An Exclusive Interview with THQ Media Relations member on the Saints Row 4 Presidential pack: Brought to you by the Real Gaming Bash Blog
Volition has recently confirmed that those foolish souls to pre-order Saints Row IV through EB games or GameStop will receive a free downloadable content known as the Presidential Pack.
We at the Real Real Gaming Bash Blog have been able to confirm details for each of the masks special abilities and powers in a personal interview with THQ media relations spokesperson Neal Pabon.
What was your inspiration for including the Presidential Pack in Saints Row 4? It’s our understanding that this is kind of a light hearted do whatever you want type of game? Why bring it back to reality?
Neal: Well, you’re almost entirely correct in that statement! We’ve really tried to give the player this feeling of control over their environment. We’ve given them jets, mechs, superpowers, and even the position of the highest office in the land; President of the United states.
Neal: So we figured, aren’t past Presidents somewhat of superheroes in the American cultural memory? I mean who could forget the story of George Washington hurling a silver dollar across the Potomac river? Or Abraham Lincoln living a double life as a vampire slayer? And our contemporary counterparts? Oh we’ve really jazzed them up!
How did you bring the likeness of George W. Bush and Barack Obama into Saints Row IV?
Neal: Well each mask will give you new abilities. Washington will allow you to hurl silver dollars at lightning speed at your Alien enemies. You will also get an amphibious assault level that will attempt to recreate the events of the famous Oil painting by Leutze; Washington Crossing the Delaware in our very own Steelport! Lincoln will of course wear his trademark top hat and will be accompanied by a ghost that represents his deceased son Willie Lincoln who famously passed from Typhoid fever in the now historic Lincoln room. Furthermore his special ability will be one that allows the player character to appear dead, thus eliminating all combative action occurring on screen. When the enemies walk away the player can get up and move on.
George Washington Crossing the Steelport River?!
Seems like you want to give the quintessential American gaming experience…?
Neal: Exactly! For President’s Bush and Obama we’ve added some new abilities. President Bush will be able to start a prolonged conflict between the Saints and whichever district of Steelport he desires by sending Military bombing raids over the area and imposing martial law. You won’t notice much except now whenever you decide to walk through your conquered regions you’ll see lots more Humvees and Tanks. You will also be able to cut taxes on the wealthiest members of Steelport and collect more revenue to fund your occupation of whichever section of the city you like. The more you decide to cut the taxation the better equipment you’ll find laying around your region of conquest. We’ve cleverly implemented the tax cutting as a minigame. We don’t want to spoil it but suffice it to say the players will truly feel like a superhero.
What about the incumbent?
Neal: President Obamer will be able to call in remote controlled drone strikes on whichever part of Steelport he likes, as well as outside on the alien homeworld. We have also opened up the White House segment from the beginning of the game and made the situation room available. We wanted to show off the domestic spying feature that the game has implemented. Players will now be able to view heat maps of “suspected terrorist activity” overlaid with a map of Steelport and the alien home world which will allow you to more carefully plan your drone strikes. Collateral damage reports aren’t there so the player will also get to face some dicey moral decisions! And lastly the player will be able to control excess deficit spending in Steelport through a clever graph minigame with the intention of upgrading his city. We’re trying to make the player feel like they have ultimate power so likewise you’ll find some parts of the city in complete disrepair and others thriving with posh new estates!
Wow, so it sounds like this is almost a full DLC extension of the game.
Neal: In a way it is. We had to find a way to coerce people to spending the $60 on this game so we could recoup our development costs before the eventual Steam Summer Sale where rabid PC gamers try to buy it for $3. We feel like adding the Presidential pack will give gamers the ability to truly feel the control over their game that they as voters feel the Presidents have over their country and world as a whole! Buy our game August 29th!
And there you have it. Our exclusive interview with THQ Media Relations representative Neal Pabon. Thoughts? Comments? Concerns?