Publisher: Deep Silver
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What they say: How the Saints Save Christmas (1953) – Santa is trapped inside the Simulation but the Scrooge-like Boss of the Third Street Saints can’t muster enough Christmas spirit to save him. Can the Saints help the Boss discover the true meaning of the season in time? A holiday classic for the whole family.
What I say: As much as I bitch and moan about DLC I sure am a sucker for Holiday themed content. Add that to the fact that Saints Row IV was one of my favorite games this year and I was actually jazzed about taking How the Saints Save Christmas for a spin. Needless to say things are not exactly warm and fuzzy at Christmas time as The Boss doesn’t like Christmas while the rest of the crew are trying to carry on the tradition. Then yet another version of Shaundi from the future shows up to inform the guys that Santa is trapped in the simulation and all of his holiday spirit has been sucked out of him and used to form the evil Santa Clawz who is hell bent on destroying Christmas. So back into the simulation you go to put Santa Clawz down and restore the proper Saint Nick.
This DLC consists of three missions as well as some new side activities like finding letters to Santa, playing holiday Genki and more. Steelport remains pretty much the same although the aliens are gone and replaced with Gingerbread Men and Toy Soldiers. Eventually you do end up at the North Pole fighting “giant elves” which, you know, are regular sized people alongside Mrs. Claus. Putting the festive theme up against the bloody carnage the Saints always bring along makes for a pretty amusing tale with lots of in jokes for Saints fans. The ending is pretty hysterical and pokes fun at the endings all holiday themed contend have with the closest thing you will get to a happy ending from this crew.
This is said to be the final Saints Row IV DLC and it is a fitting send off to this fun game. The only real problem I had with this DLC is that it’s awful short. It is entirely possible to blow through the main story in a couple of hours. Even if you plumb it’s depths and do ALL the side content and go for all the Trophies you are looking at four to five hours max. If you really love Saints Row it’s definitely worth it especially for the ending but it’s not overly deep and if you are indifferent toward the main game this probably isn’t for you.
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