Saints Row IV: Enter The Dominatrix – DLC

A common review would probably start with a short plot synopsis. Well, good luck trying with Saints Row’s Enter the Dominatrix. Is it a Making of? Is it a parody of the main game? Or is it just – to…

A common review would probably start with a short plot synopsis. Well, good luck trying with Saints Row’s Enter the Dominatrix. Is it a Making of? Is it a parody of the main game? Or is it just – to quote Shaundi – the “Worst idea we’ve ever had”? Maybe a bit of everything. And that’s beautiful.

At first, Enter the Dominatrix started as DLC, developed for Saints Row: The Third. But when the creators Volition realized that they had so many great ideas, they ditched it and created Saints Row IV instead. So now they released the DLC for the game that started as that particular DLC for the game, that was a DLC in the beginning. I think that my nose just started bleeding. But Volition are fully aware of this paradox topic – and treat it with a buttload of self-irony and constant breaking of the fourth wall.

The whole experience is presented like a Making Of Enter The Dominatrix, where the Saints are being interviewed by reporter Jane Valderamma (who made her way into every Saints Row game so far, wow). In a parallel world of Saints Row IV, the Boss (you) stopped the Zin Invasion right at the start. Thus a rogue AI, called the Dominatrix, could get in charge of the Zin Empire, abducting everyone and putting them in the simulation. Of courscreen 1se your motley crew is not THAT fond of being ruled by a leather-clad S&M queen (other than you might be). So they try to defeat her and escape the virtual Steelport. So much for the normal part of the DLC. The whole time the game makes you aware of the fact that this all is just some ditched DLC as well as a documentary on it. Here and there Saints like Kinzie or Pierce throw in comments like “Here comes the best part”, try to explain plotholes or even fast-forward parts of the story they deem boring – they even mock the awful amount of escort missions that no one liked! There are no real cutscenes – only crude story boards or little action figures being moved by hand. All that just adds to the „Making Of“ appeal.

screen 2From a more practical perspective Enter the Dominatrix will not win an award for what it adds to the game: New homies and cars (yeah, because you’re totally going to use that feature), the heavy weapons from Saints Row: The Third, like the minigun or the flame thrower – everything you can expect from a Saints Row DLC. Oh and let’s not forget the new S&M outfit. Yep. We’re talking about a game where you now have two different Gimp outfits – who doesn’t love variety? Talking variety: The missions involve the following experiences amongst others: Serving the pimp Dom of an S&M Club by hunting down his furries and throwing them into giant bird cages via telekinesis, the infamous chariots from Saints Row: The Third (Gimp ponies included) in a death race, and last but not least riding into the ending on a … well, can’t spoil that, can I?

At the end of the day, you will probably have played through all of the new missions in about 1 ½ – 2 hours. For 4,50$ (or 6,99$ if you don’t buy the season pass) you might think that this is a bit … meh. It is. But for every fan of Shaundi, Pierce, Kinzie, Matt, Boss and all the Saints, this is what the Citadel DLC did for Mass Effect 3: Just some additional time with your virtual family of maniacs. Not just some gameplay sequences, but a fun ride full of awful/awesome jokes, anecdotes and self-irony.

So, to say it in a few words: The story of this DLC “was too crazy for Saints Row”. And if that doesn’t convince you … well you’ll miss out fighting your old enemy Super Gimp. Blowing up S&M fighter jets, clad in a leather corsage – the fighter jets, not you (well you can do that too … if that’s what you’re into). And of course, you’ll miss out modified tanks with leather straps, a very special rubber gun barrel and the greatest vehicle name of all time … The Dildozer.

There’s also a Dickchair. Did I mention that? You know, like the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones – Just made out of dicks.

It’s a buttload of fun.

 

 

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