/10, stating that "the core gameplay experience is extremely enjoyable".[187] IGN AU gave the game an 8/10, stating that it is "big, dumb fun".[188] IGN UK gave the game a 7.5/10, stating that it "demonstrates that there is still plenty of mileage to be eked out of open-world games" and that "there’s certainly enough here to keep any fans of sandbox violence entertained".[189] PGNx Media gave the a 9.6/10 and an Editor's Choice Award, stating that "In terms of pure, unadulterated fun, Saints Row 2 is in a league of its own".[190] MS Xbox World gave the game a 9.5/10, stating "There are lots of games out this holiday season, and Saints Row 2 should be one of the games that you play, as there’s nothing at present that can rival its madcap adrenaline fueled flamboyance".[191] Ben Croshaw of The Escapist, who is known for his humorous and deliberately negative 'Zero Punctuation' reviews, gave the game a favourable review and awarded it as his personal Game of the Year, stating that he "had more fun with it than any other 2008 release."[192][193] The game was awarded "Game of the Year 2008" by JustPressPlay.com.[194] It also came runner-up in GameShark's "Xbox 360 Game of the Year" and "Overall Game of the Year".[195][196] Playstation Beyond gave it a rating of 9.5/10, praising its high degree of cutomization and "a huge range of ways to put your unfortunate adversaries out of their misery"</ref>[197]

Among positive acclaim, some publishers gave the game generally negative reviews. Edge Magazine gave the game a 5/10, stating that "few of the game’s details will stick in your mind for long, and its pranky focus means it rarely gives you anything interesting to do with the toys on offer".[198] GamingNexus.com gave the game a C+, stating that it "has to mature, or make a more convincing argument that it’s never going to – and never has to – grow up".[199] Entertainment Weekly flagged the game as "racist, misogynistic, crude, cynical, humorless and stupid" and labelled it the worst game of 2008,[200] despite previously giving the game a B and calling it "a larcenous good time".[201]

The game did not gain a favourable response from New York City officials and police. City spokespersons requested that the game be pulled from shelves upon its release; NYPD union boss Patrick Lynch criticized the game, stating that "these horrible and violent video games desensitize young people to violence while encouraging depravity, immorality while glorifying criminal behavior".[202] Jack Thompson, a former Florida lawyer and longtime critic of violent video games, called Saints Row 2 a "Grand Theft Auto ripoff," and said that "as is true with pornography, as is true with violence, the subsequent products tend to push the envelope even more".[203] On Tuesday, October 14, 2008, the game's US release date, candidate Leslie Crocker Snyder and others spoke out against the game, surrounded by police union members who support her bid.[202] Gov. Paterson signed a bill in July, 2008 requiring prominent display of age ratings on video games and mandating parental control on game consoles by 2010.[203]

Sales

Media reports for Saints Row 2's sales performance have been mixed. The game sold approximately 365,000 units in total during its first month, outselling same-day release title Dead Space and becoming the sixth-best selling title in October 2008.[204] In an interview with Game Daily, THQ director of marketing communications Rob Cassel announced that the majority of these sales were from the Xbox 360 system, which sold approximately 270,000 units compared to 95,000 for the PlayStation 3.[205] From THQ official fiscal results for 2008, Kotaku reported that the game shipped over two million units by early November 2008.[206] According to Cowen & Co. analyst Doug Creutz in January 2009, the game's sales results were well below expectations.[207][208][209] He stated that "Previously we had been optimistic that the franchise could break the 1 million mark, given its launch on two platforms. The original Saints Row sold roughly 750,000 US units during its first four quarters in release on a single platform at a much earlier point in the console cycle".[207] THQ financial results in February 2009 concluded that the game had shipped over 2.6 million units by February 2009, after the the game was ported to Windows in January.[210][211] THQ experienced a $431 million loss in revenue in May 2009, but shipped a further 200,000 units for the game, totalling 2.8 million units.[212][213] From Saints Row 2's sales, the series has had worlwide sales in excess of five million, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises.[214] Due to its financial earnings, the game has joined the Xbox 360's Platinum Hits and the PlayStation 3's Greatest Hits line of games.[215]

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Saints Row 2
Box artwork for Saints Row 2.
Developer(s) Volition
Publisher(s) THQ
Designer(s) Scott Philips, James Tsai
Engine Havok Engine
Release date(s)
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Windows
Genre(s) Action-adventure, Third-person shooter
System(s) Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Rating(s)
ESRB: Mature
PEGI: Ages 18+
BBFC: 18
OFLC: Mature Accompanied & Restricted
Preceded by Saints Row
Series Saints Row

Saints Row 2 (abbreviated to SR2) is a sandbox-style action-adventure video game developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ. It is the second title in the Saints Row series. The game was preceded by Saints Row and a sequel to the game has been rumoured. Saints Row 2 was released in North America on October 14, in Australia on October 16 and in Europe on October 17 in 2008, for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A PC version of the game was released in North America on January 6, in Europe on January 23 and in Australia on February 5, in 2009. A smaller variant of the game has also been published for mobile phones. An episodic pack titled Ultor Exposed was released on April 23, 2009 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems, with a second and third pack also in development.

Since its release, Saints Row 2 has been generally praised by critics and fans alike and has received generally positive reviews. The game went on to gain numerous awards, including best freeplay game of 2008 by IGN and was given several mentions as one of the best games of 2008. However, there are common complaints of bugs and glitches and the PC port for the game was criticized for its poor performance. Also, the game has been known to freeze in some instances for all three ports of the game. As of January 2009, Saints Row 2 has had more than 2.6 million units shipped for all three ports.

The game follows the unnamed protagonist who leads a fictional hip-hop gang known as the 3rd Street Saints, to whom he followed in Saints Row until he was betrayed and landed in a trauma-induced coma after a staged yacht explosion. After escaping from prison five years later and bringing the Saints to power again, the protagonist takes on the gangs who now control the city Stilwater on a quest to bring it to the Saints' power, who had controlled it in Saints Row. The game is composed of elements from third-person shooters and driving games in open world gameplay. The main game can be played through in single-player or through online co-operative play. The game also contains competitive multiplayer modes.

This game features numerous improvements over the original, including a larger overall playing area, several new areas, improved combat mechanics, a wider selection of vehicles, diversions, activities and weapons.

Table of Contents

Getting Started
Walkthrough
    • 3rd Street Saints Missions
    • 3rd Street Saints Strongholds
    • Ronin Missions 1-6
    • Ronin Missions 7-11
    • Ronin Strongholds
    • Brotherhood Missions 1-6
    • Brotherhood Missions 7-11
    • Brotherhood Strongholds
    • Sons of Samedi Missions 1-6
    • Sons of Samedi Missions 7-11
    • Sons of Samedi Strongholds
    • Ultor Corp. Missions
    • Ultor Corp. Strongholds
Appendices
  • Weapons & Items
  • Activities
  • Diversions
  • Achievements
  • Cheats & Phone Numbers
  • Multiplayer

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Saints Row 2

Developer(s) Volition
Publisher(s) THQ
Release date October 14, 2008
Genre Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player Multiplayer
Age rating(s) ESRB: M
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Contents

Storyline

Characters

3rd Street Saints The Third Street Saints were scattered after the events of Saints Row. Eventually, Protagonist along with Carlos, escaped from the prison island where he was being held captive, and formed together a new crew of Saints to fight against the new gangs in power over Stilwater.

Johnny Gat

Johnny has returned in Saints Row 2 to bring back the Saints to their former glory. The protagonist helps Johnny escape from a courtroom precession that would otherwise see him to the electric chair, under charge for over three-hundred murders. Johnny was one of the lieutenants in Saints Row and always stayed loyal to the 3rd street Saints. He is the main Saints enforcer and he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. He and the protagonist continue in their quest for revenge against those who have betrayed them.

In the first game, Johnny showed a violent nature and love for weapons that has extended into the second, as he is seen numerous times carrying a light machine gun instead of standard armaments. Johnny Gatt is believed to play a big part in helping the main character take down the Ronin.

Shaundi

Shaundi is one of the new lieutenants for the Saints. She wears a Grey tank top and her hair is tied into dreadlocks. Little information about her, besides her name and appearance and that she is the Saint assigned to take down the Sons of Samedi. She seems to take on a sarcastic, dry behavior, much like Lin, as she smashes a bottle full of Loa Dust on a banister right next to the protagonist's head before explaining what it is.

Carlos

Introduced in: "Jailbreak"

Carlos helped the protagonist escape from the prison island in the first mission Jailbreak. While speaking with the protagonist, he also reveals that his brother was in the Saints. After they escape, Carlos quickly fills the role of a lieutenant for the Saints. Carlos also helps the protagonist save Johnny from the courthouse, and also appears to be the lieutenant assigned to bring down the Brotherhood. During the Brotherhood missions, Jessica informs the Protagonist that they kidnapped Carlos and when the Protagonist finds Carlos, he is in a real bad state. The Protagonist tries to free him from the chain but fails and holds Carlos' hand as he shoots him in the head to put him out of his misery (i.e Euthanasia)

Pierce

Pierce is a lieutenant for the Saints in charge of dealing with the Ronin gang. Unlike Johnny, Pierce seems to think things through instead of rushing into the scene. He has a more airy personality like Dex.

Aisha

Aisha is still dating Johnny Gat and they share an apartment together. She is killed by Jyunichi during the Ronin Missions.

Aisha is voiced by Sy Smith.

Brotherhood of Stilwater

The Brotherhood of Stilwater are one of the rival gangs confirmed to appear in the upcoming Saints Row 2. Their "gang flag" color will be red (the former color of Los Carnales whose name in Spanish also roughly translates to "brotherhood") and they are reported to specialize in violent crime and extortion. They will be one of the more brutal gangs in Stilwater and appear to draw their inspiration from infamous one percenter biker gangs such as the Hells Angels, the Pagans, the Outlaws, and the Bandidos, as well as the Aryan Brotherhood. It is humorous to note that this gang could not have existed in the previous Saints Row title because the only vehicles available for use in that game were cars and pick-up trucks. They also appear to have the same style of vests to the fictitous gang The Warriors. The Brotherhood have been described as the most destructive and powerful gang in Saints Row 2. They have also been described to have connections with former members of the Carnales gang, who were in power during the events in Saints Row. There is now a trailer released about this gang

Maero

Maero is the Brotherhood leader. Maero towers over everyone he meets. Not only is he tall, but he packs an unbelievable amount of muscle, and is covered in tattoos, all of which relate to the brotherhood gang. Maero is seen as a violent thug, who seems to threaten the protagonist often, but still seems to have a grudging respect for him. He is the one to meet with Dane Vogel to release his boy's out of prison to help take out the Saints. Unlike the other leaders, Maero is a violent man, straightforward, blunt, and confrontational with his tactics, but still cunning in the predatory sense, such as luring the protagonist, alone, into the Ultor arena filled with him, a few of his gang members, and all their vehicles and his monster truck. His girlfriend is a Brotherhood lieutenant by the name of Jessica.

Donnie

Donnie will be returning in Saints Row 2. It appears that Donnie joined the Brotherhood after the fall of the Westside Rollerz in Saints Row and believes the protagonist is responsible for Lin's death and to get revenge for the death of his best friend Joseph Price, the leader of the Rollerz in Saints Row. For some strange reason Donnie is the only Westside Roller that joined The Brotherhood, while many of the others joined the Ronin. Donnie's choice of career, however, may have been the wrong one, as he appears to be a lower class member, not like the lieutenant he was in the Rollerz, and Maero seems to have taken an extreme dislike to him.

Matt

It seems that a Brotherhood of Stilwater lieutenant goes by the name of Matt and is Maero's right hand man. He is seen giving Maero a tattoo in the Saints Gang Video. In the Brotherhood trailer, the protagonist is seen briefly fighting with Matt on a stage, smashing his head with a high hat stand and an electric guitar.

Jessica

A rich girl who ran off with her "lower class" boyfriend, Jessica gave up a life of comfort to be with her man. Because she is Maero's girlfriend, Jessica definitely has an influence on the activities of The Brotherhood. Jessica and Maero have somewhat the same relationship as Donnie and Price who were both best friends. She is killed when Maero who is unaware that she is in the boot of her car is flattened by Maero's Monster Truck in the Stilwater University Arena

Ronin

The Ronin is an Asian gang confirmed to appear in Saints Row 2. Their "gang flag" color will be yellow and their specialty rackets will be control of the gambling and prostitution that occurs in Stilwater. They seem to fill the power void in control of sin crimes created by the destruction of the Vice Kings by the 3rd Street Saints. The Ronins are also the "Buyers" mentioned in the Rollerz story of Saints Row. The Ronin are also stated to be the most powerful yakuza in the world. There is now a trailer released about this gang.

The Ronin are like a biker version of the Yakuza, with deeply held traditions and honor above all else. Each gang member is given a katana to wield in close combat. They are, however, still extremely skilled with firearms.

Akuji San

An Asian man in a grey suit with a yellow tie. He came to Stilwater to become the mentor on teaching Shogo how to be a better leader to his gang. It is much like the relationship between William Sharp and Joseph Price from the first Saints Row. He is the father of Shogo. He and his son Shogo are the ones who met with Dane Vogel.

Shogo Akuji

Shogo is the leader of the Ronin in Stilwater. Mr. Akuji San, the leader of the Ronin, in their homeland has come to teach Shogo how to be a proper leader and also came to Stilwater to clean up after the Rollerz were defeated. Some of their members are former Rollerz members excluding Donnie who for unknown reasons joined the Brotherhood. He is the son of Mr. Akuji San. He attempts to kill Johnny Gat and the Protagonist at Aisha's Funeral where Gat tells Shogo to go as he does not want to fight him at Aisha's Funeral, however, Shogo and some of the Ronin attack Gat and the Protagonist. He eventually dies when Gat throws him into a coffin and gives him a "Texas Funeral" (Buried alive)

Kazua

Kazua is the Ronin's main enforcer. Little else is known about him

Jyunichi

Jyunichi is a lieutenant for the Ronin. He is a bald head lieutenant for ronin. He is also seen fighting with Johnny Gat in Gat and Aisha's house in the Suburbs District, he is also seen talking to Kazua about Akuji San coming to Stilwater to teach Shogo how to lead. He is killed by the Protagonist in Kanto on the border with Harrogate (Saints Row District) and Rebadeaux (Red Light District)

Sons of Samedi

The Sons of Samedi are the third rival gang confirmed to appear in Saints Row 2. Their "gang flag" color will be green and the Sons of Samedi are reported to usurp control the drug trafficking business from the Saints dealing their drug Loa dust. The Sons of Samedi are an Afro-Caribbean gang akin to the "Jamaican voodoo posse" found in the movie Predator 2 which in turn was based on actual Afro-Caribbean criminal organizations that terrorized New York City in the mid 80's to late 90's. There is now a trailer released about this gang. The Samedis are simply an expansion of a larger Jamaican drug ring into America, similar to the Carnales and the Columbians in the first game.

Like the Carnales, the Sons seem to have worldwide connections, bringing in ex-military men and other experienced thugs to Stilwater, while also utilizing the same straightforward attitude, such as abducting the protagonist to attempt to assassinate him in the General's hearse.

Mr. Sunshine

Not much information is known about him except his name, the fact that he seems to be the General's right hand man and his brutality proven when he hits someone in the back with his machete in a music store for no reason other than to clear the place out. He also shoots a drug addict who mentions purchasing the drug shipment which the 3rd Street Saints have stolen. He also control's Sons of Samedi's drug trafficking business.

The General

The leader of the Sons of Samedi and is clad in a white suit with a green dress shirt. Not much is known about him except his alias and that he is a very violent yet cunning man. He appears to be African, as well as a cool-tempered yet easily irritated person. He drives around in a modified green hearse with a personal armory in the back.

DJ Veteran Child

DJ Veteran Child is an absent minded lieutenant working for the Sons of Samedi. A DJ for one of Stilwater’s radio stations, VC got involved with the SoS mostly because of the free drugs. However, the closer he gets to the gangs leadership he realizes that he has gotten in way over his head. A former boyfriend of Shaundi, Veteran Child has the same stoner and laissez-fare attitude that she has.

Ultor Corporation

The Ultor Corporation were a Corporation that appeared in the first game (name of the Arena, a pair of sunglasses, etc.) but have grown since the protagonist was in a comatose, and have helped rebuild the broken Stilwater. The corporation is managed by Dane Vogel and his group. Headquarters of the group are situated high in the sky above Stilwater, towering above the other buildings in the Downtown area. Ultor have been described as having connections with the three gangs in power over Stilwater, determined to make sure the Saints cannot rise to power, again. Things go out of control, however, as shown when Maero bursts into Vogel's office, grabs him by the throat, suspends him from the window, and forces him to help him utterly destroy the Saints.

Dane Vogel

Vogel is Chief Executive Officer for the Ultor Unlimited corporation. Vogel's objective was to destroy the 3rd Street Saints gang, and turn the Saints Row neighborhood into an urban utopia. Vogel is considered the main enemy for the Saints. Dane Vogel is the one who is giving any help to the other three gangs as long as they rid of the Saints. He even releases members of the Brotherhood out of prison for extra support for the other three gangs, as well as springing members of the gangs themselves. He also grew up in the Saints Row district near the church.

Police Chief Troy Bradshaw

Troy was once an undercover detective, who joined the Saints in an attempt to undermine them, with connections with then-mayor Marshall Winslow, and then-police chief Monroe. After the events of Saints Row, he rises through the ranks and finds himself Police Chief, after the demise of Monroe. Unlike Monroe, though, Troy appears to not be as corrupted, as he takes a strange view when several Brotherhood members are released from prison on Maero's order.

Other characters

Anna

Anna is a talk show host, similar to Oprah Winfrey

Dex

Dex works for ultor and you can get his cell number and he says he will meet you at the church but instead sends ultor police.

Jane Valdarama

Ms. Jane Valdarama is a news reporter, who seems to play a key role in the story of Saints Row 2, interviewing and reporting on various public figures etc.

Julius Little

Julius Little was the original leader of the Saints, but has since gone into hiding. It seems he is one of the many responsible for the yacht explosion and is now wanted dead by the protagonist. He appears in Saints Row 2 in a hidden mission.

Legal Lee

Legal Lee has a confirmed return for Saints Row 2, acting as Johnny Gat's lawyer during his courtroom precession.

Mr. Wong

Mr. Wong (full name Wong Sheng Tai) is an old Chinese businessman who the player worked for and befriended in Saints Row. He and his associate have joined the Saints as unofficial members to help them in their rise to power, and to help get the Ronin out of Stilwater.

Tobias

Tobias is a drug dealer, first seen in Saints Row. The protagonist first met Tobias by riding shotgun with him as he made rounds in Stilwater, selling narcotics to customers. He is helping Shaundi and the Saints to bring down the Sons of Samedi's drug trafficking business, and take the business for themselves.

Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson is a lawyer, who appears to be in great rivalry with Jane Valderama. Jane describes Zach as self-confident and arrogant. Not much else is known about him. It is rumored he is in Ultor.

You see what they did there? Zach Johnson is a parody of former Florida lawyer and anti games crusader, Jack Thompson.

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