Gangstas in Space is the first Saints Row: The Third mission dlc I’ve purchased. I honestly haven’t been paying that much attention to the release of these dlc’s, mainly because I’ve been playing several other games that I haven’t completed yet (Amalur, Half Life 2 & Painkiller). But this week I finally got around to downloading two of the three mission content & I decided to play through Gangstas in Space first.
Plot: Gangstas in Space can be played at any point in the game. It doesn’t include any of the other main characters. Just call Andy Zhen from your mission screen to start them. And despite having the same title as Johnny’s comic, the story doesn’t really have anything to do with it. Instead, the missions involve the Boss staring as the hero of a retro space invasion movie & having to deal with the insane director. The scenes go from saving the alien princess, escaping military & space attacks, & destroying the mind control devices.
- 3 missions
- 2 Homies
- 2 aircrafts
- new clothing
- 10 achievements: I Do My Own Stunts (parachute landing), First Contact (destroy all spacecrafts during chase), Union Buster (kill 15 cameramen), Xenaphobe (kill mini-boss), Lights! Camera! Action! (find clapboards), Pew! Pew! Pew! (use Laser Pistols), Warrior Princess (use melee attacks), Revenge of the Navigator (destroy spacecrafts with the new vehicle), Do A Barrel Roll! (performs all stunts) & C-List Celebrity (complete dlc)
- Total gameplay time added: 1 1/2 to 2 hrs
Cost: 560 MP or $6.99
Opinion: This dlc continues SR3′s trend of crazy action & satire. The action ranges from storming a military base, shooting down alien ships from the back of a jeep, to flying around in an alien ship that looks like it’s from Flight of the Navigator (which is obviously intentional based on the related achievement). I liked how the scenes switch between filming the scenes & the real world, usually indicated with a grainy film reel quality over the screen for a few seconds. It’s definitely different from the structure of the usual missions, where everything is life or death. No, this is just for the fun of it — & the fame, of course. From having to redo scenes to seeing behind the sets, it really gives a feel of being in a movie. It also makes it very funny when the Boss forgets their lines, breaks character or decides to… ad lib.
During the missions there are a few new toys to play with. In the second mission you get to use three different laser weapons that look straight out of a retro b-movie. There’s a pistol, sub-machine gun & rifle. Unfortunately, you can’t use these weapons outside of that mission. You also get to shoot from the back of Hummer in the first mission & finally get to pilot one of the alien crafts in the last one. The spaceship is one of the vehicles added after you complete the dlc, along with another hoverbike. Both vehicles are a lot of fun to use.
I also have to give the dlc credit for both its characters & music. Although it only introduces two new characters, they’re both up to Volition’s usual quirky standards. The director, Andy Zhen, starts out as being a little eccentric, but by the end you’ll be ready to kill him. Your co-star Jenny Jaros, who plays the role of Princess Kwilanna, comes off as very dynamic in spite of her short role in the game. She starts as a bit of a star-struck airhead, but through the on-going dialogue with the Boss actually becomes very likeable & realistic. I was glad that she becomes a Homie after you complete the dlc. And as with the rest of the SR3 soundtrack, the music during the missions is really good & fits the theme of the story.
I also want to include that these missions can be replayed as many times as you want. After completing the dlc, if you save the game & then load that save, you’ll find the missions available again from the start. This is really useful for getting the achievements… & just for the fun of it.
Overall, I recommend this dlc for continuing the chaotic good time of Saints Row. The missions are fun, humorous, & add some nice bonuses to the rest of the game.