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The first downloadable content for open-world, urban sandbox game Saints Row 2 will be available April 16th on the 360 and PlayStation 3. Called Ultor Exposed, this is the first of three add-on packs that are coming for the homeboy-centric game. No word yet on details or release dates on the next two chapters of the game.
Ultor Exposed will feature three new missions, a competitive co-op "metagame," new vehicles, new weapons and new maps. Also: The DLC will grant you a new homie. While I would have chosen legendary hip hop star Biz Markie to be my money-grip and/or homie, the smarter people at THQ picked pornographic actress and all-around sizzling hottie Tera Patrick as the player's companion. Tera will come complete with a new car, The Temptress, described as "probably the most balanced performance car in Stilwater." She will be on-call and available in all co-op missions.
The DLC's competitive co-op mode allows players to cooperate and compete at the same time: You earn points for destruction while working together to complete missions. At the end, scores are tallied and one player is rewarded cash for having won. The single-player missions will last approximately two hours.
It might not be fair to always compare Saints Row to Grand Theft Auto; the two game franchises have obvious and much-discussed similarities, but with marked differences, as well. Saints Row has always been more about ridiculous fun, especially given the way GTA IV moved the series in a serious, almost somber direction. So tonally, this DLC will likely be very different from The Lost and Damned. But Rockstar have set the bar exceptionally high with their add-on. The Lost and Damned DLC is huge and fascinating -- practically another game -- and while I appreciate any addition to Saints Row 2, I gotta wonder how this content is going to stack up. We'll see on April 16th when it comes out.
If you're on the fence about whether you want to pay 800 Microsoft Points for this content, I'll leave you with this quote from James Torbit, DLC Producer on Saints Row 2.
"Consider this: You've got Tera Patrick on speed dial. She's unloading an assault rifle into a Masako super soldier while you're driving around a truck full of dead bodies. In your garage you've got an armored vehicle that fires heat-seeking missiles as fast as you can pull the trigger… and you're wearing a new alien costume."
Okay. I get it.
To totally switch gears a sec: Many PlayStation 3 fans of Saints Row 2 would like trophies. That seems like a pretty reasonable things to ask for, but as far as I know, this DLC doesn't include support for trophies. I've contacted THQ to make sure and see if there's any plans for them in the future. Watch this space for the reply!