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Saints Row 4 – Enter the Dominatrix DLC (PS3) Review

/ Nov 1st, 2013 No Comments

SAINTS ROW DOMINATRIX-FEATURED

Saints Row 4 is an open-world action game for the PlayStation 3 (also on Xbox 360 and PC). Enter the Dominatrix is the first full DLC mission pack for Saints Row 4. Enter the Dominatrix was originally the name for the canned Saints The Third expansion pack, which was scrapped to work on Saints Row 4. The canceled project returns as DLC for Saints Row 4 with an alternative take on the ending of the game. As DLC does Enter the Dominatrix answer the question, can you out crazy crazy?

Story

After defeating Zinyak, the Boss and the rest of the Saints find themselves trapped in the simulation with the Dominatrix that wants to destroy them. Using an army of gimps and sex-workers armed with Red Light themed vehicles, the Dominatrix does everything in her power to make things difficult for the Saints. However, this the Boss and the Saints, so no matter how difficult an enemy the Dominatrix might be, there is nothing this gang of puckish rogues cannot take down. With Kinzie’s indomitable hacking skills, Pierce’s unwavering Pierceness, Shaundi’s blinding determination and Donnie…the Boss has a team poised to take down the Dominatrix.
 

Gimps and Furries in Saints Row IV Enter the Dominatrix DLC

Gimps and Furries in Saints Row IV Enter the Dominatrix DLC

Volition presents this alternative take in the form of a behind the scenes documentary by way of DVD extras. It features the Saints being interviewed about the DLC with them providing commentary during the missions. The fourth wall is broken so thoroughly that it is a surprise that Shaundi does not snort it to get more super powers. Yet as with everything that Volition has done with the writing of the series since Saints Row 2 has worked because of their fervent commitment to honoring the mythos of their series regardless of how bizarre or ridiculous it is. Enter the Dominatrix continues what Saints Row 4 did by bringing in more characters from previous games into the insanity of the Saints’ new super powered world. Enter the Dominatrix is DLC that works because of how good the story and writing is. It is crazy far beyond what Volition managed in Saints Row 4 with bizarre and surreal ideas that works extremely well as DLC. Plus, that ending is insane. Insane.

Gameplay

The gameplay is no different from Saints Row 4. Combat still hinges on super powers and gunplay except it is not nearly as fun as it was playing through the main game. The reason it is not is because the DLC comes after the game has been out for a few months where everyone has completed the game and maxed out everything. So the combat in the missions seems trivial because all it takes is unloading black holes or using fireballs to clear enemies. Fighting sex themed tanks and VTOLS losing impact when all it takes is one hit to take them out. That said the combat is not bad, it just loses its edge due to be overpowered (more so than usual). To combat some of this they did remove the elemental buff and death from above powers (not that they were the most useful powers). That said the missions themselves are quite interesting as most of Saints Row 4′s story missions were. Volition structured things in way to make them increasingly weird. It goes from Pierce being the Mayor of Steelport and blowing up tanks to wrangling furries with telekinesis into a cage and gimp chariot races to another ship mission through a returning character. The gameplay structure is great even if the combat loses some of its edge and seems to serve the story delivery more than anything.

Graphics and Sound

Not much has changed with the DLC, the game still looks good as players return to Bizarro Steelport. There are some new levels/locations that make for a nice change of scenery. The game still has frame rate issues on the console versions and performance tends to suffer when combat gets really crazy and overloaded in the DLC. Yet overall the presentation of the DLC is excellent from the behind the scenes cinematics to the janky animated story board cut scenes and other DVD extra stuff that only works because of the writing. The voice acting in Saints Row 4 was top notch and many of the voice actors/actresses return lending their talent to sell the humor of the DLC. The chemistry between the cast is exemplary and helps build the excitement for where Volition takes the DLC through the in game commentary.

Overall

Enter the Dominatrix is a great piece of DLC that fans of Saints Row 4 will enjoy. It has all the elements that made the main game’s story hilarious and addicting while going in directions that are unshackled by the limits of sense and needing to make a somewhat coherent game. Does it out crazy crazy? Absolutely, the way the DLC ends is more surreal and inane than anything Volition has done before with the series (they did make the Boss the President of the United States, introduced aliens, made Burt Reynolds the Mayor of Steelport, etc. so that is saying something). Now all there is to do is wait for the final mission DLC, “How the Saints Saved Christmas”. And who knows how ridiculously crazy that will be.
 

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. Currently, he lives in Tustin, California. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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SAINTS ROW 4 – ENTER THE DOMINATRIX DLC (PS3) REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall87%

GAMEPLAY8

Since the DLC comes after most everyone has completed the game, it runs into the issue of stats being maxed out and gameplay becoming trivial. And in many ways the gameplay seems to serve as a vehicle to present the story, which works because the story of the DLC is quite good. The powers and special weapons are still fun, but mowing through goons fully upgraded does not have the same punch.

GRAPHICS8.5

The game still looks the same as players return to Bizarro Steelport. The new mission locales look solid and add a nice break from the returning scenery. The console version still has its frame rate issues and unleashing mayhem in these new missions tends to cause some added issues.

SOUND9

Once again all the principal voice actors/actresses return for the DLC, in addition to some returning characters, and the voice acting sells how Volition presented the DLC. During the mission the running commentary is excellent and helped by these voice actors/actresses having such great chemistry together.

STORY9.3

The biggest draw of Saints Row 4 was the story missions and the hilarious writing. Enter the Dominatrix continues that trend. The DLC's story is delightfully funny and addicting. Each mission becomes progressively crazier culminating in a bizarrely insane ending.

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