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[Let's Play] Saints Row 2 - Videos gone, nothing to see here.

AdusAdus Registered User regular
edited February 2010 in Games and Technology
Welcome to Let's Play

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To steal from Wiki:

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 follows the unnamed protagonist — referred to as male in this article — who leads a fictional street 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.

It's like GTA, that's really all you need to know.

In this LP I will do my best to display as much of the game as possible. Missions, activities, whatever. Given that 100% completion requires picking up a lot of stupid hidden items and other monotonous things, hence "as much as possible." Some activities I may skip if I think they're not interesting to watch and/or if I hate them (like Snatch, Escort and Crowd Control. Exceptions might be made with co-op guests.)

I'll be playing single player, though seeing that co-op is possible at pretty much any time, I may take on a guest every so often if I need help with certain activities or I feel my voice alone is probably getting tiring.

Despite my better judgment, I will allow people to post suggestions on what the character will look and sound like. Later on you'll be able to suggest different outfits as well. The main character is seen in pretty much every cutscene, so that alone could be as cool or silly as you'd like.

This is the PC port of the game, which has some issues. Personally I haven't had much trouble with it, but there are some more obvious problems. Driving with a keyboard kind of sucks for one thing, but I'm pretty used to it by now.

My suggestion is to watch the videos on my channel or youtube itself for higher viewing quality. Oh and, yes, I'm entirely aware of the various audio issues. I always try to fix them as soon as I can. I could apologize for my boring voice, too, but that's something that I can't really fix. So that you're just going to have to deal with.




Deleted this due to personal dissatisfaction with the majority of the LP in terms of technical and entertainment quality. My apologies, but perhaps it will be attempted again with a permanent co-op guest in the future to keep things interesting.

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  • Omnicron9999Omnicron9999 Registered User
    edited October 2009
    I was stoked to see this because I loved your ff7 LP, but the audio issues really made it unwatchable for me.

    As long as they're fixed for the next installment, I'm totally in! Can't wait for the rest!

  • Darth_MogsDarth_Mogs Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I can trust that the audio things get ironed out really quick, since the OP even says they're good from now on.

    I...hrm. I don't know what to suggest, character-wise. Creation things like these, as in-depth as they are make me freeze up because the possibilities are endless.

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  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Yes, they're fixed. The intro really isn't worth re-recording, in my opinion, but if by tomorrow no one else has posted in here, I guess I'll assume everyone else didn't watch it for the same reasons and do it anyway. You don't even really need sound. Just glance at the character options and tell me if you want them to be male or female, fat or skinny, Asian or Caucasian. If male, tell me you want him to look like the Sniper from TF2 or Barack Obama. There are a lot of possibilities. No hairstyle looks like Cloud or else I might have just done that in honor of the last LP.

    If no one wants to do that, you can just leave it up to me. Of course, if you do, I'll probably just go with the character I made for single player because I like her.

  • Darth_MogsDarth_Mogs Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Adus wrote: »
    No hairstyle looks like Cloud or else I might have just done that in honor of the last LP.

    I was honestly going to suggest that, but didn't because I didn't figure it could be pulled off.

    Any way to make Squall, though? :P

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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I have to admit, as much as I'd like watching the intro, the weird vocal echo makes it impossible for me to do so. If you could re-record it (maybe edit it so its much more streamlined since its a second go-around of mostly the same thing?) I and most others would greatly appreciate it.

    As for the guy... I don't know what the game is capeable of, but make him/her the most awesome bad-ass crack addicted con you can.

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  • EvilBadmanEvilBadman DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Was gonna buy this for $5, but heard the pc/win7 problems were annoying. Godspeed, sir.

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  • NATIKNATIK Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Definitely following this. I didn't find the audio issues that annoying though it was distracting, but yeah fixed next time and all that.

    As for character design, I don't know anything about the game so I am going to let others come with suggestions on what would fit and/or be funny to make the character as.

    EDIT: Wait 1 suggestion based on the FFVII playthrough references above.

    Cloud from the wallmarket dressup and play as an androgynous crossdresser.

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  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Ahh god :( How did I know someone would say that.

    Anyway, here, I re-recorded the intro. The audio should be more balanced and tolerable, but it's not perfect. My mic just isn't that great, but it's a lot easier to listen to this time. The biggest issue is that I'm basically wearing two headsets. One with the mic on it around my neck and another pair on my ears since the pair with the mic doesn't work. This causes the wire of the other headset to rub against the mic sometimes and it seems to make a bit of noise. Mic seems a bit sensitive since it's not padded. I'll do my best to minimize that sort of interference, but I can't promise anything. It shouldn't be that bad. I've already found a way to not get the cord rubbing against the mic like in this video.

    Hopefully after the first few sets of this LP, most audio issues that can be fixed will be worked out. I'm already noticing how this one sounds a bit bass-y. If anyone else hears any problems that I didn't mention, feel free to let me know.

    This video is still processing, so you might want to give it a bit until it's ready for HQ.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt2dSKPsXzc

  • Darth_MogsDarth_Mogs Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Much much better on that one.

    That thing has the potential to create nightmares. I was still ready to say Squall until you said it couldn't do Scars. Now I really don't know what to think.

    Edit: You could try Cid? He's probably pretty easy to make, and he was pretty much a Swearing All The Time Badass.

    I think imagining this is what happened to him after FFVII is better than anything the compilation has to offer.

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  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Cid is something I tried. It came out pretty good, but unfortunately you can't buy goggles and wear them on your forehead, so that kinda hurts it.

  • PaperLuigi44PaperLuigi44 I believe they disproved that on Mythbusters... Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Audio is much better, that echo was driving me insane.

    I reckon you should make your character Bret from FoTC if possible. You know it makes sense.

  • RonaldoTheGypsyRonaldoTheGypsy I'm crying... Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    You should co-op through missions with some of the crew here and there.

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  • WotanAnubisWotanAnubis Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Pfft, if one must try to make an FF7 character for this game, it'd have to be Aerith/s. The designated healer getting up to the shit the Boss gets up to? It'd be a nice juxtaposition.

  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Honestly, the biggest limitation in trying to make characters like other people/characters is probably the hairstyle choices. None of them really look like Aeris' or Squall's or Bret's and so on. Cid came out decently, but it just doesn't look right without goggles. Tifa was close but there's no real long, straight hair strangely enough.

    I suppose after a day or so if I can't make any of the suggestions I'll just see what I can come up with on my own. I managed a pretty decent likeness of the TF2 sniper, which was fairly fitting since the cockney accent sounds kinda like him (the voices being another limiting factor.)

  • RonaldoTheGypsyRonaldoTheGypsy I'm crying... Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Adus wrote: »
    Honestly, the biggest limitation in trying to make characters like other people/characters is probably the hairstyle choices. None of them really look like Aeris' or Squall's or Bret's and so on. Cid came out decently, but it just doesn't look right without goggles. Tifa was close but there's no real long, straight hair strangely enough.

    I suppose after a day or so if I can't make any of the suggestions I'll just see what I can come up with on my own. I managed a pretty decent likeness of the TF2 sniper, which was fairly fitting since the cockney accent sounds kinda like him (the voices being another limiting factor.)

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  • WotanAnubisWotanAnubis Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    OK, the default MC is a muscular black guy.

    Therefore, the only logical MC to play as is a fragile white girl. :P

  • travathiantravathian Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    So Michael Jackson?

    Gets my vote! And think as much gameplay as possible should use various other players in coop. Even if they have everything unlocked, you can just tell them to hit their crib first and switch to wimpier weapons first.

  • KhavallKhavall Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I think my favorite thing about this game is that originally I was a reasonably blank slate dude.

    Then halfway through I was like "Man, it'd be cool to be some puny little fashion model gang leader who then shoots everyone everywhere."

    But then I was all "But damn, I have worked my ass off to get infinite ammo for like every weapon and become a crazy god of gangs... I don't want to switch games"

    And then I realized that in the same game I could totally change everything, including my gender and voice, of my character. So awesome.

  • BasilBasil Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    What, customization?

    There is no customization here.

    There is only Duke Nukem.

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  • Omnicron9999Omnicron9999 Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Seems like most FF characters are out...how about a character who would just looks out of place in GTA type escapades?

    Michael Scott or Dwight from The Office? Seems like they would be easy to make.

  • SF_DhalsimSF_Dhalsim Registered User
    edited October 2009
    I vote John Kennedy or Theodore Roosevelt hell Nikita Khrushchev would be hilarious.

    It might take awhile but I have a feeling that it would be well worth it. I mean what could be any funnier than Theodore Roosevelt running down the street with an AK-47 yelling, "The only thing you have to fear is me eating your corpses hookers!"
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  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Now we're getting some good suggestions. I'm personally kind of torn between inverted main character (aka thin white girl) and Duke Nukem. The only issue I have with Duke is he wouldn't have his signature voice. :(

    And yes, I do plan on doing some co-op with other people, especially since some activities are difficult on their own. If you have the game and are interested in that, you can post here and maybe tell me when is good for you. The first set or two is just going to be me though. It would also be good if you had Skype.

  • BasilBasil Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Australian Duke Nukem is almost as awesome as the real thing.

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  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Wow and I just started playing this with some friends like 2 days ago.

    I made Billy Mays as my character though. I really should take a screen of him cause he looks great.

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  • DartboyDartboy Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    The kind of annoying thing about this game (at least on the 360, I don't know if the PC version handles it differently) is that while you can save your game in multiple slots, those just track your money/completed missions. Your actual character appearance is a single, static save that's used for everything.

    When I was playing this, my character was this scrawny asian guy with the Steel Battalion tshirt and a school backpack (which I was assuming was where he kept his eleventy billion guns), but towards the end of the game I kinda wanted to see all the female clothing options that I had been ignoring. So I saved my game, went to the plastic surgeon, and messed around with the options, ending up with this older, librarian-looking lady. After doing a mission or two I decided to go back, so I load my save... and I'm still the lady. After being frustrated over that for a bit I just ended up completing the game that way. It was actually amusing seeing this librarian/corporate CEO lady in a business suit mowing people down with a minigun, so it wasn't a total loss.

  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    First set will be up somewhat soon. I'm still having issues with audio levels. The main thing being that the game and everything in it sounds super quiet to me, but while watching the recordings, everything is kicked up a dozen notches. It also doesn't help that the game itself sucks at balancing its audio, what with some cutscenes being really loud or really quiet for no reason. There's really nothing I can do about that. I'll at least try to keep me audible the entire time for the next set. I'd rather have the game too soft than too loud just so I'm not damaging any eardrums.

  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Okay, here's the first set. It's far from perfect, but I had some numerous issues. For one, apparently you can't put Ride of the Valkyries in a video without them spouting copyright bullshit at you and muting your video. So some re-editing later, the video is somehow double the size and took an hour to upload and is still processing.

    Seriously considering just using Viddler, even if it isn't as good quality. Would save me from cutting up in 11 minute segments, too.

    But here we go. There are still some audio issues to work out, but it'll happen. Watch directly on Youtube for best quality. Some are still processing. Give some time for HD.

    Set 1: Septic Shock

    And to reiterate, if you want to be in the LP and do some co-op, let me know when you're available.

  • WotanAnubisWotanAnubis Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Adus wrote: »
    For one, apparently you can't put Ride of the Valkyries in a video without them spouting copyright bullshit at you and muting your video.
    Wait, what? Isn't Ride of the Valkyries in the public domain by now?

  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Technically, but this article I found presented the same situation: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090804/1119255768.shtml

    Copyright laws are fucked up, basically. I kinda wonder how Youtube filters that. I mean, the song itself is in the game. If you drove around while it was on the radio for the entirety of the song, would that set off whatever script they have, too?

    Whatever though. Ode To Joy was good enough. On an unrelated note, I just had my first instance of "hey, my shit didn't record" so huzzah. Was just a mission and one activity, but I'm beginning to rethink my statement that I would try to complete as much of the game as possible. I think I'm just going to go through all the missions and only do the more interesting/fun activities. That alone will probably be about 20 hours of game.

    Or people can just tell me that I suck at this and save me the time!

  • PaperLuigi44PaperLuigi44 I believe they disproved that on Mythbusters... Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Ha, am I the only one that thought the character you created was
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    for a couple of seconds?

    I've watched the first two videos, I'll finish the other two once I'm done writing up my objective description of a fridge :x (Don't ask).
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    EDIT: ITT we learn that Adus' biggest foe won't be any of the in-game factions, but tutorial pop-ups.

    I quite enjoyed this set, with special mentions going to:
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    Can't wait for the next one.

  • Walrus PeteWalrus Pete Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I must point out that Duke Nukem wears blue jeans, not black ones. Otherwise it's a pretty good likeness (other than the voice, obviously, which you can't do anything about and is hilarious anyway)

    Not a bad start, I'll be following the thread.

  • travathiantravathian Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Adus wrote: »
    And to reiterate, if you want to be in the LP and do some co-op, let me know when you're available.

    You can just setup coop before you start playing and then people can jump in and out whenever they see you online. Do a mission where your coop player changes at every checkpoint, lol.

  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Yeah, he doesn't really look like Duke until the sunglasses which was why I went and got them as soon as I could. Before that I thought he kinda looked like Dolph Lundgren. And you're right Walrus. When reminding myself of what pants he wore, I went off the original Duke Nukem 3D boxart where I guess the lighting makes them look black. I'll fix that soon.

    As far as people just jumping in for co-op, I might do that, but it sounds more like a hassle to me for various reasons. I'd prefer to setup 'guests' ahead of time if possible. I might still leave co-op open though. We'll see.

  • Darth_MogsDarth_Mogs Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Having the guest appearances set-up beforehand seems like the best idea so you don't have to explain that you're recording and this and that during the set itself. Granted, you could edit that out, but a more organized approach would probably be best.

    The audio is still a bit off, at times, I could barely hear you, but the game volume was pretty consistently good (except for when it went crazy loud, which, of course, is the game itself and not your fault.) but it's getting there.

    And yeah, previous jeans thing aside, the likeness is really pretty good.

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  • travathiantravathian Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    You can setup coop so it requires a password, and then just indicate in your Steam status that you are doing the "Let's Play" and if people want to jump in to be ready to gogogogo.

  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Darth_Mogs wrote: »
    Having the guest appearances set-up beforehand seems like the best idea so you don't have to explain that you're recording and this and that during the set itself. Granted, you could edit that out, but a more organized approach would probably be best.

    The audio is still a bit off, at times, I could barely hear you, but the game volume was pretty consistently good (except for when it went crazy loud, which, of course, is the game itself and not your fault.) but it's getting there.

    And yeah, previous jeans thing aside, the likeness is really pretty good.

    That's my fault really. Pretty much my whole life I've had to repeat myself to people for not talking loud enough. I start off pretty well, but as soon as I've been recording for like 30 minutes, I begin to relax and speak normally, and normally is softly. I tried to turn my mic up a bit more this time.

    Actually I bought a new headset to deal with some of the other clicks and shit and then felt like an idiot as once I opened it up, noticed it was a USB headset. Meaning it doesn't plug into my soundcard, therefore I couldn't set up to record both game and mic audio. If there's some way to do that I've never heard about, please let me know.

    I forgot to fix the jeans. I'll do that next set.

    Anyway, here's the next set. Some is still processing. If you don't like my music choices, then tough.

    Set 2: Carpooling

  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I would be up for doing some coop at some point for this. Cant go wrong with a little Billy Mays!

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  • PaperLuigi44PaperLuigi44 I believe they disproved that on Mythbusters... Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Nice shortcut in part 1, Adus :P

    Last video is still processing, but I'm glad you did Fuzz, that's my favourite side-quest. I love that many of the crimes you are breaking up are the other side-quests the game has on offer.

    And I feel sorry for Pierce as well, poor guy.

  • Darth_MogsDarth_Mogs Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Very nice so far.

    I gotta say, I like the idea of having a music bed over the activities and doing what looks like the highlights of it, seeing as you can only talk about how you have to cover an area in shit so many times, or kill mans with a chainsaw so many times. At least this way it's still showing us the game, but not drawing it out.

    This isn't the last time Pierce will get out-voted when he tries to be reasonable, is it?

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  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Yeah. The missions do a decent job of changing scenery and adding a variety of objectives, but doing all six levels of an activity at once does make commentary hard. One of the reasons why I mentioned co-op. I don't wanna just have someone randomly jump into the game though, even if it is passworded and someone I know comes in, I just don't like the unpredictability factor. It would suck of they came in right at the end of my recording session, or if that particular person didn't have Skype or something. I'd prefer to use that for voice chat since it's pretty good quality. I definitely don't feel like co-oping without voice chat. Typing would just slow things down.

    My schedule is pretty flexible though, so if someone has an hour or so to just run through a few missions or activities, let me know when is good for you.

    And yeah, I like adding music. I'll try not to overdo it, but I only add it in post if I feel like I had a stretch where there was little to no good commentary. Pretty much the entirety of Septic Avenger and the second half of Fuzz I couldn't think of anything to say. Same went for Insurance Fraud but that was in the lost video. Though I think that activity would be pretty funny in fast motion to Yakety Saks, even as overused as it is.

    As far as future music is concerned, I hope you like metal, cause uh, that's 99% of my library. From symphonic death metal to classic Iron Maiden.

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