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Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix Review

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Saints Row IV‘s first DLC pack pays homage to the original DLC that inspired it – the cancelled “Enter the Dominatrix” pack that went from a huge DLC upgrade to a standalone game à la Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon to what was basically Saints Row IV. How does this “Director’s Cut” stack up compared to the actual retail game we got?

Enter the Dominatrix includes 5 extra missions, a step up from the three-mission DLC packs from Saints Row: The Third. Each mission begins and is interspersed with commentary from the various characters in the game, who shatter the fourth wall with the force of a Penetrator dildo bat, commenting on cut filler missions and outright fast-forwarding cut-scenes at some points.

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The DLC does a good job of simulating Saints Row: The Third by removing your superpowers in the beginning and giving them back to you over the course of the missions. Many fan-favorites like NyteBlade and Zimos make returns in this pack, and it features another showdown with Paul, the giant Saints Flow can monster, which is done in a much different way than in the game proper, making it feel fresh.

However, the fourth wall breaking and joke elements of the DLC makes one wonder just how much of the pack is truth and what is fiction. It’s easy enough to see that this could have been a proper remake of forgotten Saints Row: The Third DLC, but considering the angle they went with, it’s not a perfect re-creation. Since there’s lots of meta-humor to be found in this mission pack, the fan-service knob has been taken from the 11 Saints Row IV had it cranked it up to and broke it off entirely. The cast even remarks that the finale of the DLC is “too batshit for Saints Row,” and they’re entirely right.

If this version of Enter the Dominatrix is essentially what we would have gotten had it not been turned into Saints Row IV, it’s even easier to see the roots of this series’ slow descent into lunacy, setting itself apart from its “Grand Theft Auto clone” label and becoming something else entirely – a crime-sandbox game that just does whatever the hell it feels like, much like its titular gang. Even though it’ll only take you an hour or two to get through, especially the former if you already have everything upgraded to the max, Enter the Dominatrix is a must-download for Saints Row fans, even if you’re just looking for a reason to blow up more gimps.

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